18 Easy Appetizers for a Spooktacular Way to Start Halloween

The Great White Pumpkin Cheese Ball
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

On Halloween night, you'll undoubtedly be busy shepherding around your costume-clad kids and bestowing candies on local trick-or-treaters. The last thing you want to worry about is checking on food in the oven, so we've taken all the fear of out of hosting a Halloween party. We've come up with Halloween party appetizers and snacks that are so easy you'll have your guests spooked into thinking that you worked all day in the kitchen on creative foods. Serve these fun finger foods with clever Halloween drinks, like a bubbling cauldron of punch, and fun Halloween desserts packed with lots of pumpkin.Hosting a small soiree for adults and kids to gather before or after the trick-or-treating festivities doesn't have to be stressful. With our easy Halloween finger foods, you'll have plenty of time to spend on your Halloween costumes. From spooky Beet Pickled Eggs to Frankenstein's favorite guacamole, these Halloween appetizers will have all the wolves howling. Kids and adults alike will enjoy these spooky snacks. If you're in a pinch, these Halloween party appetizers could be given as party favors for kids or to charming trick-or-treaters!

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Fried Deviled Eggs

Fried Deviled Eggs
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Fried Deviled Eggs

For a new take on classic deviled eggs, drop them in the deep fryer. The golden-brown crust screams "ready to party."

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Beet Pickled 'Alien Eggs'

Beet Pickled Eggs
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Beet Pickled Eggs

Call these funky, spooky pink-ribboned eggs "alien eggs" and the kids might just be scared off. You can tell your guests not to worry: these eggs may look freaky, but they taste delicious!

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Molded Egg Salad

Molded Egg Salad
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Molded Egg Salad

No Halloween spread is complete without a creepy gelatin creation. It's wobbly, it's gooey, and it's wonderfully delicious.

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Frankenstein's Favorite Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole

Nashville Hot Chicken Dip
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole

He did the mash, he did the monster mash-up with this combination of pimiento cheese and guacamole. This vibrant green dish is a great way to add some ghoulish color to your appetizer spread.

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Cheddar Cheese Straws

Cheddar Cheese Straws
Lee Harrelson

Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Straws

When these Cheese Straws hit the table, nobody will be able to resist the cheddar goodness. When piping the cheese dough, shape the straws into witches' brooms for added spook.

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Spinach-Artichoke Dips
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Don't be afraid to eat your greens. This spinach-artichoke dip is creamy, indulgent, and addictively good.

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Classic Deviled Eggs

Classic Deviled Eggs
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Classic Deviled Eggs

These devilish eggs are sure to please a hungry Halloween crowd. Feel free to add red food dye to the filling to dress these eggs up in their devil garb!

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Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites

Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites

For Halloween, we like to mix things up, and these Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites are just creative enough to earn a spot on our holiday menu.

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Alabama Fire Cracker Saltines

Alabama Fire Cracker Saltines
Kate Robertson

Recipe: Fire Crackers Recipe

Leave a bowl of these devilishly spicy Fire Crackers out on the table. Your guests won't be able to get enough of this savory snack.

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Classic Pimiento Cheese

Basic Pimiento Cheese
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Classic Pimiento Cheese

The bright orange color of this classic Southern dip will complement all those decorative pumpkins.

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Baked Brie Bites

Baked Brie Bites
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Baked Brie Bites

With bags of candy floating around, you'll be craving something savory and sophisticated, and these Baked Brie Bites fit the bill.

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Party Poppers

Party Poppers
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Party Poppers

These ever-classic Jalapeño Poppers are devilishly spicy and, with a cream cheese filling, refreshingly cool.

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Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes

Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes

You could wrap just about anything in bacon and we'd be on board. You'll want to make a double batch of these dressed-up potatoes.

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Homemade Salsa

Homemade Salsa for Canning
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Homemade Salsa

Serve this slightly-spicy homemade salsa in a cauldron at your spooky Halloween party.

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Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks

Baked Zucchini Fries
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks

Baked zucchini fries? More like witches' fingers. These veggie fries just might help counteract that sugar rush.

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Spicy Cheddar Appetizer Cookies

Spicy Cheddar Appetizer Cookies
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Spicy Cheddar Appetizer Cookies

Use festive cookie cutters, like a pumpkin or a ghost shape, to tailor these cheddar cookies to your Halloween party.

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Rotel Dip

Rotel Dip
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Rotel Dip

The scariest part about this Rotel Sausage Dip? Just how easy it is to make.

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Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls
Southern Living

Recipe: Sausage Balls

This classic fried Southern dish graces most of our holiday tables, and Halloween should be no exception.

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