41 Spooky, Scary, Halloween Recipes for Your Monster Mash or Fright Night

Halloween is totally the best, right? Halloween costumes, Halloween decorations, Halloween movies, Halloween parties, and of course, Halloween food. Whether you’re looking for pumpkin-themed everything, delicious treats that look disgusting, or candy corn added to things it probably shouldn’t be, we’ve got you covered with these Halloween recipes.

We have Halloween recipes for cakes and cookies and donuts and cider. There are options for a proper spooky Halloween party and for a gentler autumnal vibe. There’s even a pizza mummy. Yeah, you read that right, a pizza mummy.

Imagine some cute queers show up to your Halloween party and you get to say, “Hey do you want some pizza mummy?” Best Halloween ever.

1. Black Velvet Cupcakes

Halloween recipes: A woman holding a tray of black velvet cupcakes

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2. Vegan Pumpkin Nog

3. Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

4. Witch’s Brew Cocktail

5. Candy Corn Hot Chocolate

6. Ouija Board Cookies

7. Deep-Fried Brains

8. Mini Monster Eyeball Donuts

Halloween recipes: Lines of Halloween themed donuts

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9. Pumpkin Roll

10. Curried Pumpkin Soup with Coconut

11. Buffalo Meatball Pumpkins

12. Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

A slice of pumpkin cheesecake

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13. Candy Corn Vodka

14. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

15. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting

Halloween recipes: A tin of pumpkin cinnamon rolls

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16. Caramel Pumpkin Torte

17. Pumpkin Sugar Donuts

18. Dairy Free Gluten Free DTF Pumpkin Pie

19. Flourless Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal pumpkin cookies on a wooden slab next to cinnamon sticks

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20. Pretzel & Chocolate Spiders

21. Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers

22. Mummy Oreo Truffles

23. Pumpkin Churro Waffles

24. Witches’ Brew Cupcakes

Halloween recipes: A cupcake with a witch hat of frosting on top

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25. Frozen Boo-nana Pops

26. Spider Web Oreo Cookies

27. Mini Ghost Pumpkin Cakes

28. Pumpkin Brulee Cheesecake Bars

A stick of pumpkin creme brulee with pumpkins in the background

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29. Braaaaaains Cupcakes

30. Meatball Mummies

31. Candy Corn Poppers

32. Snakebite Cider

A glass of pumpkin cider on an autumnal table

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33. Radish Eyeballs

34. Pumpkin Crumb Cakes

35. Almond Meringue Ghost Cookies

36. Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes

37. Halloween Layer Cakes

A chocolate layer cake with ghost frosting on top

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38. Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

39. Stuffed Mushroom Eyeballs

40. Marshmallow Web Cupcake Topper

41. Pizza Mummy Braid

A pizza arranged to look like a mummy

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What are your favorite Halloween recipes?

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  1. These look amazing. I can’t believe the trouble that people have gone to to create these.

    Shame Halloween isn’t something we celebrate here in Australia, at least not amoungst people my age. I think it’s catching on with children now though.

    I hope all of you Northern Hemisphere folk have a good time on the 31st.

      • I might leave that one for people who are more into partying. Also it seems like it’s one of those fun occasions where it’s better to do when it’s cold.
        Since the temp here at the moment is pushing 100 degrees most days while we gear up for summer, I suppose we could have a “Welcome to the Gates of Hell” do though.

  2. I wish you could have seen my face as I scrolled down this list, opening basically every recipe in a new tab so I can try to plan to create as much of this as possible before the 31st.
    I also appreciate how they’re not all sweet. That pumpkin macaroni cheese is calling my name!

  3. Mey, you’re amazing for putting this together.

    I’m flying to San Francisco super early on the 1st, so I’m thinking of doing something super low key the day before. Spooky open house brunch? Spooky open house brunch.

  4. My smile just kept getting bigger and bigger aaaah everything looks so fun and good. And those spiders! Look at those spiders with their little jointed pretzel legs! And the ouija boards! And that macaroni!

  5. This is exactly what I need in my life. The question is, do I send this link to my friends so they can do some of the food-making or do I not dare do that b/c it is possible they will want me to make ALL the things.

  6. Great list, so many cute things! I’ve been wanting to make some candy corn vodka but no one wants to try it with me but since you included it maybe it’s a sign I should just make it for myself!

  7. I’m allergic to wheat but boy howdy am I stoked to adapt these recipes!

    For vg/gf crusts (no bake): pecans OR walnuts OR almonds + dates OR prunes

    Other substitutes that might help (all from either mynewroots/chocolatecoveredkatie or my own experiments)

    Cheesecake blend: cashews, soaked overnight, coconut oil, honey, vanilla and throw em in a food processor! Very flexible recipe, can add pumpkin/spice to get the flavor/color you need

    Whipped cream: chocolatecoveredkatie has a pretty good non-dairy recipe on her site using full fat coconut milk

    And that’s all I got. That pumpkin swirl cake is basically all you need for date night apart from your lovely self, a fork, and Hocus Pocus. Thank so much for this list!

  8. I have come to preach the good word of gel based dyes for your confectionery needs.


    You want a orange that says ORANGE rather than politely suggests orange use a gel based dye. Many craft stores and party supply stores do sell individual half ounce jars if you do wish to invest in a full rainbow.

    Black On Black is an excellent Heart song by the way and some of these recipes are just so cute. Imma melt.

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