30 best Halloween food ideas for a spellbinding party
Whip up a fiendishly delicious feast with these creative Halloween food ideas for adults and kids!
Cook up a storm this spooky season with Gathered’s Halloween food ideas.
Once you’ve finished crafting your DIY Halloween decorations, making some terrifying treats should be the next task on your to-do list.
Whether you’re hunting for Halloween party food ideas or just want to enjoy a fun cooking session, we’ve got lots of inventive recipes for you to make.30 best Halloween food ideas for a spellbinding party
You can opt for traditional Halloween snacks like toffee apples or try something more ambitious, such as intricate cakes.
There are recipes and ideas for all ages to indulge in, from little monsters to ghastly grown-ups.
30 of the best Halloween food ideas
1. Candy apples
Candy apples or toffee apples are a classic Halloween treat and making your own is much easier than you might think.
Learn how to make candy apples with BBC Good Food’s trusty recipe.
2. Pumpkin bread rolls
Halloween food ideas don’t come much cuter than these charming pumpkin bread rolls!
This recipe from the Domestic Gothess blog would be perfect for a dinner party or to enjoy with a steaming bowl of soup.
3. Crispy brains
Mmm, brains… Indulge your inner zombie by guzzling these sticky marshmallow crispy brains from bakewithamy.com.
The brains are lots of fun to make with kids and can be rustled up in only 20 minutes.
4. Cobweb blondies
Did you know that marshmallows make fabulous spider’s webs? A 20 second blast in the microwave gives them a wonderfully stretchy consistency that’s ideal for webs.
Find out how to make your own scrumptious cobweb blondies with Olive Magazine.
5. White chocolate ghosts
These white chocolate ghosts from basilandbuttercream.com can be used to decorate everything from cookies to cupcakes.
They’re so easy to make that you’ll want to create a whole army of little spectres!
6. Sausage mummies
Update your sausage rolls for Halloween by turning them into mummies! Pastry is wrapped around the sausages to resemble bandages, then topped with two edible eyes to complete the look.
This is an awesome Halloween food idea for a kid’s party and it’s guaranteed to be an instant hit.
Find out how to make sausage mummies with sandhyahariharan.co.uk.
7. Hocus pocus punch
This luminous green hocus pocus punch from joyoliver.com looks exactly like a witch’s brew.
This is a refreshing drink for all ages, but you can add a splash of vodka for a grown-up party.
8. Mini pumpkin feta pies
Mini pumpkin feta pies are a tempting Halloween party food idea that’s a surefire crowd pleaser.
Bake your own cute pumpkin feta pies with this easy recipe from BBC Good Food.
9. Bubbling cauldron brownies
Bring some magic to any party with these bubbling cauldron brownies from firstyearblog.com.
Shop-bought toppings can be combined with green buttercream to make your own Halloween potion. Finish off the look by adding a pretzel stirring spoon.
10. Tortilla bats with salsa
Settle down for a scary movie night with a colony of homemade tortilla bats using this recipe from Sainsbury’s.
You won’t be able to resist dipping them in the accompanying spicy salsa! Now all you need to do is to put on your favourite Hallloween film!
Set the scene with Halloween table decor ideas
Once you’ve made lots of delicious food, give your dining table a terrifying new look.
Discover lots of ways to make your table look more sinister with Gathered’s Halloween table decor ideas.
11. Haunted house gingerbread
Let your imagination run wild as you cover your haunted house with spooks and candy in Halloween colours.
12. Witches’ fingers
Frighten small children with these surprisingly realistic witches’ fingers from Sainsbury’s.
These crunchy fingers are made from shortcrust pastry with almonds for fingernails, accompanied by a spicy salsa dip.
13. Pumpkin risotto
This pumpkin risotto recipe from thepioneerwoman.com is warming and bursting with autumn flavours – exactly what you need for a Halloween dinner party.
If you’re not keen on pumpkin, butternut squash would be a great seasonal alternative.
14. Breadstick rattlers
Use pizza dough to make these slithering breadstick rattlers from countryliving.com.
You can make your own pizza dough or use ready-made dough to produce the snakes. Sprinkle the bodies with poppy seeds for texture, then add a forked chilli tongue and eyes made from black olive triangles.
