scary delicious potluck ideas
Halloween is the perfect time to host (or attend!) a potluck dinner. Whether you’re sticking to one theme or contributing something that highlights fall flavors, you’ll find plenty of appetizers, sides, and desserts that are perfect for you. Plus, what’s better than partying with friends and enjoying delicious Halloween treats? If you’re looking for some fun Halloween snacks or the perfect dish to pass, you’ve come to the right place – we’ve got all the recipes you need, starting with these chipotle popcorn. Instead of breading and frying as usual, we used store-bought crescent dough to make the wraps. Kids and adults will love this classic holiday. The best part? They can be assembled ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
Get the Recipe: Mummy Jalapeno Popper
Soda pop cakes are great for parties because they are so easy to grab without having to cut a slice from the whole cake. The best part? No utensils are required. Try these cute (and slightly gross) eyeball-looking cake pops for your next Halloween party.
Get the Recipe: Cake Eyeballs
Crispy Chicken Nuggets are an easy and delicious dish to bring into a light meal. Perfect as an appetizer, snack or main course, these little treats look just like squash thanks to celery stalks sticking out of the top. Serve with ranch dressing for even better flavor.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Squash
Spider Web Deviled Eggs
Everyone’s favorite party appetizer gets a terrifying makeover in this deviled egg recipe. To make the iconic spider web design, boil the eggs and crack the shells. Let them sit in water coated with black food coloring until cool. Once peeled, food coloring leaves an interesting design behind.
Get the Recipe: Cobweb Deviled Eggs
Halloween Crispy Rice
These colorful treats are perfect for your next Halloween party. Crispy and sweet, it’s the nostalgic treat you know and love with a festive twist. Extra marshmallows act as the perfect “spider web,” and chocolate-covered peanuts or jelly beans make decorative bugs.
Get the recipe: Halloween Crispy Rice
Pumpkin Cheese Balls
For an easy appetizer, try this pumpkin-shaped cheese ball. Grated cheese puffs give the cream cheese ball its signature orange color, while the bell pepper stems look like they came from a squash. Serve with crackers, chips or crostini.
Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Cheese Balls
Witch’s Finger Breadsticks
There’s nothing more creepy than a lanky witch pointing her finger straight at you. That’s why we love this easy breadstick recipe – it’s a fun way to add some Halloween flair to an otherwise boring recipe. Dried green olives are like creepy nails, and marinara is the perfect “bloody” dipping sauce.
Get the Recipe: Witch’s Finger Breadsticks
cake pop brain
Kids love anything gooey, especially around Halloween. That’s why we love these cake pops “brains” made from red velvet cake and melted ruby chocolate. Kids will love diving into geeky food, only to find it delicious and rich on the inside.
Get the recipe: Cake Pop Brains
hot dog mummy
Store-bought crescent dough is the secret to this appetizer that’s sure to please a crowd. Everyone loves a pig in a blanket, and this version turns a classic recipe into a holiday treat. All you need is white American cheese and ketchup to make little eyes.
Get the Recipe: Hot Dog Mummy
Don’t let the kids have fun – this Halloween, prepare a special treat for the grown-ups too. These vodka-infused jelly balls look like candy corn. They’re even cuter (and tastier) when topped with some whipped cream and orange juice.
Get the recipe: Halloween Jelly
Ghostinis with Bloody Murder Dried Tomato Sauce
Crostini gets a creative twist in this seasonal treat thanks to the magic of a cookie cutter. Just choose your favorite Halloween cookie cutter and cut the bread into shapes. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and toast. Serve with sun-dried tomatoes and tapenade.
Get the recipe: Ghostinis with Bloody Murder Dried Tomato Sauce
Stuffed Mushroom Eyeballs
You won’t be able to take your eyes off this weird appetizer. Stuffed mushrooms are a party favorite, and these mushrooms are perfect for Halloween. Mushrooms are filled with garlicky cream cheese, then topped with sun-dried tomato sticks and sliced black olives for a creepy eyeball.
