30 scary-good Halloween treats

Make the holiday extra tasty with party foods and candy from your kitchen

Meringue Ghosts

Tucker & Hossler

Fun Halloween recipes

Menu for a ghostly gathering

Green Salad With Dracula's Teeth, Broomstick Breadsticks, and Risotto in Decapitated Pumpkins are just a few of the elements that make up this perfectly spooky Halloween menu.

More:  Halloween party menu

Spooky spider eggs

Leigh Beisch

Spooky spider eggs

If deviling your eggs isn't enough this Halloween, spider them too. Joanie Pimentel in Sunset's information technology department came up with this styling idea for a staff party last Halloween. She cuts pitted black olives in half lengthwise and nestles one half on top of an egg for the body, and then cuts the other half crosswise into thin slices to form the creepy legs.

Recipe:  Bacon Deviled Eggs

Owl cookies

Owl Cookies

Set out a platter of owl cookies with candy-corn beaks. Trace our pattern on heavy paper or lightweight cardboard, or use cookie cutters in any shape.

Recipe:  Owl Cookies 

Chocolate Candy Corn Truffles

Annabelle Breakey

Chocolate Candy Corn Truffles

Dark chocolate and bitter orange offset the sweetness of candy corn in these fun and fancy truffles.

Recipe:  Chocolate Candy Corn Truffles

Bite-size Honey Popcorn Balls

Annabelle Breakey

Bite-size Honey Popcorn Balls

The only quibble we have with popcorn balls is that they're usually too big and unwieldy to bite into. These miniature clusters, held together with caramelized honey, are just the right size. 

Recipe:  Bite-size Honey Popcorn Balls

Tombstone Cookies

Leigh Beisch

Tombstone Cookies

These cookies are designed as accessories for our Dark Chocolate Graveyard Pots de Crème, but they also make a nice Halloween snack on their own. Follow our simple design or cut the gravestones into more elaborate shapes topped with crosses or lunettes.

Recipe:  Tombstone Cookies

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Marshmallow Filling

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Marshmallow Filling

Marshmallow cream is the surprise inside these dark chocolate cupcakes topped with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. 

Recipe:  Devil's Food Cupcakes with Marshmallow Filling

Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Annabelle Breakey

Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Brittle

This warmly spiced brittle also makes a crunchy garnish for a holiday pumpkin pie. 

Recipe:  Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Sweet tarts

Karen Steffens

Caramel apples with a twist

A crisp, slightly tart apple dipped in chewy caramel is a classic sweet. A caramel apple double-dipped in white chocolate and crunchy toffee is the stuff of dreams.

Get 5 delicious variations

Coconut Haystacks

Annabelle Breakey

Coconut Haystacks

The flaky texture of these clusters reminds us of Butterfinger candy bars. 

Recipe:  Coconut Haystacks

Peanut-Raisin Bark

Annabelle Breakey

Peanut-Raisin Bark

Chocolate-covered peanuts meet chocolate-coated raisins in this easy and addictive candy. 

Recipe:  Peanut-Raisin Bark

Butterscotch Caramels

Annabelle Breakey

Butterscotch Caramels

It's hard to stop at just one when you try these silky brown-sugar candies.

Recipe:  Butterscotch Caramels

Chocolate-Pistachio Apricots

Annabelle Breakey

Chocolate-Pistachio Apricots

This grown-up version of our Chocolate-Pistachio Marshmallows glows with Halloween color.

Recipe:  Chocolate-Pistachio Apricots

Devilish Chorizo Chili with Hominy

Leigh Beisch

Devilish Chorizo Chili with Hominy

Not only is this chili easy to make ahead, it actually improves with time. If you like your chili very spicy, add an extra teaspoon of chipotle powder.

Recipe:  Devilish Chorizo Chili with Hominy

Halloween Cheddar Witch's Finger Crackers

Leigh Beisch

Cheddar Witch's Fingers

These ghastly little nibbles are rich with cheesy flavor, and a real snap to make.

