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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29 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

Rating: 3.61 stars
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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.

White-Chocolate Caramel Corn with Cashews

Rating: 3.89 stars
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Caramel corn, a perennial Halloween favorite, gets an upgrade with the addition of chopped cashews and drizzled white chocolate. It can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week so you can enjoy it for the days leading up to October 31.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars
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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 Cupcakes

Rating: 3.65 stars
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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.

Crispy Chocolate-Marshmallow Treats

Rating: 3.07 stars
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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?

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream-Cheese Filling

Rating: 3.72 stars
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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.

"Broken Glass" Cupcakes

Rating: 3.21 stars
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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.

Popcorn Balls

Rating: 3.15 stars
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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.

Darkest Chocolate Crepe Cake

Rating: 3.77 stars
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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.

Peanut Butter Tart

Rating: 3.2 stars
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The classic combination of peanut butter and milk chocolate in this no-bake dessert evokes a favorite candy, but its delicate texture will make your guests feel like sophisticated trick-or-treaters.
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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.

23 Halloween Treat Bags and Favors Made to Delight

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.

Glazed Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.7 stars
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This is an elegant and rich-tasting cake, but it is actually simple to prepare. Delicate curls of semisweet chocolate dress up the whipped cream for the ultimate garnish.