62 Frightfully Delicious Halloween Dessert Ideas

Whether your Halloween style is spooky, kooky or somewhere in between, these sinfully sweet homemade desserts are guaranteed to thrill at your next monster mash. Discover our creative ways to dress up cupcakes, cookies, candy apples and more for Halloween.

September 08, 2020

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Bubbling Cauldron Brownies

Double, double toil and trouble! Bewitch your party guests with these two-bite, bubbling brownie cauldrons topped with a whimsical witch's hat.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Dessert: Witchy Cauldron Brownie Bites

Marshmallow Spider Web Donuts

Serve up some creepy-crawly fun this Halloween with these purple candy-dipped donuts covered in marshmallow "webs." A spider candy mold is needed for this recipe and can be found at most well-stocked craft stores and online. You can also use ready-made gummy spiders for an easy shortcut.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Dessert: Marshmallow Spider Web Donuts

Lucky Black Cat Pretzels

Made from salty pretzels and creamy chocolate, there’s nothing to fear from these cute Halloween kitties (besides eating a few too many).

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Treat Recipe: Lucky Black Cats

Candy Bucket Cake

Remember that pumpkin-shaped candy bucket you took trick-or-treating as a kid? Recreate it in cake form by stacking two bundt cakes together, smothering them in orange icing and stuffing full of your favorite Halloween candy. This nostalgic dessert is surprisingly easy to make and will elicit plenty of "boos" and "aahs" from your party guests.

SEE MORE: Halloween Dessert: Jack-o'-Lantern Candy Bucket Cake

Candy-Covered Apple Pops

Kiddos will love this fun treat that uses leftover Halloween candy to decorate dipped apple slices. Serve these handheld desserts as a Halloween party snack or whip some up with the family after the trick-or-treating is over.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Dessert: Candy-Covered Apple Pops

Goofy, Green Monster Apples

Turn tart apples, dried fruit and nuts or seeds into healthy treats for your favorite trick-or-treaters — they'll love the silly monster shapes and you'll love that they're getting their daily serving of fruit.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Treat: Healthy Monster Apples

Candy Corn Brownies

Candy corn? Meh. Candy corn brownies? Yes, please. Colored sanding sugar gives basic brownies an instantly recognizable, Halloween upgrade.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Treat: Candy-Corn Brownies Recipe

Surprised Ghost Pretzels

How cute are these salty-sweet party treats? Arrange them on a tray or add them to a big bowl of party snack mix at your next soul-ful shindig.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Dessert: White Chocolate Pretzel Ghosts


Delight your Halloween party guests with this frightfully cute spin on a classic campfire recipe. Turn chocolate-covered graham crackers filled with gooey marshmallow into a Frankenstein-themed treat pop for a fun-to-eat party favor.

GET THE RECIPE: Make Frankens'more Treat Pops for Halloween

Bundt-kin Cakes

Grab a mini bundt cake pan to craft these petite pumpkin pastries. Topped with ooey-gooey orange glaze and peppermint leaf candy stems, these handheld desserts will put anyone in the Halloween spirit.

GET THE RECIPE: Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

Scary Strawberries

Take a bite out of Halloween this year with these spooky-cute fruit monsters. Paint terrifying chocolate monster teeth onto blood-red strawberries for a treat that's equal parts healthy and horrifying.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Dessert: Spooky Fruit Tray With Toasted Marshmallow Dip

Candy Corn Layer Cakes

Fall’s favorite candy gets reinterpreted as a colorful mini cake — just the right size for little guests. The exposed, layered look is easy to recreate and makes a gorgeous centerpiece when displayed on a cake stand on your Halloween table.

