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

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we made treats for your pets!


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.

1. Black on Black Velvet Cupcakes


2. Vegan Pumpkin Nog


3. Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese


4. Witch’s Brew Cocktail


5. Candy Corn Hot Chocolate


6. Ouija Board Cookies


I feel like this one requires a supernatural level of cookie decorating skills.

7. Beer-Battered Beef Brains

Sorry if this one grosses y'all out.

Sorry if this one grosses y’all out.

8. Mini Monster Eyeball Donuts


9. Pumpkin Roll


10. Curried Pumpkin Soup with Coconut


11. Buffalo Meatball Pumpkins


12. Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse


13. Candy Corn Vodka


14. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins


15. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting


16. Caramel Pumpkin Torte


17. Pumpkin Donuts

Pumpkin Donuts Stack

18. Dairy Free Gluten Free DTF Pumpkin Pie


Hannah made this pie for you!

19. Flourless Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies


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


25. Frozen Boo-nana Pops


26. Spider Web Oreo Cookies


27. Mini Ghost Pumpkin Cakes


28. Pumpkin Brulee Cheesecake Bars


29. Braaaaaains Cupcakes


30. Meatball Mummies


31. Candy Corn Poppers

This looks like it would have alcohol in it, but it doesn't.

This looks like it would have alcohol in it, but it doesn’t.

32. Snakebite

Thanks to Ali, this one totally does contain alcohol, though.

Thanks to Ali, this one totally does contain alcohol, though.

33. Radish Eyeballs


34. Pumpkin Crumb Cakes


35. Almond Meringue Ghost Cookies

Now, these are just adora-boo-le.

Now, these are just adora-boo-le.

36. Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes


37. Tiny Halloween Layer Cakes

A Halloween Classic from Vanessa.

A Halloween Classic from Vanessa.

38. Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn


39. Stuffed Mushroom Eyeballs


40. Marshmallow Web Cupcake Topper


41. Pizza Mummy Braid


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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.

  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. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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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