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
Raspberry jam eerily oozes from these soft butter cookies. One bite, and you’ll have a hard time stopping! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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
You don’t need a cauldron to conjure these frightening fingers. They’re a sweet-and-salty treat that’s spooky easy to make. —Beth Tomkiw, Chief Content Officer, Taste of Home
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
You can assemble our baked Brie appetizer in advance and bake it right before the party. —Marion Lowery, Medford, Oregon
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
My Godson and I made this cake after fun day at the science museum. We’ve made it several times now, and we get a kick out of experimenting with the frosting colors. —Faith Cromwell, San Francisco, California
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
Any small gingerbread boy cookie cutter can take on new “life” with these classic cookies. Give him some cat friends, too. The more the merrier! —Dore’ Merrick Grabski, Utica, New York
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
You’ll hear shrieks of delight when these not-so-spooky pumpkin custards appear for dessert. These ghosts will be gobbled up in no time! —Suzanne Strocsher, Bothell, Washington
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
Kids will squeal with delight at the sight of these eyeball treats. But the peanut butter flavor is the best part! —Shannon Blatchley, Ludlow, Massachusetts
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!
I hosted a party one Halloween and wanted to make pretzels to go with my beer cheese dip. Considering the holiday, I shaped the dough into bones. —Courtney Lentz, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
They’re alive! Each year when the Halloween invites start coming my way, I create a little treat to bring. These cute cookies bring a lot of life to every party. —Philia Kelnhofer, West Allis, Wisconsin