Creepy, Crawly, Gory, Ghoulish, Spooky, Scary Halloween Party Dessert Recipes
Sweet Treats for Your Favorite Halloween Party Witches, Werewolves, Vampires, Monsters, Ghosts and Goblins!
Great party food and great entertainment are the keys to success for any holiday party, so give your guests some sweet treats with these creepy, crawly, gory, ghoulish, spooky and scary dessert recipes.
These Halloween Party Desserts Will Delight Guests of All Ages
I've picked out the coolest recipes for you that I could find, from gently spooky white chocolate ghost pops and scary-cute monster face cookies to zombie cupcakes and cake ball brains with oozing cherry blood that will make teen and adult party guests scream with laughter.
Have fun making these sweetly supernatural to spine-chillingly scary Halloween dessert recipes for your party. They're delicious conversation starters that will help break the ice among your costume-clad guests, too.
You don't have to host a Halloween party to make and serve these fun and delicious desserts. Make them as a special treat for your family and friends or for unexpected guests or hungry monsters who happen to drop by your house. Or bring them to your children's school so they can share them with classmates and teachers. You'll be the most popular parent at the school!
Cake Ball Brains with Oozing Cherry Blood
These individual brain-shaped cakes may be gory and ghoulish on the outside, but they'll be delicious inside your insides!
These delightfully disgusting-looking and scrumptious-tasting cake ball brains — the "brainchild" of Beth Jackson Klosterboer — are one of the fabulous Halloween dessert recipes from her blog, Hungry Happenings. These gory mini brain cakes actually ooze bright red cherry-flavored blood when you bite or cut into them! The cherry "blood" surrounds chocolate truffle-like centers inside the realistic-looking white (or gray-tinted) confectionery coating shells molded from brain-shaped silicone ice cube trays for this awesome, spine-tingling Halloween treat!
If you believe the saying "you are what you eat," gobbling a few of these cake ball brains just might improve your gray matter. Click the link under the photo above to get the full Cake Ball Brains with Oozing Cherry Blood recipe on the Hungry Happenings blog.
Note: You'll need at least one flexible silicone to make this Cake Ball Brains with Oozing Cherry Blood recipe. Since there are only four cavities in each tray, I recommend buying at least two of these molds so you can make and bake eight Cake Ball Brains at a time. Fred & Friends Brain Freeze ice cube mold
Longtail - A Deliciously Disgusting Chocolate Rat - Eeeek!!!
Your Halloween party guests may shriek when they catch a glimpse of this realistic edible long-tail rat on your serving table.
This cleverly designed chocolate brown long-tail rat, with its pale pink toes, nose, inner ears and the long tail for which it is named, is sure to either scare the willies out of your party guests or totally gross them out...which, of course, is what makes it such a fun Halloween dessert!
Long-tail rat's body, legs and ears are formed from a delicious chocolate modeling dough made from Oreo cookie crumbs and cream cheese and rolled in more cookie crumbs to resemble fur. Two chocolate chip eyes and pale pink toes, nose, inner ears and tail give this tasty vermin a surprisingly realistic look. You can even make up your Long-tail rat up to a week in advance and then bring it back to room temperature before serving, which makes it ideal Halloween party food!
The link under the photo will take you to the complete Long-tail Sweet Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball Rat recipe on Beth's Hungry Happenings blog.
"Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with 'scary,' 'spooky,' 'haunted' or 'forbidden' in the title."— Shaggy in Scooby Doo
A Spook-tacular Halloween Cookbook from a Professional Party Planner with 20 Years of Experience!
Make your Halloween party food unforgettable!
Author Beth Jackson Klosterboer loves Halloween and has worked as a chocolatier and event planner for more than 20 years, so she definitely knows how to make frightfully good sweet treats! Her fun and delicious cookbook will show you how to create the most memorable All Hallows Eve party possible. "Hungry Halloween: featuring Movie Monster Munchies, Bewitched Buffet, and Dead Man's Diner"
This cookbook is divided into three chapters, each with a different Halloween party theme. For example, "Movie Monster Munchies" features party treats with Frankenstein's monster, vampire, werewolf and mummy themes, such as Vampire Chips with Blood Fondue and Werewolf Wontons. The "Bewitched Buffet" chapter features recipes with witches, black cats, cauldrons, spiders and (dare I say it?) rats, including Black Widow Bites and Cackling Crackers with Full Moon Dip. The last chapter, "Dead Man's Diner", features Halloween party food recipes with a fun 50's diner theme with a gory twist (think human body parts), including Hand-Burgers, Bloody Finger Fries and Bone Chips. (Hey, I'm a sucker for a punster!)
Best of all, in addition to full-color photos of every recipe, Beth also shares her two decades of experience as a party planner to give you wonderful decorating and party planning tips for each of the three themed parties!
Monster Whoopie Pies
Your Halloween party guests will shriek with delight when they see these googly-eyed Monster Whoopie Pies!
