Halloween Recipes

From Halloween cupcakes to other festive Halloween desserts, frighteningly tasty finger foods, and alarmingly good appetizers, you've come to the right place.

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30 Scarily Perfect Recipes to Serve at Your Halloween Party

Surprise guests with these sweet treats, savory snacks, and scary cocktails.
By Kelly Vaughan

Halloween Party Menus Perfect for All Kinds of Spooky, Delicious Gatherings

Dine on a devilishly delicious dinner or nibble on scary good snacks with these curated menus that will thrill guests all night long.
By Zee Krstic

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?

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.

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.

Pumpkin Bars

In between bars and a crowd-friendly sheet cake is this autumnal dessert. Moist and tender pumpkin spice cake is lavished with cream cheese frosting for bars that are simply irresistible. 

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream-Cheese Filling

Rating: 3.5 stars 751
Tender pumpkin-spiced cookies are filled with tangy cream cheese frosting for a delightful autumnal dessert. Kids and adults alike will love this recipe, which comes from Matt Lewis' Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.

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.

Devil’s Inferno Cake

As if devil’s food cake weren't already temptation incarnate, we've cranked up the heat with a rich and melty ganache topping and a four-alarm-fire crown. All you need to fake the flames is sugar, water, a candy thermometer, and food coloring. Let the candy cool, and sink the hardened pieces in for a dessert that'll go down in a blaze of glory.
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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.

"Broken Glass" Cupcakes

Rating: 3 stars 860
The recipe for the "glass" is essentially one for caramel. The trick is to cook it for a shorter amount of time than usual so it stays clear.

Darkest Chocolate Crepe Cake

Rating: 4 stars 351
The decorative nuts are dipped in caramelized sugar and hung in bat fashion—upside down—so the sugar streams and hardens into the best candy on the block.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Wickedly Good Halloween Desserts That Your Ghosts and Goblins Will Want to Devour
Looking for a sweet treat to serve on All Hallows' Eve? You can't go wrong with our spectacularly spooky cakes, ghostly cookies, and creepy brownies.
Our Halloween Cupcake Recipes Will Give You Chills
Watch what you eat this Halloween—what you eat might actually be watching you! Our creepy cupcakes are topped with monsters, aliens, spiders, mummies, and more.
Cherry Sheet Cake
Rating: 3.5 stars 61

We used frozen cherries to make a fruit-studded cake that's sweet as can be. Serve it on its own as an afternoon snack or with whipped cream for dessert.