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Halloween Party Food Ideas

Updated on October 10, 2013

Deliciously Disgusting Halloween Party Food

Halloween lets you really have fun putting together a party banquet spread. Lets face it, there's no other time of year you can get this creative with food and get away with it than Halloween! Ghoulish gourmands rejoice: its delicious and disgusting Halloween party food!

Don't stop at just the Halloween party food though! I've put together an accompanying lens for this one: it's a how-to for creating the perfect haunted house for your next Halloween party. Check it out and combine these Halloween party food tips with the Halloween DIY props to make an unforgettable event.

Zombie Grave Cake
Zombie Grave Cake

Zombie Cake

Bringing new life to the party with zombie fingers clawing out of a chocolate cake.

This is an easy and elegant cake to use for your Halloween centerpiece. Just have a simple chocolate cake with fingers 'digging' their way to the top. Place some cake crumbs (cut a sliver of your cake off before frosting it and crumble it around the fingers) to loosen the dirt on this Halloween masterpiece. The pictured cake is actually Grand Marnier Chocolate Cake with Grand Marnier / Bittersweet Chocolate Grenache.

For the zombie fingers themselves, I would follow the recipe presented on this page for finger cookies, placing them over a tube rather than flat on a cookie sheet when baking. Frost them with a ghastly pallor-colored glaze and use almond slices for the fingernails. In the photo, marzipan fingers are used.

Finger cookies can be made in a snap (no pun intended) and are a real hit! A vegan recipe website has great illustrations for their bloody finger cookie recipe. These truly are easy to make and very entertaining! Another (non-vegan) recipe for finger cookies too. With all the candy at Halloween though, vegan may be a wise choice!

Halloween Cookie Frosting - Use Royal Icing To Get Those Designs to stay?

You see a lot of fantastic halloween cupcakes, halloween cakes and halloween cookies with intricate designs. Many of these have a spiderweb effect. Some, like gingerbread men, have skeletons drawn on them. What sort of frosting do you have to use to make your designs stay? The trick is to use royal icing. I've featured a recipe for the stuff from cakemasters Wilton themselves. The main ingredient for royal icing is also somewhat difficult to find: meringue powder. Meringue powder is used to avoid the salmonella risks associated with raw egg whites. Be sure to order your meringue powder well in advance of need so you're not caught off guard with no supplies on hand!

Wilton Meringue Powder, 16 oz.
Wilton Meringue Powder, 16 oz.

You need meringue powder to make royal icing and you need royal icing to make your icing designs stay.


Anytime of year, you can check my selections for a snack food gift basket to send to people, without you having to cook a thing. Or maybe you can view the selections to get ideas when putting together your own gift basket of snacks.

Be sure to check out my

to complete your Halloween party food spread. The right little touches like towels, plates, glasses (test tubes can be very cool), tableclothes and décor can really make your party!


You can eyeball this - measured shots aren't required

Do you like yours dry? Bloodshot? has instructions for an Eyeball Martini. Its just a standard martini (gin or vodka, pick your poison) with a cleverly shaved radish / green olive garnish. Obviously, this libation will just be for the adults at your party. The real kicker is the eyeball - you could even use these garnishes on a crudite or appetizer tray or in a pasta or green salad! Get creative!

Creepy martinis

Serve up your own creepy martini cocktails with these ghoulish glassware items and accessories.

Savory Halloween Snacks

Not all sweetness and light

Halloween has a dark side definitely, but bringing some nutritious food into the mix doesn't have to be that darkness. Keep everyone's spirits up while you sneak some veggies on their plates with these creative and savory Halloween snacks!

These nutritious Halloween snacks were all taken from the Family Fun website.

Serve up some black and orange Halloween Pasta when you serve up squid ink noodles with butternut squash, orange bell peppers, garlic, olive oil, hot red pepper flakes and kalamata olives. Check the recipe out now at Epicurious online. And order up some squid ink pasta now so you have it on time for your party!

The Centerpiece

Puts Some Brains In It!

Don't be a melon brain, learn how to make one at the Disney! Let this melon centerpiece find a place at your 'head' table!

Gelatinous Eyeballs
Gelatinous Eyeballs

All eyes will be on this dish!

Its not difficult to make your own gelatinous eerie eyeballs. These are made of lemon gelatin, pineapple juice and cream cheese. The iris and pupils? Get some food coloring, a brush and get creative. Spooky.

Eerie Eyeballs

(Yields approximately 9 dozen bite-sized eyeballs)

  • 3 oz (small box) lemon gelatin (can be sugar-free)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 8 oz cream cheese (can be lowfat/Neufchatel)

Note: if you are using the melon baller method, add an extra package of plain gelatin to your mixture.

  1. Dissolve lemon gelatin in 1 cup water in double boiler, add marshmallows and stir to melt.
  2. Remove the gelatin mix from heat. Add pineapple juice and cream cheese and beat until well blended. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  3. Prepare round ice cube trays or any other "eyeball molds" by spraying them lightly with cooking spray. Pour your mix into the molds and leave them to chill and set in the fridge. Alternately, pour the mix into a deep ceramic dish and chill until firm. Using a melon baller, scoop full balls of the mixture.
  4. To decorate, use liquid food coloring and a clean paintbrush. Use black food coloring for the pupils and another color for the irises.

Equipment Needed To Make Eerie Eyeballs

An impressive looking Halloween spread - A Halloween Wedding

Take some cues from a Halloween wedding to make an impressive spread for your Halloween party.

Halloween Cookbooks - Enough to fill entire books!

Pick up a few books on Halloween entertaining: recipes, cocktails and all!

Name Your Poisin

Quite literally!

Stock your bar carefully according to this tip from Real Simple magazine on your Halloween bar. Even if the bottles are empty and just for show, this becomes a very effective display with just a little help from your printer!

