If you’re under the age of 12, your Halloween goals most likely revolve around scoring a hefty candy haul. The rest of us benefit more from potluck-style parties and food with a little more substance (okay, and a few pieces of candy, too). No matter your indulgence, Halloween is the time for treats!
If you were a fan of our Scary & Scrumptious Recipes from last year, check out what we’ve whipped up for you to try this year! These 13 recipes are all easy to make, affordable, and perfect for any party or age group. If you’re feeling inspired, share your photos with us on Pinterest!
1. Monster Rice Krispies Treats. You don’t have to bring anyone back from the dead for these easy-to-make sweets. Simply whip up a batch of Rice Krispies Treats using cereal, butter, marshmallows and green food coloring. Once cooled, slice your pan of Rice Krispies into squares and decorate with candy eyes and frosting features. The final touch: add brown or purple M&M “bolts” to the side of your monster’s head. A concoction Dr. Frankenstein himself would be proud of! Save $1 off Rice Krispies.
2. Dracula’s Dentures. Fashion your own edible fangs with four simple ingredients. Buy or make chocolate chip cookies, break them in half and frost the tops with red icing. Add some marshmallow molars and almond-sliver fangs, and you’ve got a tasty, creepy treat for any party! Save $1 off Pillsbury cookie dough.
3. Melted Witches. Feel free to get creative with this one! We like this version from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, but the effect can be used cookies, cupcakes and even cocktails. The key is the melty green icing, a telltale pointy hat (made out of Oreos or Hershey's Kisses) and a broom. To make edible brooms, combine pretzel sticks and sliced cheese. The swirl effect comes from mixing dark chocolate and candy melts with a toothpick. Save 75 cents off Sargento Cheese Bites!
4. Strawberry Ghosts. For some kids, fruits and veggies are the scariest foods. But we bet they’ll like these spooky strawberry ghosts! Make a plate of chocolate-covered strawberry ghosts by melting white chocolate and decorating with black icing, chocolate chips or candy eyes. Be sure to leave a chocolate “tail” when you set the strawberries on wax paper to dry. Save 50 cents off any one Driscoll’s berry product here.
5. Zombie Boogers. For the five-year-old at heart (or, you know, husbands). This is as easy as buying instant popcorn and dying it green! Add green food coloring to this butter syrup recipe and serve in festive bags or old-timey popcorn boxes, which can be found at your local party store or online at Oriental Trading. (We promise it tastes better than it looks.) Print a coupon $1 off Jolly Time popcorn here.
6. Spider Mini-Pizzas. This is a great snack idea for a party with kids, and they can even help with assembly. Make mini-pizzas and top with sliced black olives to look like spiders! Since some kids don’t like olives, you can substitute the fruit (yes, olives are technically a fruit!) with sausage, pepperoni or even extra pizza dough.
7. Watermelon Brain. It turns out when you shave a watermelon and strategically cut it, you can make it look like a brain. Who knew? Healthy and slightly off-putting, it’s a perfect addition for the punch bowl.
8. Devil-ed Eggs. Who says deviled eggs are just for Easter? We love any excuse to eat a few (dozen), and these Halloween versions are a perfect savory addition to any table. Tutorial here. Note that you can change up your recipe and add avocado for color, or dye your eggs red for that fashionable bloodshot eye look that’s so in right now.
9. Skeleton Sticks. Here’s another “why didn’t I think of that?!” recipe. Buy a bag of traditional pretzels, coat in white chocolate, then stack on a candy stick or skewer to create a ribcage. Add a marshmallow skull to the top and draw on a frosting face. Break a pretzel in half to create arms, and put your skeletons on top of cupcakes for presentation. Get better instructions here.
10. Vampire Donuts. We’ve added this one for the DIY-impaired. Basically all it requires is a dozen donuts, a cheap pack of vampire fangs, and some candy eyes if you want to seem the least bit crafty. From personal experience, this is your best bet for an office potluck you forgot about until the night before.
11. Candy Bark. The only thing scary about this recipe is the sugar content. Is it even legal to consume this much sugar in a single sitting? But for Halloween, anything goes! Basically you just sprinkle candy on top of more candy to get a spooky, festive and breakable treat that’s easily shareable. Find more recipe variations and candy bark inspiration from Pinterest.
12. Voodoo Doll Gingerbread Cookies. This creepy twist on a Christmas favorite is sure to impress and spook your guests. Buy a box of gingerbread cookie mix, or make your own, and cut into shapes. Then, decorate like voodoo dolls using frosting and sprinkles. You can also make skeletons by coating your cookies in black frosting and drawing on bones. Save 25 percent off Krusteaz gingerbread mix with a Cartwheel offer on the Target app!
13. Halloween Hot Chocolate. If your Halloween night consists of cozying up on the couch with a scary movie, don’t forget the hot chocolate. Make your own white hot chocolate on the stove or in a slow-cooker. Leave it white for ghost cocoa, add some green to make monster blood or dye it red for a vampire-themed drink. Decorate your glasses with drizzled milk chocolate, and don’t forget the sprinkles!