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

Candy Apples

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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 Whoopie Pies with Cream-Cheese Filling

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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.

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. 

Shrunken Heads in Cider

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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

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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.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

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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.

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.

Popcorn Balls

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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.

Crispy Chocolate-Marshmallow Treats

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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?

Bacon-Wrapped Prunes

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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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Our Favorite Halloween Recipes
These Halloween appetizers, snacks, cocktails, and main courses may not be the spookiest out there—but they'll definitely satisfy hungry party guests. Serve festively scary foods that aren't cheesy but are delicious thanks to our selection of Halloween recipes.
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Trick-or-treaters and party guests will be in for a sweet—or spooky—surprise when Halloween candy is dressed up and disguised. Dozens of party crafts featuring familiar Halloween characters (like witches, cats, and bats) are easy to produce, thanks to printable full-color clip-art and traceable templates.

Caramel Whipped Cream

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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.