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10 Halloween Food Ideas You Haven’t Tried Yet

Spiders, ghosts and monsters, oh my! Those are all things you'll find in a haunted house—and on your dinner table thanks to these simple Halloween food ideas.

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Creepy Halloween hot dogs look like a bloody fingersElena Shashkina/Shutterstock

Bloody Fingers

Give finger food a new meaning with these gory goodies. To make the “nail,” simply scrape off a chunk at the tip of the hot dog, then add “blood” with a healthy drizzle of ketchup (the messier, the better!). Get the rest of our spookiest recipes here.

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Halloween jack-o-lanterns filled with minced meatShebeko/Shutterstock

Pumpkin Peppers

Carving pumpkins is fun, yes, but have you ever carved peppers? Start with one of these stuffed pepper recipes, then use a paring knife to cut out eyes and a mouth just like you would for a jack-o’-lantern.

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Halloween pizza with ghosts and spiders, close up on a rustic wood backgroundJeniFoto/Shutterstock

Spooky Pizza

October pizza night calls for this creative topping idea. Press a cookie cutter into slices of fresh mozzarella to make the ghost shapes, then use olives and sprigs of rosemary to make the spiders. Just avoid these common homemade pizza mistakes.

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Frankenstein called: He wants his guacamole back! This fun way to serve chips and dip is perfect for a Halloween party and is sure to impress—and spook—all of your guests. Whip up basic guacamole or try one of these fun flavor combos.

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Spooky peanut butter and jelly spider sandwiches with paper bats for halloween on a brown rustic cutting board.Evgenia Eliseeva/Shutterstock

Spider Sandwiches

Put a creepy-crawly twist on everyone’s favorite peanut butter and jelly by cutting the sandwiches into circles and adding pretzel legs. Not in the mood for PB&J? Use one of these simple sandwich recipes instead.

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Edible Skulls

There are so many ways to spookify your favorite deviled egg recipe. Like adding food coloring to the filling (green, purple, or red will do!) or using a straw to carve faces into the egg whites so they look like human skulls.

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Sausage and spaghetti funny spiders for Halloween kids lunchElena Shashkina/Shutterstock

Scary Spaghetti

There are plenty of fun fright night treats to whip up this season (just take a peek at this list of some of our favorites). But few are as easy as this trick. Just add food coloring to the water when you’re making pasta and voila!

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Fall Fruit

Here’s a festive idea for your kid’s lunchbox (and a way to get them to eat more fruit). Peel a clementine, then slice a tiny strip of celery and stick it in the top as the stem. Want more school lunch ideas? Check out these kid-approved recipes.

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Spider web pancakes with blackberry for Halloween breakfastElena Shashkina/Shutterstock

Haunted Hotcakes

Wake up your kids on October 31 with a stack of these spiderweb pancakes. Mix up a batch of batter (try one of these fall pancake recipes), then use a gallon resealable bag with the tip cut off to pipe your webs onto the griddle.

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Creepy Corn

All you need for a Halloween-themed movie night is a bunch of horror flicks and a giant bowl of this monster-worthy mix. It’s a classic caramel corn recipe but with a ghoulish green twist (aka a few drops of food coloring).

Amanda Tarlton
As both a freelance lifestyle writer and editor for a national teen magazine, Amanda spends most of her time creating #content. In those (rare) moments when she's not at her desk typing furiously, she's likely teaching a hot yoga class, reading the latest chick-lit or baking a batch of her famous scones.