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

Crispy Chocolate-Marshmallow Treats

Rating: 3 stars 215
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?

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.

Easy Red Sangria

Rating: 3 stars 578
This easy-to-make beverage is sure to please any crowd—it's made with brandy, orange and apple slices, orange juice, club soda, and of course red wine. Choose a dry wine such as a red Zinfandel and make sure to chill the sangria before serving for the ultimate sip.

Caramel Whipped Cream

Rating: 3.5 stars 53
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.

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.

Black Lagoon Cocktail

Rating: 3.5 stars 26
This lemony vodka libation, garnished with black ice cubes and a licorice stick, is perfect for your Halloween party. Make the licorice ice cubes by boiling water and anise seeds together, then stir in black food coloring, pour into a mold, and freeze.

Ghost in the Graveyard Cocktail

Serve up a little black magic in the form of a cocktail made with vodka that's as dark as night—with a scoop of ghostly-white vanilla ice cream floating on top. It's rich, chocolatey, and absolutely spook-tacular.

Guacamole with Black Beans

Rating: 4 stars 86
Classic guacamole is given a frightful twist for Halloween with black beans, jalapeño, and chipotle in adobo, which add serious heat. Dark blue corn tortilla chips are a must for dipping. 

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.

Chewy Caramel Popcorn and Pretzel Bars

Rating: 4 stars 77
This salty-sweet treat is one that both kids and adults alike will love. Plain popcorn and coarsely chopped salted pretzels are mixed together with a rich caramel and marshmallow sauce. It's an ooey-gooey, absoultely irresistible bite.

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.

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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Maple-Vanilla Carrots
Rating: Unrated 48
Here's a fabulous fall side dish that pairs particularly well with poultry or fish. A touch of vanilla and maple syrup turn an ordinary side into a decidedly elegant, and child-friendly, dish.
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.
Screwed-Up Screwdriver

Conjure some black magic at Halloween using a splash of pitch-dark vodka in this classic citrus cocktail. This spooky screwdriver can be sipped through a licorice straw.