26 Truly Awesome Halloween Appetizer Recipes
Yes, there are Christmas classics and Thanksgiving traditions, but of all the holidays, Halloween is perhaps the most fun you can have in the kitchen.
Most days, I prefer food that looks like food — cupcakes that look like cupcakes, meatloaf that looks like meatloaf, pizza that looks like pizza. But on Halloween, my purist tendencies go right out the cob-webbed window.
If your Halloween plans extend beyond handing out candy (or accompanying little folks in search of said candy), and you have the occasion to cook, here are 26 delightful Halloween appetizers to pay homage to our spookiest holiday. Be sure to have your candy eyeballs at the ready for these novel Halloween food ideas.
Halloween Deviled Eggs
I never met a deviled egg I didn't love — and these are no exception. To be fair, there is nothing all that different about the base recipe, so feel to riff. (I like a lot of dill, personally). The artistry is in those adorable black olive spiders. Experiment with a drop of your favorite food coloring to make them even more dramatic.
Halloween Stuffed Peppers
For heartier appetites (and a healthy serving of veggies), these spooky Jack O’Lantern-esque stuffed peppers from Citronlimette should do the "trick." A sharp knife and a steady hand will help when it comes time to carve.
No child (or adult, for that matter) can resist this Halloween-only play on pigs-in-a-blanket, from Martha Stewart. And with just five ingredients (hot dogs and puff pastry do the heavy lifting here), they're a cinch to make.
If you happen to be low-carb, Nom Nom Paleo has your Halloween party covered. The secret to these savory treats? Sweet potatoes!
Halloween Mummy Jalapeno Poppers
For those who can’t say no to jalapeno poppers — guilty! — Must Have Mom! gives them the mummy treatment as well.
Halloween Mummy Apple Crypts
Can't get enough mummies? Home and Plate offers up an adorable dessert version to round out your selection of finger foods.
This understated, yet still festive, Halloween snack from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt is just an excuse to munch on candy corn with your popcorn.
Easy Halloween Boo-Nana Pops
Believe it or not, Halloween can be healthy. These frozen bananas (with a coating of heart-healthy dark chocolate) offer a lighter alternative to store-bought Halloween candy.
Natural Halloween Ice Pops
Yummy Mummy Kitchen (not that kind of mummy, mind you) combines grape juice, orange juice, spirulina, and blackberry for an even healthier take with this vegan-friendly Halloween treat.
Halloween Trash Bark
Halloween bark recipes are a dime a dozen, because really, all you need is candy corn to make it feel seasonally-appropriate. And bark is pretty irresistible with its mix of salty, sweet, and chocolate. In this pretzel-studded recipe by Bijoux and Bits, feel free to get really abstract with your handiwork. Somehow, it just tastes better.
Apple Peanut Butter Teeth
These peanut butter teeth just make me smile. Aside from the mini-marshmallows, this is a pretty healthy Halloween snack, from Mom Foodie.
Spider Web Taco Dip
I wasn’t sure you could improve on the classic 7-Layer Dip with tortilla chips — but, if it’s Halloween, you sure can. Just draw a spider web with sour cream over the top layer of guacamole, then add a plastic spider for good measure.
Halloween Cheese Ball
Who you callin’ a cheeseball, cheese ball? FoodySchmoody blends cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and ranch dressing, then transforms it into a pumpkin cheese ball by covering it in crushed Cheez-Its before topping it with the stem from a jalapeno or green bell pepper.
This is perhaps the one Halloween recipe that genuinely freaks me out — cooked or uncooked. Strips of bacon are used for a mummy-like effect, tomatoes become eyes, and blanched almonds become teeth. But underneath it all, it’s still that all-time-fall-fave: meatloaf.
Here's another Halloween appetizer recipe that’s creepier than it needs to be! This recipe gives new meaning to the term "Halloween finger food."
Chocolate-Mint Halloween Spiders
The description of this Halloween appetizer recipe says it all, “Trick or treat yo'self to these chocolate-mint creepy crawlies!” Beware: dates and oats and almond butter make this recipe way healthier than it looks.
2-Ingredient Ghost Chocolate Cups
It’s amazing what you can do with two simple ingredients: white and dark chocolate. Get out your cauldron and conjure up these easy Halloween appetizers in no time at all.
Halloween Coconut Date Bites
With candy eyeballs, anything can be transformed into a spooktacular Halloween treat — including these super simple, no-bake coconut, walnut, and date bites from Eat Good 4 Life.
These adorable monster cupcakes have really scary secret that will make parents shudder and little children quiver: there’s espresso inside.
Vampire Bat Marshmallow Pops
Cooking with Janica is not afraid of chocolate, marshmallows, or candy eyeballs.
Martha keeps it charmingly simple with cats and bats. You'll need to invest in some Halloween cookie cutters to do this right.
Halloween Mummy Pizza
An all-around party pleaser: mini mozzarella pizzas masquerading as mummies. Cooking and Cooking skips the dough and uses English muffins, which makes this recipe so simple a kid could — and should — do it. Make a batch before you go out trick-or-treating to help keep the candy ghouls at bay.
I definitely lean more cute-candy-eyeballs than standalone-bloodshot-zombie eyeballs, but these Halloween-themed peanut butter truffles from Yummy Healthy Easy are so tasty that you forget what it looks like when you eat them. Eww!
Easy Halloween Meringue Ghosts
If you already have a way with meringues, this ghostly recipe will be a cinch — and are sure to wow your party guests.
SNICKERS Halloween Trifle
Snickers and sophisticated don’t automatically go together in my brain, but here, it works. The chocolate syrup and whipped topping make for a beautiful spider web atop a trifle that’s basically any kid’s dream dessert. Feel free to substitute the chocolate syrup with caramel topping if that's more your taste.
Keep the sugar high going the morning after with Halloween donuts from Mom Loves Baking. Halloween costumes at the breakfast table are optional.