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Halloween Dessert Party Ideas

Updated on July 7, 2015

Host a Spooktacular Halloween Dessert Party!

If you're throwing the big Halloween bash this year, why not make it unusual? Host a dessert-only Halloween party!

Offer scrumptious treats that go beyond the usual Trick or Treat candies. Not only will you save yourself the expense of serving a whole dinner, but you'll save time as well. Make some memorable Halloween treats and everyone will be begging you to host again next year.

Great Halloween Table Flickr Photo Credit: Shauna Younge Dessert Tables

Zombie Halloween Cupcakes by jamieanne, on Flickr
Zombie Halloween Cupcakes by jamieanne, on Flickr | Source

The Creative Cupcake

You could throw a whole dessert party with nothing but cupcakes. You might want to try it. However, for the most part, you'll probably want to use cupcakes as just one of your dessert options. You can do amazing things with cupcakes. Use red velvet cupcake mix (for a spooky blood-like feel) and ice with white icing. Use black edible glitter to create cats. Use candy corns for the ears and a licorice nose. You can get as creative as you like. If you frost a cupcake white and then drizzle gourmet chocolate around in circles you can draw a toothpick through the chocolate to create a spider web design in the frosting. Then add either an edible gummy spider or a plastic ring spider that guests can remove, wipe off and wear.

The cupcake is the ultimate artist's palate. Take a stroll down the cake decorating aisle at your local crafts store and you will be amazed at the ideas you'll get. Create coconut ghosts, orange frosting pumpkin faces, pretzel stick skeletons and more. All on top of the humble cupcake. Then, arrange them in tiers. You can turn a bowl upside down and place a dinner plate on top for a cupcake stand. Vary the heights of the bowls and you'll have unique display trays.

Halloween Cupcake Inspiration


There are several ways you can make eyeballs. One of the easiest is to use munchkin donut holes. White powdered ones will work well. On each munchkin, place a Lifesaver with a black jelly bean in the center. Draw on blood vessels with red icing. Place on a tray and watch them disappear.

Other Eyeball Recipes:

Vanilla Wafer Eyeballs

Eyeball Butter Cookies

Spooky Eyeball Truffles

Flickr Photo Credit: emergencyfan2000
Flickr Photo Credit: emergencyfan2000

Spooky Jello

Perhaps nothing is spookier or more ghastly than a bowl full of brains. And when they're made of Jello, they're tasty good fun.

Jello molds now abound in the shape of brains, skulls, fingers, severed body parts and more. You can find them at Halloween stores and online.

Mix up a few batches of Jello, let them set and remove from the mold right before the party. It will be a disgustingly good time.

Creepy Jello Molds! - Make your own jello treats to gross out your guests!

Lady Fingers

Take the idea of the spooky witch's finger a little farther and make them out of Lady Finger cakes. These soft delicacies are easy to cut into the shape of a finger.

First taper each little cookie into a finger shape then add red icing for a witch's fingernail or dig out a little oval shape at the end of the "finger" then fill with melted chocolate chips and insert a sliced almond to be the fingernail.

Display your Halloween cookies in a cup standing straight up so they look like severed fingers.

Other Boo-tiful Dessert Ideas

Of course all your food items don't have to be ghastly or ghoulish. You can do more of a tasteful, adult smorgasbord as well.

Make a Bundt cake in a chocolate flavor and then drizzle orange frosting over it. You'll have a pumpkin shaped cake if you add a stem made of cardboard or a real pumpkin stem.

You can also make leaf-shaped cookies and hang them off a Halloween tree display. (Grab a few branches from outside and put them in a planter. String the cookies on ribbon and dangle them from branches for guests to pluck off.)

Halloween Caramel Apples are another great idea. You can drizzle chocolate on them to resemble spider webs and decorate with Halloween colored candies. Use your imagination. Have fun with it!

What is your Favorite Halloween Dessert?

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    • mymess profile image


      4 years ago from Australia

      great ideas! I love the jello!

    • Rangoon House profile image


      5 years ago from Australia

      Happy Halloween!

    • Scotties-Rock profile image


      5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I really thought those ghost cupcakes were adorable. :)

    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 

      5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Great Halloween dessert article! Angel Blessings. :)

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Eyeballs!! I called them comfort food.

    • floppypoppygift1 profile image


      5 years ago

      I just like to eat my kids' trick or treats!!! The brain molds are gagadelic~Cheers~cb

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      A cool idea for a dessert-only Halloween party! Cute food suggestions too!

    • healthyandtasty profile image


      5 years ago

      so funny

    • Petzard profile image


      5 years ago

      Eyeballs and brains are too spooky,... but lady fingers are just perfect idea for me:)

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      amazing pics mouth watery dish thanks for sharing great lens

    • RavenRunner profile image


      5 years ago

      Great dessert ideas!

    • daisycecil profile image


      5 years ago

      Good ideas. I feel hungry now.

    • ShineRita profile image


      5 years ago

      Very cool ideas. But I don't think I could eat them.

    • PamperedPen profile image


      5 years ago

      I like the idea of having a Halloween dessert party.

    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      5 years ago

      Oh my, loved the cupcakes!

    • Spiderlily321 profile image


      5 years ago

      Very cool ideas. All of the cupcakes and the eyeballs are awesome. Thanks for sharing

    • treehousebrando1 profile image


      5 years ago

      Halloween has some of the best desserts next to Thanksgiving!

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      5 years ago

      Anything that looks disgusting

    • morgaann profile image


      5 years ago

      I will very happy if you can let me know more about your articles . I look forward to seeing your new articles every day , I think many people will like your articles , at least I think so. And maybe you will interested

    • EdwardZhang profile image


      5 years ago

      Hey, i love it all Halloween Dessert but mostly i like Halloween Cupcake. Thanks for Sharing yummy ideas..

    • Sparkler923 profile image


      5 years ago

      Cupcakes!!! Yum! I love your ghost cupcakes!

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice lens, love these ideas for Halloween party desserts. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

    • ClassyGals profile image

      Cynthia Davis 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I like candied apples for Halloween dessert best but the eyeballs sound like they would make make a tasty choice. Blessings**

    • HighStreetFashi1 profile image


      5 years ago

      What a great ideas! Love it! Thank you for sharing :)

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      5 years ago


    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Ewk brain jelly looks lots of fun though

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      All of these look spooky but I bet they taste great.

    • JenaleeMortensen profile image


      5 years ago

      I made witches fingers one year. They were a lot of fun to make. Some of my friends said they looked a little too real.

    • Fox Music profile image

      Fox Music 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for this ghostly delicious lens "Halloween Dessert Party Ideas"

    • NicoleLynn711 profile image


      5 years ago from Bethel, CT

      I love these all!! Very creative :)

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image

      June Parker 

      5 years ago from New York

      Great ideas for Halloween treats!

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      7 years ago

      Love these dessert ideas! They're certainly clever, and of course they look delicious. Great lens!

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      7 years ago

      Those molded brains look creepy! Personally I love any kind of cake or cookies for Halloween. Lensrolled this yummy lens to my Halloween Cookie Recipes lens.

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      7 years ago

      Well I am a HUGE fan of cake, and so I would definitely have to go with that. Of course, I don't think I have the type of stomach that could handle any of the creepy type of snacks but that's just me. Wonderful lens, great job!

    • kimmer1491 profile image


      7 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      I always think of popcorn balls for Halloween - it would be pretty easy to mold them into Halloween shapes or even use a cookie cutter to make scary shapes. The lady fingers freak me out, I don't know if I would be able to eat them!!


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