GET THE RECIPE: Mini Candy-Corn Layer Cake Recipe

Furry Snowball Monsters

How cute are these marshmallow-coconut cake creatures? Serve them at your next not-too-spooky costume party or save the recipe for a night of Halloween baking fun.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Recipe: Furry Snowball Monsters

Cake Pop Eyeballs

Kids' favorite party treat — cake balls — get a ghoulish makeover for your Halloween get-together. Just the right size for small hands, these sweet treats made with red velvet cake and cream cheese are sure to get two thumbs up from your favorite trick-or-treaters.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Party Food: Cake Ball "Eyeballs" Recipe

Spooky Candy-Dipped Apples

Looking for a fun Halloween project to do with the kids? Well, look no further! These candy-dipped apples look just like a jack-o’-lantern and are as much fun to decorate as they are to munch.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Treat: Candy-Coated Ghosts and Jack-O'-Apples

Pumpkin Pudding Dippers

Treat small Halloween guests to a snack-size cup of pudding that looks like a mini jack-o'-lantern. With just three ingredients, they're a snap to make and a great interactive Halloween activity for kids — especially since they get to eat their creations when they're done.

GET THE RECIPE: Quick and Easy Halloween Jack-O'-Snacks

Mummy Cupcakes

Cupcakes are adorable treats for any party, but when frosted like mummies, the kids won't be able to resist them. Surprise your favorite ghouls and ghosties with this sweet Halloween treat that's fun to make and even more fun to eat.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Treat: Mummy Cupcakes Recipe

Pumpkin Clementines

Candy's great and all, but a treat that's cute, yummy and healthy? Sign us up. Here, peeled clementines get the pumpkin treatment with the addition of green gumdrop "stems." Find more ways to spook-ify your fruit below.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Dessert: Spooky Fruit Tray With Toasted Marshmallow Dip

Witch Hat Sandwich Cookies

Bippity-boppity-brew up a batch of these one-bite, witchy treats for trick-or-treaters and guests alike. Follow our recipe to make the dark chocolate cookie base from scratch or save time with store-bought sandwich cookies.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Snack Recipe: Wicked Witch Sandwich Cookies

Rice Cereal Monsters

Classic rice cereal treats get a spooky upgrade with the addition of frightful toy vampire teeth. After finishing their dessert, little monsters can wear their souvenirs for a night of monstrous fun. Get the recipe and our free 'Beware of Monsters' printable sign below.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Treat: Rice Cereal Monsters

Easy Halloween Cake Pops

Kids love food on a stick — especially cake pops. Make your own using a basic cake pop recipe then coat the balls in orange candy coating. Top with black nonpareils for a pretty, bite-size Halloween treat.

SEE MORE: Host a Halloween Costume Party

Mummy Snack-Cake Pops

Transform a box of Twinkies into a terrifying troop of mummies with a layer of ooey-gooey chocolate and frosting "bandages."

GET THE RECIPE: Easy Mummy Cake Pops

Halloween Peppermint Patties

A candy corn-colored mint filling makes up the cool, crisp center of these homemade peppermint patty candies. Serve them to guests or surprise your neighbors with a package of sweet DIY treats this Halloween.

GET THE RECIPE: Homemade Halloween Peppermint Patties

Toasted Marshmallow Fruit Dip

This year, take a healthier approach to Halloween and celebrate with a tray of spooky-cute fruit and toasted marshmallow dip. This delectable fruit dip calls for only two simple ingredients and is toasted lightly to create a crisp, crave-able topping.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Dessert: Spooky Fruit Tray With Toasted Marshmallow Dip

Candy Corn Surprise Cake

Candy corn lovers unite! An avalanche of sweets spills forth when you cut into this yellow, orange and white bullseye cake. But the best part? Each slice looks like a giant candy corn kernel when cut.

GET THE RECIPE + MORE: 14 Ways to Show Your Undying Love for Candy Corn

Ghoulish Cake Pops

Halloween cake pop ideas are endless — get creative and dream up fun new ways to decorate your own this season. These adorable, edible ghosts were made by securing chocolate chip "arms" to the cake balls, drenching them in melted white chocolate, then finishing with cute candy eyes.

SEE MORE: Host a Halloween Costume Party

Marshmallow Jack-o'-Lantern Cookies

These little jack-o'-lantern marshmallow bites are as cute as they are tasty. Make the orange, sugar-covered marshmallows several days ahead of your Halloween party to save time (and stress) the day of.

