Halloween is the perfect holiday to let loose and act like a kid again. From wearing over-the-top costumes to visiting some of the most terrifying places on earth, it’s a holiday that allows you to have fun, as well as be creative and creepy. It only makes sense that your creativity should make its way to a festive dish or two.
Whether you’re planning your next Halloween celebration or searching for the perfect devilish dish to bring to a party, we’ve got you covered with the spookiest dishes.
Avocados are packed with nutrients perfect for maintaining a healthy diet, so it makes sense to incorporate this snack into a fun treat for your Halloween party. Frankenstein toast is perfect for children and adults alike. Simply spread avocado on a bread of your choice and create fake spikes of hair with chopped olives or seaweed. The eyes can be made with egg whites from a boiled egg and olives, and a fun mouth can be created with a slice of tomato. This avocado toast recipe will help you get things started.
White chocolate is a delicious treat no matter the day, so this party favor is sure to be a hit. Simply melt the chocolate and use a teaspoon to scoop and spread it in a swooping “ghost shape” on a sheet of wax paper. Use chocolate chips as eyes, and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes. Children will have a blast creating this sweet snack, so get the entire family involved.
Pizza bagels are a snack we all loved as children and it’s easy to make into a Halloween treat. After using a pizza bagel recipe to create a perfectly baked piece of dough covered in marinara sauce, cut a slice of cheese of your choice into the shape of a friendly ghoul. If you’re a fan of olives, cut a few into little pieces for eyes, and ta-da! You’ve got pizza perfect for a Halloween shindig.
Whether you’re gathered around the campfire or the oven, these monster s’mores are sure to enthrall any Halloween lover. Bonus: They are super easy to make. All you’ll need are graham crackers, your favorite chocolate bar, chocolate chips and regular and mini marshmallows. Place the chocolate bar on the graham cracker just like a classic s’more recipe, but then place the marshmallows to look like giant eyes or chop them to look like sharp teeth. Add the chocolate chips to the eyes to achieve a fiendish look.
Rather than wrapping a hot dog in a thick piece of dough like a classic pigs in a blanket recipe, loosely wrap thin pieces of dough to resemble the linen cloth of a mummy to make mummy hot dogs. Be sure to add a couple drops of mustard for glowing eyes.
Gelatin-based dishes might have had their heyday in the ‘60s and ‘70s, but this gory dish will be a delicious treat for your Halloween party guests. Using a plastic brain mold from a party store and the gelatin flavor of your choice, you’ll simply use food coloring to achieve the perfect color for a real fright.
Quesadillas are an easy and tasty snack that can be made with your choice of cheese or spiced up to suit every taste. For this dish, use a paring knife to cut a jack-o’-lantern-style face into the tortilla. If you want to embrace the fall spirit, add pumpkin puree to your quesadillas for a nice savory taste.
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Devil deviled eggs are a treat that is just as tasty as it is adorably sinister. Follow our deviled eggs recipe to get things started, then chop up a red bell pepper into small triangular shapes. After you’ve filled your egg white with the egg yolk mixture, arrange the triangular-shaped bell peppers to look like little horns.
Gingerbread houses are a sweet creation usually saved for Christmas, but this spooky spin on the classic recipe will make it perfect for a Halloween celebration. Add black food coloring to frosting or a buttercream along with your favorite Halloween colors to turn a gingerbread structure into a haunted house. If you have a few cookies left, decorate them to resemble gravestones to give your haunted house an even creepier feel.
Fruit trays are a healthy alternative to fried and sugary snacks. A haunted tray is a great way to scare guests into eating their fruits and vegetables. Any fruit can be used, but the basic staples like bananas and oranges are just fine. Add chocolate chips or Nutella to chopped bananas to create a frightening ghost, or a stick of celery in the center of a peeled orange to replicate a pumpkin. Start with our fresh fruit platter recipe then show off your creativity.
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Our easy-to-make cake pop recipe makes the base for this terrifying treat fit for any Halloween shindig. Instead of a typical chocolate sauce, dip your frozen cake ball into creamy, white chocolate to pull off the look of an eyeball. You can add red frosting along the sides of the cake pop with a chocolate chip at the center to resemble veins and a pupil or experiment with other designs.
There are so many recipes to make a next-level burger, so all you’ll need to do is choose your favorite before making this jack-o’-lantern-inspired dish. Choose your favorite cheese and use a paring knife to shape it like jagged teeth. Place it so that it hangs over the site of the patty. Next, cut small triangles into the top bun to resemble eyes. Bonus: If you’re feeling extra festive, cut a small hole into the top of the bun and add a jalapeno stem for the perfect pumpkin look.
