We all know one of the best holidays is coming really soon. Yes, I am talking about Halloween! Most people usually have great plans on Halloween with friends and family. But cooking for too many people can be a huge task! Instead, you can host your Halloween party with some easy DIY Halloween party food ideas!
Of course, no one has the time to make an elaborate meal for 10-20 guests. It can be pretty tiring, indeed. But Halloween is more of a party time where people prefer smaller foods rather than elaborate meals. So, that makes party preparation for Halloween much easier and less stressful.
Moreover, the DIY party food ideas that I have brought for you will barely take any of your time. Most of them are exceptionally easy and need only store-bought ingredients. All you have to do is assemble them in a way that they end up looking spooky and fit the theme well!
The options for these DIY Halloween party food ideas are endless and are not all sweet as many of you may think! Of course, you would need something savory to cut all the sugar out! So, without any further ado, let me present you with the best party food ideas for Halloween!
DIY Halloween Party Food Ideas
By now, all of you know that the DIY Halloween party food ideas are really simple and require barely any preparation time. However, that being said, a few of the recipes are a little more elaborate than others. So, there are chances that they may take a little more of your time and effort.
But, there is honestly no need to worry as there are just a few recipes like that. In case you have more of a time constraint, you can easily go for one of the less elaborate recipes. Given below are all the DIY Halloween party food ideas, with the savory ones mentioned first, followed by some delicious Halloween desserts!
Let us start off with something really simple that I can guarantee everyone will love! It is cheddar crackers that I am talking about, indeed. Cheddar crackers are easy to make and will make you forget about plain crackers.
These cheddar crackers are made with just four ingredients, which are cheddar cheese, all-purpose flour, egg whites, and sesame seeds. You just need to mix the ingredients together and bake them. Voila! Your cheddar crackers are ready for the party!
Popcorn is one of the easiest and most loved snacks to make. But it is Halloween, afterall! So, regular popcorn just won’t do the trick. In that case, you can take it up a notch by serving your guests some ghoulish green matcha popcorn.
Although not technically a savory recipe, this popcorn makes the perfect snack to munch on while partying. All you have to do is coat popcorn with some white chocolate mixed with culinary matcha green tea to make a delightful and new flavor combination.
Wraps are overall a delicious meal. They can be served in different sizes and are really easy to make too. So, whether you are serving bite-sized pieces or a whole wrap, you can make them Halloween-friendly very easily.
To make monster wraps, you can use fillings of your choice in the wrap. To get on with the color theme, try using spinach tortillas instead of regular ones. Lastly, just use some olives as eyes and cut up some cold cuts to make the mouth and nose of the monster and your monster wraps are ready to serve.
Halloween does come around when it is really cold. So, serving some soup on Halloween would really be a great idea! But is there a way to make soup spooky? You can always make the breadsticks that you serve along with soup spooky!
These snake breadsticks are really easy to make and will instantly add a touch of fun to the table. You need to use store-bought pizza dough, cut sections and twist each section out for it to look like a snake, add sesame seeds and bake! Easy, fun, and delicious too!
Halloween party snacks don’t necessarily have to be spooky! You can also get a good take on Halloween by using ingredients that match the theme! An ingredient that undoubtedly matches the theme of Halloween is pumpkin!
Take pumpkins to the next level with this delicious pumpkin crostini. Top some toasted bread with baked pumpkin, burrata cheese, and pesto, if you would like. You can also use some prosciutto if you would like to give this appetizer a meaty flavor.
Sausages and hot dogs are great party snacks for sure. But there is nothing Halloween-themed about them. You can however make them Halloween-themed by making some mummy sausages.
To make the mummy sausages, you can use any sausage you like. Additionally, you can also stuff the inside of the sausages with some shredded cheese for added flavor. Wrap the sausages with store-bought pizza dough, bake and serve with mustard!
7. Ghost Pizza
Pizza does not see occasions; pizza just makes everyone happy! Pizza is a universal treat that everyone loves, especially at parties. A simple pizza can also be elevated with some simple ingredients to make it spooky.
