31 Spooky Halloween Recipes That Would Make Jack Skellington Proud
These spooky-delicious, frightfully fun Halloween recipes look like they came straight out of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Cake mix makes quick work of these cake pops decorated to look like Jack the Pumpkin King from The Nightmare Before Christmas. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
All eyes will definitely be on these adorable cookies when they’re set on any buffet table. I created them for my son’s kindergarten class for Halloween. —Sherry Lee, Columbus, Ohio
Dill and garlic go well with the tang of feta in this cheese ball…in fact, I think it tastes like a million bucks. It’s super easy to do and for other holidays omit the black sesame seeds.
It’s so much fun to make these and decorate with them! Bubbles can be made weeks ahead. Turn them into orange pumpkins, multi-colored balloons — whatever! —Sarah Thompson, Taste of Home Culinary Director
I make these almond butter cookies for all occasions. In the spring, I cut them in flower shapes and insert a lollipop stick in them to make a bouquet. Using candies, food coloring and a wild imagination, try your hand at this Halloween-inspired version. —Kristine Fossmeyer, Huntley, Illinois
Stir up Halloween beverages that are as bewitching as the rest of your menu. For a nonalcoholic version, just omit the vodka. —Taste of Home Food Styling Team
The maple flavoring in the frosting makes this spooky cake taste delicious! And the gingersnap crumbs make the “coffin” look like a pine box…to suit the season perfectly. —Kathy Michel, Dubuque, Iowa
These cute coffin sandwiches our Test Kitchen created are such a breeze to decorate, kids could do it themselves. With ice cream sandwiches and the toppings of their choice, the frozen snacks are ready in a snap.
Thrill partygoers with these bone-chilling deviled eggs. The mayonnaise-filled bites are one of my favorite apps, so I had fun creating a Halloween version. —Nick Iverson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This unique treatment for meringue travels well, too! You will certainly get requests for the recipe, and folks will be surprised at how simple it is! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
We’re always trying to do fun things with food to make meals memorable. Better grab one of these sandwiches before it walks away! —Frank Millard, Edgerton, Wisconsin
Underneath tasty tombstones, ghosts, pumpkins, worms and soil that make this dessert a conversation piece, you’ll find a delectable chocolate cake made from scratch in a few simple steps. It’s a recipe I use year-round with different frostings. —Vicki Schlechter, Davis, California
These flaky mummy sandwiches are instant party hits! The accompanying mustard dip adds just the right kick.
If you’re going to hang with vampires, you’re going to need a strong drink. This spicy vodka martini, with a blood-red beet garnish, does the trick. A little garlic helps, too! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Our home economists had great vision when creating these devilish deviled eggs. Guests at your Halloween party will be “goblin,” them up! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Gummy worms crawling out of the punch bowl will have your guests howling as they ladle out cups of this festive orange cooler. The punch recipe is super-easy, and its color fits in perfectly with other foods and decorations for my theme party. —Vicki Schlechter, Davis, California
This spooky cake is easy to make and fun to decorate. To save time, bake and freeze the brownies weeks in advance, then thaw at room temperature overnight before decorating.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
I bring cake pops to my church group when we have movie nights. This year for Halloween, I used my go-to recipe to make these not-so-scary spiders. —Nicole Rae Paoli, Newark, Delaware
My brother loves Rice Krispies squares, and my mom loves sugar cookies. I came up with a cute treat they’d both like.
Like a zombie, you’ll be desperate for more of these bone-shaped cookies and dip. Fight nicely over them—no biting! —Taste of Home Food Styling Team
Spooky Spider Cupcakes are creepy—and easy! Make a chocolate cupcake into a spider by adding a half-marshmallow “body” under the frosting, licorice legs and mini M&M eyes. Add chocolate sprinkles for a “hairy” effect. —Darla Wester, Meriden, Iowa
Our Test Kitchen staff enhances the already fabulous flavor of beef kabobs by topping them with a colorful roasted red pepper sauce. Guests will fall in love with these appetizers!