These amazing monster whoopie pies, created by Lizzy at the wonderful dessert blog Your Cup of Cake, are silly and scary at the same time. I love the way she created the tongue by marbleizing red and yellow fruit chews candies - just brilliant! The white chocolate chip teeth are held in place by luscious chocolate frosting, and the marshmallow and Junior Mints googly eyes make these whoopie pies look like something out of the movie Monsters, Inc.
To get the full recipe for these Monster Whoopie Pies on the Your Cup of Cake blog, just click the link under the photo above.
Note: The cake-y chocolate cookies made with devil's food cake mix, but if you'd rather make yours from scratch, just bake the cake shells portion of a classic chocolate whoopie pies recipe.
Halloween Zombie Cupcakes Recipe
Ghastly, Gory, Ghoulish and Gourmet Halloween Cupcakes
I just love these gory zombie Halloween cupcakes from Jamieanne of the Sweetest Kitchen blog. They're moist chocolate pumpkin cupcakes filled with silky pumpkin buttercream and frosted with chocolate buttercream, then dipped in crushed Oreo cookie "dirt" before embedding a bloody green zombie hand cupcake pick and an Oreo Fudgees cookie tombstone in each cupcake.
Jamieanne provides the recipes for the chocolate pumpkin cupcakes and pumpkin and chocolate buttercream filling along with directions for assembling and decorating these fabulous cupcakes on her blog. Get the full Zombie Halloween Cupcakes recipe on the Sweetest Kitchen blog by clicking on the link in the photo credit.
Tip: It's not a Zombie Halloween Cupcake without a bloody green zombie hand cupcake pick! Kids and adults alike love these dessert decorations; they're sure to be a hit at your party.
Pumpkin Spider Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Buttercream & Chocolate Spider Webs
You'll want to overcome your arachnophobia just so you can take a bite of these delectable gourmet spider cupcakes!
Aren't these Halloween Spider Cupcakes sensational? These super moist pumpkin cupcakes from Jamieanne at the Sweetest Kitchen blog are filled with rich, caramel-flavored dulce de leche and frosted with dulce de leche buttercream, so you know they're going to taste just as awesome as they look! To make the spider webs Jamieanne pipes concentric circles of melted semisweet chocolate and then draws radial lines from the center to the edges with the tip of a toothpick (she used a toothpick-length strand of uncooked spaghetti in a pinch).
Jamieanne tops her spiderweb iced cupcakes with some very cool, plastic, hunchbacked black spider decorations, but I think it would be even cooler to mold edible black spiders from black-tinted melted chocolate. Click on the link in the photo credit to get the Pumpkin Spider Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Buttercream Spider Web recipe on the Sweetest Kitchen blog.
Tip: Instead of plastic spider toppers, why not make some edible candy or chocolate spiders? They're quick and easy to make. Just fill a candy or chocolate spider mold with melted black "candy melts" or melted dark chocolate tinted with Super Black AmeriColor gel paste food coloring before pouring it into the mold cavities. Creepy crawly and also delicious!
Green Witches' Fingers Cookies
The coolest version of the classic witches' fingers cookies I've seen is a scary Halloween dessert that sets a festive party mood.
Every Halloween there are lots of different witches' fingers cookies recipes floating around. Sometimes they're called severed finger cookies or ladies' fingers cookies. Whatever they're called, these are definitely the most gruesome I've ever seen! They're made from green tinted sugar cookie dough shaped into gnarled, severed finger shapes complete with wrinkled knuckles. The almond fingernails can be painted with red food coloring, if desired, and are attached with a lightly beaten egg white wash. (Other recipes I've read recommend waiting until after the cookies are finished and then painting the almond "nails" with red gel paste food coloring, letting it dry, and then painting a layer of liquid red food coloring on top of that.) In the photo shown above, Jamieanne of the Sweetest Kitchen blog made them look unnervingly realistic with untinted, blanched almond nails and then added some red gel icing around the edges to create the look of bloody cuticles, which makes them look like something out of a horror movie.
Serve these Halloween witches' fingers cookies on a bed of "chocolate dirt" (crushed Oreo cookie crumbs) or have them stick up from a shallow rectangular baking dish filled with "dirt pudding" (chocolate pudding topped with Oreo cookie crumbs). Get this Witches' Finger Cookies recipe on the Annie's Eats blog.
Scary (but Cute) Monster Face Cookies
Today's Halloween Cookies Creature Double Feature: "Dracula vs. Frankenstein's Monster" and "Zombies vs. The Mummy"
These fabulous Monster Face Cookies look like they might have come from fancy bakery (with an equally fancy price tag) rather than from someone's home kitchen.
Yet despite their professional appearance, these kid-friendly, semi scary Halloween cookies are surprisingly fun and easy to make!
These start out as simple sugar cookies, but the brightly colored royal icing and candy decorations turn them into something very special, indeed.
Meaghan Mountford from The Decorated Cookie provides the sugar cookies and royal icing recipes you'll need (or you could use your own favorite recipes, if you prefer) and gives you wonderful, easy-to-follow, illustrated step-by-step directions for decorating all four monster face cookies:
- a vampire cookie with bloody fangs
- a green fellow who resembles a friendlier version of Frankenstein's monster
- a mummy whose candy eyes peek out through the bandages
- a purple zombie with blood dripping from its mouth
To get step-by-step directions for making this cool Monster Face Cookies recipe on The Decorated Cookie blog, click on the photo credit link above.
