Last year, I had the privilege of writing a Harry Potter holiday cookbook called The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays cookbook from Ulysses Press. I wrote about all the holidays, including some exclusive to the HP world, but some of my favorites were definitely the Halloween offerings.
I’m not great with decorating food, though, so instead of just going with tasty treats like I mostly did in my book, this collection is a roundup of a bunch of fun recipes that look amazing (or creepy!) for your Halloween party this year. Most of these are pretty easy to replicate, though, even if you’re not so food-crafty.
Witches’ Hat Cupcakes
Follow along with the tutorial for making these tasty cupcakes with towering witches’ hats for a fun party offering that won’t take hours and hours to prepare. They just require a few easy ingredients, like ice cream cones and cake mix, and only take a little while to make.
Minty Frankenstein’s Monster Shakes
If you love mint chocolate chip ice cream even a tiny bit as much as I do, you’re going to love these spooky shakes just for Halloween! The tutorial shows you how to make these simple yet so adorable desserts, complete with funny monster faces and everything. Pull out that chocolate drizzle!
Pumpkin Cake Roll with Mascarpone Whipped Cream
For a fancier treat for your Halloween party, try these pumpkin cake rolls with amazing mascarpone whipped cream filling. Rich in seasonal flavors, surprisingly easy instructions, and so much sweet filling, they’re to die for!
Mini Mummy Meat Loafs
If you’re looking for something that serves as a real snack, not just a sweet tooth satisfier, try these mini mummy meatloaves topped with easy mashed potatoes. They’re delicious, silly, and so much fun.
Ube Coconut Cream Pie
These purple pie slices aren’t dyed – they’re made with Ube, a purple Japanese yam. You’ll need some coconut, Ube flour (easy to find online), coconut milk, and yummy whipped cream for topping. They’re surprisingly easy to make and taste absolutely delicious!
Spider Web Cake
What’s better than three layers of chocolate cake? Three layers of chocolate cake with spider web marshmallow drizzle for Halloween! Use the tutorial for making this decadent delight, grab some plastic spiders, and in no time you’ll have the perfect dessert for your guests.
White Chocolate Ghost Pretzels
For an uber easy, delicious snack the kids can help you whip up, try these fun white chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks.
Simply melt white candy melts with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in the microwave for 20-second increments. When the candy is melted and “dippable” just dip in the pretzel sticks, shake off any excess, and lay out on parchment paper to cool. Use some black frosting or edible marker to add ghostly faces.
Bloody Red Velvet Cupcakes
For a simple dessert that adds a little bit of “creep” to your Halloween festivities, try these bloody red velvet cupcakes made with raspberry coulis for dripping blood. Yum!
Jack Skellington Ricotta Olive Tarts
If you’re a fan of Tim Burton, you’ll love these little Jack Skellington ricotta olive tarts. They’re savory and delicious and perfect for the holiday. They use rice flour, millet flour, and tapioca starch for a gluten-free crust, plus olives, sundried tomatoes, ricotta, parmesan cheese, and flavorful herbs for the perfect savory treat.
For a tasty, savory snack or even meal, whip up some of these monster wraps for a scary good time. They’re completely customizable and so easy!
Candy Corn Mocktail
Whether you’re a grown-up or kid, these candy corn mocktails are a tasty delight for your Halloween festivities. Whip some up ahead of time and pour them out when the guests start arriving. You just need candy corn, water, honey, pineapple juice, ginger ale, and club soda.
Zombie Rice Crispy Treats
If you love rice crispy treats as much as I do, you’ll love these zombified goodies. They’re fast, easy and only require a few simple ingredients. The kids will have fun helping you decorate, too!
Severed Toes in Bready Bandages
Another savory treat to consider for your easy-and-fun Halloween party collection are these pigs in a blanket Halloween styled. They just take 30-minutes, and everyone will get a real kick out of them.
Zombified Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are always a great party food option. But for Halloween, you can serve up some “rotten” ones for a fun twist on the treat. They’re so easy and fun to make, the kids’ll enjoy getting in on it, too.
Pizza lovers will enjoy this crazy Halloween pizza – and be grateful the spiders are just made from olives. The kids will get a kick out of scattering the spiders across the “web,” too.
Spider Bread Dip Bowl
You can never have too many spiders on October 31! To up your game, whip up a spider bread bowl filled with tasty veggie dip. To make them, you’ll just need rolls, egg white, parmesan, and olives.
Halloween Muddy Buddies Mix
I love muddy buddies any time of year. But this recipe really ups the game by tossing in some candy corn and other Halloween candy options. Yum!
Mummy Apple Pies
For some extra fun apple pie this season, try this mummified version. It looks more complicated than it is, so you’ll still be able to make it, even if you’re not the absolute best at crafting crazy, elaborate desserts. Your guests will definitely be impressed.
Blood Splattered Cheesecake
Cheesecake can easily be transformed into a Halloween treat. Focus on the red syrups or food dyes and you’ll have an instantly delicious spooky offering for your guests. The recipe includes easy tips and tricks for making the decadent dessert look truly spooky, including gel frosting that really looks like blood.
Halloween Marshmallow Pops
Another fun, easy and fast Halloween party treat is these monster marshmallow pops. The kids can help decorate and you can whip them up in practically no time at all.
Dark Chocolate Halloween Cookies
For a simple touch of Halloween fun without the hassle of extra decorating and such, you can make some of these double-chocolate cookies with a splash of orange from M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces.
Pumpkin Hand Pies
For those looking for something a little “fancier” and very definitely Halloween-y, check out these pumpkin hand pies. They’re adorable and delicious. Instead of making slits, “carve” out your Jack-o-lantern faces.
An easy, inexpensive treat the kids will enjoy is the batty PB&J sandwich. Follow the simple instructions on how to cut out the bats and you’ll soon have a savory and sweet snack for the kiddos.
Oreo Candy Bark
What holiday feast would be complete without some kind of candy bark? For Christmas, we might go peppermint. But for Halloween, we’re all about the Oreos and candy corn!
If you’re looking for a creepy main for your Halloween gathering, check out these simply delicious Jack-O-Lantern burgers. So easy and fun. Just “carve out” the face in the hamburger buns and add a bell pepper stem to the to top for your completed pumpkin.
Freaky Finger Hotdogs
Want something a little freakier for your main fare? Check out these simple tweaks for hotdogs to turn them into fingers on a bun! A few simple slits in all the right places and they’ll look just like knuckled fingers dripping with blood.
Halloween Hot Cocoa Bombs
This unique recipe tells you all you need for a smooth, shiny hot cocoa bomb. They’re perfect for party guests who’ll enjoy dark chocolate and a little fun. The little décor touches are so easy, too!
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Brain
Looking for a tasty no-bake dessert option? Check out this gooey, bloody cheesecake brain. Delicious and creepy. Win-win!
Apple Spider Web Pops
For a healthier treat than actual lollipops, try these chocolate-dipped apple pops instead. They’re delicious, delightful, and fun to decorate and hand out.
Food to Host a Perfectly Creepy, Spooky Time
As you plan your Halloween party fare, a good mixture of these tasty treats will make your preparations easy, fun, and delicious. Your guests will come back looking for more – and eager to come back for next year’s party. You’re welcome.