16 Halloween Finger Food Recipes
From the sweet to savory and straight up spooky, these bite-sized Halloween recipes will make your monster mash complete.
Halloween is all about the eerie, scary, and downright creepy. When you're hosting (or rather, ghost hosting) a Halloween party, make a variety of sweet and savory finger foods for guests to enjoy—just be sure to get a little creative with the decorations atop these skull-tacular snacks.
For example, piping meringue in the shape of bones or brains makes for pretty frightening cookies. Going the extra step and drizzling pomegranate glaze on top to mimic blood takes them into fright-astic territory. The combination of sweet fruit with salty cured meat is a classic pairing, but make sure yours gets a hair-raising makeover for Halloween: shape dried figs and prunes into hearts, then stuff them with goat cheese and wrap in prosciutto. Of course, deviled eggs are always a hit at parties but we make the ones seen here even more devilish with black sesame seeds and a spicy addition (we won't say boo!).
Raw bars are always an elegant way to entertain, whether for a cocktail parties or the start of a festive dinner, but their pretty presentation has no place at a sinister gathering like this. So serve the same ingredients—stone-crab claws and poached shrimp—draped out of a bowl filled with an alarmingly spicy cocktail sauce. It's a hauntingly fun way to make guests think twice before digging into something truly delicious.
Do you dare try the spooky little black-widow spider bites ahead? The savory combination of avocado and black olives is a fun yet frightening snack for adults. For something creepy on the outside but totally sweet on the inside, our brain cupcakes will terrify (and then delight!) your friends.
Night of the Living Dip
Snackers will bug out over this decadent appetizer, especially once they taste how the leggy little garnishes make its rich flavors pop. Swirl together cream cheese, Danish blue cheese, and heavy cream with garlic, shallots, and Worcestershire, then bake and top with dates and raisins (for the bugs' bodies) and slivered almonds and pepitas (for their appendages). Serve with moody crudités, like red endives, radishes, and purple carrots, and it's grub time.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Fig Hearts
Popcorn on the Cob
Popcorn balls are a popular snack to serve to trick or treaters. Give them a fall twist by forming the popcorn, marshmallows, and colored candy into the shape of flint corn. It's a simple, sweet treat perfect for the harvest season and just right for Halloween.
Crudites with Miso-Yogurt Dip
Deep-Sea Specimens with Devilishly Hot Cocktail Sauce
Rest in Peas
Black-Widow Spider Bites
Smoky Black-Bean Salsa
Shriveled Potatoes with Romesco Sauce
Here's a freakishly delicious party appetizer. Roasted baby potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to Romesco. It's a classic Spanish sauce made with blanched almonds, red bell peppers, mint, garlic, and olive oil, and can be prepped a day in advance to streamline last-minute cooking.