19 DIY Halloween Party Foods That Will Spook Your Guests

Fall is here, which means that Halloween is officially around the corner! This eerie holiday offers many different spooktacular events, like haunted houses, creepy hay rides, trick-or-treating, and Halloween parties. If you plan on hosting a Halloween party, your guests will not only be looking to have a mischievous time, but they’ll be also looking to devour some delicious Halloween party foods.

Whether it’s a small scary movie gathering or a large celebration with elaborate costumes and sinister decorations, you want to make sure that you serve killer recipes that will have your guests coming back from the dead to have seconds. Check out these DIY Halloween party foods, then take a look at the #1 Halloween Candy Mistake You’re Making.

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Chili is a hearty, homestyle dish that you can make in a crock pot. A bonus is that this appliance also doubles as its own serving bowl, giving you one less thing to worry about cleaning after your guests leave. This smoky version (which comes from the use of the smoky chipotle pepper) will be sure to add a little heat to your party.

Get our recipe for Smoky Crockpot Chili.

Chocolate pudding with olive oil and sea salt
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Pudding is a delicious, classic dessert that can be served in small plastic cups for an easy handheld dessert for your party. This particular recipe has a sweet and salty combo of chocolate with olive oil and salt, giving off the resemblance of chocolate-covered pretzels.

A Halloween party pro tip: throw in some gummy worms or crumbled chocolate cookies to make the pudding look like mud.

Get our recipe for Chocolate Pudding with Olive Oil and Sea Salt.

Fudgy pumpkin brownie bites on a wooden cutting board
Blaine Moats

These party-friendly brownies are bite-sized, so they’re easy to just pop in your mouth. The use of pumpkin puree is a wonderful and versatile way to make decadent and moist brownies, while also being the perfect fall dessert.

Get our recipe for Fudgy Pumpkin Brownie Bites

Pumpkin potato mash in a large bowl with chives, oil, and salt.
Blaine Moats

Dancing to the Monster Mash while eating this potato mash seems like the perfect Halloween party combination. Swap out your classic mashed potatoes with this pumpkin version, tying into the whole fall aspect.

To make it more party-friendly, you can serve it bar-style with the potatoes in a pot and allow your guests to add in their own fixings. Bacon for chopped flesh, cheese for shredded brains…think of the endless ways you can make it a true “monster mash,” (plus it makes it much easier to serve and eat, too).

Get our recipe for Pumpkin-Potato Mash.

pumpkin chicken chili served in white pots
Jason Donnelly

What’s better than a chili you can let cook all day while you’re decorating? A chili that’s on theme, of course. The addition of pumpkin to this slow-cooker chili recipe really amps up the fall feels.

Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Chili.

Mummy wrapped hot dogs
Courtesy of Home Made Interest

A food so creative, you won’t believe it’s also easy to make. Think of your typical “pigs in a blanket” recipe, but the dough is cut thinner and wrapped around the hot dogs in a criss-cross formation. The addition of candy eyes makes this mummy come to life. It’s a great option for kids and adults alike.

Get the recipe from Home Made Interest.

Healthy smokey deviled eggs
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Deviled eggs are great finger foods that can be used for Halloween party recipes. They are tiny in size but delicious with every bite. The heat of the spice really plays on the word “devil,” while the bacon is a lustful addition.

Get our recipe for Smoky Deviled Eggs with Bacon.

baby hasselback potatoes
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

The air-fryer is a fantastic appliance that makes it super easy to cook crispy foods quickly and with less oil. If you’re looking for simple appetizers for your Halloween party, try this version of crunchy potatoes. By hasselbacking the potatoes, you’re not only exposing more of the potato to get extra crispy, but you’re also creating opportunities to stuff some toppings between each slit. So if you want to throw in some ketchup (aka, blood), that could make for a fun-themed food.


Get our recipe for Air Fryer Baby Hasselback Potato Bites.

Candy Bar Blondies
Courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction

The most perfect time to make these blondies is when all the Halloween candy for trick-or-treating is out on store shelves. You’ll be able to use some of that Halloween candy to your benefit and throw them into this on-theme dessert treat to give to your guests.

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Apple crumble
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

When you think of the fall season, it’s more than just pumpkin picking, it’s also apple picking! Use all of those apples picked to your advantage by making this delicious apple crumble that will be a happy addition to the dessert table.

Get our recipe for Apple Crumble

Candy Corn Pretzel Fudge
Courtesy of Always the Holidays

One of the most popular candies around Halloween is candy corn. And although not loved by all, this fall staple is worthy of making it to the party in this fudge. The addition of pretzels makes for a sweet and salty combination worth sinking your teeth into.

Get the recipe from Always the Holidays.

pistachio cranberry cheese ball with snacks on a plate
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

This nut and fruit duo adds a great crunch and tartness to the recipe. Being in ball form also makes for a great appetizer, allowing guests to dip a pretzel, cracker, or chip in with ease.

Get our recipe for Pistachio and Cranberry Cheese Ball.

charcuterie board with cheeses meats fruits and other toppings

Who doesn’t love a good charcuterie board? What’s great about this DIY snack board is that you have the power to put whatever you want on it. For this particular Halloween party, you can decorate the board with mini pumpkins while adding slices of apples, spiced nuts…truly whatever you find fitting for the event!

Get our recipe for a Charcuterie Board. 

Beef stew recipe in black lined glass bowl
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Once you prep the ingredients, the final step for this beef stew is to cook it in a slow cooker. This easy-to-ladle party food is full of flavor. Plus, it can be great comfort food, especially on those colder fall nights.

Get our recipe for Beef Stew in Red Wine.

healthy spaghetti meatballs
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Spaghetti and meatballs? More like, brains and eyeballs for this Halloween party recipe. This easy pasta dish can be served in a giant bowl so everyone can grab their own serving. The noodles with marinara sauce can resemble brains and blood while the meatballs can be eyeballs (and you can attach candy eyes for dramatic effect).

Get our recipe for Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Beer cheese dip
Courtesy of Spend with Pennies

Between football season and the popularity of breweries, beer is a fall staple, so why not add it to the mix of Halloween party recipes? This cheesy, savory dip is perfect for the bags or pretzels and chips you may be laying out. You can even add it as a dip to some of your other finger foods.

Get the recipe from Spend With Pennies

Paleo pulled pork sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Pulled pork is a versatile dish that can be served as either an appetizer or an entree. Once the meat is cooked, you can make a station for guests to add the pulled pork and fixings to either mini hamburger buns to create sliders or larger buns if you’re looking for an entree.

Get our recipe for Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

Creepy Finger Sandwiches
Courtesy of the Hungry Waitress

Nothing screams a Halloween party more than some finger foods. No, really, actual finger food! Guests can enjoy snacking on these festive sandwiches in the shape of severed digits that will be sure to crack a laugh (or even get a scare).

Get the recipe from The Hungry Waitress.

finished chicken wings with blue cheese dip and celery on a plate
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Cooking chicken wings in an Instant Pot couldn’t be any easier thanks to our Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings recipe. This saves you plenty of time and hassle while trying to prep for the rest of the evening. Serve the wings right out of the pot for a mess-free clean-up.

These scary good Halloween party foods are sure to be a hit with your guests, making you the most talked about party of the year. You’ll be asked to host next year’s event before this one even ends!

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