41 Scary-Good Halloween Recipes To Make This Fall

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If you're in need of a Halloween drink, halloween app, or halloween dessert that looks like it was dreamed up in Frankenstein's lab, these spooky recipes will do the trick. Don't worry—they taste way better than they appear. These Halloween treats are both scary looking and scary delicious, and include our Ouija board cake, poison apples, and monster truffles!

Want to really creep out your party guests? Look no further than these scary and gross-looking Halloween food recipes, like Bloody Mary syringes, blood drip cupcakes, and a brain big batch Jell-O shot. Our dead velvet cake is one that's truly to-die-for too! Be sure to round out your terrifyingly delicious spread with eyeball pasta and pickled brains.

We're pretty sure you'll want to sink your teeth into these Dracula denture cookies and mummy pops. Not even scary spiders can keep us from eating spiderweb cake, glowing black widow Oreo pops, and Halloweentown marshmallow spiders. One of our favorite spooky treats is, without a doubt, dirt pudding and dirt cake. Mix up some almost too realistic jelly worms to top yours, and you'll really freak out your friends and family.

And if you're still stuck on how to decorate this Halloween, we've got some Jack-O'-Lantern ideas that will trick out your front yard, as well as next-level trunk or treat ideas. Looking to keep that party going? Check out our Halloween desserts and halloween cocktails for more spooky recipes and creative ways to use up Halloween candy.

dead velvet cake
Jonathan Boulton
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Dead Velvet Cake

This spooky spin on a red velvet cake is...wait for it... bloody delicious.

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chocolate cupcakes decorated with green frosting and red gel food coloring to look like zombie brains
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Zombie Brain Cupcakes

Don’t just make plain old cupcakes for your next Halloween bash, make zombie brain cupcakes! They’re nothing more than a moist, chocolate cupcake with rich vanilla frosting, but some neon green food coloring and clever piping turn these into a super-festive, spooky treat. (Oh, and some blood red decorating gel—we're really getting into it.)

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vampire poke cake
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Vampire Poke Cake

This soft, rich, buttermilk almond cake is infused with a tart cherry sauce (“blood”!) and topped off with a light, fluffy whipped cream for a dessert that’s equally tasty and scary. Trust us when we say this is one time you’ll be craving blood too. 😉

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witch finger cookies
Rachel vanni
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Witch Finger Cookies

Ghouls, goblins, and witches to the front, please! Spooky season is here, and we’re celebrating in style with these scary delicious witch finger cookies. A witch finger cookie is exactly what it sounds like: a shortbread cookie shaped into a severed finger and adorned with an almond nail and a bit of blood-red jam.

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bloody mary syringes
Kat Wirsing
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Bloody Mary Syringes

These shooters are the PERFECT spooky Halloween cocktail. No Halloween party is complete without a little blood, right? Bonus: These go great with eyeball pasta!

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ghost purse ravioli
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Ghost Purse Ravioli

Looking for something delicious that's only a little bit spooky this Halloween? Try these adorable raviolis filled with ricotta, Parmesan, and finely chopped pear. We made these from wonton wrappers, rather than pasta dough, to make them scary easy on you too. You're welcOoOme.

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pumpkin risotto
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Pumpkin Risotto

Take your favorite risotto recipe into fall with the addition of pumpkin puree, sage, and just a pinch of nutmeg. We love the creaminess the shaved ricotta salata adds, but Parm's fine if that's all you got.

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harry potter pumpkin juice
Photographer: Lucy Schaeffer, Food Styling: Francesca Zani.
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Pumpkin Juice

In the Harry Potter books, pumpkin juice is traditionally served over ice for a refreshing drink that screams fall; however, you could also warm this up in a mug for something more cozy.

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pumpkin tomato soup and grilled cheese sticks
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Pumpkin Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Sticks

While we love classic tomato soup, we sometimes want to shake things up a bit when fall comes around. This soup gets an extra creamy dose, not only thanks to sweet pumpkin puree, but also with heavy cream and sharp Parmesan. One of the best parts? Both the soup and cheese sticks are ready in under 30 minutes, great to throw together before going out trick or treating.

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mummy brie
Ethan Calabrese
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Mummy Brie

Thanks to puff pastry, your basic baked brie becomes a totally spooky Halloween appetizer. Perfect for your Halloween party spread or to snack on while you watch scary movies!

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brain big batch jell o shot
Jonathan Boulton
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Brain Big Batch Jell-O Shot

Kick off your Halloween bash with this booze-spiked brain Jell-O shot! This is truly insane in the membrane.

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spider taco ring
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Spider Taco Ring

If you love crescent rolls and are as obsessed with tacos as we are, this Halloween-inspired appetizer is calling your name. Created to playfully represent a spider with crescent roll legs and a crescent roll ring body stuffed with a beefy taco-spiced filling, it’s equal parts cute, creepy, and downright tasty.

