Fall has arrived and that can only mean one thing — Halloween is nearly here! Don’t let the stress of worrying about what to dress up as or planning your kid’s Halloween party get you down. In fact, we have that last part covered for you! From breadstick bones with “marrow”nara dipping sauce and eyeball soup for appetizers to scarecrow cupcakes and tombstone brownies for dessert, your Halloween party menu was never easier — or spookier. Here are 29 spooktacular recipes that are so tasty, you’ll forget about the Halloween costume that needs to be made.
1. Fizzy Jack-o’-Lantern Milkshakes: With just three ingredients, this festive milkshake is as yummy as it is easy to make.
2. Skeleton Quesadilla: This spooky quesadilla will be sure to charm your little boys and ghouls. Add some extra sliced apples on the side for a dash of crunch — and nutrition!
3. Ghost Pretzels: These salty-sweet snacks are too simple not to make. Not to mention they look absolutely adorable — er, we mean scary.
4. Spooky Black Velvet Cupcakes: Everyone’s favorite red velvet cupcakes get a gothic twist just in time for Halloween. And these treats look so pretty topped with spooky chocolate trees, it’ll make you want to share them with everyone … until you taste them. Then you’ll want to keep them all for yourself!
5. Zombie Chili: Don’t worry, there aren’t any stray body parts in this zombie chili — just beans, sausage, and a whole host of other flavors your kids are sure to adore.
6. Breadstick Bones with “Marrow”nara Dipping Sauce: Crack these breadsticks open for a gooey, cheesy filling that’s too good to resist. Paired with a blood-like tomato “marrow”nara sauce, they’re the perfect spooky appetizer to serve at your Halloween bash.
7. Pumpkin Pop-Tarts: It’s pumpkin pie to-go! Your kids won’’t want real Pop-Tarts after they try these homemade, handheld Halloween treats.
8. Eyeball Soup: Somehow eyeballs aren’t as threatening when they’’re made of mozzarella and olives.
9. Spooky Pizza Party Nachos: Nachos are the perfect party snack, but they’re not exactly … scary. Change that with these ghost-shaped chips that will leave your kids shouting “Boo!” with every bite!
10. Spider Cookie Pops: Creepy crawlies get a sweet side in these awesomely decorated cookie pops!
11. Boo Bars: Dense pumpkin cake slathered with cream cheese frosting? Spooktacular!
12. Creepy Eyeball Cupcakes: We spy with our zombie eye a devilishly gory Halloween dessert. Just the right amount of creepy-cool to leave your kiddie guests begging for more.
13. Frankenstein Baked Peppers: These adorable stuffed peppers will add a shockingly healthy twist to your sugar-heavy Halloween menu. And how many times can your kids say they ate a monster’’s head?!
14. Coconut Cocoa with Coconut Ghost Whip: Keep Halloween night’s chill to a minimum with a steaming cup of coconut cocoa and ghost whip. Although we should warn you, serve the kids one too many, and they may be “boo”-ing all night.
15. Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Spiderweb Frosting: We wish all spiderwebs could be as sticky-sweet as the ones we found on these pumpkin cookies.
16. Edible Cookie Graveyard: Brownies, chocolate wafers, and Milano cookies make this a graveyard we wouldn’t mind visiting. We’d recommend not inviting The Cookie Monster …
17. Scarecrow Cupcakes: Forget about crows — we doubt these sweet treats are scary enough to fend off hungry trick-or-treaters!
18. Candy Corn Whoopie Pies: Add a new twist to your kids’ favorite Halloween candy with these festive whoopie pies. (Although unlike real candy corn, we’’d suggest limiting your kids to just one pie.)
19. Tentacle Pot Pies: It’’s not Halloween unless your kids have eaten an octopus arm … or eight. Note: Shy away from screening Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus until the eaten “tentacles” have fully digested.
20. Steamed Halloween Pudding with Bloody Custard: What’s Halloween without a little gore? This “bloody” custard-oozing pudding will bring just the right amount of terror to your party.
21. Witches’ Brew Soup and Cheesy Garlic Broomsticks: Pair these witchingly fun appetizers with a screening of the spooky flick Hocus Pocus to give your kids an All Hallows’ Eve they’ll never forget!
22. Green Zombie French Toast: Make a Halloween breakfast your kids will never forget with this creepy, slime-colored French toast. (It can be our little secret that it’s actually packed with fruits and veggies!)
23. Goblin Smoothie: The kids will go nuts over the bright green color of this “goblin” smoothie, while you’ll appreciate the healthy dose of veggies and yogurt it packs.
24. Spooky Spiderweb Eggs: Impress (and creep out!) your Halloween party guests with these spiderweb hard-boiled eggs. Hint: You’ll need plenty of cherries on hand to get the job done.
25. Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes: With a subtle vanilla-pumpkin flavor and cream “cheese” frosting, you’ll never believe these adorable Halloween cupcakes are vegan.
26. Jack-o’-Lantern Apple Pie: Pumpkin isn’t the only pie filling in season in fall — apples are at their peak, too. Put a Halloween twist on traditional apple pie with this crispy, flaky Jack-o’-lantern-inspired topping.
27. Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donut Holes: Trick or treat! These delicious sugar pumpkin donut holes have a surprise pumpkin candy inside! Your kids will love biting into this tiny treat.
28. Ghost Caramel Apples: Nothing says fall quite like a caramel apple. Try a Halloween-inspired take on this classic snack by using some cheesecloth to create ghost apples!
29. Spiderweb Cake-in-a-Jar: Add a Halloween-y twist to our classic cake-in-a-jar recipe with orange and black food paste!