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Creepy, Crawly, Gory, Ghoulish, Spooky, Scary Halloween Party Dessert Recipes

Updated on March 07, 2017
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Margaret has a passion for cooking, baking and creating recipes to satisfy her cravings for delicious, indulgent and sometimes healthy food.

Scary Halloween dessert recipes for kids and adults that will have everyone talking about your fabulous Halloween party treats!
Scary Halloween dessert recipes for kids and adults that will have everyone talking about your fabulous Halloween party treats! | Source

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

Cake Ball Brains Oozing Cherry Blood recipe from
Cake Ball Brains Oozing Cherry Blood recipe from | Source

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 Fred & Friends Brain Freeze ice cube mold 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.

Longtail - A Deliciously Disgusting Chocolate Rat - Eeeek!!!

Halloween chocolate and cream cheese long-tail rat from the Hungry Happenings blog
Halloween chocolate and cream cheese long-tail rat from the Hungry Happenings blog | Source

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 "Hungry Halloween: featuring Movie Monster Munchies, Bewitched Buffet, and Dead Man's Diner" will show you how to create the most memorable All Hallows Eve party possible.

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

Monster Whoopie Pies for Halloween
Monster Whoopie Pies for Halloween | Source

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

Zombie Halloween Cupcakes
Zombie Halloween Cupcakes | Source

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

Dulce De Leche Pumpkin Cupcakes
Dulce De Leche Pumpkin Cupcakes | Source

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

Witches Fingers cookies
Witches Fingers cookies | Source

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

Monster Face Cookies
Monster Face Cookies | Source

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

Oreo Cakester Spiders from The Decorated Cookie blog's guest post on
Oreo Cakester Spiders from The Decorated Cookie blog's guest post on | Source

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

Easy white chocolate ghost pops
Easy white chocolate ghost pops | Source

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.

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!

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?

Good food is always an important aspect of creating a festive party mood, especially for a holiday party.

Good food is always an important aspect of creating a festive party mood, especially for a holiday party.

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    • Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

      Party themed foods make a good party GREAT! They're an extension of the decorations. Love these Halloween treats and recipes you've collected. Thanks!

    • MissRubyStars 3 years ago

      It makes a huge difference!

    • RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      It's great to set the scene, kids love to see them and to help make them too!

    • Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Themed food makes all the difference in world.

    • Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Good food just adds to the overall ambiance; gotta have it. :)

    • Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thanks! I'm not usually a fan of gory stuff but I just loved these. :D

    • TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      Cracked bloody brains and witch fingers sure would enhance any Halloween party!

    • Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Aw heck if I was having a Halloween party, this is the primer for all the goodies I would come to. All these recipes are fantastic, but I have to say I really gloat over the cake brains....those just really would be perfect for a party. I also like the green fingers, but I think I'd do without the spiders, since I really do have arachnophobia and can't imagine putting anything in my mouth with even a pseudo-spider on it! haha!

    • TransplantedSoul 3 years ago

      I think all the little elements go into the full effect. The food is a key component.

    Halloween party guests don't care about having Halloween-themed food, so why bother?

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          Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

          @mumsgather, that was exactly my reaction the first time I saw him (or her, as the case may be), but his cute little face really started to grow on me in a way that a real rat's face never could. ;) Glad you enjoyed this fun and scary Halloween dessert recipes!

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          mumsgather 2 years ago

          The rat! Ewe.. I'm not going to have the rat. Anything but the rat.

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          Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          Just love all the ideas on here. I will look at a minion diferently now. I have the No Brainer Brain Cupcakes recipe hub which would go good with that brain cake.

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          Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

          Thanks so much, Barbara! I really love these recipes, too, and was thrilled when the bloggers gave me permission to share their fabulous photos (or is that phabulous photos?). I really appreciate the great feedback and the pin! :D

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          Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

          Margaret! this is awesome, what a page, lmao at the cake brains oozing blood! you know I'm pinning this right? The page looks so good over here as well, very impressive!

