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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23 Scarily Perfect Halloween Treat Ideas to Serve at Your Next Spooky Party

Aim to trick out your treats on Halloween. After all, there's nothing better than some scary sweet and savory snacks—and our Halloween treat ideas are eerily good and made for sharing. Set out a selection of bite-size appetizers, devilish dips with creepy crudités, and spell-binding desserts and watch them go fast at your Halloween soirée. Add to the haunting mood of your Halloween décor by creating a spooky spread for your treats. Light a match on flickering candles, hang make-shift cobwebs, lay out black-and-orange linens, and arrange books of spells and potions to get your guests into the supernatural spirit. Then, set out bowls of dip, platters of bat-shaped sandwiches, and trays of tartlets or brownies—and let party-goers revel in your twisted, tasty creations.
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

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. 

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 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.

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.

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.

Halloween Brownies

Rating: 3.5 stars 14
This year, trick out your treats by serving up a platter of these spooky brownies. In this recipe, intense unsweetened cocoa powder and caramel-y brown sugar give them a sophisticated flavor profile, while the playful decorations keep you right on theme.

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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Shrunken Heads in Cider

Rating: 3.5 stars 257
This one-of-a-kind Halloween recipe is courtesy of viewer Allison DiNatale. Granny Smith apples are peeled, cored, and halved, then receive a spooky carving. They're baked until dehydrated to give them a "shrunken" appearance. Float in large punch bowl with apple cider, lemonade, and spiced rum (if desired).

"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.

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.
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Our Halloween Potluck Recipes Are Hauntingly Good
The alarming appetizers, devilish desserts, and wickedly good beverages we've gathered here are just right to share at a Halloween potluck party.
Halloween Cake Recipes That Are Terrifyingly Delicious
Who needs candy when there are these bewitching cakes to slice into? Our selection of tricky treats includes chocolate cakes, cheesecakes, and spice cakes all decked out in supremely scary decorations.
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.