Sure, ordering pizzas for a Halloween party is easy and delicious. But why not up your food game for this year’s festivities with something a bit more out of the box? With the holidays around the corner, we know it’s a busy and expensive time of year, so we’ve whipped up some of the best and easiest Halloween-themed recipes you can make on a budget. Whether you’re going for frightful or fun, these treats will transform any party into a ghoulishly good time.
Appetizers & Snacks
1. Mummy Hot Dogs. Pigs in a Blanket are good for every other day of the year, but for Halloween, make them mummies! All you need is hot dogs and Pillsbury Crescent dough. Roll out strips of dough and layer around the dogs, then bake! Add mustard or ketchup eyes and serve with cheesy dipping sauce. Pro savings tip: get $1 off your Crescents with a Pillsbury coupon.
Recipe via Pillsbury
2. Double-Decker Coffin Sandwiches. This easy and creepy recipe works well with everything from peanut butter and jelly to ham and cheese. You can use whatever filling you like, but we like Nadia G’s recipe for apple and pesto on pumpernickel. The key is to cut your bread into the perfect coffin shape, and use condiments to draw crosses on the tops for the finishing touch! Want something warm? Try making coffin grilled cheese dippers to go with tomato soup.
Recipe via CookingChannelTV.com
3. Dumpling “Brains.” Ok, we admit, this recipe looks repulsive. If you’re going for the shock factor at your Halloween party, this one is for you! Nothing looks more like questionable human organs than these pork-stuffed dumplings, especially when served in a beaker or lab jar. Though they look gnarly, they make up for it with their zesty Chili-Sesame marinade. Learn how to make them here!
4. Monster Eggs. Deviled eggs aren’t just for Easter anymore. Serve up some freshly laid “monster eggs” this Halloween! All you need is a dozen eggs, mayo and mustard, black food coloring and a Ziploc bag. Learn the technique for creating the “veins” and the recipe for the deviled egg filling from Instructables. You can also use red food coloring for a more gruesome effect.
5. Grilled Pepper Frogs. If the weather is still pleasant on Halloween, fire up the grill and make some of these fun, healthy pepper frogs! Use green or multicolored peppers and learn how to cut them into clever frog shapes. Brush with oil and season if desired, then throw them on the grill or into the oven to roast. Finally, add black-eyed peas or black beans for eyes, and serve on a plate of “lily pad” lettuce!
Via The Foodies
6. Inside-Out Caramel Apple Slices. We’ve been eating caramel apples all wrong! Learn how to make caramel apple slices that are easier to eat and better for large groups of people. You can even get decorative and add crumbled cookie topping, sprinkles or nuts. Add toothpicks or decorative appetizer sticks to keep fingers clean, and you’ve got a delicious (and somewhat healthy) snack that people will keep visiting the food table for.
7. Shrunken Head Punch. Don’t worry! You don’t have to locate an obscure curiosity shop to obtain real shrunken heads for this recipe. Simply cut peeled apples into face shapes, let dry, and add to homemade punch or cider. You can even use herbs and seeds to add fake “mold” and “bugs” to your heads. Going for gorey? Make the punch red.
8. Hand Ice Cube. Use a plastic glove to freeze a hand-shaped ice cube! This trick makes a great centerpiece to any bowl of punch, and you can even add little plastic spiders to the ice for added effect. You can do this with any flavor of drink, but we recommend red “blood” punch best. Get the instructions for hand-ice here.
Desserts & Sweet Treats
9. Haunted Gingerbread House. If you have a hard time waiting until Christmas to make a gingerbread house, make this spooky Halloween house now! Using cookies, frosting, black licorice and candy, you can easily create a spooky cookie house everyone will admire. The best part? If your house leans, it only adds to the creepy effect! Get inspired with these impressive Pinterest boards!
10. Witches Hat Cookies or Cupcakes. Ice cream cone + cookie + frosting = easy, delicious and visually-awesome treats! You can make these goodies with plain cones or dip them in chocolate, and decorate with candy any way you like. If you’ve really got a sweet tooth, you can also place cones on top of cupcakes or cookies. To save on the star of this craft, use our Joy cones coupon for 35 cents off your purchase.
11. Worms ‘n Dirt. Every adult remembers making this fun and “gross” concoction as a kid with cookies, pudding and gummy worms. But you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these festive treats! Try this delicious Grown-Up Worms in Dirt recipe with pumpkin spice pudding containing a splash of bourbon! Your guests are sure to be impressed.
Via Lark & Linen
12. Candy Corn Pudding Pops. The edibility of candy corn is the biggest Halloween debate. Whether or not you actually like these sugary isosceles triangles, we bet you’ll like this icy spin-off! Simply layer creamy chocolate and vanilla pudding and freeze overnight in popsicle molds for a refreshing twist on this iconic seasonal image. Like the candy too? Try adding some to the pops before freezing!
Via No. 2 Pencil
13. Graveyard Cake. This recipe is so easy, you can get your kids to help! Start with a cake mix or bake from scratch, and then frost your “graveyard” with dark chocolate icing when the cake has cooled. Use green sprinkles or frosting for “grass,” and then set up Milano and Chessmen cookies to look like gravestones. Using letter frosting, write “RIP” and draw tiny crosses on your gravestones. Be sure to space out your graves so that everyone gets a cookie headstone with their slice! Finally, add some candy pumpkins or Peeps ghosts and you’ve got a tasty, terrifying treat that’s as fun to look at as it is to eat!