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creamy pumpkin and parmesan chicken with linguine, topped with green onions
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Creamy Pumpkin & Parmesan Chicken Skillet

This creamy pumpkin & Parmesan chicken skillet is a one-pan dish that bathes chicken breasts in a garlicky pumpkin cream sauce. This recipe is super-versatile, allowing you to mix up whatever you want to pair it with (of course, you can also just enjoy it on its own!)

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dirt pudding
Parker feierbach
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Dirt Pudding

Dirt pudding (aka dirt cups) is a classic kids' recipe that everyone should know how to make. Using crushed Oreos to mimic dirt and garnishing with gummy worms might sound kind of silly, but the truth is this: This creamy and indulgent layered dessert tastes ridiculously good, is incredibly easy to whip together, and is equally as fun to make as it is to eat.

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monster truffles
Laura rege
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Monster Truffles

These scary cute no-bake monsters are essentially Oreo truffles all dressed up for Halloween. We've added our favorite candies to the mix too. As far as the coating goes, we like to dye melted white chocolate green, but candy melts would work equally well. There is, however, no substitute for the candy eyeballs.

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chili cheese sweet potato casserole
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Chili Cheese Sweet Potato Casserole

If you think every bowl of chili should be hidden under mounds of melty cheese and a big dollop of sour cream, this is the casserole for you. With roasted sweet potatoes and black bean chili layered together under a gooey blanket of cheese, this easy vegetarian weeknight dinner is both incredibly comforting and surprisingly hearty, perfect for Halloween night.

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hocus pocus binx cookies
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Hocus Pocus Binx Cookies

Hocus Pocus is a must-watch every year, and with a new one finally coming out this year, we had to celebrate. These chocolate cookies are simple, chewy, and slightly crispy. Black cocoa powder is what makes them their dark rich color, perfect for a black cat.

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candied pepitas with brown sugar and cardamom
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Candied Pepitas

These candied pepitas are crispy, crunchy perfection with a dash of warm spice to make them ideal for fall snacking. If you can avoid eating all of these directly off the pan with your hands, you can use them to top pretty much anything.

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blood drip cupcakes
Naomi Robinson
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Blood Drip Cupcakes

Channel your inner vampire with these deliciously gory cupcakes. The secret? Glass candy and red food-dyed corn syrup!

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dracula dentures
Alexa Payesko
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Dracula Dentures

These are the spookiest treat to make with your kids at home or in the classroom for the annual Halloween party. We used store-bought ingredients just to make things a little easier for you. All the fun comes in assembling so we don’t want you to tire out baking; however, if you really want a good homemade chocolate chip cookie, we have it.

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ghost cake
Amanda Gryphon
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Ghost Cake

This easy ghost cake is so cute and the ghost meringues make for the sweetest topping. We opted for a chocolate cake, but a red velvet cake would really amp up the Halloween vibes. Go ahead and serve some ghost cookies along with the cake!

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baked pumpkin risotto in a black bowl topped with cheese and dried cranberries
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Baked Pumpkin Risotto

Baked, not stirred, this recipe for pumpkin risotto takes some of the work off the chef without sacrificing that classic risotto flavor and texture. And it's not just pumpkin and butternut squash that bring the fall flavor in this dish—A sprinkle of goat cheese, parsley, and the tart-sweet touch of dried cranberries round out the earthy autumnal vibes.

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ouija board cake
Chelsea lupkin
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Ouija Board Cake

We predict this edible Ouija board will spell Y-U-M. Once you learn how easy it is to make your own edible cake toppers, you'll be almost too powerful.

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poison apples
Alexa payesko
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Poison Apples

These black sugar-coated apples are the perfect way to spook out guests this Halloween. This recipe might be the fairest of them all!

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mummy pops
Naomi robinson
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Mummy Pops

Did you know you can turn a classic Nutter Butter into one very spooky treat? Now you do! If you love these, you'll have to try our flip-flop cookies in the summer.

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Glowing Black Widow Oreo Pops

White chocolate casts a soft glow on its own under a black light, but we gave it some extra oomph by mixing the melted chocolate with a little tonic water. It naturally casts an eery green glow under a black light too!

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eyeball pasta
kat wirsing
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Eyeball Pasta

Dinner on Halloween can be anything but regular—it's gotta be spooky! Our classics have been Jack-o'-Lantern stuffed peppers and ghost pizza bagels, but now we're obsessed with turning ordinary meatballs into scary works of art by making them look like monster eyeballs.

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ghost marshmallow brownies
Lucy schaeffer
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Ghost Marshmallow Brownies

These decadent and fudgy brownies are worth making from scratch. But, if you're in a time crunch, feel free to sub in your favorite boxed brownie mix. For more spooky inspiration, check out our best Halloween desserts.

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Hocus Pocus-Inspired S'mores Pops

You'll love these even more than the Sanderson Sisters loved their booooook!

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spiderweb cake
Ethan Calabrese
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Spiderweb Cake

This cake is delicious proof that nothing is going to come between us and chocolate cake. Not even spiders.

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