Halloween Party Food Ideas

When planning a Halloween party part of the fun is coming up with creative, spooky food ideas. This is a guide about Halloween party food ideas.


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This is a guide about making a jack-o'-lantern soda bottle. Decorate a large bottle of orange soda to serve at your Halloween party.

Making a Jack-O'-Lantern Soda Bottle

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October 30, 2012 Flag

A great treat for a Halloween potluck.

Total Time: 40 Minutes


  • 1 tube crescent roll dough
  • 4 Tbsp spicy mustard
  • 1/4 lb salami
  • 1/4 lb thin sliced deli ham
  • 1/2 lb shredded Monteray jack cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • food coloring
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 green olives with pimento
  • 1 red bell pepper (for tongue)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Dust surface with flour. Unroll crescent roll (do not seperate). Dust top generously with flour as dough is sticky. Pinch seams together and roll out lengthwise.
  3. Brush with spicy brown mustard. Leave an inch of dough on all sides.
  4. Layer salami and ham in one row down the length of the dough leaving one inch of space on either end. Top with cheese.
  5. Fold one side of the dough over the center lengthwise. Follow with the other side of the dough. Pinch edges to seal. Round and shape - taper one end to make the tail, round the other to look like a head, and wave the body to make it snakey.
  6. Brush with beaten egg.
  7. Paint with food coloring. I made black stripes.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Make the snake's face using olives for the eyes, cloves for the nose holes, and a strip of red pepper for the tongue (I forked the end)
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October 25, 20140 found this helpful

I made the snake again this year using spicy brown mustard, ham and swiss cheese for a more mellow flavor - I liked it even better! And surrounded him with sliced lettuce ("grass") for a prettier presentation! Very popular with the potluck guests!

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October 28, 2008 Flag
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These favors are always a hit with children and adults too. They get a kick out of receiving the favor because of the "novelty" of the use of the glove.



Open glove and put a piece of corn candy into the tip of each finger. These are the "fingernails". Fill the gloves with cooked and cooled popcorn. Tie with colorful yarn and put spider ring on one finger.

You can buy a package of 100 of these gloves at the Dollar Tree. I apologize for not having the candy corn and spider ring on the one I did hurriedly today to give you the idea of the finished product. The most difficult part is getting the popcorn down into the finger parts, but well worth the reaction of those who receive them!

Source: From either Woman's Day or Family Circle magazine approximately 10 years ago.

By southeastgeorgiapeach from Jesup, GA

October 29, 20080 found this helpful

cute idea I have lots of those gloves

so now a fun idea also I have some

very old jello that I was tossing it is red/cherry

so I will fill a couple of gloves with that!!!

good idea made us think too!!!

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October 31, 20080 found this helpful

Please, Please, Please, be sure to make sure the gloves do not contain any powders or chemicals that most "rubber" gloves have. Many plastics, even from the grocery store, are NOT food safe. For example, the clear produce bags are not safe if turned inside out. The outside of the bag has stuff on it that is toxic. Just be safe.

Editor's Note: She recommends plastic food handling gloves which should be safe to use on food. Using other types of gloves would not be recommended.

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October 26, 2009 Flag

My husband's favorite holiday is Halloween. He loves decorating our house and our yard, But the best to him is all the candy he gets to give out. (and eat!)

I have been collecting Halloween treat recipes for many years. Some of these are from parents of children that my kids went to school with and some from their teachers. Some recipe are from Mrs. Julia Kenyon who gave me her Halloween Popcorn Ball recipe that she made for 30 odd years for all the neighborhood children right before she died. Others have come from the parents of my grandchildren's friends. I hope you enjoy them all.

Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies

Cut cookies into circles, bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheets 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Spread frosting over cookies to within 1/8 inch of edge; let stand until frosting sets. Place chocolate morsels in top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook until chocolate melts. Let stand until almost cool but not set. Spoon melted chocolate into decorating bag fitted with metal tip No. 2.

For round pattern, pipe chocolate in 5 or 6 circles around top of cookie. Pull the point of a wooden pick across chocolate circles from the center to the outer edge. Repeat 8 or 10 times, spacing evenly across top of cookie.

For linear pattern, pipe chocolate in parallel lines, about 1/4-inch apart, across top of cookie. Pull the point of a wooden pick diagonally across lines. Let stand at room temperature until chocolate is firm. Yield: 6 dozen

Dead Men's Legs Cookies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Beat egg lightly and gradually add sugar. Beat with mixer until light and foamy, about 20 minutes. Add almonds and flour; mix well. Roll dough into finger-thick ropes on a very light floured surface. Flatten slightly with fingertips and cut into 3 inch lengths and place on ungreased cookie sheets.Bake in oven until light brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets and cool completely before storing in airtight containers.Stores 1 to 2 months. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Easy Halloween Cookies

Take Ritz Crackers and make sandwich cookies out of them using peanut butter for the filling. Then coat each one in melted chocolate "almond bark" (without almonds). Place on wax paper. Put some orange sprinkles on top and put in the refrigerator to cool.Store in an air tight container. No need to refrigerate once they set.

Flat Cat Cookies

Preheat oven to temperature specified on package. Sprinkle flour on a clean, flat surface and roll out cookie dough slightly thicker than what the package calls for. Then, using butter knife, cut out cookies in the shape of a flattened cat. Use a large spatula to carefully transfer cookies to cookie sheet. Bake according to package directions. While they are cooling, count out enough cinnamon candies to put two eyes and a nose on each cat. Carefully flatten between the front and back of two spoons and set aside. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for about 3 minutes and then press in eyes and nose. Transfer to wire rack to continue cooling. Dribble jam here and there on each cookie for blood. Makes approximately 3 dozen kitty road kill cookies.

