19 Adorable Ghost Recipes You Need to Make This Halloween

Raise everyone's spirits with these creepy-cute treats, including pancakes, cookies, pizza and more.

August 25, 2022

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If You've Got It, Haunt It

On Halloween you’re bound to see a friendly phantom or two hanging around — especially in your kitchen! Whether you’re cooking up a themed breakfast, serving a fun Halloween dinner before trick-or-treating or baking a batch of haunted cookies and cupcakes, there’s no better way to add a festive touch than with a ghost or two. If you’re worried that your decorating skills aren’t up to par, we’re here to tell you that, with the help of these recipes, you can boo it! There’s a little something for everyone in this roundup (including some cakes for more advanced bakers) but there are plenty of easy-peasy options for anyone who’s short on time or ingredients, too. No matter what you decide to conjure up, these sugar cookies are a must. We’ve added pumpkin pie spice to give them a hint of seasonal flavor — and kept the decorating process simple enough that your little ones can help out. After you frost the cookies with royal icing, let your kids place the jelly bean eyes and licorice lace mouths.

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Ghost Bark Cake

Make this creepy-cute sprinkle cake for a fun Halloween party centerpiece. Ghost candy bark adds an extra-scary dimension.

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Ghost Brownies

These Halloween-themed brownies provide a scary-good backdrop for spooky white chocolate ghosts. The ghosts are super easy to make with melted white chocolate and dabs of store-bought black icing for the eyes and mouth. Somewhere between fudgy and cakey, the brownies are spread with a salty-sweet chocolate glaze, which really makes the ghosts pop.

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Meringue Ghosts and Pumpkins

A couple of easy piping techniques transform a simple meringue into ghosts, pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween. You’ll need some orange and green food coloring; make sure they’re not oil based, since fat can make a meringue deflate.

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Easy Ghost Cake

This adorable Halloween dessert is incredibly simple to make — all you need is one square cake, one round cake and a couple of easy knife cuts. Top the whole cake with a quick homemade vanilla frosting, then pipe on eyes and a mouth, for the friendliest ghost your little goblins will love.

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Halloween Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Cute little monsters share the stage with pumpkins and ghosts on this Halloween dessert platter. For variety, you can create monsters with different colors of sanding sugar — just make sure to match the candy melting wafers to the sugar. You can make these treats several hours ahead and refrigerate them, but don’t refrigerate the monsters for longer than an hour as the moisture in the refrigerator will cause the candy eyes to run.

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Halloween Cocoa Ghost Pancakes

These ghost pancakes are perfect for a weekend Halloween breakfast! An assortment of ghost cookie cutters and sprinkles lets kids get creative with their scary designs. Little kids can keep it simple with mini chocolate chips and blueberries, while big kids can experiment with piping tasty fudge sauce.

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Ghost Cocktails

This cocktail will give you chills but in a good way. Sweet, frosty and just a little boozy, this is a fun start — or ending — to a Halloween gathering. You can omit the vodka for younger ones and double or triple the recipe for a larger group.

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Ghost Crispy Rice Treats

For an easy Halloween treat, try these adorable ghosts made from crispy rice cereal. All you need is a handful of ingredients and a ghost-shaped cookie cutter. Stamping out and decorating the ghosts can be a fun activity with kids. The treats are dusted with white sanding sugar, which gives them a nice crunch and beautiful sparkle.

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Marshmallow Web Ghost Cake

Stretching sticky, melted marshmallows into webs might be the best Halloween trick yet. Finish this scary cake with ghosts made out of piped buttercream frosting.

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Easy Ghost Cookies

You can use any oval or peanut-shaped cookies you like to make these happy little ghosts. We like peanut butter- or chocolate-filled sandwich cookies or crisp ladyfingers, also known as savoiardi. You can even mix them up and do some of each. Simply dip them in melted white chocolate then pipe on eyes and a mouth with melted chocolate chips.

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Ghostly Cupcakes

Scare your guests with these "boo-tiful" cupcakes topped with chocolate ghosts. For the design, you simply glaze plain cupcakes with melted dark and white chocolate. You can use the cake recipe here, or try the technique on your favorite red velvet, peanut butter or chocolate cupcakes instead.

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Banana Ghosts with Peanut Butter Dip

These frozen banana ghosts are a fun Halloween snack that’s also super easy. They’re great with the sweet and creamy peanut butter dip made extra creepy with a spider web piped from melted chocolate. Feel free to add apple and pear slices as well as graham crackers to round out the platter with more dipping options. The ghosts and dip can be made ahead but the dip will firm up when chilled, so be sure remove it from the fridge about 30 minutes before serving.

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Pull-Apart Graveyard Cupcakes

Although it looks almost like a cake, this graveyard is made up of individual cupcakes, making it a self-serve party option. Just grab your cupcake and go — no knives necessary.

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Individual Scary White Pizzas

The classic white pizza takes a ghostly turn with this recipe. Using prepared pizza dough makes this easy recipe even easier, and no sauce to simmer makes it simpler still.

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Ghastly Meringues

You only need 4 ingredients (all of which are probably in your kitchen right now) and 20 minutes of prep work to make these cute Halloween treats. Just be sure to budget extra time for baking and cooling; the meringues need at least an hour in the oven, plus time to cool completely before you pipe the chocolate eyes.

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Ghost Hand Pies with Honey Dijon

Need a fun, festive treat that’s not loaded with sugar? Molly has got you covered with her cheesy, onion hand pies. They’re savory and delicious as is, but her homemade honey Dijon dipping sauce really takes them to the next level.

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Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding

Creamy, homemade pumpkin pudding is dressed for the occasion with a simple meringue topping — that looks just like a creepy-cute ghost.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Ghosts

Need a last-minute goodie for your tiny trick-or-treaters? Ree’s 3 ingredient treats are ready in 30 minutes flat.

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