Halloween Appetizers & Snacks

We love filling the buffet table with everything from devilish eggs to guaca-"moldy". Just because these Halloween appetizers—horror d'oeuvres, if you will—are scary and spine-tingling doesn't mean they won't taste good. Taking an extra minute to arrange these appetizers and snacks to tell a creepy story or create a laugh-out-loud scene out of your Halloween party food.

Staff Picks

Candy Apples

Rating: 3.5 stars 318
Candy apples are a classic fall dessert that family and friends are sure to love. Use your apple-picking haul to make the ultimate Halloween treat, complete with a sticky-sweet caramel coating.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 933
Pumpkin's not just for pies. Mix up these cupcakes with canned pumpkin and lots of spice, then top them with tangy cream cheese frosting and the cutest mini marzipan pumpkins.

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

Rating: 4 stars 562
These soft cookies are like mini pumpkin cakes—and you're guaranteed to get a bit of sweet, brown-butter-flecked icing in every bite. A combination of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger flavor the moist pumpkin batter.

Jalapeño Popper Dip

Taking a cue from the creamy, spicy flavors of jalapeño poppers, this dip is sinfully good and blissfully easy. Just mix a few of the roasted chiles with room-temperature cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, and drained jarred pimientos, then slide it all into the oven until the casserole dish bubbles.

Apple-Walnut Bundt Cake

Rating: 4 stars 46
There is fall flavor in every bite of this seasonal bundt. An apple-cider glaze and caramelized apples in the batter set this spice cake apart.

Popcorn Balls

Rating: 3 stars 556
No tricks, only treats here! This classic kid-friendly snack is made with just four ingredients—popcorn, melted buttered, marshmallows, and light brown sugar. Feel free to mix in additional sweet ingredients such as dried fruit, toffee bits, or chopped chocolate to these popcorn balls.

Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

Rating: 3.5 stars 511
Chocolate and pumpkin make a delightfully gooey pair in these creamy pumpkin-swirl brownies. Pure pumpkin purèe and vegetable oil are the secret to creating a very moist bite.

Chocolate-Candy Icebox Bars

Rating: 3 stars 93
Who doesn't buy extra Halloween candy? This year, use some in these festive icebox bars and throw a party.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 1463
This recipe is the gold standard when it comes to classic cupcakes. We frosted these with Easy White Icing, but you could use our Chocolate Glaze for an even richer dessert.

Chocolate-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 210
Try these pumpkin spice cookies for dessert this Thanksgiving or whenever you need an easy autumnal treat. Canned pumpkin purée gives them a tender, cake-like consistency and pumpkin pie spice amps up their fall flavor. A drizzle of melted semisweet chocolate is all the decoration they need.

Bacon-Wrapped Prunes

Rating: 3 stars 141
Also known as Devils on Horseback, these sinful bacon-wrapped bites are perfect for a Halloween party hors d'oeuvre. With just two ingredients and about five minutes of prep work, they couldn't be easier to prepare either. They're best served warm, so pop them in the oven right before your guests arrive.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Fig Hearts

Our riff on the popular finger food devils on horseback swaps out the traditional prunes and bacon for dried figs and prosciutto and ups the ante with goat cheese. Cut into hearts, the no-cook appetizer works equally well for Halloween as it does for Valentine's Day.

Inspiration and Ideas

16 Halloween Finger Food Recipes
From the sweet to savory and straight up spooky, these bite-sized Halloween recipes will make your monster mash complete.
Halloween Blondies
Rating: Unrated 61
Brown sugar is key to creating a sweet, light molasses flavor in these chewy blondies. You can even get the young ones involved in the Halloween fun—let them sort the chocolate candies by color and arrange them on top of the dough.
Pumpkin-Seed Brittle
Rating: 3 stars 112

You don't need to be a candymaker to master this easy brittle recipe! Melt together butter, light brown sugar, and honey, cook until they reach a boil, then stir in pumpkin seeds and cool until set. The brittle can be enjoyed by itself or broken over ice cream.