We're getting into fall and you know what that means… Halloween is just around the corner! If you're having a Halloween party, then you'll know that one of the key things that ties it all together is the snacks. Halloween snacks are a great way to create a spooky atmosphere and they add a bit of fun into the mix as well.
Whether you are a master in the kitchen or just a novice, there are lots of Halloween snacks that you can make for your own party. In this post, I list 50 different examples of Halloween snacks. Some are simple while others take considerably more effort. But… they all look awesome and are a great addition to a Halloween table.
While most of the snacks are on the sweet side (it is Halloween, after all), there are also some more healthy alternatives for those who don't want Halloween to be a sugar-fest.
Halloween Party Snack Ideas
Jack o' Lantern Candy or Caramel Apples
We already strongly associate Jack o' lanterns with Halloween, so they're a perfect choice for a Halloween party snack. The trick is the yellow/orange color of the coating, combined with faces that are stuck on. The apples in the image use a caramel coating, which gives them that creamy orange color and also makes them easy to eat. Orange candied apples also work just as well. The faces can be made by cutting up licorice or black fondant. Either approach gives you a lot of options for how the apples end up looking.
I love the way these little cupcakes look. For a Halloween party, the real trick is the little ghost toppers. They look really professional and cute, but are just rolled out white fondant that is cut and shaped around a gummy. White fondant is a pretty simple way of making ghosts in general, and you could easily use a similar approach to put little ghosts on sticks or on a cake. The variations are endless.
Brownies with ‘Blood' Syringes
Okay, this option is best reserved for adult parties, but it really does look cool. It's also a pretty simple type of snack, because you are basically just dealing with a brownie, a syringe filled with jello and a little extra jello to go on top. A very adult variation is to make jello syringe shots. You can even find specially designed syringes for this purpose, which is actually kind of weird, but there you go. You have to admit though, they do look cool.
Halloween Cake Pops
Cake pops have become a major fad, but what about Halloween-themed ones? The only real change is in how you decorate them. I especially like the idea of Jack o' lantern cake pops, because you could make them using pumpkin spice candy melts. The end result would look like a pumpkin and taste a little like one too. Pretty cool!
People always get so creative with Halloween party snacks, and this is a really good example. The spiders look so cool , but if you look closely, they aren't all that complicated. It's basically a chocolate-dipped brownie with licorice strings for legs, gumdrops for eyes and a few other little touches. Just be careful around people scared of spiders – you might end up with a smooshed brownie.
Chocolate Candy Mess
Okay. I actually have no idea what to call this one – but it's a nifty way of combining different types of candy. The googly eyes and the candy corn are really the only things that make this look like Halloween, but I don't think that matters. The eyes make it look like someone almost completely drowned in chocolate. Just make sure you use edible eyes, not plastic ones.
Bloody Candy Chocolate Apples
The red and white contrast works really well here, although you could potentially replace the white if you wanted to. With this snack, the apples are dipped in white chocolate. Once that is hardened, the blood is created using red candy apple coating. Using white chocolate to coat the apple is a little unusual and I wonder how the flavor contrast would work. Probably quite well, especially if you picked a relatively tart apple to coat.
Ghost Bananas and Pumpkin Mandarins
These a simple and healthy Halloween snacks, so they're great if you're in a hurry or want there to be a few healthy things on the table. With this snack, it really is obvious what the individual parts are supposed to be, even though the snacks just use four ingredients total. In fact, I think you'd spend more time peeling the mandarins than making the rest of the snack. Who said that Halloween snacks should be complicated.
Strawberries That Want To Eat You
And these little monsters are the opposite end of the spectrum. Visually they are much more striking than those bananas and mandarins, but they also take more work. With the strawberries, the mouths are made by cutting the gap, filling it with partially with chocolate and the piping in the teeth. That takes a pretty steady hand, but the end result is worth it. The entire thing reminds me of Little Shop of Horrors, even though the colors aren't quite right.
Who knew that apples had teeth? I think this one falls into the category of mostly healthy – depending on how you make them, of course. It looks like marshmallows were used as teeth and peanut butter for the gums in this creation. I've also seen caramel used as the filling, and candy corn or almonds used for the teeth. There are other variations too, and it really is a matter of picking the taste and appearance that you're looking for.
I do love the way that Halloween snack recipes use cupcakes or brownies as somewhere for little creations, like these ghosts, to sit. It's a little hard to tell just from looking, but it seems like these were made by coating a large marshmallow with white chocolate, and letting that white chocolate drip down. Getting the chocolate to the right consistency might take a little work though.
