25 Halloween Dessert Ideas to Scare Up Good Times
Whether you’re having a Halloween party or want to surprise your little ghouls and goblins, it’s time to whip up some treats. With a few tricks up your sleeve, you can churn out some scary-good Halloween dessert ideas that everyone will love.
Make for your family or for your child’s class. Or simply make them to nibble on while you have a horror movie marathon with the lights dimmed down. These 25 Halloween dessert ideas are the ultimate treats this year!
Halloween Candy Charcuterie Board
Let everyone graze their way with a charcuterie board that scares up some fun. Making it your way with the things you love is easy.
Just choose your chocolates from M&M’s, Kit Kats, and other Halloween candy treats. Halloween cookies like Oreo’s Halloween versions add a great bite of crunch. Just look to The Pioneer Woman for inspiration here!
Milk Chocolate Stuffed Jack-o’-lantern Cookies
Take two spiced brown sugar cookies with cinnamon and sugar and make them into cookie sandwiches for this divine Halloween treat.
With rich milk chocolate in the middle coming out of the jack-o-lantern cutouts, you’ve got a sweet and scary Halloween cookie perfect for parties that tastes as great as it looks with that best of fall flavor ready to tempt your taste buds.
Easy Mummy Cookies
If you’re not the best baker, no worries here. These easy mummy cookies will scare up an appetite. Sweet and buttery, these sugar cookies get a mummified appearance with frosting and candy eyeballs.
Simple ingredients and no need for piping skills means that even beginner bakers can bring the spooktacular times by turning up with a tray of these.
No-Bake Ghost Cookies
When your kids come to you and tell you that they need to bring a treat for Halloween the night before, you can either panic, or you can make these no-bake ghost cookies.
You’ll only need three ingredients – Milano cookies, mini chocolate chips, and white chocolate. And since your kids sprung it on you last minute, it’s only fair they help out. In just 10 minutes, your spooky ghost cookies will be ready!
Halloween Popcorn Mix
Nothing says party like a popcorn mix. It provides crunching and munching for everyone. This Halloween version takes all of 7 minutes to make with salty and sweet ingredients that complement each other.
Purple and green candy melts give it that fun and funky color while candy corn and candy pumpkins give you sweet treats to discover amid the buttery popcorn.
Halloween Eye of Newt Pretzels
Now here is a Halloween treat that will score you big points on originality while being intensely easy to make. With only 4 ingredients that include pretzel rods, sprinkles, candy melts, and candy eyes.
All you have to do is melt each color candy separately and decorate away. They’re fun, sweet, and crunchy, the perfect creation for Halloween parties or lunchbox snacks for your kids.
Graveyard Dirt Cake Cups
If you’d feel better about individual servings this year or want to make it easy for everyone to grab a treat, these graveyard dirt cake cups are the way to go.
Just a few simple ingredients are all you need like instant chocolate pudding, cream cheese, Oreos, and of course, edible tombstones and bones. In just 15 minutes, these perfectly-portioned Halloween desserts will be ready to scare up plenty of delight.
Monster Eyeball Cookie Pops
Is someone watching how many of these you will eat, or are you just paranoid from all those candy eyeballs? Either way, these monster eyeball cookie pops are where it’s at for Halloween.
They’re a little creepy but mostly cute and totally delicious so go for it. Chocolate chips and cookie goodness in a fun and portable format make these a good one to hand out right before you send your little monsters trick or treating.
Easy Cookie Candy Corn Bark
Can’t wait for Christmas bark? Then make it for the season of the witch! This simple recipe takes just 10 minutes to throw together.
Chill it and then break it into pieces before your party. The colorful chaos of cookies, pretzels, candy corn, sprinkles, and candy eyes make this sweet and salty crunchy treat one that everyone is going to love.
Witch Hat Cookies
Whip up some sorcery in your kitchen and make these witch hat cookies that are a stunning success for Harry Potter themes and everything magical in between.
Made with your choice of Ritz crackers or round cookies, these get topped with melted chocolate and chocolate kisses for a no-bake way to throw some magic around for Halloween.
How about something with a hint of healthiness to it? Caramel apples are always a great Halloween dessert idea for everyone. The best part is that you can decorate them any way you wish.
This simple recipe shows you how to make them for all of fall and they’re easy to convert to something spookier. Just use black sprinkles and add candy eyeballs to create a scarier caramel apple.
Halloween Cookie Cake
Need to treat a group of ghouls to something spectacular for dessert but don’t have much time? Try this Halloween cookie cake that can easily go in for an autumn theme too.
Perfect for adding the right touch of Halloween mood and sweetness without scaring off the little ones, it uses refrigerated cookie dough formed into one gigantic chocolate chip cooking. Tint your frosting orange with food coloring and cover it with Reese’s Pieces, Rolos, and a drizzle of chocolate syrup for a phenomenal cookie cake everyone will want a piece of.
Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats
Rice Krispies treats are always in season, though with this Halloween makeover, they’re a must for your Halloween dessert table.
The twist is that these have peanut butter in them and are shaped into cute little jack-o-lanterns with a Tootsie Roll serving as the stem on top. These are great for wrapping up as take-home treats for the little ones coming to your Halloween party!
Chocolate Chip Reese’s Cup Cookies
Give them something chocolatey and peanut buttery and these will vanish faster than any ghost. These soft, chewy cookies ooze with chocolate and peanut butter within their cup shapes.
Adding Reese’s Pieces to them gives them that Halloween vibe that will make them stand out on your cookie tray for this frightful holiday. If you want to go all out, make them part of your Halloween cookie charcuterie arrangement!
Easy Fruity Halloween Poke Cake
It’s hard to tire of chocolate and peanut butter, but if you want another option that brings fruity flavors to the table, it doesn’t get any better than this fruity poke cake for Halloween.
It’s super simple with just a few ingredients that include a box each of grape Jell-o and orange Jell-o plus white cake baked according to the box and a tub of whipped vanilla frosting. Don’t forget those Halloween sprinkles for this fun and tasty party cake!
Ghoulish Monster Halloween Cupcakes
So bloody good, it’s scary! These Halloween cupcakes make everything filled with more spooky fun for the holiday.
It just takes cake mix, frosting, red gel, and candy eyes. The handy tutorial walks you through creating these delicious chocolatey cupcakes in less than an hour for a hauntingly good presentation at any gathering.
Halloween Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
Mummies and spiders and eyeballs, oh my! These Halloween peanut butter cookie cups will surely make your cookie plate come alive with fright.
Each one gets peanut butter and a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and has instructions how to decorate each for the maximum scary effect. Deliciously moist and absolutely fun, these need to be front and center on your Halloween party table.
Halloween Marshmallow Pops
For when you need to whip up Halloween treats fast, get those jumbo marshmallows and you’ll be halfway there. These fun marshmallow pops are cute and sweet, perfect for little ones all month long.
Pack them in lunches or send them wrapped up for the whole class to enjoy. Everyone will love these squishy delicious marshmallow ghosts dipped in chocolate.
Halloween Rocky Road Slices
Make this the day before your Halloween party and you’ll have plenty of time to put the finishing touches on your costume. There’s no baking required to make this Halloween rocky road treat.
With a chocolatey base, these tasty slices are topped off with marshmallows, gummy worms, candy eyes, M&M’s, and all sorts of other-worldly delights. Cut them into squares before serving and be sure to grab one before they disappear!
Want something that’s sweet in taste and in looks for Halloween? If you’re trying not to scare everyone off the block, invite them over for some Boo Bites.
These delicious shortbread cookies get decked out with Halloween-hued nonpareils for a simple yet fun and festive treat. Put them in bags for your kids’ class, or let them accentuate your Halloween dessert treats.
Candy Corn Swirl Cookies
Halloween doesn’t need to be all spooky eyeballs and monsters. These candy corn swirl cookies add a colorful touch to any dessert selection.
With a sweet and buttery flavor and a soft, tender texture, they are going to be your new favorite. They’re perfect for anyone that loves the appealing colors of candy corn but isn’t a fan of the candy because they don’t taste like them at all.
Candy Corn Fudge
On the other hand, if you love candy corn, then this candy corn fudge is for you. Using just 5 ingredients and only 15 minutes of time, you can create this beautiful fudge for your Halloween table.
There’s no baking required and it’s one of the easiest, foolproof ways to get another Halloween dessert idea onto your table in time for the party.
Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies
Here’s an easy treat that even novice bakers can turn out for Halloween without breaking a sweat. These chewy and delightful chocolate chip cookies have a little extra frosting added to give the illusion of legs so that they look like spooky spiders.
The trick is to add a few extra chocolate chips to the tops of the cookies after baking, then use frosting to make the legs. Genius!
Pumpkin Butterscotch Haystacks
When you want to balance the scary stuff with the sweet side of Halloween, these haystack cookies are the way to go. Made with pumpkin, peanut butter, butterscotch, and coconut, you’ll only need 5 ingredients to create this treat.
Those haystacks are made with crunchy chow mein noodles for something addictive to munch while you watch scary movies with the lights on.
Leftover Candy Shortbread Bars
And finally, if you’ve got leftover candy this year or the kids fight over their Halloween candy hauls, take it and turn it into leftover candy shortbread bars.
It takes just 35 minutes and is fully customizable. Instead of letting candy go to waste, repurpose it for a heavenly Halloween dessert.
With these 25 Halloween dessert ideas, you’ll have plenty of ways to make this scary holiday extra sweet for everyone you love!
About the Author
Camellia Jones is an editor at Twigs Cafe. She rounds up all the delicious food from the web for specific diets. She likes to spend the rest of her time with her children.