Halloween Foods Ideas: Celebrate Halloween with a spooktacular feast full of delicious, themed foods — all sure to fright guests and delight their stomachs. These fun Halloween food ideas include easy appetizers, creepy dinners, and mouthwatering desserts. So whether you’re throwing a blowout Halloween bash with apps to go around, a classy themed dinner à la the Addams family, or a cozy meal and scary movie night with the family, these Halloween recipes are sure to impress.
Whip up one of these recipes for a Halloween-themed touch to your meal on October 31, or go all in with a three course dinner of a spooky starter, main, and dessert. There are plenty of easy, but impressive recipe options to choose from if you’re not the most cooking-savvy.
There are also ideas to accommodate picky eaters, plus vegan recipes and gluten-free options for those with dietary preferences or food allergies. Customize these recipes however you see fit by adding your favorite toppings to meals such as our pumpkin burger, ghostly pizza, and monster wraps.
Get the kids involved by making easy, family-friendly recipes together. They’ll love decorating bat doughnuts and creating their own Halloween snack mix, if given the chance.
Looking for more of the best Halloween food ideas? Check out our stories on healthy Halloween party treats, easy Halloween snacks, and Halloween potluck ideas for even more ghoulish bites.
1. Monster Fingers
Halloween Foods Ideas, These creepy monster fingers take a bit of work but are well worth it. To make, shape ready-made breadstick dough, tint it with spray color, and then top it with an almond “fingernail” and poppy seeds.
2. Oreo Monster Pops
Halloween Foods Ideas, Looking for an easy Halloween food idea? All this recipe requires is Oreos, colored candy melts, candy eyeballs, and black icing.
3. Snakes and Soup
Halloween Foods Ideas, Perfect as an appetizer or snack, these breadstick snakes are a delicious edition to any soup — though, we’re partial to tomato because of the bright, red hue.
4. Graveyard Cake
Halloween Foods Ideas, Dress up your favorite chocolate cake recipe with ghosts and graves made from marshmallows and various sandwich cookies, such as Milanos, chocolate covered graham crackers, and more!
5. Slow Cooker Sausage, Potato, and Onion-Stuffed Peppers
Halloween Foods Ideas, Talk about easy! To add some holiday flair to this slow-cooker recipe, carve a mouth, nose, and eyes into a bell pepper for a jack-o’-lantern appearance.
6. Pumpkin and Ghost Ice Cubes
Halloween Foods Ideas, Add these scary-shaped ice cubes to a Halloween punch or cocktail for decorative flair.
7. Trick-or-Treater Sugar Cookies
Halloween Foods Ideas, Show off your decorating skills with these adorable and customizable trick-or-treater sugar cookies.
8. Skeleton Crudite
Halloween Foods Ideas, Looking for a fun way to serve some veggies? Arrange your crudité platter — including lettuce, cauliflower, peppers, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, stuffed olives, broccoli, mushrooms, and any other raw vegetables you’d like — in the shape of the skeleton. Don’t forget to serve it up with a side of scallion dip!
9. Stuffed Eyeballs
Halloween Foods Ideas, All of your guests will have their eyes on this olive-stuffed appetizer, which you can easily assemble using fresh balls of mozzarella, pimiento stuffed olives, and strips of prosciutto.
10. Clean Sweep Candy Packets
Halloween Foods Ideas, Fill these DIY broom bags with your child’s favorite sweets, or give them out as party favors after your Halloween bash.
11. Tangy Pumpkins
Halloween Foods Ideas, Put a Halloween twist on this beloved fruit with a snippet of celery for the pumpkin’s stem.
12. Chocolate Spiderweb Sandwich Cookies
Halloween Foods Ideas, DIY your own Whoopie Pies, giving them a festive look with orange icing piped in the shape of spiderwebs.
13. Mini PB&J Spider Sandwiches
Halloween Foods Ideas, Want an appetizer that’s sure to please even your littlest guests? Cut out small circles of bread to assemble mini peanut butter and jelly spider sandwiches, complete with chocolate chip eyes and pretzel stick legs.
14. Chocolate Tombstone Cookies
Halloween Foods Ideas, Put your chocolate cravings to rest with these chilling treats made with chocolate cookie dough, white chocolate skulls, edible icing, and food markers for decorating.
15. Orange Jack-o’-Lanterns
Halloween Foods Ideas, Jack-ify your fruit bowl with these lantern-inspired oranges. All you’ll need is a Sharpie, oranges, and a bit of imagination.
16. Cheese Pumpkins
Halloween Foods Ideas, Traditional cheese balls have nothing on these festive pumpkins that are packed with savory flavors, including cheddar, cream cheese, garlic salt, and dry mustard.
17. Spiderweb Nacho Spread
Halloween Foods Ideas, Just make sure you let guests know that the spider on top of this hearty spread is 100% fake.
18. Halloween Snack Mix
Halloween Foods Ideas, For an easy, quick Halloween treat to snack on all night long, combine everyone’s favorite mini snacks (pretzels, popcorn, candy corn, etc.) into a bag or container.
19. Guacamoldy Eyeballs
Halloween Foods Ideas, The great thing about deviled eggs is that they are an easy appetizer to prepare. These ones are filled with creamy guac and topped with eyeball-like detailing.
20. Candy Corn Cupcakes
Halloween Foods Ideas, It wouldn’t be Halloween if candy corn didn’t make at least one appearance in your dessert spread.
21. Chicken Potpie with Crawling Hands
Halloween Foods Ideas, Chicken pot pie is a warm, comforting delight — perfect for fall. And with a creepy pastry hand popping out of their bowl, your dinner guests will be in complete shock when you serve this dish.
22. No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Halloween Foods Ideas, If Reese’s are your kids’ favorite Halloween candy then this cheesecake will be a hit. The best part? No oven is required to make this spooky treat.
23. Spiderweb Pizza
Halloween Foods Ideas, Who doesn’t love pizza for dinner? Make this spiderweb meal for dinner before heading out to trick-or-treat.
24. Pumpkin Hand Pies
Halloween Foods Ideas, Taste the warm goodness of pumpkin pie without sitting down with a fork to eat it. Simply bite into these hand pies while mingling about.
25. Mummy Meat Loaves
Halloween Foods Ideas, Bury us in these delicious, individual-sized, mini meat loaves, and not just because they’re cute. Sweet cherry tomatoes are hidden in the center for a surprising pop of flavor.
26. Chocolate Dipped Ghost Pretzels
Halloween Foods Ideas, These ghost dippers are one of the easiest recipes ever! Microwave white candy melts and 1 tsp coconut oil for 20-sec. increments, stirring until melted and smooth. Then dip the ends of pretzel rods two-thirds of the way into the candy melts, shaking off the excess, and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Let set until firm. Use black edible marker to create ghost faces.
27. Spider Cupcakes
Halloween Foods Ideas, Chocolate cupcakes topped with spun-sugar webs and edible spiders are the perfect way to both fright and delight guests.
28. Monster Wraps
Halloween Foods Ideas, Consider your dinner a graveyard smash with these tasty bites. They are completely customizable, so even picky eaters will be pleased.
29. Halloween Cheese Balls
Halloween Foods Ideas, Combine goat and cream cheese to create these tortilla winged cheese balls — a great bite-sized, pre-party snack.
30. Marshmallow Heads
Halloween Foods Ideas, Kids will definitely get a kick out of these. Though they may look complicated, all you really need are a few basic ingredients and a bit of toothpick handiwork.