GET THE RECIPE: Marshmallow Jack-o'-Lantern Cookies

Haunted Gingerbread House

Who says gingerbread houses are just for Christmas? Grab the kids and settle in for a night of ghoulish fun crafting miniature candy corn wreaths, broken chocolate bar windows and marshmallow spider webs to decorate your own edible, spooky shacks.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Halloween-Approved Gingerbread House

No-Bake Pumpkin Truffles

Three ingredients are all you need to make these perfectly seasonal pumpkin pie truffles. Get the instructions plus more delightful ways to use a can of pumpkin pie filling below.

SEE MORE: 16 Treats You Can Make With a Can of Pumpkin Pie Filling

Licorice Broomsticks

Sweep guests off their feet with these easy-to-make licorice broomstick snacks. Print our free flag template onto card stock and glue to the top of rock-candy sticks for an extra-magical presentation.

GET THE HOW-TO: Halloween Kids' Craft: Licorice Broomsticks

Poison Apples for Halloween

Just one taste of the poisoned apple will ... have your guests coming back for more! Made from black food coloring and branches from the garden, these delicious candy apples are not actually poisoned, but certainly look it. Learn how to create this spooky twist on the classic fall treat at the link below.

GET THE RECIPE: Homemade Candy Apples How-To

Mummy Haystacks

Combine crunchy potato sticks with smooth butterscotch, creamy peanut butter and melted white chocolate to create these irresistible, salty-sweet desserts. They're so good, we won't blame you if you want to keep them under wraps.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Haystack Mummies Recipe

Sweet + Salty Popcorn Mix

Mixed with candy corn and drizzled in sweet almond bark, this popcorn snack is too good to pass up. Mix up big batches for Halloween get-togethers or to pass out to your favorite trick-or-treaters.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Sweet and Salty Popcorn Mix Recipe

Halloween Cupcakes-in-a-Jar

Layers of devil's food cupcakes and creamy orange frosting make up this pretty, handheld Halloween dessert. Mess-free glass jars are perfect to take on the road to holiday parties, give as gifts or bring to school events. They're also an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic or wax paper containers — just rinse and reuse.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Cupcakes in a Jar

White Chocolate-Dipped Candy Apples

Welcome autumn in style with these elegant, candy-coated apples. Embellishments like a sprig of gilded greenery and a leaf-shaped kraft paper tag will look gorgeous on your rustic yet refined fall dessert table.

GET THE RECIPE: How to Make Dipped Candy Apple Party Favors

Pumpkin Pie Phyllo Bites

Crunchy, creamy and packed with mouth-watering pumpkin filling, these bite-size treats are basically mini pumpkin pies. Make a batch for you and you crew, then package up a few more to deliver to friends and family this Halloween. Get this recipe plus more treats you can make from a can of pumpkin pie filling below.

GET THE RECIPE: 16 Treats You Can Make With a Can of Pumpkin Pie Filling

Boo-Nilla Milkshakes

Transform basic vanilla milkshakes into frothy, friendly ghosts with just a few basic craft supplies and swirly whipped topping.

GET THE RECIPE: Boo-nilla Milkshakes

SEE MORE: Drink and Punch Bowl Recipes For a Halloween Party

Chocolate + Red Wine Chiffon Cake

There's something about red wine and chocolate that feels downright seductive, especially when those sinful flavors are combined in a devilishly delicious chiffon cake. Grab your favorite collection of ghost stories, pop open a bottle of pinot noir and celebrate All Hallow's Eve with this oh-so-tempting dessert.

GET THE RECIPE: Red Wine Chiffon Cake

Pretzel Webs

These beautiful, delicate webs are easier to make than they look. Arrange pretzel sticks in concentric groups of nine on parchment paper. Heat white candy melts in 30-second intervals in the microwave until smooth, stirring between each interval. Pour melted candy into a sandwich bag or piping bag and snip off a small corner. Pipe a large glob in the middle of the pretzel circle to "glue" the ends together, then pipe a thin circle of melted candy about a 1/2 inch out from the blob, then another 1/2 inch out from the first circle. Add a raisin or candy spider to the center, then refrigerate until candy is set.

