A Spooktacular Halloween Party

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Throw a Spooktacular Halloween Party with this easy menu of snacks, sweets, and drinks. Or, discover how easy it is to convert any of your favorite recipes into their scariest version!

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If you don’t feel like making (or eating) a prosciutto-wrapped head or a spaghetti-brain cake this Halloween, fear not! I didn’t either. Even the peeled grapes game grosses me out.

I prefer to start with the recipes I know and love and convert them into something festive for Halloween.

That’s exactly what we did here! Follow these menu ideas or just get inspired to go your own way. It’s surprisingly easy to plan a fun (and spooky) party with whatever you want to serve.

Meatball Monsters

Spaghetti and meatballs on a white platter.


Italian Meatballs

These classic Italian Meatballs are ready to be sauced and served with spaghetti, on meatball subs, or as an appetizer. Pan-fry and baking instructions included!
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Make it spooky: Make the Italian meatballs (or turkey meatballs) and heat in marinara sauce. Or substitute frozen meatballs and your favorite store-bought spaghetti sauce. Add sliced green olives with pimentos for eyes.

Side by side picture of regular meatballs and a Halloween party version.

Mummies in a Blanket

Easy pigs in a blanket on a white plate with a side of ketchup.


Pigs in a Blanket

You need just 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make one of the best party snack ideas, Pigs in a Blanket. This easy appetizer recipe is pure, blissful comfort food that will transport you back to childhood (and delight kids, too).
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Make it spooky: Cut the crescent roll triangles into even smaller strips and wrap them individually around cocktail wieners. Use yellow mustard for eyes, then serve with plenty of extra ketchup and mustard on the side for dipping. (Here’s the tray if you’re interested).

Side by side picture of regular pigs in a blanket and a Halloween party version.

Spider Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs on a round wooden platter.


Deviled Eggs

This easy Deviled Eggs recipe is my family’s most trusted and the only one you’ll ever need. They are creamy, delicious, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!
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Make it spooky: Hard-boil eggs (or buy them already done) and make these classic deviled eggs as directed in the recipe. Then top with black olives cut up as spiders. Use tweezers if needed to arrange the spider legs.

Side by side picture of regular deviled eggs and a Halloween party version.

Spider Web Dip

Seven layer dip on a blue platee.


7 Layer Dip

This 7 Layer Dip recipe is made with beans, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, tomatoes, olives, and scallions. It's easy to make and always a hit at parties! 
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Make it spooky: Rearrange the layers of Seven Layer Dip so guacamole is on top, then add a “web” using sour cream in a squeeze bottle. Garnish with a plastic spider. Taco dip would be a delicious base, too (just top it with guac so you can see the web).

Side by side picture of regular layer dip and a Halloween party version.

Brownie Dirt Cake

Oreo brownie trifle assembled in a trifle dish.


Oreo Brownie Trifle

Layers of brownies, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, and crushed Oreo cookies star in this Oreo Brownie Trifle that's easy enough for any day but elegant enough for a holiday dessert.
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Make it spooky: Prepare the component layers as directed for the trifle, but layer them in a 9-inch x 13-inch cake pan instead. Top with extra crushed Oreos and dot with Milano cookies (write on the “tombstones” with Wilton decorating gel). Add gummy worms for extra credit!

Side by side picture of regular brownie dessert and a Halloween party version.

Biscotti Ghosts

Cherry almond biscotti on a plate.


Cherry Almond Biscotti

This easy Cherry Almond Biscotti is delightful dunked in coffee or enjoyed on its own. Sweet maraschino cherries and salty almonds liven up this classic Italian cookie.
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Make it spooky: Bake the biscotti (or use store-bought), then dip in melted white chocolate. Add eyes and a spooky mouth with Wilton decorating gel or melted dark chocolate. Candy-dipped walnuts can also become pumpkins or ghosts. Or try meringue mushrooms but piped into ghosts.

Side by side picture of regular biscotti and a Halloween party version.

Oreo cookie balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.


The ultimate Oreo Cookie Balls recipe is right here, waiting to be rolled into your family’s holiday cookie line-up.
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Make it spooky: Make the filling for the Oreo cookie balls as directed, substituting Pumpkin Spice Oreos for the regular if you can find them. Instead of dipping in chocolate, dip in melted orange melting wafers or white chocolate tinted orange (or use white chocolate and roll in orange sugar). Add a small pretzel stick and a green M&M as the “stem.”

Side by side picture of regular Oreo cookie balls and a Halloween party version.

Spooky Punch

Glasses of fruit punch.


Fruit Punch

This Fruit Punch recipe lives up to its name: It's sweet, fruity, and guaranteed to be guzzled by kids and adults alike. Learn how to make Fruit Punch, how to spike it for a cocktail recipe, and how to customize it.
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Make it spooky: To get the orange color, top the punch with a quart of orange sherbet. Garnish the bowl and individual glasses with plastic spiders. For the 21+ crowd, substitute a big batch of Pirate Punch. (Here is the punch bowl and glasses shown in the photos).

Side by side picture of regular fruit punch and a Halloween party version.

Creepy Crudités

A platter with dill dip and fresh vegetables.


Dill Dip Recipe

This Dill Dip Recipe is a sure-fire hit for all your parties from here on out. This super creamy classic uses only dried herbs and spices (a great excuse to raid your spice cabinet) and only tastes better when you make it a day in advance.
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You can add candied eyes to anything these days, and they look so cute on a platter of fresh fruit and veggies. Delicious with dill dip or ranch dressing.

A Halloween party version of a fruit and vegetable platter.

Spooky Cheese and Crackers

Use Halloween cookie cutters to cheese slices into ghosts, spiders, or anything else that scares you. Serve with crackers and candied eyes if desired. 👀

A Halloween party version of cheese and crackers.

Wishing you a spooky Halloween!

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Meggan Hill is a classically-trained chef and professional writer. Her meticulously-tested recipes and detailed tutorials bring confidence and success to home cooks everywhere. Meggan has been featured on NPR, HuffPost, FoxNews, LA Times, and more.

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