Halloween Oreo Cakester Spiders
Even avowed arachnophobes will be sweet on these kid-friendly creepy, crawly, cream-filled spiders!
Meaghan Mountford of The Decorated Cookie blog is the former Edible Crafts editor for the fabulous CraftGossip blog. She popped back for a guest post and shared her surprisingly quick and easy 8-eyed, 8-legged, edible black spiders for Halloween. You can whip these up in practically no time, and their easy enough for even young children to make with you!
Check out Meaghan's Oreo Cakester Spiders recipe in her 30 Spider-Themed Crafts and Treats for Halloween" post on the Edible Crafts section of CraftGossip (see the link under the photo, above).
Easy White Chocolate Ghost Pops
The white candy melt swirls give these scary ghost pops their wonderful sense of movement—you can almost hear them say "Boo!"
These spooky Halloween White Chocolate Ghost Pops are another fun Halloween sweet treat from Meaghan of The Decorated Cookie blog. These are super easy—if you have kids or grandkids they'll love making them with you—and you can whip up a whole batch of ghost pops in practically no time at all! All you need are candy melts or white chocolate chips, lollipop sticks and, of course candy eyes.
Click on the link under the photo to get the spookily simple directions for making the Easy White Chocolate Ghost Pops recipe on The Decorated Cookie blog.
Italian "Bones of the Dead" Cookies: Ossi dei Morti
Piemontese "Bones of the Dead" cookies are known in Italy as Ossi dei Morti (sometimes spelled Osso di Morta, Ossi di Morte, Ossi di Morte, Ossi di Morti). These cookies are meant to resemble bones from skeletons and are a perfect Halloween party food. These cookies typically are flavored with anise or cloves.
Try the Ossi dei Morti recipe from the Chez Panisse Desserts cookbook by famed pastry chef and restaurant owner Alice Waters.
Duff Goldman's Eyeball Cupcakes - Ewww!!!
Don't get into a staring contest with these eyeball cupcakes from Duff Goldman of "Ace of Cakes" and fame—you'll lose!
Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes, who also judges and hosts several popular shows on Food Network, shares his delicious chocolate chip pumpkin cupcakes recipe with a creepy Halloween twist: the buttercream frosting decorations turn these into Eyeball Cupcakes (or Eyeball Mini Cakes, as he calls them). He provides a silky French Buttercream frosting recipe with a meringue base, but if you're making these for kids (or just want to make things easier) you also could use any simple buttercream frosting to create the eyeball decorations.
Get Duff's Eyeball Mini Cakes recipe.
Even More Fabulously Scary, Spooky, Gory, Ghoulish, Halloween Dessert Recipe Ideas
- Chomping Monsters
These silly-scary Chomping Monsters from the folks at Pillsbury are cookies sandwiched together with brightly colored frosting and decorated with big candy teeth and huge marshmallow eyeballs. Fun, eye-catching, and a snap to put together. This would
- Martha Stewart's "Broken Glass" Cupcakes Recipe
This Martha Stewart."broken glass cupcakes" recipe features shards of clear hard candy "glass" and bright red blood make from strained cherry preserves embedded at odd angles into lightly spiced cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Great, gory effect
White Chocolate Molded Skulls Filled with Halved Cherries Surrounded by Black Goo
Deb from Saffron Kitchen Shares her Halloween Recipe for Sweet and Scary Bloody Eyeballs
Spooky and Fun Halloween Cupcake Decorations - Easy Enough for Kids to Make
Free Printable Labels for Your Scary Halloween Sweets and Party Treats
These free printables will add another terrifying touch to your demonic Halloween desserts and bizarre beverages. Enjoy!
- Free Printable Halloween Bottle Labels & Potion Labels
Free printable Halloween bottle labels will make your house look even spookier! Fill some with candy spiders, gummy worms, etc. for your party guests to enjoy,
- Creepy Halloween Labels for Sweet Treats (Celeste's design.wash.rinse.repeat... blog)
If you're going to put out jars, bottles or bowls of Halloween candy or other sweet treats at your party, you'll love these fantastic Halloween printables! Turn a jar of gummy worms into Deadly Night Crawlers, or a jar of brown M&Ms into Bat Guan
- Ghoulish Grown-Up Beverage Labels (Kate's Centsational Girl blog)
The adults at your party might enjoy a glass of hard cider along with their Halloween desserts, especially if it comes from a bottle labeled Spider Cider! And it would work just as well on a bottle of non-alcoholic sparkling cider like Martinelli's.
- Kid-Friendly Halloween Drink Labels (Kate's Centsational Girl blog)
Here are some printable Halloween drink labels for family-friendly, non-alcoholic beverages like Spooky Cider, R.I.P. Root Beer, Poison Punch and Dr. Jekyll Juice, also from Kate at the Centsational Girl blog.
Does Halloween Party Food Set the Halloween Party Mood?
How much difference does serving Halloween-themed food make in term of setting a fun and festive party mood?