Whether you’re throwing a birthday party or a Halloween celebration, chocolate cake is always the way to go. It’s delicious, it’s well-liked, and, with our recipe, it’s easy to make. To start, use a rectangular pan to bake your cake. It’ll look just like a plot of land this way. To make spooky fake headstones, decorate a few Milano cookies of your choice with “R.I.P.” or old dates and space them across your cake in single lines. Cut the cake so that each square has its own headstone, and you’re bound to get your guests in the Halloween spirit.
This dish is more than meets the eye. It might not sound appetizing, but it’s a festive spin on a crowd-favorite recipe. After topping your noodles with spaghetti sauce, place two thickly cut circular-shaped pieces of mozzarella on top of the sauce. Add a sliced black olive to each cheese slice to create a pupil, and top it off with shredded pieces of red bell pepper to create a bloodshot effect.
Mummy brownies are an easy way to turn a simple treat into a festive delight. After making a pan of brownies, use a pastry bag — or a plastic bag if you’re an amateur baker— filled with vanilla frosting to create a zig-zag pattern across the top. Use a bag of candy eyes to create a spooky face. Our brownie recipe can help you get started.
Cheese balls may be a party staple of the past, but there’s no better time than the present to bring this dish back. To make your cheese ball ideal for any Halloween party, take two blue corn tortilla chips and stick them out of each side of the ball to resemble a pair of wings. Break off the tips of two chips and place them on top to look like a pair of ears. For the eyes, press two pieces of black olive into the cheese and fill each with a small scoop of cream cheese. You’ve successfully created a bat cheese ball. If you’re lost on how to even begin making this “ball of cheese,” follow our recipe.
This Halloween dish is not for the faint of heart. It may not look the most appetizing, but it’s a creative play on a popular snack: Guacamole. Carve your jack-o’-lantern as you normally would, but instead of cutting a small, jagged mouth, create a wide, gaping hole. Next, use this guacamole recipe to create the perfect dip. Place the guacamole and pumpkin on one dish with the guac coming from the direction of the pumpkin’s mouth. If you’re hoping to eat your leftover party guac a few days after the holiday, check out this tip to help it last longer.
If your Halloween shindig is more high-class dinner party than sugar-fueled kids’ event, this one's for you. Roasted bone marrow is a rich dish that just so happens to be perfect for Halloween thanks to its look. The marrow is succulent and perfect for scooping or spreading on bread, and it can be seasoned with a vampire’s worst fear: Garlic. Try out our roasted bone marrow recipe to give your party a macabre elegance.
Whether they’re in a pie, fried or mashed, sweet potatoes are delicious in all shapes and forms. After cutting a sweet potato into thin slices, carve a jack-o’-lantern face into each. Dust each side with spices and oil and bake for a few minutes. Follow our roasted sweet potato recipe if you're hoping to go the sweeter route.
For this dish, start with a chocolate cake frosted with chocolate icing. Squeeze a spiral of vanilla frosting in the center of the cake and gradually work your way outward. Use a toothpick to draw lines from the center down to achieve the spiderweb look. Try one of our chocolate cake recipes to get things rolling.
This dish isn’t as creative as the rest, but you get an “A” for effort for sticking with the Halloween theme. Purchase Halloween-inspired shaped pasta from your local store and add your favorite sauce and meat to the concoction.
A great taco dip is a staple at most parties because of its simplicity and deliciousness. This spider web taco dip is just as easy to make, but with a few added fun details. Start by creating the base of the taco dip recipe in a circular dish and placing your toppings around the edges. Put your sour cream in a Ziploc bag, cut a small corner and squeeze it in a spiral. Use a knife to spread the sour cream in the intricate designs of a web. If you’ve got a plastic spider lying around, add it to the center for an even scarier snack.
The great thing about bell peppers, other than the health benefits, is that they can be stuffed with endless combinations of meat, rice, cheese and other veggies and baked to taste wonderful. So, it makes sense to use Halloween to take advantage of their versatility. Use a knife to cut a face into an orange bell pepper then add a filling of your choice for the perfect Halloween dish. Our stuffed peppers recipe is a great place to start.
Dirt cups are a snack great for the inner child in everyone. Not only will guests be overcome with the creeps, but they’ll also feel nostalgic too. Just take chocolate pudding and place it at the bottom of a cup. Crush up some Oreos until it looks like crumbled dirt, and add it on top of the pudding. Garnish with a few gummy worms to achieve the look of one of the best retro snacks primed for a comeback.
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