For an easy ghost pizza, use your favorite store-bought or homemade pizza dough. Top the pizza off with your favorite sauce olives for some eyeballs and, cut the cheese into ghost shapes, bake and serve!
The easiest thing to serve at a party is a charcuterie board; most of you will agree with this statement. A charcuterie board is extremely time efficient, as all you have to do is bring some ingredients together onto a board.
The way to make a charcuterie board spooky is by cutting the cheese in the shapes of ghosts. Moreover, you can also chop the fruits and bread in various Halloween-themed shapes and bring it all together to make a ghoulish board for everyone to enjoy!
In case you are a vegan or a vegetarian, this veggie platter is the perfect equivalent of a charcuterie board. Along with delicious vegetables, you can also fill up the platter with your favorite cheese.
Some ideas to make a veggie platter spooky are by carving a cauliflower head in the shape of a monster and keeping it as a centerpiece. Around that, you can lay out baby carrots, which can look like the monster’s fingers. These are just ideas, though! Serve the veggies with some of your favorite dipping sauces.
Deviled eggs yet again make a great and easy snack to pass around while having a large celebration. Again, deviled eggs can be made theme appropriate by using the right ingredients, which in this case is pumpkin.
For deviled pumpkin eggs, mix in some unsweetened pumpkin puree along with the egg yolks. Further add ingredients such as salt and cayenne pepper, along with other spices of your choice. Top the eggs with some sliced olives to give them a Halloween-themed appearance.
11. Mummy Meatballs
Meatballs are loved by children and adults alike. So, there is no doubt that meatballs can make a great snack. However, this time, try ditching the sandwich and spaghetti and try these mummy meatballs instead for Halloween!
Mummy meatballs can be made with store-bought or homemade meatballs, as per your personal preference. Wrap the meatballs in some shredded pizza dough and bake. Serve them with a side of marinara sauce for extra flavor.
12. Savory Eyeballs
Meatballs are a great option to serve at a party. But how about going above and beyond meatballs and serving your guests some spooky savory eyeballs? All your guests will love how delicious they are, and don’t worry; they aren’t actual eyeballs!
The savory eyeballs are actually made with just a few ingredients but can be considered as one of those party snacks which require an elaborate prep. You will have to make some choux buns first and fill them with your favorite cheese mix; decorate with some ketchup and slices of olives or any other circular veggie to make it look like a bleeding eyeball.
13. Mummy Brie
Charcuterie boards are always fun when it comes to serving at parties. But, what takes even less of an amount of time to set up is a cheese board! Instead of serving an entire cheese board, you can serve your family some baked brie!
Not just any baked brie though, Mummy Brie. The procedure to make Mummy Brie is very simple indeed. You will just have to wrap some pizza dough around a wheel of brie and bake it. This will give you the cheesy goodness of brie with some extra bread for you to dip and enjoy.
If you don’t have enough time to do any elaborate meal preparations or would rather serve something really simple along with everything else, cheese and crackers are the way to go! These cheese and crackers are delicious and fit the theme too!
To make some spooky cheese and crackers, you only need two ingredients, which are crackers and cheese slices. Cut the cheese slices up into different Halloween-themed shapes, like ghosts or monsters, to make them fit the theme perfectly.
15. Intestine Bread
Any sort of bread makes a good appetizer to serve at a party. To get things really spooky, you should try making some intestine bread, which is so delicious! Don’t worry; I haven’t lost my marbles yet!
Intestine bread can be made either sweet or savory, as per your preference. The savory version of the intestine bread has tomato sauce and cheese, whereas the sweet version can be made with raspberry compote and cream cheese. Once the fillings are packed in the dough, just lay it out in a container for it to look like intestines. Bake and serve!
Strawberries are fruits that most people like. Also, when it comes to making any sort of confections with strawberries, the options are almost endless! As here we are talking about simpler DIY party meals, spooky strawberries are a good place to start.
Spooky strawberries are made with only a few ingredients, namely strawberries, chocolate, and some chocolate chips. You will need to dip the strawberries in melted chocolate and stick on some chocolate chips for the eyes, and that’s it!
