53 Spooky Eats For Your Halloween Party

Halloween isn't just about the kiddos.

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

Halloween isn't just for the kiddos out trick or treating (though we do love sneaking all that leftover candy). Grown-ups like to party too! If you're looking to host an adults-only Halloween bash this year, spook your guests with these bewitchingly delicious recipes for spooky cocktails, killer Halloween appetizers, and frighteningly good Halloween dinnersBloody Mary syringes included.

When it comes to Halloween, we're always going to go all out on all the spooky (and fall-inspired) foods come party time. We love mixing up the devilish with the delicious when it comes to party food, which is why we love serving up our pumpkin lasagna and butternut squash casserole along with plenty of dead velvet cake and Frankenpunch. It's all about balance, right? Whatever you do, don't forget to bring that trick or treat spirit by mixing up a batch of drunken peanut butter cup cocktails!

For more spooky ideas to keep the party going, check out our favorite Halloween desserts, Halloween recipes for scary-looking food, and Halloween punch recipes. We're pretty sure you won't be able to resist a bite of a Dracula dentures cookie.

If you need help with your Halloween decorations, we've also got plenty of tips on how to decorate your car for trunk-or-treating, pumpkin carving ideas, and Halloween party decorations that will turn any house into a haunted house. And if you'll be celebrating the Day of the Dead (Día de Los Muertos), check out all of our favorite Day of the Dead recipes!

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.

Get the Spider Taco Ring recipe.

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 a Halloween party spread or to bring to snack on during a scary movie marathon.

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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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zombie brain cupcakes
Lucy schaeffer
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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.)

Get the Zombie Brain Cupcakes recipe.

cheesy mini meatball skillet dip
Andrew bui
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Cheesy Mini Meatball Skillet Dip

Part cheese dip, part meatballs, this skillet dip is not only delicious but a fun activity for the whole family on Halloween. Gather up your little helpers, wash those hands clean and get to shaping the mini-meatballs (or feel free to use store-bought if you can find 'em).

Get the Cheesy Mini Meatball Skillet Dip recipe.

black magic margaritas
Emily Hlavac Green
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Black Magic Margaritas

Looking for a creepy Halloween cocktail? Our classic margarita gets an eerie upgrade for the spooky holiday! Your guests won't know what hit them.

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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.Get the Ghost Purse Ravioli recipe.

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Jon Boulton
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Dead Velvet Cake

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

Get the Dead Velvet Cake recipe.

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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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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drunken peanut butter cups
Parker Feierbach
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Drunken Peanut Butter Cups

These martinis use Reese's Pieces to infuse the vodka so that they taste just like your favorite peanut butter cup. This takes a chocolate martini to a whole new level.

Get the Drunken Peanut Butter Cups recipe.

purple ube crinkle cookies
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Ube Crinkle Cookies

With its striking color and a unique nutty vanilla flavor profile, ube has taken over the world. Upgrade your Halloween dessert spread with these purple beauties, made with ube extract and ube halaya (a popular Filipino pudding made with ube and condensed milk). Your guests won't know what hit 'em!

Get the Ube Crinkle Cookies recipe.

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.

Get the Witch Finger Cookies recipe.

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Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

These adorable pumpkin deviled eggs are way easier to make than Jack-o'-lanterns! Paprika gives a wash of bold color, while a fresh chive (or snip of scallion) makes for the perfect stems.

Get the Pumpkin Deviled Eggs recipe.

pub beer cheese
Andrew bui
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Pub Beer Cheese

This recipe couldn't be more party-friendly. It whips up in minutes, and you only have to dirty one bowl. How's that for easy? Use whatever kind you like, anything from a hoppy IPA to a creamy stout (or even your favorite pumpkin beer?!).

Get the Pub Beer Cheese recipe.

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.

Get the Hocus Pocus Binx Cookies recipe.

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Ghost S'mores Dip

This s'mores-inspired dip is the perfect dessert or appetizer to throw together last minute. Graham crackers make for perfect dippers, but sliced apple, pretzels, or potato chips would certainly do the trick. You can even make it ahead of time—to reheat, return to a 450° oven until melty, 3 to 5 minutes.

Get the Ghost S'mores Dip recipe.

black magic jello o shots
Brandon Bales
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Black Magic Jell-O Shots

With two spooky layers—one purple and one black—these shots are perfect for your next Halloween party. Want something to snack on with your shots? Make this ridiculously adorable mummy brie.

Get the Black Magic Jell-O Shots recipe.

jacko'lantern sandwich cookies
Erik bernstein
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Jack-O'-Lantern Sandwich Cookies

Pumpkin sugar cookies get sandwiched together with a cream cheese frosting for a perfect fall dessert. Carve a Jack-o'-lantern into them for an adorable Halloween treat everyone will love. So much better than carving a real pumpkin.

Get the Jack-O'-Lantern Sandwich Cookies recipe.

chocolate filled pumpkins
Chelsea Lupkin
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Chocolate-Filled Pumpkins

These are TOO cute and actually crazy easy to make. Use your go-to white cake recipe for the batter, or prepare batter using a box mix. Thanks to a perfectly distracting chocolate hazelnut filling, no one will know the difference. 😉

Get the Chocolate-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes recipe.

ghost pizza bagels
Ethan Calabrese
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Ghost Pizza Bagels

The scariest thing about these pizza bagels is how fast we're going to eat them. 😉 We definitely recommend using a cookie cutter for the ghosts—try other shapes too if you got 'em!

Get the Ghost Pizza Bagels recipe.

pumpkin pie dip
Parker feierbach
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Pumpkin Pie Dip

We're obsessed with distilling our favorite recipes into something we can scoop up with any number of amazing dippers. This pumpkin pie-inspired dip is the perfect example of all the flavor you love, in an easy, party-friendly form. We like it with gingersnaps, but really, go wild!

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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.

Get the Dracula Dentures recipe.

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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candy corn cobs
Parker Feierbach
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Candy Corn Cobs

Trick and treat your family and friends with this play on corn on the cob that's actually made with candy corn and edible cookie dough. 😉

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graveyard chicken enchilada dip
Ethan Calabrese
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Graveyard Chicken Enchilada Dip

It takes fewer than 10 ingredients to throw this simple graveyard together—you might have some of them at home already! Feel free to use all store-bought ingredients to make it easier, or make your own enchilada sauce, homemade chicken, and taco seasoning.

Get the Graveyard Chicken Enchilada Dip recipe.

butternut squash casserole
Lucy schaeffer
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Butternut Squash Casserole

This savory autumnal casserole is packed with bacon and two types of cheese (mozzarella and cheddar) and just enough kale to lend the dish a healthy-ish twist (so you can eat more Halloween candy!).

Get the Butternut Squash Casserole recipe.

jack skellington oreo pops vertical
Jonathan Boulton
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Jack Skellington Oreo Pops

Not to be corny, but these Oreo pops are... scary good. Feel free to decorate these however you like, but we're partial to these Jack Skellingtons and these glowing black widow Oreo pops!

Get the Jack Skellington Oreo Pops recipe.

pumpkin lasagna
Ethan calabrese
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Pumpkin Lasagna

At first, pumpkin lasagna might not seem as sexy as, say, spinach artichoke lasagna, but don't be fooled: With layers of melty fontina and mozzarella and notes of sage and nutmeg, you'll definitely be wanting seconds of this veggie-filled lasagna.

Get the Pumpkin Lasagna recipe.

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.

Get the Spiderweb Cake recipe.

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