Frightfully Fun Halloween Desserts

Ghosts, gore and candy corn! Sweeten up your Halloween party spread with these festive dessert recipes.

September 10, 2021

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Layered Candy Corn Pie

This candy corn-themed pie looks just like your favorite Halloween sweet. The colorful layers are tinted naturally with lemon juice, fresh mango and coconut milk, which also lend tropical flavors. The sweet pie is piled high with fluffy meringue that's toasted with a kitchen torch until browned in spots and then decorated with real-deal candy corn, for a spookily showstopping dessert.

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Red Velvet Vampire Cupcakes

What looks like a gory encounter with the Count himself is just raspberry jam brightened with a drop of red food coloring. And if you dare sink your own teeth into them, you'll find that more raspberry jam and chocolate await in the center.

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Chocolate-Cinnamon Skeleton Cookies

Break out your gingerbread man cookie cutter early this year; it's just the tool you need to make these easy cookies. With a little icing, you can pipe your way to frightfully fun Halloween treats.

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Stuffed Rice Crispy Cereal Brain

Want something ghoulishly delicious? This gory brain is really a giant crispy rice cereal treat filled with silky chocolate mousse.

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Frankenshake and Bride of Frankenshake

His and hers Halloween shakes (one mint, one vanilla) are made in a single batch, then dressed up for the holiday in this ultimate trick-or-treat.

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Halloween Cheesecake

Add some extra Halloween flair to pumpkin cheesecake with a classic jack-o'-lantern brownie grin.

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Halloween Brownies

Everyone at your Halloween party will be love these creepy treats: decadently rich and fudgy brownies topped with a gooey marshmallow spider web and adorable candy spiders.

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Halloween Hot Cocoa Bombs

This simple method for tempering chocolate will give you smooth, shiny hot cocoa bombs. Use a good-quality bittersweet chocolate with at least 70% cacao for best results. You can make the bombs ahead of time, but wait until right before serving to cover them in the webbing.

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Scary Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

These spider cookies are entertaining for little ones and adults to make together. From pushing chocolate candies into warm cookies, to drawing spider legs with chocolate and making silly eyes, there's plenty of fun for everyone.

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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Brain

Spook your friends and serve a creepy brain, complete with fruit syrup "blood," on Halloween. This no-bake strawberry cheesecake is made in a plastic mold to look hauntingly real.

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Apple Spider Web Pops

These easy-to-make pops have tart apple slices underneath a webbed chocolate shell.

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Mummy Hand Pies

Wrap up your dessert prep with Halloween-inspired hand pies you can make ahead of time and serve later.

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Halloween Candy-Coated Apples

Go ahead and take a big bite out of these enchanting apples! They may look like they're under a spell but you'll find that they're perfectly sweet and delicious.

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Ghostly Cupcakes

Spook 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.

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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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Coconut Bones

Follow Giada's recipe to transform store-bought pizza dough into a sweet two-bite snack with a "bloody" raspberry dipping sauce.

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Chocolate Doughnut Holes

Sprinkle chocolate-glazed doughnut holes with festively colored nonpareils for sweet treats everyone will want to munch on.

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Cinnamon Cereal Treat Mummies

Conjure up some Halloween fun with these yummy mummy cereal treats. Insert a lollipop stick into the bottom of each treat to make a grab-and-go snack for your favorite little monsters.

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Chocolate Candy Pie

This versatile pie can morph to fit many moods. Freeze it for an icy delight, or just refrigerate instead if you're looking for something a little softer (or you run out of time). Or leave out the candy all together for something a little less rich. You decide.

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Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

Ree's homemade popcorn balls, studded with peanuts and candy corn, are party-ready in just 25 minutes.

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Caramel Apples

Ree takes her caramel apples to the next level by rolling them in crushed chocolate cookies for a "dirt" finish.

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Black Cat Pops

Giada's Black Cat Pops are a purrfectly sweet Halloween party treat — and healthy to boot!

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Orange Candy Apples

Meet your apple-a-day quota in the sweetest way possible. These beauties are dipped in an orange-colored candy coating, then drizzled with chocolate.

