When we throw a party, we know our friends and family are going to get to our place HUNGRY. Forget costumes and music and games (well don’t forget, but just put those things on pause for a sec) — the snacks are where it’s at. To have a truly successful party (any kind of party), you need good noms. And lots of ’em. If you’re in need of some Halloween food ideas and recipes, look no further. We’ve got your back.
Brenda, creator of A Farmgirl’s Dabbles food blog, put together these chewy, crunchy, salty, and sweet popcorn balls inspired by those her mother used to make when Brenda and her sister were young. She used the ingredients from her aunt Roxie’s popcorn cake to create individual servings perfect to put out at a Halloween party.
These hotdog fingers are absolutely gross and perfect all at the same time. Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs food blog crafted these bad boys by simply carving into a couple of hotdogs and adding ketchup for a fake blood effect. This is such a great way to jazz up some regular hotdogs and make them disturbing enough for any Halloween event.
If you’re looking to create a creepy bite on a budget, these stuffed mushroom eyeballs from A Spicy Perspective’s Sommer only use 5 ingredients to make and they really pack a punch. Using button mushrooms, cream cheese, white cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and pimento stuffed olives, Sommer and her daughter came up with this savory snack that your guests will ogle at when they arrive.
Riddle us this — what’s a party without hummus? Erin from the Naturally Ella food blog created a pumpkin hummus perfect for any fall-themed party. She smoothed together fresh pumpkin, garbanzo beans, tahini, cinnamon and nutmeg into a perfectly spiced hummus. Serve with plain pita, or perhaps some cinnamon sugar pita chips to get the best of both sweet and savory worlds.
Don’t be scared! It looks gross but tastes amazing! Heather Tullos from the FoodFanatic blog stuffed a log of puff pastry with cream cheese and raspberry sauce. She bunched the log up into a baking pan and it turned out looking like intestines. Creepy cool and totally delicious.
Party food doesn’t get much simpler (or tastier) than a classic cheese pizza. Even the fussiest of eaters love a good slice of ‘za. This candy corn-inspired pizza dreamt up by Amber from the Dessert Now Dinner Later food blog looks great, tastes great, and is so simple to make. To get the gradient candy corn-like appearance, Amber put mozzarella cheese in the middle and cheddar cheese by the crust.
These apps would be great at any party, but because of the ooey-gooey brie mixed with the red cranberries, we thought these baked brie bites from Nicole’s Cooking For Keeps blog looked appropriate for a Halloween celebration. Bake the entire wheel of brie with all the fixings and allow guests to serve themselves.
You can bob for your apples, but we’ll take ours pre-dipped in caramel on a stick. FoodieCrush’s Heidi lets us in on her caramel apple recipe and it’s super simple and leaves you with bright red apples that Snow White‘s evil queen would fawn over.
You never even thought dips could be sweet, did you? Well, Jamie from My Baking Addiction is about to blow your mind. Her dip — made with Campfire Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows — pairs great with ginger snap cookies, graham crackers, or even just plain sugar cookies.
These cookies from A Cozy Kitchen’s Adrianna look like they’re not something you’re supposed to eat. But they are and they’re delicious to boot! These little rounds get their color from a black sesame paste that can be found at your local Asian supermarket. If you’re looking for a witchy treat to serve your guests come October, Adrianna’s black sesame cookies are the way to go.
This stuff from Ashton’s Something Swanky food blog might be the most addicting thing you encounter this season. Sweet candy corns mixed with peanut butter-filled pretzel bites all drizzled in white chocolate sounds like, and is, heaven on Earth. Make sure to make a cauldron-sized amount for your Halloween party because everyone is going to hooked on this mix.
We’re all familiar with the peppermint candy cane barks that make the rounds during the holidays. But Brenda broke the mold with her rendition of bark that includes all of our favorite Halloween candies. Use whatever candy bars you have lying around the house, peanuts, bittersweet chocolate (or semisweet) — basically anything you want. Shatter your solid bark into small pieces for your guests to enjoy, and believe us, they will.
This jiggly goodie from Jo-Anna is super simple and all depends on the pan. Jo-Anna used the Haunted Skull Cakelet Pan from Nordic Ware ($42.50) to achieve the skull motif. Then, using boxed jello and gummy candies, she filled her cake pan up and let the treats chill overnight. To make an adult version of these jello skulls, you can add a bit of alcohol like you do when making standard jello shots.
It’s not quite a Halloween party without a witch’s brew bubbling on the back-burner. Jamie’s pomegranate and ginger punch actually doesn’t require any boiling or toiling but instead just sugar, pomegranate juice, ginger beer, everclear, lime juice, and sugar. It’s a light and refreshing beverage to loosen up your party people — just make sure your guests don’t drink and fly.
And if you really have a sweet tooth, this candy corn martini from Dan George on the FoodFanatic blog might is something to sink your fangs into. This recipe calls for you to infuse your own cake-flavored vodka with candy corn overnight, which on its own is a tasty treat for adults. Then mix the vodka with pineapple juice and heavy cream to get your tiered candy corn effect.
With your loaded arsenal of Halloween foods, you’re set up to have the best Halloween party ever. All that’s left to do now is put some finishing touches on your costume, do a bit of decorating, and set some tricky traps to scare the pants off your unsuspecting guests. You’ve been warned, friends!