Halloween Party Appetizers and Finger Food
We’ve taken all the fear of out of hosting a gracious Halloween party. In fact, we’ve come up with Halloween party appetizers and Halloween finger foods that are so easy you’ll have your guests spooked into thinking that you worked all day in the kitchen on creative Halloween-themed foods. With our easy Halloween finger foods, you’ll have plenty of time to spend on your Halloween costumes and the Halloween party. From spooky Halloween desserts to savory snacks, these Halloween appetizers and Halloween finger foods are just the thing for Halloween party pick-up food. 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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Caramel Bacon Popcorn
With caramel sauce, roasted almonds, and crumbled bacon, not much can go wrong. This yummy how-to transforms the classic movie night snack into a gourmet treat. Bake in the oven for a little extra crunch, but remove if the bacon begins to blacken.
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.
Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix
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.
Sugar-and-Spice Caramel Popcorn
Recipe: Sugar-and-Spice Caramel Popcorn
Let's get something out of the way and say that yes, this is sugar, and spice, and yes it is everything nice. Sugar-and-Spice Caramel Popcorn is also delicious—so delicious in fact that you will have a difficult time keeping track of the number of handfuls you've had. But that is okay because popcorn is one of our favorite Halloween treats, so we encourage you to indulge and enjoy it. This recipe has flavors that will literally be on your tongue: butter, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. But there may be one you can't quite place—Old Bay seasoning is our secret ingredient. It's the perfect savory balance for the sweet caramel.
Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies
Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, and behold, we think these cookies are beautiful. They catch the gorgeous colors of the season, and when you and your family decorate these cookies you may capture these beautiful colors too. These simple-to-make cookies are also delicious. You can bake these cookies up to five days in advance, and store them in an airtight container. To make our wind cookies and leaf cookies, we used round cookie cutters and swirly piping to represent the wind, and various sizes of leaf-shaped cutters for fluttering foliage. Stack up cookies on your plate and pretend that you are outside raking leaves.
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Crème-Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
This filled-cookie recipe is fantastic any time of year, but you can make it ghostly good by taking a few special steps for the scary season. If you really want these cookies to be frightful and delightful, let them help you celebrate Halloween by tinting one-third of the filling with orange food coloring and one-third with yellow food coloring; keep one-third white. For an unexpected taste surprise you can also flavor the colored fillings with 1 tsp. of your favorite extract, such as orange or almond. For adults-only cookies, you can stir 1 Tbsp. bourbon or rum into filling before dividing to tint.
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!
Recipe: Onion-Bacon Dip
At your Halloween party, your guests are sure to find this appetizer simply scary-delicious. Served in an acorn squash, Creamy Onion-Bacon Dip is sure to be a hit–you probably should go ahead and double the recipe. It mixes all the smoky, salty, flavors of a great, crunchy bacon with the sweetness of a large sweet onion, plus leeks, sautéed in bacon drippings. What could possibly taste better than that? This dip tastes great with everything, so just keep it simple: we serve ours with multigrain chips and an assortment of cut fresh vegetables. Dig in, and dip those chips.
Deviled Green Goblin Eggs
Recipe: Deviled Green Goblin Eggs
You’ll want to shout with delight at the deviled eggs when you put these treats out for your Halloween guests. Deviled Green Goblin Eggs put an eerie twist on the traditional recipe that is sure to spook your family and friends. These will taste delicious, and will certainly be all that they are cracked up to be, so you may want to double the recipe. Tip: Gently tap warm eggs on your kitchen counter immediately after cooking, cracking evenly over entire shell. The food coloring will seep into the cracks, forming a pattern on the whites that can be seen after peeling.
Goblin Dip with Bone Crackers
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.
Blood Orange Martinis
Recipe: Blood Orange Martinis
Even the people in vampire costumes will be standing in line at the party for one of these delicious drinks. Get in the Halloween spirit with this blood orange-apple martini. We’ve used blood orange juice to get just the right color, but if you don’t have any then pomegranate juice or orange juice will work just as well. You’ll love the flavor of the orange liquer. And to make this drink suitably spooky, a dash of red food coloring gives it an eerie color. Now sink your Halloween fangs into this tantalizing sipper—we’re sure you will savor every delectable drop.
Pumpkin Cheese Ball
Recipe: Pumpkin Cheese Ball
If you want to catch the true look of fall, you will love this delicious party-starter. Always a crowd-pleaser, our Pumpkin Cheese Ball combines cream cheese, cheddar cheese and a hint of paprika to make a delicious appetizer. Top with a broccoli stalk just before serving to finish the pumpkin look. This cheese spread tastes great on anything that is served with it. For ours, a variety of apples make a beautiful combination, but sliced vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, or celery will work just as well. However you prefer this tasty treat, your guests will love every single bite.