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Pumpkin Cut-Out Pie

Jazz up pumpkin pie with a simple jack-o'-lantern cut-out made with extra dough. It bakes with the pie so there are no extra baking steps; and your guests will love the whimsical attention to detail.

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Candy-Coated Pear Skulls

Flip pear halves upside down and you've got yourself skulls! A resealable plastic bag makes it easy to pipe the candy faces.

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Pecan-Caramel Spiders

These aren't turtles anymore! Give caramel and pecan clusters a creepy-crawly makeover with black licorice "legs."

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Meringue Bones

You're only five kitchen staples away from having a dozen bones to pick. Use your favorite strawberry or raspberry jam to hold these creepy treats together.

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Candy Corn Fudge

The secret to this candy corn-inspired fudge is a quick chill in the fridge between layers so the colors set.

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Ghastly Meringues

Whip up some egg whites and sugar to turn out these phantom meringue cookies.

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Crispy Treat Witch's Hat

Get crafty with this edible witch's hat: chocolate-flavored rice cereal, green food coloring and edible gold dust transform ordinary crispy rice treats into a sweet Halloween centerpiece.

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Maple Cinnamon Spider Web Fritters

County fair funnel cakes take a haunting turn as cinnamon-spiced fritter "webs." Serve with gummy spiders for the full effect!

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Dirt Cake

Crushed chocolate cookies are the "dirt" in this no-bake dessert, while gummy worms on top add even more squeal-appeal. For the pudding layers, we folded in whipped sweetened cream cheese for flavor and loft. Be sure to assemble it in a glass dish so you can see the layers.

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Halloween Popcorn Treats

These aren't ordinary popcorn balls. Giada's sticky treats contain chopped chocolate bars, chocolate chip cookies, salted almonds and Halloween-colored candies.

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Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding

Add some ghostly character to homemade pumpkin pudding with a dollop of meringue and some candy eyes.

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Candy Corn Hi-Hat Cupcakes

These hi-hat cupcakes hide a sweet surprise of festive candy corn colors.

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Angel's Food Cupcakes

A pillowy meringue frosting and white candy halos make these super-light cupcakes especially angelic.

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Marshmallow Web Candied Apples

Marshmallows are the “web” on top of these classic candy apples, which are guaranteed to bring a touch of sweet nostalgia to your Halloween bash.

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Apple Spice Cake Mummies

These fall-flavored treats are the perfect addition to any monster mash. Spoon vanilla frosting into a plastic bag and pipe in a zigzag pattern to make the deathly delicious mummy wrappings.

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Devil's Food Cupcakes

Sinfully dark cupcakes with a bittersweet chocolaty glaze make these little cupcakes a perfect sinister snack.

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Spider Bites

Three ingredients are all you need to make Sandra's easy spider bites. The chocolate-covered pretzels are just creepy enough for young kids to enjoy.

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Banana Mummies

Use gooey marshmallow "threads" and candy eyeballs to turn frozen banana treats into mummies for Halloween.

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Caramel Pear Mice

Try this fun take on classic caramel apples: Cut fresh pears into wedges, coat with homemade caramel and make mousey "faces" with sesame seeds for the eyes and candy button noses.

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Mummy Cream Horns

Simple, sweet and just a little eerie, these bite-size mummies are a de-frightful party treat.

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Black Magic Cake

This deep, dark chocolate cake is the perfect canvas for an eerie holiday dessert. Top it with a spider web or a mummy made from melted and stretched marshmallows.

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Stuffed Candy Corn Cake

Not only does this festive bull's-eye cake slice up into pieces that look like giant candy corns, the inside holds a secret cache of the treats themselves that spill forth when you open it up.

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Hidden Horror Black Widow Cake

Give your guests a sweet scare with this gruesomely tasty spider dessert.

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Here's Looking at Boo Treats

Short on time and ingredients? A few pantry staples are all you need to make a last-minute treat guests can enjoy by the eyeful.

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Gummy Eyeballs

Don’t be scared at the sight of these eyeball-inspired gummy treats — they’re a tasty mix of chocolate chips, jiggly gelatin and coconut milk.

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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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