While all of 2020 kind of feels like a never-ending scary movie…. the haunted holiday we know and love is finally here, and it’s time to let our inner zombies out and embrace all things frightful and festive… with my round up of the best frightful and festive Halloween recipes.
However you plan to celebrate Halloween this year, whether its a horror movie marathon, some socially distant trick-or-treating, a zoom costume party, pumpkin carving or game night at home… there are plenty of ways to enjoy All Hallow’s Eve and add some festivity to the weekend.
That starts with spooky snacks and creepy cocktails. And I’ve got all the inspiration you need. I’ve browsed the web, and rounded up some of my favorite recipes for Halloween-themed appetizer ideas and alcoholic concoctions. Everything is super simple to make with just a few ingredients. Whether you like sweet or savory treats, or just want to booze all night long (cheers, witches) I think you’ll find something to die for (insert evil laugh here) or maybe even come up with your own idea. I’ve included links below to each recipe and the blogger who makes it. Enjoy!
Meringue Ghosts – My Baking Addiction
The little guys are so simple and so cute! You only need 4 ingredients to whip up these fluffy little meringue treats, plus some candy eyes to give them their ghostly getup.
Black Widow Smash – Half Baked Harvest
Recipes from Half Baked Harvest literally never disappoint, and this Halloween Cocktail is no exception. It’s made with fresh muddled blackberries and rosemary, plus tequila, which is known to let all the demons out…
Pumpkin Soup…in a Pumpkin – PureWow
There is nothing more fall festive than pumpkin on pumpkin. This recipe from PureWow is simple and comforting. So perfect for warming you up on a Halloween night spent at home.
Drunken Peanut Butter Cups – Delish
Candy and cocktails are my definition of a perfect Halloween — and this drink combines the best of both worlds. It starts with easy DIY Reese’s infused Vodka…and just gets better from there.
Jolly Rancher Candy Apples – PureWow
Fall festivals may not be the thing this year… but that doesn’t mean the food is canceled. This is such a genius recipe hack from PureWow. All you need to do is melt down your favorite Jolly Rancher flavors and you’ve got the perfect solution to make candy apples right at home.
Monster Mash Margaritas – Freutcake
These margaritas get their creepy kick from blood orange juice and eyeball gummies, while also keeping things fresh with herbs and citrus. You could also make this cocktail in batches easily, making for a perfect party punch.
Witch Hat Calzones – Jeannie’s Tried and True Recipes
These Halloween-themed pizza pockets are so easy and actually fun to make! The recipe calls for store-bought crescent rolls, which are already kinda shaped like witches’ hats, that are filled with your favorite pizza toppings and pressed together to form the perfect little spooky snacks.
Pumpkin Spice White Russian – The Cookie Rookie
This creamy and delicious cocktail is the perfect balance of cozy and festive. You’ve got your traditional White Russian ingredients, along with some pumpkin and spice added to take it to the next level. It’s the perfect pumpkin carving companion.
Mummified Jalopeno Poppers – Endlessly Inspired
When it comes to Halloween recipes, I don’t think it gets any more classic than these jalapeño poppers dressed up like mummies. And it’s probably one of the easiest Halloween snack hacks. Store-bought crescent roll or pastry dough can be rolled out, cut into thin strips and used to mummify so many yummy things, from mini sausages and meatballs, to cheese sticks, mini pizzas, even a wheel of Brie.
Haunted Graveyard – Sprinkles and Sprouts
If you’re looking to keep things classy this year, this Haunted Graveyard cocktail is perfect for you. It combines the mature and complex flavors of bourbon and maple, with a hint of rosemary and citrus to balance everything out. If you really want to lean in to the spirit, make sure you don’t forget to garnish your drink with a smoking twig of rosemary.
Turn any dip into graveyard dip…like these Graveyard Taco Cups from Fork and Beans
Another great Halloween snack hack is the edible marker. You can use it to turn any cracker or chip into a cute and creepy little gravestone. Stick them right in to your favorite party dip to instantly create a haunted halloween graveyard dip. Make a big batch that looks like a full on cemetery, or create individual snacks, like these Graveyard Taco Cups from Fork and Beans.
Dark & Swampy Cocktail – Martha Stewart
Just three ingredients needed here for this eerie looking sipper. It’s made with spiced rum and ginger ale for the perfect balance of warm and spicy yet crisp and tart. Spirulina powder is the magic ingredient that gives this drink its swampy look.
Banana Mummies – Country Living
This idea is super cute and a lot of fun if you’ve got kids around for Halloween. White chocolate and mini M&M’s help give these bananas their undead look. You could also try this out on almost any of your favorite fruits for a somewhat healthier Halloween snack.
Black Charcoal Lemonade – Good Housekeeping
I’m so fascinated with the newish trend of using activated charcoal in drinks. And it’s literally so perfect for sippable Halloween recipes. In this one, the charcoal is mixed with fresh squeezed lemonade…. to which I suggest adding a hefty shot (or two) of vodka or gin.
Haunted Fruit or Veggie Tray…like this one from Cooking With Janica
If you wanna keep it as low key as possible, this is the way to do it. Simply get creative with your fruit and veggie trays, and arrange them in the shape of skeletons or other spooky Halloween creatures. Start with the inspo above from Cooking with Janica.
Boozy Butterbeer – Delish
Celebrate the witching hour in Harry Potter style with a batch of boozy butterbeer. It’s made with some indulgent favorites like cream soda and vanilla vodka plus a whole lot of butterscotch flavor. If you’re curling up on Halloween night with scary movies (or a Harry Potter marathon) then this is the drink you need.
Brain Dip – Homemade Hooplah
If you really want lean into the Halloween spirit this year (and potentially freak out your friends) then go all out with this wicked looking brain dip. It looks so good (and by good I mean GROSS) that it’s kinda hard to believe this is actually made from red velvet cake batter and cream cheese frosting… yum!
Halloween Hpnotist – The Spruce Eats
How fun is this glowing martini?! It’s made with vodka, lemon juice, and Hpnotiq, aka our favorite liquor to sneak swigs from when we were underage (you know it’s true 🤣). In this case, it makes for a fun and fruity cocktail, garnished with an actual glow stick to give it a festive Halloween vibe. Love it!
Mummy Meat Loaves – Country Living
Even if you’re not making any major plans, you can still give your dinner a Halloween upgrade with these Mummy Meat Loaves. It starts with an easy meatloaf recipe that you bake in muffin tins, that get topped with mashed potatoes, piped to look like mummy wrapping. Such a clever spin on some serious comfort food.
Bloody Mary Syringes – Delish
Love this simple Halloween hack — fill up plastic syringes with your favorite Bloody Mary mix (don’t forget the vodka!!) and serve it up like actual vials of blood at your Halloween gathering. Such a creepy and cool idea. I’m thinking you could also do this with tomato soup and serve them alongside grilled cheese squares (or use Halloween cookie cutters to create spooky shapes).