Recipe:  Cheddar Witch's Fingers

Farmer John's Favorite Pumpkin Bread

Angela Wyant

Farmer John's Favorite Pumpkin Bread

Rich spice flavors shine in this tender, cakelike bread. You can store this bread airtight at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Recipe:  Farmer John's Favorite Pumpkin Bread 

Rich Refrigerator Doughnuts

Leo Gong

Halloween donuts

Throughout the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, Sunset paired doughnuts with Halloween. Everything from after-school doughnut parties to "frying tables" at evening events and the gentle reminder, "Don't forget the doughnuts," for a Halloween brunch menu appeared in our pages.

Recipe:  Rich Refrigerator Donuts

More:  Rediscover Halloween donuts 

Mini Caramel Apples

Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Mini Caramel Apples

You get all the satisfaction of a caramel apple in one bite and without a messy chin.

Recipe: Mini Caramel Apples

Bloody Scary

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Bloody Scary

Whirl 1 large heirloom tomato (8 oz., chopped) in a blender until smooth. Strain into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Add 1/2 cup potato vodka such as Blue Ice, 1 tsp. grated fresh horseradish, and juice from 1 lemon and shake to blend. Strain into 2 highball glasses. To garnish each glass, thread 3 pitted green olives onto a long Thai chile and set over glass.

Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Seed–Mint Pesto

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Seed–Mint Pesto

Not quite enough pumpkin for you? Serve it in mini pumpkin bowls.

Recipe:  Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Seed-Mint Pesto

Recipe:  Mini Pumpkin Bowls

Apple Ghosts

Richard Jung

Apple Ghosts

Use small apples, such as those for lunch boxes. If making ahead, let coating firm, then enclose apples with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Look for the wood craft sticks at hobby shops; they're also sold with caramel for coating apples.

Recipe: Apple Ghosts

Pumpkin Curry Empanadas

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Amy Machnak

Pumpkin Curry Empanadas

Empanadas get their name from the Spanish word empanar, “to bake in pastry.” For these handheld pies, we’ve used pie dough for a more delicate, buttery crust.

Recipe: Pumpkin Curry Empanadas

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream

Photo by Antonis Achilleos

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream

These electric magenta cupcakes get their color not from the usual food coloring but from puréed roasted beets, which also add a subtle flavor. Don’t use canned or packaged steamed beets—the cupcakes’ color will be drab.

Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream

Spice Lamb Chops with Rosemary Crumbs

Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Spice Lamb Chops with Rosemary Crumbs

These are great for cocktail parties since you can eat them one-handed.

Recipe: Spice Lamb Chops with Rosemary Crumbs

Autumn Punch

Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Autumn Punch

“Punch” is a good description of this one—a couple of glasses pack a wallop. Add extra cranberry juice if you want it weaker.

Recipe: Autumn Punch

Pumpkin Bourbon Shakes

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Pumpkin Bourbon Shakes

If you prefer your shakes thicker, just follow the make-ahead directions.

Recipe: Pumpkin Bourbon Shakes

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

These treats make the perfect addition to a fall party spread. The canned pumpkin in the batter keeps these cupcakes moist, reducing the amount of oil you need to use.

Recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Amy Machnak

Pumpkin Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Layers of pumpkin and vanilla ice cream top gooey caramel on a graham cracker crust.

Recipe: Pumpkin Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Apple-Crisp Baked Apples

Photo by Dan Goldberg

Apple-Crisp Baked Apples

We recommend using Pink Lady or Jazz (a popular new hybrid) apples, which tend to retain their color and shape better during baking.

Note: You can substitute 1/3 cup golden raisins for the walnuts if you like.

Recipe: Apple-Crisp Baked Apples

Apple Pumpkin Galette

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Amy Machnak

Apple Pumpkin Galette

Basically an open-face pie, this is a great dessert for pie-phobes to make because the crust is so easy to handle.

Recipe: Apple Pumpkin Galette

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