Nutter Butters are one of the most popular cookies around. Most people love nutter butters, especially on a day like Halloween when everyone is indulging in sweet treats. You can take those nutter butters up a notch by making some nutter butter boos!
Nutter butter boos are probably the easiest and quickest party snack to make. All you need are some nutter butters, along with melted white and dark chocolate. Dip them in white chocolate and make eyes and faces with dark chocolate. That’s about it!
18. Lollipop Ghosts
If you have kids at your party, you know Lollipops are a great way to get their attention. These sweet treats come in various flavors and can also be made into something extra special, like Lollipop Ghosts.
To make Lollipop ghosts, you actually don’t need any extra ingredients; that is the best part! All you have to do is wrap some paper around the lollipops to give them a Halloween-themed look.
When it comes to large parties, cutting up and serving a whole cake can be a huge task. So, the easy way to let your guests enjoy some cake and also not make the task tedious is by making monster cake pops.
Cake pops are extremely easy to make and delicious, well, since they are made with cake! You can use a cake of your choice mixed in with some frosting. Shape them into balls and stick them over a lollipop stick. Decorate them as per your liking to give them a monster-like spooky appearance.
20. Marshmallow Pops
Marshmallows are a sweet treat mostly enjoyed by children. But that does not mean adults don’t love them! Marshmallow pops are fit for any sort of Halloween party, whether meant for children or for adults.
Marshmallow pops will moreover take barely any time to prepare! You will have to stack marshmallows together and dip them in your favorite chocolate. Further, decorate them with some sprinkles for added flavor and texture.
Cake pops are a great substitute for a regular old cake. But sometimes, they just don’t do the trick. For this, there are many great cake ideas that you can try, just like this Ghostbuster Birthday Cake! Who says you can’t enjoy a birthday cake on Halloween?
To make a ghostbusters birthday cake, you can start off by using any store-bought birthday cake. This is in case you are short on time. You can also bake a cake from scratch and give it a classic ghostbuster-themed frosting and decoration.
The great part about Halloween DIY ideas is that there is so much inspiration that can be taken from movies! These Hocus Pocus cookies are delicious and will make any fan of the movie really happy.
The Hocus Pocus cookies are all colorful on the outside, with a classic dark chocolate flavor. Once you bite into the cookie, you will get a delicious slime inside. This chocolate slime will truly make any chocolate lover’s day on Halloween!
Ghostbusters are indeed an integral part of many people when it comes to Halloween. If you are a fan of Ghostbusters, too, you need to try out Ghostbuster cookies. The designs on these cookies are beautiful and perfect for Halloween.
Ghostbuster cookies are made with regular sugar cookies, which can be made from scratch or be store-bought. The intricate designs can be a little tough, as they are made with icing. But, if you want to let your inner baker out, these cookies are definitely worth a try!
24. Crockpot Crack
We mostly associate Crockpot Crack with Christmas. However, is there a rule that Crockpot Crack can be enjoyed just around Christmas time? Surely not! These little sweet treats will give your guests a pleasant surprise on Halloween!
Crockpot Crack is one of the simplest chocolate treats to make, which most of you may already be aware of. The crunch from the peanuts combined with chocolate and the gooey texture of peanut butter will leave a carnival in your mouth.
Ghostbuster Cookies are a great way to let your inner baker out, as it does require a little amount of skill to ice cookies. But, if you would rather try a similar approach with a simple design, Jack Skellington Cookies should be on your party snacks list!
Jack Skellington cookies are made with sugar cookies too, which gives them a soft and melt-in-your-mouth consistency. On top of that, the design to be made on the cookies is quite simple too. It can also be a great way to enjoy decoration time with your kids!
Frankenstein’s monster is loved by most of us. Either when we were kids or even as adults! So, Frankenstein not being a part of a Halloween party would just not be right! You can include Frankenstein in your sweet treats with these rice Krispy treats!
You will need a few ingredients to make these Frankenstein rice Krispy treats. Just some butter, marshmallows, food coloring, and rice Krispy treats. Decorate the treats the way you would like, and I’m sure they will light up your party!