Recipe: Trash Mix
It may have a silly name—Trash Mix—but this concoction certainly tastes delicious. And the name is even more puzzling because there is no possibility that a single mouthful of this will be going out with the trash. Instead, everyone will be filling up on this enticing blend of candy-coated chocolate pieces, dried fruits, and other great tasting delights. You might be startled at first glance, but don’t be scared by the worms—they’re edible candy! You’ll enjoy treats that are salty, sweet, sour, fruity, gummy and more! All of your favorite flavors make up this fun Halloween party starter.
Easy Barbecue Sliders
Recipe: Easy Barbecue Sliders
We believe simple also means delicious, and the proof is in the first bite with these Easy Barbecue Sliders. No cooking at all is required with this appetizer! Just pick up a little more than a pound of shredded barbecue from your favorite restaurant, pile it on some French rolls, and slather it with barbecue sauce and a heaping scoop of coleslaw. This recipe is easy to double, so you can make your party as simple and as big as you like. You, your family, and your guests will love these bite-size barbecue sensations. Grab a handful of napkins and savor the flavors.
Sorghum Caramel Corn
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.
Green Dip with Spooky Chips
Recipe: Green Dip with Spooky Chips
Green can sometimes be a spooky color, but at Halloween Green Dip is our name for a delicious, creamy basil pesto that we like to slather on homemade chips, but that is also terrific on grilled salmon, chicken, or shrimp. Spooky Chips are salt-and-pepper seasoned, oven-toasted wheat wraps cut with bone-shaped (or your favorite Halloween shape) cookie cutters. Put the two together and you have an appetizer that will have your guests crowding around the table and enjoying this delicious treat. So scare yourself with some Green Dip and Spooky Chips. They’re eerie, creepy, tangy, and tasty, which is exactly what a great Halloween chip-and-dip treat should be.
Hot Spiced Cider
Recipe: Hot Spiced Cider
Cider—that delicious apple drink—is the perfect autumn beverage, so it should be a part of your Halloween menu planning. It is also the perfect way to warm up a chilly afternoon or evening, or the best drink you can imagine after you have finished trick-or-treating. With only six ingredients—including the garnishes—this cider is incredibly easy to make. To offset cider’s delicious, tart flavor, some molasses stirred in gives this cider a sweet kick. Once you are ready to settle down, and to let a cup of Hot Spiced Cider heat you up, garnish yours with lemon wedges, cinnamon, or whole cloves.
Apple Bobbing Punch
Recipe: Recipe: Apple Bobbing Punch
You’ll stay dry and everyone is a winner when you try this fun and tasty take on the traditional Halloween game. What’s great about this recipe is that it is simple to make. You’ll be mixing everything together into a spooky blend of fantastic flavors that will bubble, and you can double the recipe without too much toil or trouble. Then, fill your punchbowl—tell all your Halloween party guests it’s a cauldron—with crabapples, and serve them in that delicious blend of cranberry juice, orange juice, apple cider, and more. No bobbing for apples required to win a prize this Halloween.
Recipe: Brew-Ha-Ha Punch
This sweet punch is a crowd-pleaser, is easy to make, and it tastes great. You’ll enjoy the fruity flavors of pineapple and lime, and the fizz of ginger ale will add zest to this this fun and spooky beverage. For Halloween, you must be sure to plan a scary presentation. Just place your punch bowl into a larger bowl, and add dry ice to the larger bowl. You’ll have smoke under your punch, hanging like an eerie mist over your wonderfully spooky party.
Recipe: Breadstick Haystacks
You’ll be eating these rather than looking for anything when you see these tasty Breadstick Haystacks. Simple to take from oven to table, these are light, crunchy, and always a perfect party food. This recipe adds a little spice to the simple breadstick too, Dressing up plain breadsticks with a sprinkling of dry Ranch dressing mix before baking them in the oven. Once out, you’ll want to dip these in marinara sauce. Tie them in little bundles to resemble haysticks for a fall-themed party. They will be a perfect grab-and-go snack for your guests to enjoy while they mingle at your fantastic fall gathering.
Pumpkin Patch Cheese Balls
Recipe: Pumpkin Patch Cheese Balls
These make-ahead, bite-sized garlic cheese balls are full of surprises. They are filled with pimiento-stuffed olives, and topped with pine nuts to resemble pumpkin stems. Part of the fun is putting these together, mixing the cheeses and the food coloring to get the perfect fall tones. But the true delight is in their taste, with the slightly salty bite of the olive, the sharp pimiento, and the smooth, creamy garlic cheese roll. Top it off with the crunch of the roasted pine nuts and you have a crowd-pleasing appetizer that will have people filling their plates with little Pumpkin Patch Cheese Balls.