The 20 Best Halloween Recipes to Try

Ghoulish Eats for Kids and Grown Ups Alike

Mummy Hot Dogs

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Throwing a Halloween party? Whip up these spook-tacular treats and drinks to make any party gruesomely great.

  • 01 of 20

    Non Alcoholic Sherbet Punch

    Non Alcoholic Sherbet Punch in glasses and in a punch bowl

    The Spruce / Preethi Venkatram

    A non-alcoholic Halloween Monster Punch is an addictively delicious drink that everyone of all ages can sip on. Using lime sherbet and frozen juice concentrates, you can also add green food coloring to enhance the emerald hue of the party mocktail. Sparkling ginger ale also reacts with the cold sherbet to create a bubbling "witches cauldron" that's the perfect finishing touch.

  • 02 of 20

    Mummy Hot Dogs

    Mummy Hot Dogs

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    These mummy hot dogs make a perfect Halloween recipe for kids—they can even make this easy-to-prepare snack themselves. All you need is packaged crescent roll dough and hot dogs to create a filling hand-held meal for Halloween trick-or-treating.

  • 03 of 20

    Halloween Candy Fondue

    Halloween fondue recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga 

    Grab a couple of handfuls of your favorite fun-size chocolate bars (we made individual fondues for Butterfinger, Milky Way, and Snickers), some bulk chocolate and a small slow-cooker or crockpot. That's all you'll need to transform these fan favorites into a fancy dessert you can pair with anything you'd dip in traditional chocolate fondue.

  • 04 of 20

    Halloween Sangria Cocktail

    Halloween sangria recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    Serve this bloody-good Halloween sangria cocktail as a self-serve punch your guests will love. Easy to prepare ahead of time, the really fun part of this red drink is customizing it with your own creativity. Hang some gummy worms on the side of the punch bowl, float edible eyeballs in the liquid, or freeze all kinds of creepy crawlies in ice to float inside. The only limit is your imagination!

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  • 05 of 20

    Halloween Deviled Eggs

    serving plate with halloween deviled eggs
    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These spine-chilling Halloween deviled eggs are made to look like scary black spiders have taken over, but they're really perfectly delicious eggs and completely edible. They're easy to make, too. The eggs are stuffed with a simple classic mayonnaise filling, and sliced whole pitted black olives make up the spooky spiders.

  • 06 of 20

    Meatball Monster Sandwiches

    Meatball Monster Sandwiches Recipe

     The Spruce

    These little sandwiches are so cute your kids will gobble them up. Meatballs are simmered in hearty spaghetti sauce and topped with olives so they look just like eyeballs peeking out from toasted rolls. Use frozen pre-cooked meatballs to make this meatball monster sandwiches recipe an absolute snap to prepare. You could also add some cooked and pureed vegetables to the sauce to sneak a little more nutrition.

  • 07 of 20

    Candy Corn Jell-O Shots

    Candy corn orange jello shots

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Grown-ups will get a kick out of this jiggly Halloween candy corn Jell-O shots recipe. Delight adult guests with a combination of orange Jell-O, creamy coconut milk, and Cointreau liqueur. They're a fun addition for Halloween parties or any occasion where pint-sized, spiked oranges may add to the festivities.

  • 08 of 20

    Witch Finger Pretzel Rods

    Witch Finger Pretzel Rods
    The Spruce

    Everyone from the littlest goblin to oldest wizard will love these creepy treats, ready in just 15 minutes. The four-ingredient witch finger pretzel rods (fingers) make the perfect sweet-and-salty snack for a kids' Halloween party or grown-up shindig.

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  • 09 of 20

    Mad Eye Martini Cocktail

    Mad eye martini recipe

    The Spruce Eats/Julia Hartbeck

    How spooky can you get? For an adults-only Halloween bash, wow guests with a spook-tacular cocktail featuring a gruesome garnish. Eerily impressive, this vodka mad eye martini cocktail has a beautiful pale blue color and is sweetened with lychee liqueur. Create the edible eyeball topper with the simple step-by-step instructions featured in the recipe.