Purchase Ready-made Halloween Décor Online

Plenty of sources for devilish details

Don't forget about shopping online forHalloween décor and props to add that final, festive touch to your Halloween party spread. The right tablecloth and serveware can really make your party!

You can view my own hand-picked selection of Halloween décor online at Centsible - check it out!

Learn how to make a Bloody Brain Cocktail - Peach Schnapps, Bailey's Irish Creme and Grenadine

Here's a spooky looking Halloween cocktail that tastes delicious. Be sure to have some of these served up for the adults at your Halloween party.

Creepy Cocktail Recipes Online - Straight to the source

Check out these links for recipes to more creepy cocktail recipes.

For a creative way to serve up your crude-itay, look to Martha Stewart (of course) for a video and instructions on how to get your very own head waiter for your soiree! This is crafted with: gauze, paper towels, coffee, corn syrup (it shows up in EVERYTHING doesn't it?) and a styrofoam head.

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    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great page. I've featured this on my Halloween Party Foods lens.

    • OUTFOXprevention1 profile image


      5 years ago

      Great treats!

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I was looking for some way to use apples. Apple Bites. Love it!

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      Donnette Davis 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Head waiter lol.... Ewwwww..... Love it. Blessed x

    • Valerie Bloom profile image

      Valerie Bloom 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      GROSS!!!! (I may try some of these!)

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      The creepy cocktails are really cool! :)

    • ClassyStuff profile image


      6 years ago

      Happy Halloween! Great lens here with many, many, great ideas!

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      6 years ago

      Tasty stuff, I love that wicked Zombie cake.

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      6 years ago

      nice page you got going here.. happy halloween

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      6 years ago

      Looks great thanks for the lens.

    • Shoputopian profile image


      6 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      I love the eyeballs Halloween is such a fun time...Thanks for sharing...

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      tuliprose lm 

      6 years ago

      I love the Halloween cakes but couldn't cope with the gelatinous eerie eyeballs, aghhh!!!

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      6 years ago

      So many great ideas. Awesome lens.

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      6 years ago

      Amazing ideas for Halloween cakes and other delicious looking things - the kids will love them!

    • travelbroad profile image


      6 years ago

      These snacks are so gross looking! Perfection for Halloween!

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      Hal Gall 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Great looking lens full of a lot of good ideas!

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      6 years ago

      Wow, just goes to show what a bit of creativity can do. Great Lens!

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      6 years ago

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the Halloween tips!

    • JanieceTobey profile image


      7 years ago

      I love your Zombie cake! I'm considering making it for a Halloween party for a group of teens!

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      BrandyT LM 

      7 years ago

      There are some really cute ideas here!

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      7 years ago

      A+ Halloween Lens!

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      momto4 lm 

      7 years ago

      There are so many fun things you can do for Halloween. Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      This is such a cool lens - loved the ideas and photos!

    • hlkljgk profile image


      7 years ago from Western Mass

      nice selection of creepy foods!

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      7 years ago

      Awesome lens! Whar great ideas!

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      spritequeen lm 

      7 years ago

      I LOVE this lens! GREAT information! Thanks!!

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      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Oh my, these recipes do look delightfully disgusting. Well done!

    • jlshernandez profile image


      7 years ago

      I love the teeth-baring apple slices. What a fun idea. Thanks for such a great lens.

    • funcook profile image


      7 years ago

      Really nice photos. Good job!

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      7 years ago

      very eyecatching dishes for the coming halloween

    • retta719 profile image


      7 years ago from United States

      I usually make some kind of halloween cupcake - pumpkin flavored cupcakes with spooky decorations! The kids love it and it's quickly becoming tradition.

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      7 years ago

      this is a fun lens, love the love to eat Halloween food. Thanks!

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      Seeking Pearls 

      7 years ago from Pueblo West

      These recipes look spook-tacular!

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      elizajane202 lm 

      7 years ago

      This is going to be fun lens come a month from now. I love the spider cake and finger cookies, I want to try them on the kids. Martha Stewart's head looks neat but a bit too fancy for my taste...I'd probably get nowhere close. :) Great lens.

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      karen vance loudermilk 

      7 years ago from charleston wv

      Hi love yoiur lens. I use to do parties shen my children were little. one thing I did was the bloody finger> yoi take any kind of prepared bread stick dough, tear pieces in half and form them into an ugly looking finger press an almond in ine end and bake, serve warm with red italinal sauce "bloody fingers". Also we made cups of chocolate pudding in stirofoam cups crumble some sort of cookie on top that looks llike dirt, and wiggle some oowie goowie gummie worms in the pudding and around the top, you can also do with jello and place the worms inside looks like their swimming around in there YYYUUUCKK

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Wonderful ideas! I've featured your lens with others on

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      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      Oh now WOW! Love this Halloween Party Ideas page - you have just the things I need to make our party the hit of the neighborhood! Spooktacular!

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      andreaberrios lm 

      8 years ago

      Very nice Halloween lens! 5*

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      What great ideas! We have a family Halloween party every year and now I have some new ideas. One year my daughter made a cheese ball with some type of white cheese and shaped like a ghost. I've added your link to my Halloween Party Tips on Party Pantry.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Some great ideas! Love that Pumpkin Cake...looks really good!

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      Brian Stephens 

      8 years ago from France

      Loved the eyeballs but they must be really hard to eat. Great lens I have lensrolled it to my Halloween lens and 5*s. Nice work.

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      8 years ago

      Cute ideas!!! Makes me wish I was having a Halloween party. Great lens.

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      8 years ago


      I love this lens and I'd like to invite you to add it to my all things horrific group... if you're interested on checking it out please click the link: All the best, J x


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