Well… I guess the implication is that a vampire bit these cupcakes, but either way they fit in with the Halloween theme completely. The simplest way of making them would just be a normal cupcake with white frosting, where you add in the holes and jam manually. However, making the muffins themselves cherry/raspberry/strawberry filled is a cool touch that would make them stand out a bit more.
Spidery Deviled Eggs
These snacks are very seasonal, simple and actually healthy. That's pretty good going for a Halloween snack. Making a spider out of a pitted olive is a neat trick, and it's much less fiddly that most other food spiders that I've seen. I wouldn't try to serve this one at a kids party though. After all, there is a decent number of adults that don't like olives, and kids are often considerably more picky.
This one makes me laugh. It is certainly a Halloween snack, but it's also a refined version of one. The snack is actually an exceptionally small caprese salad (mozzarella, basil and tomatoes, seasoned with olive oil and salt), made in the shape of a face with olives added to finish off the eyes. It isn't a snack that you'd find at many Halloween parties, but it would be quite a refreshing snack – especially compared to how sugary most of the alternatives are.
Pumpkin Deviled Eggs
These little deviled eggs are another break away from the traditional sweetness of Halloween. I love how appealing these look, even though they aren't actually much more complicated than normal deviled eggs. The basic idea is to make deviled eggs, but make them a bit redder. Food coloring might be one direction, but just using ketchup and paprika also works well. That's paprika you see sprinkled across the top. It's great for red coloring without adding heat. The stem of the pumpkin is just a little bit of greenery, like part of a spring onion.
Chocolate Cupcake Spiders
Here we are with spiders again. Spiders seem to make such a good choice for Halloween because there are so many different ways of making them. Using pocky (you can find it in the international section of a grocery store) is a good approach for the legs, as the text suggests, although I think the icing legs do look better. The catch with this snack is that it can't be moved easily without breaking it. That might make it a good choice for a more formal Halloween party, or just one with relatively few people.
Ghost Crackers and Dip
This snack works well on multiple levels. For one thing, the hollowed out pepper basically looks like a pumpkin, so that ties in very well with the Halloween theme. The chips themselves are also really cool, just because they look so terrified. That would make them pretty fun to eat, although they would probably disappear pretty fast.
Chocolate Pumpkin Patch
This is a great example of making something simple look complex and sophisticated. Basically, you've just got little pudding cups with candy pumpkins on top, a little green (chocolate, I think) and a sign. The entire thing would actually work pretty well with just the pumpkins and the cups too. It's a quick and easy Halloween snack, but it's also one that kids would absolutely love.
The snack itself is pretty simple here – what I love is the presentation. A jagged mouth and some basic eyes is enough to make this watermelon look alive. Actually doing it wouldn't be that difficult either, because it isn't that far off carving a pumpkin. Plus, pieces of watermelon are a sweet and refreshing snack in their own right.
Cheese Ball Monsters
I really do love these little things. They're a nice savory option for a snack, especially as they involve cheese, pretzels and olives. They also look exceptionally cute. Many Halloween snacks get repeated across multiple different parties, and there are often many variations on the same thing. These little guys are a bit different, and I don't think I've seen snacks quite like this before.
This one is an extreme interpretation of finger food. It's also a classic and there are a lot of recipes out there for similar fingers. I like these ones because they almost look real. They seem to be made of bread sticks, along with almonds for the fingernails and maybe some jam under the nails. Whatever the red stuff is, it's a nice touch and makes the fingers look just a little bit more gory.
Here's another great example of turning simple brownies into something more. It's a little hard to tell, but I think they are being stabbed with knifes made of gingerbread and the knifes are decorated with white icing. With these snacks, making the knife is probably the more complicated part, as brownies tend to be pretty simple. Still, the end result is well-worth the effort.
Grilled Cheese Jack o' Lanterns
I'm not sure about the broccoli part of this snack, but the grilled cheese pumpkins do look pretty cool. If you tried to serve this at a kids party, I think the grilled cheese would get eaten, and the broccoli ignored. With the pumpkins here, it looks like someone has used a cutter for the pumpkin shape and then cut out the faces in the pumpkins individually. It's a cool look either way, and a great way of making snacks that look different from each other.
With these cookies, I think someone got inspiration from A Nightmare Before Christmas, because the faces really do look like Jack Skellington from that movie. The cookies themselves look like a thick cookie (possibly an oreo) that has been dipped in white chocolate. You could also make something similar with white fondant, and either way, a food pen can be used for the detailing.