  • 10 of 20

    Pretzel Pumpkins

    Pretzel Pumpkins Candy Recipe

     The Spruce

    Three ingredients and 10 minutes are all it takes to prepare a batch of pretzel pumpkins. Since they're so fast to make, it's easy to whip up a few trays for a party or a scary movie night with your grown-up friends.

  • 11 of 20

    Skull Caramel Apples

    Skull Caramel Apples

    The Spruce / Christine Ma

    Make no bones about it, these skull caramel apples are frightfully delicious. Apples are already a great seasonal treat since they're at peak sweetness during the fall months. Dunk them in caramel and white chocolate, then decorate them with a creepy skull design and they're dressed up for Halloween, too.

  • 12 of 20

    Spiderweb Cookies

    Rum Balls Recipe

     The Spruce

    Creepy-looking spiderweb cookies are a sweet and scary chocolate treat. The spiderwebs that make these cookies seem so frightful are actually mini marshmallows that have been melted and stretched over the baked and cooled cookies. It's a simple technique with a big effect.

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  • 13 of 20

    Chocolate-Covered Ghost Strawberries

    Ghost strawberries

    The Spruce

    These adorable chocolate-covered ghost strawberries are scarily simple. Instead of dipping strawberries in the traditional semi-sweet chocolate, you dunk them in melted white chocolate and add ghostly "faces" using bits of dark chocolate. They're a sweet addition to any grown-up Halloween menu and also simple enough for kids to help you make.

  • 14 of 20

    Skeleton Key Cocktail

    Skeleton key cocktail recipe

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    This skeleton key cocktail is a gruesomely elegant cocktail that's suitable for adult Halloween parties and easy to mix-up for guests. Fine Kentucky bourbon combines with elderflower liqueur, spicy ginger beer and Angostura bitters for a Halloween cocktail that's frightfully good. The blood-red liquid in the drink floats on top of the cocktail in an eerie fashion, giving it a bloody look that's perfect for a scary celebration.

  • 15 of 20

    Peanut Butter Halloween Eyeballs

    Peanut butter eyeballs

    The Spruce

    A Halloween variation on the popular candy called buckeyes, these peanut butter eyeballs will scare everyone at first sight. Once they realize the balls are actually sweet-and-salty candies, however, your costumed guests won't be able to stop eating them.

  • 16 of 20

    Bloody Rum Punch

    Donq bloody rum punch recipe

    ​The Spruce / Teena Agnel

    The bloody rum punch is a take on the traditional sangria, and its dark red color makes it perfect for an eerie Halloween party punch. It also has a well-earned reputation as being a very strong punch, so consider yourself warned.

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  • 17 of 20

    Black Widow Cocktail

    Black widow recipe

    The Spruce 

    The black widow is Blavod Vodka's answer to a Cape Codder. It's a straightforward vodka-cranberry drink that simply opts for a cool visual effect that can only come from black vodka. This easy and eerie drink is perfect for Halloween parties and it mixes up in quickly so you can get back to your guests.

  • 18 of 20

    Toffee Apples

    Easy homemade toffee apple recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    Crunchy, sticky toffee apples are the perfect treat on a chilly autumn or winter's day, which is what makes them so perfect for enjoying during apple picking season, Scotland's traditional Bonfire Night, or on Halloween. They are so easy to make, though, so don't reserve them just for those autumn celebrations—they are delicious any time of year.

  • 19 of 20

    Vampire's Kiss Martini

    Vampire Kiss Champagne Cocktail

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    The vampire's kiss martini is an extremely simple Champagne cocktail that you won't want to miss. The sparkling vodka drink has the sweet taste of raspberries and its red sugar rim is a stunning finishing touch. While it's a great drink for Halloween parties, it's also nice on Valentine's Day or any other occasion, even if that's just a weeknight dinner.

  • 20 of 20

    Halloween Cupcakes

    halloween cupcakes

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    These adorable Halloween cupcakes are easy to make and are a great spooky addition to your Halloween treat table. We’ve included a delicious and deeply dark chocolate cupcake recipe, but you can use any cupcake recipe or even boxed mix you like.