30 Frightfully Fun Halloween Treats Anyone Can Make

Witches and warlocks of all ages and skill levels will have fun conjuring up these creepy treats!

October 13, 2022

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Halloween Treats to Make at Home

Halloween is a great time to get everyone involved in the kitchen. Not only are the kiddos bouncing off the wall from a mix of excitement and treats — but there are so many fun projects that are easy enough for bakers of all skill levels to accomplish. Whether you whip up a themed dessert or try your hand at baking some creepy-cute Halloween cupcakes or cookies, you'll find that you can make something pretty spectacular, even if you're not a decorating pro. Looking for a kid-friendly option that everyone will enjoy? Try these pudding "dirt" cups. Black cocoa whipped cream and white spiderwebs make them extra creepy, while sugar-coated gummy bears stand in as 'spiders' for an extra eerie effect.

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Halloween Cocoa Ghost Pancakes

Who doesn't love a fun breakfast option? These yummy pancakes get their ghostly shape from an assortment of cookie cutters — and kids of all ages will love dressing them up with sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, fruit and sauces.

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Witch Crash Cupcakes

From molding witch "feet" to putting together the candy-cookie hats, these cupcakes offer Halloween fun for monsters of all ages.

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Halloween Snack Mix

This irresistible snack mix takes the well-known combination of corn cereal, chocolate, peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar and gives it a Halloween twist. Mini candy bars (omnipresent this time of year) stand in for the chips and peanut butter. Salted peanuts and candy corn add color and salty crunch. The combination is scary good for Halloween--and the days after.

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Halloween Buckeyes

Crispy rice cereal, seasonal sprinkles, a dab of food coloring and some googly eyes add delightful crunch and a festive spookiness to this classic peanut butter and chocolate treat. Kids will have a blast helping whip up these sweet desserts for a Halloween celebration.

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Halloween Confetti Cupcakes

Confetti cupcakes get a twist for spooky gatherings thanks to a generous addition of festive Halloween sprinkles. We mixed the sprinkles into the batter and then added more on top for a crunchy, picture-perfect garnish. Just make sure to use flat or long sprinkles for this recipe; round nonpareils or sanding sugar will melt and bleed into the batter rather than staying festively confetti-like.

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Pretzel Spider Webs

Ree’s eerie snack is delightfully easy! Simply lay pretzel sticks in a web pattern, then trace around the edges and center of each web to hold them together. Decorate with Halloween sprinkles and enjoy!

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Melting Witches Bark

This whimsical break-apart treat may look intricate, but it’s actually frightfully easy to prepare. Gently melting candy wafers on a lined baking sheet in the oven—instead of melting them on the stovetop or in a microwave—makes this bark a cinch to pull together. Assemble a few easy decorations to place on top and you’ll have a wickedly good bark for Halloween parties or “The Wizard of Oz” viewings. Feel free to add your favorite candy to make it even more festive.

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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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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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Frankenstein Crispy Rice Treats

Spooky? Silly? Sultry? There’s no wrong answer when you’re creating a monster. The basic crispy rice treat recipe we all know and love gets a splash of green to make the perfect canvas for creativity. A dip in chocolate for some hair and a couple of mini marshmallows for neck bolts, then you get to be the mad scientist with candies, icing and whatever edible decorations you can find. They’re frighteningly delicious!

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Cake Eyeballs

Ree’s cake eyeballs are the perfect bite-size treat for a Halloween party. Make sure the cake balls are completely firm before coating them with melted chocolate — if not, you’ll be up to your eyeballs in crumbs!

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Halloween Dirt Cups

A tried-and-true classic, dirt cups are always welcome at a Halloween party. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities to get the kids involved! Older kids can help make the homemade pudding, while younger ones will enjoy crushing up cookies and layering in the gummy candies.

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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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Black Cocoa Crinkle Cookies

These soft and chewy cookies are spectacularly spooky with a stark black center and colorful Halloween-inspired powdered sugar coating on the outside. This recipe is perfect for a trick-or-treat celebration when you’re short on time; chilling the dough isn’t required, so the cookies come together quickly and will be on the table in about an hour. Using both black and regular unsweetened cocoa powders give the cookies deep, balanced chocolate flavor, while the secret to the colorful coating is blitzing sanding sugar and sprinkles in a food processor until they’re powdery—no food coloring required.

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Halloween Crispy Rice Treats

These colorful treats will be a hit at your Halloween party and they're so easy to put together. The spider web decoration is made with melted marshmallows. Using gloves and working on foil to stretch the web makes cleanup easy.

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Matcha Monster Meringues

These friendly little ghosts get a dose of "slime" with the help of some bright green matcha. Matcha comes in various forms and grades, the main two being ceremonial (a higher grade of tea with a softer, more subtle matcha flavor) and culinary (made from slightly lower quality tea with a bolder matcha punch). You'll use ceremonial grade for this recipe since it pairs nicely with the homemade meringue.

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Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are monster sized and monster themed, making them perfect treats for your Halloween party. They bake up crispy on the edges and chewy inside. Feel free to vary the sprinkles and add some non pareils to the mix. Candy eyeballs come in various sizes so play around to see which combo you like best we happen to think one medium and one large makes the monster look delightfully deranged.

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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

These creepy, crawly 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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Halloween Cake Pops

It's scary how adorable these festive Halloween cake pops are! Kids of all ages will enjoy rolling up the cake balls and topping each one with sprinkles, candy or artful designs.

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Blueberry-Vanilla Monster Cereal Treats

You won't need food coloring to make these cute and tasty monster treats! Crushed freeze-dried blueberries have a ton of fruity flavor and tint the marshmallow goo a festive purple color that's perfect for Halloween.

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Cobweb Hot Cocoa

Black cocoa has little natural acidity, an impossibly black as midnight color and a rich chocolate flavor that tastes just like your favorite cream sandwich cookies (because it’s in that cookie too!) These three elements are ideal for making a very chocolaty but not bitter drink that’s eerie enough for Halloween but tasty enough for any day.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Ghosts

Ree’s ghostly cookies come together in just three easy steps: melt white chocolate, dip in store-bought peanut butter cookies and top with mini chocolate chips to make eyeballs. If the chocolate is too hot for little fingers, have them place the chocolate chips while a grown-up dips each cookie.

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Concession Stand Crackers

Kids who love chocolate will adore these simple treats. Dip saltine crackers into a mixture of melted chocolate and hazelnut, then have the kids top the chocolate with their favorite candy and Halloween sprinkles. Bonus? These make a great lunchbox surprise!

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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 let your little ones go crazy piping it in a zigzag pattern to make the deathly delicious mummy wrappings.

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Tie-Dye Halloween Sugar Cookies

These anything-goes cookies are perfect for baking with the kiddos. You'll only need to whip up one basic dough (it's tinted 4 different colors) and can let the little ones go crazy tearing up and scattering bits of dough onto a piece of parchment to create the tie-dye design.

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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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Ghostly Cupcakes

With this easy recipe and decorating technique, you and your little ones will be able to bake a batch of cupcakes so cute and delicious, it's scary!

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Candy Bucket Cookies

Who says you have to put all the candy into trick-or-treaters buckets? Chopped up candy bars also make the perfect mix-in for these easy-to-make drop cookies.

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Hocus Pocus Buns

These spooky buns are a sticky, chewy treat. The center marshmallow "disappears" into a sweet colorful goo...like magic!

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