This year for Halloween, our kids begged us to help them throw a Halloween party for their friends. Being the DIY and Halloween enthusiasts we are, however, the begging wasn’t necessary because we agreed immediately and we’re probably even more excited than they are, particularly for the food! There are few things we love more than making themed and novelty party foods, so you can imagine how many ideas we’ve scrolled through trying to pick the perfect impressive snacks to make.
Just in case you adore making seasonal or holiday themed finger foods as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the coolest and spookiest!
1. “Dead man’s finger” sandwiches
Oftentimes with we think of novelty themed foods our minds wander to the sweets, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more nutritional options out there! We’d suggest checking out how Parenting made these awesomely gory severed finger shaped sandwiches for their kids to eat before moving onto those very themed treats we just talked about.
2. Melted witch bark
We’re huge chocolate fans who love getting as creative with our favourite treats as possible, so this cool novelty bark trend that’s been happening lately has been right up our alley! Between that and our admitted Halloween enthusiasm, we’re sure you’ll hardly be surprised to learn that this melted witch bark, outlined step by step on Lil’ Luna, might just be our favourite thing on this whole list.
3. Halloween marshmallow pops
Marshmallow pops are actually something we enjoy making all year round because there are so many yummy ways to embellish them along different colours and seasonal themes, so we couldn’t possibly leave them out on Halloween! My Baking Addiction is here to show you how to perfectly dip them in coloured melted chocolate and sprinkles, as well as how to add a “handle” so the marshmallows look a bit like witches’ brooms.
4. Spooky swirled meringues
Are you quite happy making a simple family favourite that isn’t necessarily mixed or embellished with all kinds of other foods, so long as they colour scheme you make it with suits the party? Then we have a feeling you’ll get along very well indeed with these awesome black and white swirled meringues featured on Bake at 350!
5. Graveyard chocolate cheesecake dip
Are you the kind of host who loves serving dips because they’re easy to dish out onto paper plates and there are so many different kinds you can make? Then we have a feeling you’re going to be a very big fan of the way Well Plated used cookies, crumbled Oreos, and Halloween gummy candies to decorate the top of a sweet dip that’s guaranteed to be a huge hit!
6. Spooky apple slice, peanut butter, and mini marshmallow snack
Just in case you’re looking for another spooky snack that has a least some health content, even if it’s still mostly a treat, here’s a fun idea from Surviving a Teacher’s Salary that’s easy enough to get your kids in on making! We love the way they made mini marshmallows look like teeth by sandwiching them between two apple slices using peanut butter in order to make a wide grinning mouth.
7. Peanut butter acorns
We’ll admit that this idea is a little more fall inspired than specifically Halloween themed, but we’ve made these countless times and they’re just so yummy and popular with kids that we can’t resist including them! Check out how Country Living made these delicious peanut butter acorns using Hershey Kiss chocolates and a cookie-like peanut butter dough mixture.
8. Candy corn pudding pops
Perhaps you live in a place that’s still rather warm in the fall, so you know the kids will be playing outside for part of the party and you’re looking for a Halloween themed cold treat to help them cool down after? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Number 2 Pencil made these fantastic candy corn pudding pops that taste even better than the real thing!
9. Ghostly coconut apples
Candy apples have always been a fall time treat, but the classic kind just don’t look quite spooky enough for the kind of snack table we’re trying to build. That’s why we thought these ghostly white apples, covered in melted white chocolate and coconut shavings, were such a good idea! Beyond that, their unique flavour is completely delicious. Get the full details for making some of your own on Country Living.
10. Pumpkin lollipops
Are you actually a little bit pressed for time and looking for some kind of simple addition that you might actually be able to make from the surplus of Halloween candy you’ve already bought for when the Trick or Treaters arrive? In that case, we’d suggest grabbing the bags of lollipops, digging out all the orange ones you can find, and taking a look at how Sweet Sugar Belle used a little bit of carefully piped green icing to make stems that turn your suckers into pumpkins!
11. Strawberry ghosts
We’ve always found dipped strawberries a simple but impressively delicious thing to serve at parties, so imagine our excitement when we came across this seasonally perfect ghost strawberry idea featured on Candi Quik! We love that they added even more delicious sweetness by using miniature chocolate chips to make the eyes and mouths.
12. “Poison” candy apples
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of making themed candy apples but the white idea wasn’t quite as dark and spooky as you were hoping for in your custom treat ideas? Then we have a feeling you might get along with this fantastic poison apple idea outlined step by step on Country Living! They show you how to make the snack look toxic by dipping it in black melting chocolate.
13. Rice Krispie treat mummies
Pretty much everyone we’ve ever met has tried Rice Krispie squares at some point but if you’ve never tried icing them before, we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out! Rather than just icing them, Creme de la Crumb shows you how to turn them into funny little mummies in just a few simple steps.
14. Halloween muddy buddies
Just in case you’re still very into the idea of putting a fun Halloween spin on a classic party snack, here’s an awesome recipe for “muddy buddies” that will help you do just that! A Pumpkin and A Princess guides you through the process of making it happen using all kinds of Halloween treats and some orange sprinkles.
15. Spider Oreo pops
Did we almost catch your attention when we started talking about marshmallow pops but you’d like to make an alternative too, because you know that some kids don’t like squishy textures? Then here’s a super fun (and wonderfully easy to make) chocolate dipped Oreo idea that Chelsea’s Messy Apron shows you how to use to create sweet spiders.
Do you have another favourite spooky or novelty Halloween snack that you love making for your kids and their friends each year because they get a total kick out of it but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you make and how you do it or link us to photos of your finished dish in the comments section!