Popcorn is a great snack to serve at a party. It is light and absolutely delicious, with so many flavors! To get into the Halloween spirit, you can serve your popcorn in a non-traditional manner with Popcorn Hands!
Popcorn Hands is again one of those party snacks where you don’t really need any extra ingredients. Just some popcorn and clear hand gloves; you are good to go! Stuff the gloves up with as much popcorn as possible and serve them to your guests!
I am sure you must have heard of a lot of savory dips that are served at parties. But Halloween is a festival where sweet treats are mostly celebrated and enjoyed; how about trying a sweet dip instead?
This Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake dip is really easy and delicious. You will need some cream cheese, along with sugar to make the base and further decorate the dip with your favorite candy. Serve with some graham crackers to get a truly indulgent experience.
No one will say no to chocolate, especially on Halloween! So, the best way to serve chocolate at a party is by giving double the indulgence with these Double Chocolate Cookie Barks.
Although it has the term cookie, these cookie barks don’t actually have a cookie! To make them, you need to first melt the dark chocolate and spread it on a tray. Once dry, add some white chocolate and your favorite toppings, let it dry and serve!
30. Banana Pops
Bananas again make a delicious sweet treat, plus they are healthy too! For anyone who wants to serve some fruits in disguise to their kids or even guests, try making the banana pops. These are very time efficient and also fun.
To make banana pops, you will first have to slice a banana in half and insert a stick at the base. Once you do so, dip the bananas in your favorite melted chocolate. Decorate with as many toppings as you would like and serve.
Biscotti is a type of Italian cookie which is baked twice. It is filled with flavors from almonds and pistachio, which makes it taste extremely rich. There is an easy way to upgrade a regular biscotti to a Halloween special!
For Halloween Boo-Scotti, you can use store-bought biscotti of a flavor you like. Dip a side of the biscotti in your favorite chocolate and let it dry. With melted chocolate of a contrasting color, you can add eyes and a mouth, too, to give it a truly spooky look.
I think I have given you too many ideas on food, both sweet and savory. To end this in the best way possible, I have a DIY Halloween cocktail idea for you! This cocktail is perfect for any party with some Ghostbusters fans!
The Ghostbuster cocktail has two versions. One is made with Irish cream, vodka, Kahlua, and ice, whereas the other is made with peach schnapps and melon liqueur. However, regardless of what you prefer out of these two, they will surely bring some life to your party!
Don’t worry; this isn’t as ghoulish as it sounds! The Guacamole eyeballs, though they look like eyeballs, are actually really delicious! Moreover, there is only one step of preparation that needs to be done, boiling the eggs!
Boil your eggs to a perfect soft-boiled stage, and once they have cooled down, you can remove the yolks. Scoop in some store-bought or homemade guacamole and serve them! I am sure all your guests will love this take on deviled eggs!
Pretzels, in general, make a great party snack, whether they are soft ones or hard ones. You can, however, upgrade your pretzels very easily and make them more Halloween-themed to get your party going!
To make chocolate covered pretzels, you can use any type of pretzels that you prefer. Coat the pretzels with some melted white chocolate and let them dry completely. Once dry, pipe eyes and a mouth with some dark chocolate, and that’s it!
35. Party Snack Mix
Is it even a party if there is no bowl of trail mix or snack mix that’s being passed around? Snack mixes make the perfect food to munch on while enjoying a party. Moreover, snack mixes taste really good with almost any beverage.
The best part about snack mixes is also that you can make them as you would like! If I had to make a party snack mix, I would definitely go for some popcorn, hard pretzels, and candy corn. The flavor balance created is really epic!
The Goosebumps movie series is something most of us are familiar with. So, you can easily take inspiration from this series and make a party snack. This idea of a party snack is absolutely delicious and very easy to put together.
Goosebumps popcorn can be made with regular buttered popcorn, along with some gelatine and green food coloring. Mix in the green food color with the gelatine and toss the popcorn in the mix. Once ready, serve this ghoulish popcorn to your guests.
