23 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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The Great White Pumpkin Cheese Ball

The Great White Pumpkin Cheese Ball
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: The Great White Pumpkin Cheese Ball

You don't have to wait all night in the dark in a pumpkin patch to enjoy this delicious delight. And these simple-to-follow directions will ensure that your pumpkin is great. Both a perfect appetizer and a great conversation piece, this pumpkin-shaped cheese ball is made with a yummy mix of white Cheddar, cream cheese, and goat cheese. You can use a braided pretzel to form the stem, and muscadine vines provide just the right flair—with no scare. You'll still have plenty of time to don your costume — maybe a yellow-and-black striped shirt, or a blanket—before your guests arrive.

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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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Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix

Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix
Greg Dupree

Recipe: Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix

Your guests will be grabbing one paper cone to devour on the spot and another one to go if you make this delicious take on traditional popcorn. Sure, you're going to start with those fifteen cups of freshly-popped kernels that you've just made, but it will be the homemade brown sugar, butter, and dark corn syrup topping that you've drizzled on, plus the delicious candies that you've mixed in, that can truly take this popcorn to the next level. With peanuts, caramel, and colorful candy-coated peanut butter candies, it's no wonder Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack Mix is such a Halloween surprise.

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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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Sorghum Caramel Corn

The Slapping Incident
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Sorghum Caramel Corn

A sticky-sweet coating can make popcorn even more delicious than it always is, and this Sorghum Caramel Corn is the perfect recipe to sink your teeth into. For Halloween happiness, this recipe begins with simple microwave popcorn, then mixes in roasted peanuts, brown sugar, and that classic Southern staple: bacon. After you've coated this creative concoction with sorghum syrup flavored with just a little hint of vanilla, bake it in the oven until it is mixed to sugar-glazed perfection. You've just taken this already-delicious bacon-caramel corn to the next level. Bag it up for guests to enjoy and you're ready to go. Happy Halloween.

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Monster Eyes

Monster Eyes
Southern Living

Recipe: Monster Eyes

There will be a look of hunger rather than fear in everyone's eyes when they first get a glimpse of this deliciously devilish Halloween party treat. In this recipe, we switch from traditional Cheddar cheese to Muenster cheese—you can call it Monster cheese—to give a new taste to traditional sausage balls. To make these amazing Monster Eyes seem even more frightening, Spanish olives complete the spooky look of this Halloween party appetizer. But don't be afraid, they taste great. So fill your plate with these—but be sure to keep an eye out for monsters!

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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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Goblin Dip with Bone Crackers

Goblin Dip with Bone Crackers
Southern Living

Recipe: Goblin Dip with Bone Crackers

For a simple appetizer that guests will enjoy at any party, Goblin Dip with Bone Crackers is a great choice. This warm, cheesy bean dip is easy to make and gets 5-stars from reviewers. Serve with Bone Crackers, which are also easy to make and taste fantastic, for a perfect start to your Halloween festivities. To make this dip truly your own, grab a spoonful of any of these great toppings: we suggest chopped black olives, shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese with peppers, or green onions. If you put all the toppings on, the dip will also taste great—you'll just need a few more bone crackers.

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