Quick & Easy Halloween Recipes

Whether you are looking for Halloween snacks, appetizers, or cookies, we have the most devilishly delicious treats around. Also, check out our fun Halloween-themed finger foods, sinister cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and our easy Halloween punch recipes and cocktail ideas!

Staff Picks

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.

Spiced Apple Cider

Rating: 3.05 stars
On a cool fall day, enjoy a mug of warm apple cider. Cinnamon stick stirrers add spice and extra flavor to our favorite seasonal beverage.

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.

Mini Triple-Treat Cupcakes

Rating: 3.07 stars
Who doesn't buy extra Halloween candy? This year, use some in these festive, miniature cupcakes and throw a party.

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.

Creepy Cocktail

Rating: 3.02 stars
Halloween party guests will love sipping this cocktail, which is made with a combination of light and dark rum, pomegranate juice, a lime wedge, and simple syrup. Coat the rim of each glass with black sanding sugar for a frightening finishing touch.

Smoky Black-Bean Salsa

Just the thing for easy Halloween entertaining! A touch of chiles in adobo adds intrigue to this simple salsa that starts with a can of beans.

Candy-Corn Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.47 stars
These petite fall treats will charm all but the grumpiest ghouls. Simple sugar cookies are garnished with candy corn pieces for a sweet fall treat.

Berry Scary Martini

If you're hosting a Halloween cocktail party,  add this drink to the menu. Cherry juice makes this deadly-looking cocktail taste sweeter than it appears, and black vodka creates the bewitching black hue. 

Pumpkin-Seed Brittle

Rating: 3.02 stars
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.

Crispy Chocolate-Marshmallow Treats

Rating: 3.07 stars
Bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder give a classic cereal bar a devilish twist. With only five ingredients and 10 minutes of prep work, who could resist baking one of these batty bars?

Vampire Vodka Cocktail

Fit for Dracula himself! Sweet homemade grenadine serves as the "blood" in this inspired Halloween cocktail made with vodka, grapefruit juice, and fresh lime juice.

Inspiration and Ideas

Crudites with Miso-Yogurt Dip
Use vegetables that have crossed over to the dark side, from purple carrots and potatoes to red cabbage and black radishes, to make this creepy crudité platter for Halloween.
Caramel Whipped Cream
Rating: Unrated
This flavored whipped cream is a breeze to make, which goes well with our Angel Food Cake. Cook the caramel cream in a saucepan and chill completely before whipping into stiff, delicate peaks.

Eyeball Martini

Rating: 3.5 stars

Up the freak-out factor of your Halloween spread with a creepy eyeball cocktail. Mix up this festive vodka martini with pimento-stuffed green olives and whole black peppercorns.