37. Spider Cupcakes
As a cake can be too much to cut and distribute amongst everyone at a party, cupcakes come to the rescue. Cupcakes make a great and easy party snack, which can be distributed amongst all your guests peacefully. Take your cupcakes up a notch by making some easy spider cupcakes.
In case you are short on time, you can use store-bought cupcakes and frosting if you would like. To make the spider web that goes on top, pipe some dark or white chocolate onto baking paper in the shape of a spider web. Once it dries, decorate your cupcakes with these to give them a spooky touch.
38. Halloween Snitch
The Harry Potter series genuinely makes a great theme for Halloween. So, why not make snacks inspired by the same theme? Don’t worry; you won’t have to play quidditch to grab a hold of this snitch. These are really easy to make and barely need any ingredients or time, or even effort for that matter.
To make halloween snitches, grab some goat’s cheese and cream cheese. Mix the two types of cheese together and form them into balls. Roll the cheese balls in some crushed hot Cheetos. Lastly, add some tortilla wings on the side and serve these little flying balls with some bread or your favorite dipping sauce.
Jalapeno Poppers make the ultimate guilty pleasure! They are cheesy, gooey, hot, and delicious all at the same time. Moreover, they can be paired with almost any beverage. So instead of serving regular jalapeno poppers, try making these mummy jalapeno poppers to light up your party!
The mummy jalapeno poppers are actually baked and not fried for guilt-free munching. Remove the seeds from the jalapenos and fill in some seasoned cream cheese. Wrap the jalapenos around with some store-bought pizza dough and bake. Once baked, serve with some dipping sauce.
40. Bat Donut Balls
Donuts make a perfect snack for almost any meal, be it breakfast or dessert. In case you want to serve something a little out there on Halloween, bat donut balls are worth a try. They fit the Halloween theme perfectly and are loved by most. You can use store-bought donut balls to make these bat donut balls.
However, it would be better if you chose plain glazed donut holes rather than the ones that are filled. The reason behind this is just that once these donut holes are dipped in chocolate, there are chances that they may taste too sweet because of the filling too. Once dipped in chocolate, just split an oreo in half and stick them on each side to make bat wings and finally, serve!
By now, you already have a few options for pizza that you can try out. However, for a huge party, cutting out pizza slices can be a huge task! To make it really easy, you can instead make mini pizzas! Mini pizzas will really save a lot of time and effort and are easy to put together.
You can use store-bought pizza dough and cut them into small rounds. Top the pizza dough with some marinara sauce and cheese, finally followed by some veggies. Top the veggies on the pizzas in a way that they end up looking like little monster pizzas. Bake and serve.
Pumpkins almost define Halloween. Pumpkins are also exceptionally versatile and make a really great ingredient for savory food and desserts alike. So, in case you are planning on serving some delicious pumpkin pie on Halloween night, you can instead just make pumpkin hand pies, which will be much easier to distribute.
To make Pumpkin hand pies, you can use store-bought pie crust along with some store-bought filling, if you would like. Cut out tiny squares from the pie crust and fill them with the pumpkin filling. Cover them up in a way that they end up looking like mummies, and finally, bake and serve.
43. Candy Apples
Perfect carnival food? You guessed it; it is candy apples. But hold on, candy apples don’t just make perfect carnival food, but are also really great for Halloween parties. You can also easily give them a spooky look, which will add to the whole Halloween party appeal. Candy apples can be made with just two ingredients, caramel, and apples.
To give your candy apples a Halloween look, I would suggest carving out eyes and a face on the apples first. Once done, dip them in some light-colored caramel. Be extra careful while working with caramel, as it can be scalding. Once your apples are dipped and dry, serve.
44. Pumpkin Sliders
Sliders are the perfect hand-sized food. Sliders are liked by everyone, too, so I am sure that if you serve these at your party, your guests will genuinely enjoy themselves! Although the name says pumpkin sliders, you can use pumpkins to make these or not, as per your preference.