Get the Recipe: Stuffed Mushroom Eyeballs
Cookies and Screaming Graveyard Crunch
This nostalgic and festive treat will remind you of your childhood. Layered desserts feature sweet treats like vanilla sandwich cookies, peanut butter, chocolate wafer cookies and more. When assembled, it looks like a haunted cemetery that kids love to dig.
Get the Recipe: Cookies and Screaming Graveyard Shortbread
Honey Dijon Ghost Hand Pies
Hand pies are great for parties as they are easy to reach and do not require any utensils. This recipe uses homemade pie dough (store-bought is fine too), cheddar and Dijon for a delicious, irresistible treat.
Get the Recipe: Honey Dijon Ghost Hand Pie
witch finger cookies
For an easy and impressive recipe to please everyone at your next Halloween potluck, try these witch finger cookies. Sliced almonds serve as the nails and raspberry jam serves as the blood to decorate these sweet and crunchy desserts.
Get the Recipe: Witch Finger Cookies
The only thing that makes meatballs tastier? Wrap them in puff pastry! This recipe is even more fun when you assemble the puff pastry strips into little mummies. Make ahead and store in the fridge for an easy Halloween treat.
Get the recipe: Meatball Mummy
As intimidating as it may seem, this recipe uses only five ingredients and is easier than you might think. Meringues are an impressive dessert in any shape, but for Halloween, why not make the delicate dessert bone-in-the-bone? Your guests will love the strawberry filling that looks like blood.
Get the Recipe: Meringue Bones
Cheesy Pumpkin Puffs
These soft, gooey puffs are stuffed with American, Swiss, and cheddar cheese and wrapped in store-bought puff pastry. Garam masala and ginger add a bright, pungent flavor, while pumpkin adds a sweet creaminess. All you need is a cookie cutter to make them into zucchini.
Get the recipe: Cheesy Pumpkin Puffs
black magic cake
This dark, rich dessert is like a blank canvas for Halloween decor. Top with a candy spider or wrap it in stretched, melted marshmallows to make a spider web. Either way, it’s a very easy dessert to bring to your next potluck party.
Get the recipe: Black Magic Cake
Halloween deviled tea eggs
Deviled eggs are a great party snack, and this version is even more special. Thanks to delicious additions like soy sauce and black tea leaves, these hard-boiled eggs look like they’re wrapped in a creepy spider web. Orange filling and black sesame filling add to the Halloween theme.
Get the recipe: Halloween Deviled Tea Eggs
Mummy Hand Pie
These mummy hand pies are as easy as pie. Make them ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator, then take them out at the Halloween party. Crispy edges and a soft, gooey center are irresistible.
Get the Recipe: Mummy Hand Pies
Marshmallow Net Ghost Cake
This impressive cake looks as delicious as it tastes. Sticky, bouncy marshmallows are like lifelike spider webs, criss-crossing the two-layer multicolored cake. Finish it off with imps squeezed out of the buttercream frosting.
Get the Recipe: Marshmallow Net Ghost Cake
Devil’s Ham and Eyeball Sandwiches
This smoked ham salad gets extra flavor from Dijon mustard, pickling dressing, honey, and Worcestershire sauce. Stack it on white bread sliced in circles and serve with sliced green olives to serve as eyeballs. This holiday treat is a delicious way to celebrate Halloween.
Get the Recipe: Devil’s Ham Eyeball Sandwich
Caramel Apple Monster Munch
This delicious party crunch is full of fall flavors. An easy 25-minute snack of fresh popcorn, crispy apples and sweet, sticky caramel. Make sure to make more – this irresistible snack won’t last long on your potluck!
Get the Recipe: Caramel Apple Monster Munch
Pumpkin Lover Lasagna
Lasagna is a surefire hit at any dinner party—it’s easy to prepare ahead of time, can feed a crowd, and tastes delicious. Thanks to the addition of sage, butternut squash, and pumpkin puree, this version is perfect for fall. Serve with a crisp salad, or enjoy a hearty dinner on its own.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Lover Lasagna