Simple Strawberry Faces
This is another simple and fairly healthy Halloween snack option. It's just strawberries with a couple of white chocolate pieces held on by milk chocolate. Personally, I think these ones don't look the greatest, and you could make the eyes look better with a little more care. Still, it is a good option if you don't have much time or many resources.
Chocolate Pretzel Witches' Fingers
This is another version of the witches' fingers snacks. This time it's a pretzel stick dipped in green chocolate (i.e. white chocolate + food coloring), with an almond as the fingernail. The green is a nice touch, as is taking the time to make markings for the knuckles. They're also fairly healthy, or at least they are compared to sugary and sweet snacks.
This one is a masterpiece, seriously. It is actually made from one of the large soft pretzels that has been dipped in white chocolate. The rest of it is fairly obvious, but the end result is quite striking. Because of the size of the snack, it might be better as a Halloween gift rather than out on a table, but that would depend a bit on your party and what works best.
Spider Cupcakes (again)
For some reason, the spider in the front of the image doesn't seem to have its legs, which makes the whole thing a bit confusing. Despite that, these are meant to be spider cupcakes, using red licorice strands for legs. These don't look quite as creepy as some of the other spiders I have shown here. That might be a good thing if you are planning on serving them at a kid's Halloween party. For adults, I prefer the more creepy ones, but that's just me.
I seem to be on a bit of a spider theme, but seriously, don't these look cool? Oreos, edible eyes and licorice (I think it's licorice anyway) makes for a pretty simple combination that looks quite appealing. Plus, the white of the Oreos look a little bit like mouths. For the eyes, edible eyes are the easiest option, although they could also be made with frosting.
And the eyes have it… Sorry. Making eyes for Halloween treats is a pretty common choice, although these ones look particularly frightening. You can really get away with using white chocolate or fondant around something round, like a truffle or a cake pop – and then decorating from there. There are other versions too, like ones that are basically chocolate dipped jello. Those can give people quite a fright if they weren't expecting the jello.
I love this snack. It looks fantastic, but it's also very simple. The broom part is basically string cheese and the handle is just a pretzel stick. The string is a fresh chive. That makes the entire thing edible and adds a nice color contrast. This one looks best served on a colored plate, but don't they look cool? Besides, healthy options are always great.
Candy Corn Cookies
This is another deceptively simple snack. It's a triangular cookie that has been iced with the same colors as candy corn. This is one of the few snacks on this list that works just as well as a fall snack as it does as a Halloween one. There are a lot of variations on this snack out there. One example is making cookies so small that they actually look like candy corn. Some versions also have the different colors in the dough itself. That approach does make it easier to get smaller cookies.
And surprise, surprise… we are back to spiders. These ones are a bit different, because they're a savory option. That makes pretzels an especially good choice for the legs. Because they are made using sandwich cookies the entire thing is going to stay together pretty well. At least… it will until someone takes a bite.
Test Tube Shots and Ghost Bread
This one is really two snacks instead of one, but it was too good not to include. What I love about these is that they look extremely professional, but they wouldn't be that hard to make. The ghosts look like they are simply sandwiches of thin bread (or thin chocolate cake) that have been cut out with a cookie cutter. The drinks are even simpler, just a cloudy orange drink in a test tube. Depending on the party, you might have an alcoholic cocktail in there, or just some type of juice. Either way, these are fantastic-looking snacks.
Witch's Brew Jello Shots
I love these. They are seriously inventive and look cool as well. The idea here is to use a plastic cauldron as a container for a jello shot. Because of the size of them, the end product isn't a shot per se, instead, it's alcoholic jello that you can eat with a spoon. Yum! In the image, there is even some foam made from tapioca and gummies have been placed as ingredients in the brew. You could also make a kids version by skipping the alcohol.
Creepy food is a must-have at any Halloween party, and these little desserts fit the bill perfectly. The funny thing is, that it probably wouldn't be clear what these desserts were without the RIP piping on the cookie. But, with that there it becomes very obvious that these are supposed to be little edible graves. They would also be a pretty simple party snack to pull off and you could get away with using instant putting in the bottom if you wanted to.
Without a doubt, the power of this dish is in its presentation. I mean, guacamole and chips aren't something I would associate with Halloween. But, when they come out of the mouth of a pumpkin (who looks quite uncomfortable), the whole thing looks completely different. However, I do think this is one dish that the squeamish might avoid, because no one likes associating their food with vomit. Still – it certainly catches your eye.