These sliders can be made with a meat or pumpkin veggie patty. Top the slider with all your favorite toppings, like onions, tomatoes, ketchup, mayonnaise, cheese, lettuce, and so on and so forth. Finally, carve out eyes and teeth on the bun to give it a creepy pumpkin look and serve.
Cheesecake again makes a really great dessert to end your meal with. But, you can also make little cheesecakes to serve at your Halloween party. It is Halloween, afterall, so I am sure no one will say no to some extra sweet indulgence with some cheesecake! You can use a store-bought cheesecake if you have time constraints.
Top the cheesecake with some peanut butter, as per your liking. Whether you use smooth or, crunchy peanut butter completely depends on your personal preference. Once topped with peanut butter, cut out little slices of the cheesecake and serve. I am sure that your guests won’t see this coming as one of the snacks.
As I mentioned earlier, cupcakes can be a boon when you can’t think of a dessert to serve at your party. They are easy and fun and also very easily available in grocery stores. Moreover, since candy corn is an important part of Halloween celebrations, it surely cannot be left out!
You can use store-bought cupcakes to make these candy corn cupcakes. However, I would suggest not buying cupcakes with frosting. Instead, buy some vanilla or cream cheese frosting separately and add some pieces of chopped candy corn to it. Frost the cupcakes and top them with some more candy corn and finally, serve.
Coke floats are delicious for sure, but it is time for them to move on, as here I present some dessert floats! Dessert floats are exceptionally delicious and make a great beverage to serve at your Halloween party. To make these, you need to follow the same procedure as making a coke float.
However, instead of vanilla ice cream, make these dessert floats extra indulgent with some cookies and cream ice cream! Top it off with your favorite flavored coca cola, along with some chocolate fudge and, finally, some gummy worms too. These will surely bring life to your party!
In this article, I have mentioned two charcuterie boards that you can try out. However, as it is Halloween and if you would like your guests to indulge in nothing but candy, try out this candy charcuterie board. This will require barely any of your time to put together and will be loved by all your guests.
Get together all your favorite candy and assemble it together on a large charcuterie board. You can include anything you would prefer, like gummy bears, gummy worms, and a lot more. Once everything has been arranged on the board, all you have to do is serve this to your guests and give them a sugar rush!
I have given you quite a few options to choose from, which are both sweet and savory. But, now I have brought you a delicious treat that is only meant for adults, ciders! Ciders are just delicious, especially when the weather is really cold. So, instead of serving them in a glass, you can serve them in apple cups.
You can use store-bought cider to make these little drinks. Carve the center out of the apple and fill it with your favorite cider. Top it with some cinnamon powder and a cinnamon stick, and serve. This way, you will get to enjoy a drink and a fruit at the same time.
Nacho chips are perfect for any party! They are little and can be served easily, without having to think too much. Worried about what dip to serve along with your nachos? I have the perfect option for you with this Spiderweb Nacho Spread! Some store-bought ingredients are all that you need to put this spread together.
To make the nacho spread, you will need to layer some nacho cheese, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream all on top of each other. Finally, make a spider web on top with some cream and serve. To get an even better flavor, try serving this spread along with some pumpkin tortilla chips.
Halloween may seem like an intimidating time, especially if you want to plan a party. Planning to cook for a lot of people can be hectic and time-consuming. Instead, you can host your party with some delicious and easy Halloween DIY Party Snacks!
The options given above, both sweet and savory, are all very simple and will make your party even better. So, don’t forget to try one of these out on Halloween, and let me know how it goes! Have a very happy and spooky Halloween this year!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are all the given Halloween party snack ideas beginner friendly?
Yes, the party snack ideas are completely beginner friendly.
For the cookie and cake recipes, do you need to bake them from scratch?
It isn’t necessary to use cakes or cookies made from scratch. You can easily use store-bought cookies or cakes instead.
Do any of the above-given ideas need a deep fryer as equipment?
No, most of the party snack ideas only need an oven.
How much time does it take to make these DIY Halloween party snacks?
Depending on the recipe you choose, the average time you can expect to spend on making these DIY Halloween party snacks can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.