SEE MORE: Halloween Party Food to Inspire Your Next Spooky Shindig

No Bones About It

Mini candy bones give these marshmallow treats a crunchy texture kids love. To create them, skewer a regular-sized marshmallow onto a 6-inch lollipop stick. Dip into melted chocolate and, while the chocolate is still warm, roll in candy bones (we found ours in the baking section of our local craft store). For a perfect presentation, display in small cupcake liners and top each stick with a little black bow.

Creepy Cranberry Pecan Tart

Who needs blood and gore when you can give off understated creepy vibes with blood-red cranberry filling, instead? This sweet, crunchy tart is filled with the decadent cool-weather flavors of fresh cranberries, pecans and gooey caramel and it's purple-black hue look right at home on a Halloween dessert table.

GET THE RECIPE: Cranberry Pecan Tart Recipe

All Eyes on "Boo" Cookies

Give basic sugar cookies a spooky upgrade by dividing store-bought dough into fourths and adding different food colors to each fourth. Bake following the normal process and once done, add candy eyes to each cookie before they cool for an instant snack table upgrade.

SEE MORE: 5 Last-Minute Essentials to Spook Your Party Up a Notch

Crunchy + Sweet Popcorn Treats

These irresistible, sticky popcorn balls are chock full of chopped chocolate bars, chocolate chip cookies, salted almonds and colorful candies. Serve them up at your Halloween party or package them in cellophane to give as favors or gifts.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Popcorn Treats

GET THE RECIPE: Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Skellington Pops

Instantly recognizable and easy to recreate, Jack Skellington's smiling, spooky face transforms plain white cake pops into dessert table superstars. Make your own using your favorite white chocolate cake pop recipe or pick up some plain, premade pops from your local bakery and decorate them at home using an extra-small piping tip and black icing.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

Combine all the best flavors of fall in one tasty autumn-inspired treat. Coffee cake is topped with pumpkin spice buttercream to create bite after bite of delightful pumpkin spice latte goodness.

GET THE RECIPE: Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

Zombie Push Pops

The best thing about these spooky pudding cups? Half the work is already done for you. Find ready-made edible zombie hands and empty push pops in the baking aisle of your local craft store and pick up the classic cookie "tombstones" at the grocery store. Fill with your favorite chocolate pudding and crushed cookies and you've got a dessert to die for.

SEE MORE: Halloween Party Food to Inspire Your Next Spooky Shindig

Speedy Spider Cupcakes

In a hurry? Pick up some ready-made chocolate cupcakes from your grocery store bakery and quickly transform them into spooky spiders with the addition of chocolate sprinkle "fur," candy eyeballs and licorice legs.

Banana Mummies

Satisfy your sweet tooth while getting your daily serving of fruit with these white chocolate-wrapped banana mummies.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Dessert: Spooky Fruit Tray With Toasted Marshmallow Dip

Candy Bar Cookies

There's no such thing as too much chocolate — especially at Halloween. Turn leftover Halloween candy into decadent, chunky cookies with our easy recipe.

GET THE RECIPE: Candy Bar Cookies Recipe

Marshmallow + Pretzel Skeletons

White-chocolate-covered pretzels and marshmallows combine to create a fun Halloween treat that kids will love helping to assemble before they devour them.

GET THE RECIPE: Halloween Kids' Craft: Pretzel Skeletons

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies

Dress up your classic chocolate brownie mix for fall with rich swirls of pumpkin-flavored cream cheese. Find this recipe and more at the link below.

SEE MORE: 16 Treats You Can Make With a Can of Pumpkin Pie Filling

No-Bake Owl Snack Cakes

Say happy "Owl-Oween" with these cute woodland creature-inspired snack cakes. Banana-flavored marshmallow snack cakes can be found at most well-stocked grocery stores, but if you can’t find them, chocolate or oatmeal snack cakes are tasty alternatives.

