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.

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Candy Apples

Rating: 3.61 stars
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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: 3.65 stars
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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.

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.
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Popcorn Balls

Rating: 3.15 stars
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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.

Apple-Walnut Bundt Cake

Rating: 3.93 stars
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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.

Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

Rating: 3.52 stars
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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.

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

Rating: 3.84 stars
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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.

Warm Black-and-Blue Cheese Dip

A snack-happy crowd will bug out over this decadent Halloween appetizer, especially once they taste how the leggy little garnishes make its rich flavors pop. 
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Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars
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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.

Halloween Spice Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars
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Warming cinnamon and ginger flavor these fall treats, while molasses adds a deliciously chewy texture. Use colorful royal icing to decorate the cookies to look like festive jack-o'-lanterns.

Popcorn on the Cob

Celebrate harvest season with "ears" of candied popcorn, reminiscent of Indian corn. Unbleached parchment paper from your pantry is all you need for the pretty presentation.

Pumpkin-Seed Brittle

Rating: 3.02 stars
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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.
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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.

Bacon-Wrapped Prunes

Rating: 3.09 stars
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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.