Fudgy Bat Cookies

Use a serrated knife to carefully cut 18 of the cookies into quarters. Save remaining cookies for another use. For each bat, place 2 cookie quarters 1/4 inch apart on waxed paper. Repeat with remaining quarters. Melt candy melts. Drop about 1/2 teaspoon of melted candy at center of each bat, connecting cookies. Use a toothpick to smooth melted candy into a uniform circle. Cool completely before removing from waxed paper. Yield: 3 dozen

Chocolate Spiders

Cut twizzlers into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Slice each piece in half lengthwise. On waxed paper, place 4 legs (pieces) on each side and then drop 1 tsp melted candy in middle for body. Use a toothpick to smooth to uniform circle and connect all candy pieces. Cool completely before removing from waxed paper. Yield: 2 dozen

Great Ghost Pumpkin Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside. Cream butter; gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin, mixing well after each addition. Stir in morsels. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet; spread dough into a ghost shape using a thin metal spatula. Or make a quick ghost pattern of heavy paper. Make 2 or three poses for realism. Bake 20-25 minutes, til cookies are firm and lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets; cool on racks. Spread with white royal icing. Trim brown face features with tube-icing.Yields 19-20 large cookies.

Halloween Crispy Candy Corn Treats

Melt butter and marshmallows; stir until smooth. In a large bowl, mix rice cereal, candy corn and miniature chips together. Add orange food coloring to marshmallow mixture, or squirt over cereal in bowl.Add marshmallow mixture to cereal mixture; stir quickly to combine. Spread on a large buttered jelly roll pan; press with buttered hands. While warm, press on candy pumpkins spaced 1 to 1/2-2 inches apart.Refrigerate and cut into squares.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Core apples from stem end to 1/2 inch from bottom. Stuff each hole with 1 tsp jam and butter. Place in a pan and bake uncovered for 35-45 minutes. Remove apples let stand for 15 minutes. Set each apple in a bowl and spoon syrup from baking pan around it. Insert a gummy worm with half its body protruding.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse seeds well. For every 2 cups of seeds, put 4 cups of water and 2 Tbsp. of salt into saucepan. Add the seeds and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Drain well in strainer. Place on paper towels and pat dry. Toss the seeds with melted unsalted butter in a large bowl until evenly coated. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable spray. Spread seeds over tray and bake for 30 minutes, stirring, and tossing occasionally. When seeds are golden brown they are ready. Store in airtight container in cool place.

Popcorn Balls

Keep popcorn warm in a 200 degree F oven. Melt caramels in top of double boiler over simmering water. Add corn syrup and water and mix until smooth. Slowly pour over popcorn in a large bowl. Stir to mix well. With greased hands, shape into balls about the size of softballs. Let cool completely before wrapping with plastic wrap.

Candied Apples

Grease a large cookie sheet and set aside. Wash and dry apples. Insert a stick through stem, leaving about two inches sticking out. In saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, food colouring and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until ingredients are dissolved and liquid boils. Set a candy thermometer in mixture and continue cooking, without stirring until temperature reaches 290 degrees, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile place shopped peanuts in a bowl. Remove syrup from heat and dip the apples, one by one, to coat evenly. Work quickly. As you dip each apple roll in peanuts to coat then place on prepared cookie sheet. Let apples cool for at least an hour.

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October 26, 20090 found this helpful

All the recipes are great but not many folk would allow their children to have them sorry that we as parents have can no longer let any thing enter their little mouths trust lost.

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October 29, 20090 found this helpful

I'd make your recipes for those children whose parents know us and also place them separately from the rest of their nightly treats in clear baggies. Children today miss out on so many delicious homemade goodies because of pranksters who would rather trick than treat sometimes causing harm.

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October 30, 2013 Flag

A quick way to dress up your snack table at a Halloween party is to make a cheese ball pumpkin jar.

cheese ball in jar

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September 20, 2004 Flag
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My kids are having a Halloween party this year. I was hoping that someone might have some gruesome, gory, or creepy food recipes. I have looked at several sites but it seems that most have the same ones over and over again...

Delaine in GA

October 11, 20080 found this helpful

There is a site called the http://mistycauldron.com They have a recipe's page with some interesting ones.

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October 29, 20080 found this helpful

How about Maggot Burgers and Bones and Blood? Both are gross but tasty:


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Does anyone know where to get the bowls used for the pretzel candies? They are white and one says BOO and the other says EEK.

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September 20, 20151 found this helpful

I bought them at Fred Meyer a few years ago.

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September 21, 20151 found this helpful

If you can't find them, you could easily create your own with some plain ceramic cups and ceramic paint. We crafters do things like this all the time.

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October 24, 2006 Flag

How many times have you put olives on your fingers? Here's a fun food display where the icy fingers display the olives.

olives on frozen hand forms

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October 8, 2006 Flag
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I'm having a Halloween party and I have the decorations set but I need a little help on ideas with the food. I have eyeball ice cubes and I'm putting little plastic spiders on toothpicks but what else can I do? Thanks!

Jenny from Milwaukee, WI

October 14, 20070 found this helpful


Editor's Note: We have lots of ideas here on the site:


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October 27, 20080 found this helpful

Cut out Halloween shapes from tortillas - spray with Pam and sprinkle garlic power or whatever you want. Bake at 375 til crisp.

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