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          Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

          The roach popcorn really grossed me out! The spiders on the chocolate chip cookies almost as much, and I'm not at all sure I could bite into the witches' fingers, but those white chocolate ghost pops look scrumptious and I might find myself nibbling more than my share. What a fabulous collection of treats for the Halloween season. Thank you.

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          Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

          Now that's what I call selection!! How very creative, you have given me so many ideas to have fun with my grandchildren. Thanks

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          SimonJay 3 years ago

          The brains, werewolf, the zombie minion, green finger and the graveyard cake all look awesome but think the brains will be the idea ill be using thx.

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          mommyplus3kids 3 years ago

          I really like the Despicable me zombie minion. Thanks for sharing

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          karMALZEKE 3 years ago

          You hit a HALLOWEEN home run.

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          Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

          Mwaahaaahaaahaaaa nom nom nomn.

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          AJ 3 years ago from Australia

          Oh my - I can't decide which is creepiest - the brains or the witches fingers? So well done and I am so relieved I'm not coming to your party :)

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          WistfullyWarped 3 years ago

          I LOVE this! The roach popcorn is decidedly warped and the Minion - yes! Great inspiration!

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          Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

          @TreasuresBrenda: Thanks so much, Brenda! I'll take that as a compliment. ;)

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          RoadMonkey 3 years ago

          What a fantastic collection of creative ideas for desserts for hallowe'en!

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          Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

          I love all these ideas, especially the roach infested popcorn and edible rat! My kids would go crazy for those. Congratulations on receiving a gift card for your dreadfully awesome article...well deserved!

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          Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

          What a great page with so many cool recipes. Wish I were hosting a Halloween party this year or even going to one. Any of these creepy desserts for Halloween would be welcomed!

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

          These are all really awesome suggestions for Halloween! Of course, my favorite is the rat, but they are all really fabulous!

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          Meganhere 3 years ago

          The brains oozing cherry blood, the popcorn infested with roaches, the zombie cupcakes, the witches fingers - love them! Great lens.

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          Ruthi 3 years ago

          The green witch fingers are my favorite, so real looking! And that rat is unbelievably realistic! I'll pass right over anything with spiders, oh my! This is fantastic Halloween food fun and I shall be passing it along to all my fiendish friends!

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          Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

          @HungryHappenings: Thank YOU, Beth! Your recipes are absolutely awesome.

          Happy Halloween to you as well and thanks so much for allowing me to use your fabulous photos in this article!

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          HungryHappenings 3 years ago

          It's so nice to see that so many people like my Cake Ball Brains!! Thanks again for featuring several of my recipes in your lens. I hope you have a Happy Halloween.

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          AlleyCatLane 3 years ago

          Really cute dessert recipes. They would be a real treat at any Halloween party. I especially like the brains.

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          Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

          @Diana Wenzel: Thanks, Diana! Fortunately chocolate roaches are one infestation you can actually enjoy taking care of... and these little guys don't procreate, ha ha! Enjoy your Halloween treats, my friend.

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          Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

          @SusanDeppner: Thanks, Susan! I'm so grateful that the three awesome authors and bloggers whose scary Halloween dessert recipes I featured allowed me to share their photos in my article. It makes all the difference, doesn't it?

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          Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

          Having lived in Texas with roaches, and having just purchased a new popcorn popper, I'm quite sure I don't want any of those creepy crawlies in my snacks! Yikes. Love the brains and the witches' fingers. So many spooktacular ideas.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          Oh my gosh! How gross, creepy and fabulous these Halloween dessert recipes are. Great job!

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          sybil watson 3 years ago

          Pinned to my Halloween board on Pinterest - so many great ideas! I agree with Nancy, I'd go for the brains first!

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          Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

          I like the simple chocolate spider idea. I could use that one on cookies for my grandkids. Love it.

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          Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

          It's funny, but out of them all, and there are many that are fabulous, I still stick with the cake brains. They just really stand out I think!

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