GET THE RECIPE: No-Bake Owl Snack Cakes

Allergy-Friendly Spider Pretzel Cookies

Beware of any food allergies guests may have with this gluten and peanut-free dessert. Sandwich sunflower butter between two, round gluten-free crackers, then insert 8 gluten-free pretzel stick "legs" dipped in melted chocolate. Top with more melted chocolate and finish with allergy-friendly candy eyeballs. You can even make these treats dairy-free by using melted dairy-free chocolate chips. Note: Always check and double-check ingredient labels before serving to guests with allergies.

SEE MORE: Halloween Party Food to Inspire Your Next Spooky Shindig

Peanut Butter + Chocolate Bat Cups

Looking for a fast and easy dessert to conjure up for your next witchy tea party? Remove the filling from store-bought chocolate sandwich cookies, then cut the cookies in half to make wings. Use icing or melted chocolate to attach wings to bite-size peanut butter cups, then finish with fun, edible googly eyes. Abracadabra! Guests will go batty over these scrumptious treats.

Gelatin Worms

Really want to gross out your guests? Serve them worms — delicious, edible worms, that is. These creepy-crawly critters are made by pouring red or orange gelatin into straws, then squeezing them out when set. Get this recipe and more at the link below.

GET THE RECIPE: Edible Halloween Creepy Crawlies

Spider Web Cookies

Create the display by mixing up cupcakes, cookies and candies, all tied together by their black and white color scheme. Royal icing spider webs add an elegantly spooky feel to the cupcakes. To make royal icing decorations, simply pipe your desired design (using thick royal icing) onto parchment paper, and allow to fully dry. Royal icing transfers are very delicate, so be sure to make more than you'll need.

SEE MORE: Black and White Treats Table

Jack Skellington Marshmallows

A whimsical addition to your Halloween cocoa bar or served in a bowl on their own, these marshmallows inspired by the Tim Burton classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas, scream "This is Halloween, this is Halloween!" To make your own, grab an edible black food coloring marker and reference a picture of Jack Skellington to draw his face onto jumbo white marshmallows.

Vampire Cookie Sandwiches

Eat if you dare! To make these spooky sweets, cut store-bought chocolate chip cookies in half and cover the back of each half in blood-red icing. Place four mini marshmallows along the edge of the bottom cookie half, top with the other half (like a sandwich) and finish with almond-sliver fangs.

SEE MORE: Halloween Party Food to Inspire Your Next Spooky Shindig

Drunken Gummy Worm Margarita Cupcakes

Who said cupcakes are just for kids?! This adults-only version turns your favorite creepy-crawly candy into a boozy sweet treat.

GET THE RECIPE: Boozy Margarita Cupcakes

Half-Wrapped Cookies

Need to throw together an easy dessert ASAP? Go the semi-homemade route with these mummy-inspired treats made from store-bought cookies. Dip milk chocolate-filled sandwich cookies halfway into melted white chocolate. Lay cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the fridge until firm. Melt more white chocolate and spoon into a piping bag or sandwich bag. Snip off a tiny corner of the bag and apply lines of chocolate in a zig-zag pattern across the cookies. While chocolate lines are still wet, press two chocolate chip "eyeballs" into the top portion of the cookie. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 15 minutes.

Zombie Cinnamon Rolls

Zombies have a very … specific diet. Luckily, everyone loves cinnamon rolls, so these gross-out guts are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

GET THE RECIPE: Terrifying Halloween Treat: Zombie Breakfast Rolls

Donut + Pretzel Spiders

Donut be surprised when these sweet and salty spider treats disappear. To make them, insert pretzel pieces into store-bought chocolate donuts and seal the holes with melted semi-sweet chocolate. Finish with some edible googly eyes for a funny, not-too-spooky dessert that monsters of all ages will love.

SEE MORE: Halloween Party Food to Inspire Your Next Spooky Shindig

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