I showed some ghost cupcakes earlier, but these ones are pretty different – so they deserve their own special mention. In this case, it looks like someone has been very clever with either thick cream or meringue. I suspect it would take quite a few tries before you got the hang of getting the ghosts perfect. But, I imagine you would have people at hand more than willing to eat the ones that didn't turn out quite right.
Citrus Slice Jello Shots
This particular snack has the advantage of looking fantastic and being exceptionally easy to make. This is actually a good snack for any type of party, but with the right colors it also works very well for Halloween. Most of the time you see this snack made with alcohol, but it would work well with plain jello as well.
Decorated Cake Pops
These are another variation on the idea of making Halloween cake pops. These ones seem more suited for a kids party, because they are decorated in reference to Disney movies. The pops on the top left look like they are supposed to be Mike from Monster's Inc., while the ones on the top right look like Jack Skellington from A Nightmare Before Christmas. Either way, they are great examples of how creative you can get in decorating cake pops.
The cups really seal the deal here, but you could get a similar effect using regular cups. It is basically a cake baked into a cup (or just put in there) with that icing style over the top. With the right icing, it would be pretty easy to make it look like brains. In this case, it looks like the concept was just a lot of squiggles roughly divided into two sections to represent the hemispheres of the brain. It's a simple trick to make a normal cake look suitably like Halloween.
Okay, I'll confess that I don't actually know what to call these. They look like two layers of pastry with a little bit of orange filling (which is probably pumpkin flavored). Making them would be simple, because there are so many pumpkin cookie cutters out there. You could really get creative with the faces too, like they have in this image.
Here's another example of graves – cupcakes this time. Graves seem to work best when you are making them on something that is brown, because it looks like dirt. In this case, it looks like the cupcakes are plain with chocolate icing. Personally, I would do it with chocolate cupcakes, but then again – I'm a sucker for chocolate. In this case, the tombstones seem to be made from half of a milano cookie. That's a clever trick, because they are already shaped a bit like a tombstone.
I love just how simple this one is. You're just looking at a red drink, probably made using fresh berries and a base juice, like apple juice. The end result looks a lot like blood, and you could include alcohol or exclude it, depending on the type of party. While it doesn't look especially like Halloween in this image, imagine it in wine glasses in a room that was Halloween themed. This would be a perfect option for a vampire-themed party.
Witch Ice Cream
Unlike most Halloween snacks, this one doesn't look like anything. But, it's still got the colors of fall and Halloween, along with the witch hats. It's a little hard to tell from the image, but I think the snack is basically vanilla ice cream with caramel in tall glasses. The witch hats are actually on top of the end of the spoons. I imagine these would be a hit at just about any party.
This is another clever dish. The base of the ghosts is a meringue and I think it's been dipped in cream. Meringues are a great choice for Halloween, because their shape already looks a bit like a ghost. It wouldn't take a lot of tweaking to make them look suitably haunting, like in the image.
Doesn't this dessert just look incredibly creepy? To make matters worse (or better), most people looking at it probably wouldn't know what it was made of. If you didn't label it, I wonder how long it would take before someone tried it. The brain is actually made from panna cotta and the rest is just jam. I'm not sure, but I'm guessing they used a mold to give the dessert its awesome shape.
This is another snack that doesn't look like anything – although it does look cool. They've used jars to show off the Halloween colors of this layered cake, and the entire thing has ended up looking pretty cool. You could make it look a bit more like Halloween by putting a spider or something else creepy on top.
Simple ideas are the best, especially as they end up being things that anybody could make. These little strawberries are a great example, because they're just chocolate dipped with a little bit of detailing. They look so cool though, and even their stalks add to the overall image. You could also make them by reversing the chocolate. In that case, you'd dip them in milk or dark chocolate, then use white chocolate detailing. Either way would look cool though.
Bright orange and chocolate just works so well for Halloween. I guess it's because of pumpkin, but regardless of the reason – you have to admit that these really do seem like Halloween. The decorations do also help and there are also lots of options for things that you could top the brownies with. After all, we've looked at a number of them in this post alone, and I've barely scratched the surface of all the Halloween snacks that are out there.
Skeleton Pretzel Cupcakes
I never realized how much white chocolate covered pretzels look like rib cages until I saw this tweet earlier today. Hilarious! Sometimes people really surprise me with how creative they are. These don't take much to construct, and would be a lot of fun for kids to make.