Top 10 Spooky (and Easy) Treats for your Halloween Party

Gabrielle DeFrangesco, Editor-in-Chief

Disclaimer: The recipes featured in this article are collected from a variety of bakers and bloggers and are not the work of the author. Please visit each website for a more thorough set of directions.


Let’s face it, whether you’re a kid, teen or an adult, you like to go wild on Halloween. Halloween, in my opinion, is the best holiday ever created: just having fun, going door to door with your best friends, and the best thing of all, getting free candy! Whether it’s before or after trick or treating, there is always someone who is throwing a Halloween costume party. Here are 10 spooktacular treats to make for a Halloween Party: 


1. Candy Corn Cookies  

Who doesn’t love candy corn, especially in a cookie form? They’re delicious!  For this recipe, you are going to need butter, softened, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, egg, baking soda, salt, flour, and red and yellow food coloring. You will have to mix the ingredients together and divide the dough equally into three parts.  To turn them into candy corn, you’ll use the yellow and orange to the first two pieces and leave the other one plain. The next morning, or whenever you are ready, form them into candy-corn triangles. Bake for 6-8 minutes. There you have it, your very own Candy Corn Cookie.


2. Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pretzels

This has got to be one of the cutest ideas anyone has ever created, Pretzels that look like pumpkins, it’s an easy and fun way to play with your food. You’re going to need, 16 oz. white melting chocolate, orange food coloring, 1 bag tiny twist pretzels, and green M&Ms. Make sure to take a look at the directions for melting the chocolate on the packaging. Once that is sorted out and you have melted your chocolate, add a tint of orange food coloring to the chocolate. Turn those pretzels into chocolate pretzel pumpkins, but don’t forget to use the green M&M for the stem… Pop them into the fridge for an hour or two. Boo! Cute little chocolate covered pumpkin pretzels.


3. Oreo Witch Hats 

Just like the Pumpkin Pretzels, this recipe is easy-peasy. All you are going to need is a pack of Oreos, red icing, Hershey kisses, and sprinkles if you like. Take an Oreo out of the packaging and place a pinch of red icing onto one side of the Oreo. Unwrap the Hershey kiss and place it on top of the red icing. Press down on the kiss to make sure the icing from underneath is being squished out. If you would like, add a tad bit of icing around the sides of the kiss and put some sprinkles around the kiss and on the icing. Witch part of the Oreo do you like: the cookie or the cream?


4. Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies 

This treat is to die for… .get it? Combine all the ingredients into a bowl to make the truffle mix. Place them in the fridge. Roll the mixture into the form of a ball. Place the toothpick in the ball and using that side, dip the truffle ball into the melted white chocolate chips, be sure to cover all sides, and place onto a baking sheet. Take some more melted white chocolate and drizzle it over the truffles. Take a Q-tip and dip it into the red food coloring and tap 2 dots onto the truffle balls to make them look like mummy eyes. Store chilled in an airtight container. Remember not to eat too much or you’ll be coffin up a storm!


5. Sandwich Cookie Spiders 

If you didn’t enjoy the Oreo witch hats, then maybe you will enjoy this. A pack of oreo cookies, pretzel sticks, candy corn, mini marshmallows, and black frosting is what you need for these spiders. Take four pretzel sticks and cut them in half to make eight individual pieces. Inset four of pretzel sticks into the cream of the oreo and do this for both sides so that there are four sticks on each side of the oreo. Using two pieces of candy corn, break off the top, or the white part, of each of the candy corn and stick them on the bottom of the oreo, with the pointy side facing out, to act as the spider teeth. Using your fingers, press down on two pieces of mini marshmallows, to act as eyes, until they are flat. Take the black frosting and place a little dab onto one of the sides of the marshmallow and place above the teeth to make eyes. Add a dab of black frosting in the center of the marshmallow for pupils to the eyeballs. There you go, your very own Spooky Spider.


6. Worm Jello

Personally I’m not a fan of jello, but I thought this idea was really cute. This recipe calls for Oreos, once again, gummy worms, and jello of your choice. Prepare the jello according to the directions on the packaging. Place the jello into a plastic cup but leave room at the top because you are going to take a couple of Oreos and put them into a plastic bag and use a kitchen hammer or spoon to crush them all up. Once they are crushed place them onto the jello in the plastic cup. Then take two or three worms and place them in the cup as well. Who’s going to want to eat worms? Trust me, they’re dirt-tastic. 


7. Apple Teeth

Whoever wants to eat healthy on Halloween, not I, but they will bite your socks off; so good. Purchase a red or green apple at your nearby store and cut them into smaller pieces. You could get about 16 slices out of each apple. Take two slices and spread peanut butter on the edge. On one of the slices, line up the mini marshmallows and do it for the other slice of apple as well. Put the two pieces together and you have your very own mouth, teeth, gums and all. 


8. Butterfinger bars

Where all my Butterfinger fans at? Just in case the grocery store ran out of butterfingers, baker Sarah Jones has got you. While you’re at the store trying to find butterfingers that just aren’t there, be sure to pick up candy corn, creamy peanut butter, and chocolate chips. In a bowl, put 1 cup of candy corn in the bowl and melt it for 30 seconds or until it’s completely melted. Stir in 1 cup of peanut butter and put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Grab the mixture out of the microwave, make sure it’s melted together, and form it into a long rectangular block on top of a pan with foil on it. Freeze for two hours and then cut the rectangular block into bars. Melt the chocolate chips and dip each bar into the chocolate so that it’s completely coated. Put it in the fridge for an hour before serving. 


9. Harvest Hash Halloween Trail Mix 

This is the perfect combination of sweet, salty and crunchy. The ingredients are Pretzels, Bugles chips, Honeycomb cereal, Candy Corn, Candy Corn Pumpkins, Chex Muddy Buddy- any flavor, M&M’s or round Chocolate Candy and any other candy that you would like to add. Mix all the ingredients, and that’s it. There isn’t much to it but if you have more of a sweet tooth, I would melt caramel and drizzle it all on top, if I were you, I would do it. 

10.  Graveyard Dirt Cups

As a kid, these were always my favorite. I don’t know why I loved them so much, but the combination definitely satisfied my junk food problem on Halloween.  You’ll just need instant pudding mix, the basic dairy baking materials, a bunch of those chocolate cream-filled cookies, and “edible bones or tombstones.” By stirring and layering all the ingredients and making space for the whole thing in your refrigerator, you will have yourself a satisfyingly tasty cup of dirty dessert. 


These creative ideas are to die for, and your guests will love them. Even if you aren’t going to or throwing a party, and you’re just sitting on the couch  watching scary movies (which is what I’ll end up doing), at least make these for yourself. I’m definitely going to be eating that Harvest Hash Halloween Trail Mix by myself. Have a Happy Halloween!