15. Saucy bread spider
Get ready for a party with this saucy bread spider from womansday.com. You can fill up the body with marinara or your choice of sauce – hummus would be a brilliant healthy alternative.
16. Halloween cake pops
Halloween cake pops are simple to make and look very impressive! There are endless ways to decorate them, but we love these clever mummy and bat ideas from Good Housekeeping.
You can put them in a vase or jam jar on your table this Halloween, or alternatively, you could push the sticks into a cake base to add instant spookiness.
17. Pretzel spider webs
Sweet and salty is always a winning flavour combination and the two come together perfectly in these chocolate pretzel spider webs.
These delicate-looking spider webs are ideal for Halloween parties and children will devour them in no time.
18. Halloween devilled eggs
Looking for appetiser ideas or want to make a more sophisticated Halloween snack for adults? BBC Good Food’s devilled eggs are satisfying bites for any Halloween party.
19. Coffin pop tarts
These petrifying coffin pop tarts from mycrazygoodlife.com are great to make with children (with a little adult help).
Fill them with your choice of jam or spread to make a sweet and scary Halloween party food.
20. Strawberry fudge mice
Strawberry fudge mice are more cute than creepy! This Halloween dessert recipe from simplelivingrecipes.com is guaranteed to raise a smile.
You can fill the mice with strawberries or grapes if you prefer. Alternatively, you can make a cone of fudge to fill the centre of your mice.
21. Voodoo doll cookies
Scare your loved ones this Halloween by making a batch of voodoo doll cookies with notquitenigella.com.
You can keep them fun for little ones or make them horrifying for adults to enjoy.
22. Halloween snack board
Make Halloween feel even more special by preparing a tempting snack board with these tips from joyoliver.com.
You can include a combination of nice and naughty goodies so there’s something for everyone.
23. Meringue ghosts
Indulge your sweet tooth with these enticing meringue ghosts from Hobbycraft. You can eat them by themselves or use them as toppers for cakes and desserts.
Use icing or an edible food pen to draw a selection of fearsome faces on your meringue spooks.
24. Jack O’Lantern cheese quesadillas
Give your quesadillas a fun twist by turning them into grinning pumpkins. You need some knife skills to trim your tortilla into shape, but it’s worth the effort.
Learn how to make Jack O’Lantern quesadillas with onelittleproject.com.
25. Witches’ brooms
These marvellous witches’ brooms from a tasteofhome.com will cast a spell over any child!
They’ve used green shoestring liquorice to make the bristles, but you could use any colour you like! We think red, purple, orange or blue liquorice would look magnificent too.
26. Halloween hot chocolate
Come in from the cold and cosy up with a delicious mug of Halloween hot chocolate from midgetmomma.com.
The ghost faces are added to marshmallows using a black edible marker. These can be found online or in your local craft store.
27. Vampire poke cake
Feed your inner bloodsucker with this gory vampire poke cake from delish.com.
This light-as-air cake is drizzled with lashings of tart cherry blood – it’s fang-tastic!
28. Warm black and blue cheese dip
Are you looking for Halloween food ideas for adults? This savoury black and blue cheese dip from marthastewart.com is a sophisticated snack that your guests will keep returning to.
29. Hocus Pocus s’mores pops
The beloved Halloween movie starring Bette Midler has become essential seasonal viewing, enjoyed by adults and kids alike.
Celebrate your favourite Halloween story by making irresistible Hocus Pocus-inspired s’mores pops using this wonderful recipe from delish.com.
30. Eyeball soup
When you look at this eyeball soup from marthastewart.com it eyeballs you back.
This comforting soup is an ideal meal to cook when you’ve come in from the cold and need something delicious to help you warm up.
It would make an entertaining starter for a Halloween dinner party.
Halloween party food ideas for monstrous mealtimes
Making creative Halloween food ideas will make any October party feel extra special – and they’re incredibly fun to cook too.
Whether you’re making Halloween food ideas for adults or kids, everyone can get into the spirit of the occasion.
Enchant your guests with DIY Halloween decorations
Give your home a menacing makeover this October by crafting your own creepy handmade decorations!
Find eerie inspiration with Gathered’s DIY Halloween decorations.
Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine, countryfile.com, radiotimes.com and yourhomestyle.uk. She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints
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