35 Spooky Halloween Appetizers

Surprise your friends with a “Boo.” and a Halloween appetizer.

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated September 4, 2022

Even if you’re scared of ghosts, don’t fear the kitchen. Because these Halloween appetizers will spice up your next spooky Halloween party.

Each recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious. And whether the appetizer is gory or cute, it’ll definitely be fun for your guests.

Spooky Halloween Appetizers

Try making spider pizzas, bite-size eyeballs, or candy apples. From savory recipes to sweet, I’ve got you covered.

01. Halloween Buffalo Chicken Skillet Dip

This creamy dip has 3 kinds of cheese, and it’s wickedly easy to make.

And on this website, you get the recipe plus a fun video of how to make it. (Watch for the monster hands.)

Plus, don’t forget the tortilla chips.

02. Spider Cheeseballs

Spiders have never looked so cute — or so tasty.

Their bodies have a goat and cream cheese base coated with black sesame seeds, and the legs are crunchy pretzel sticks.

You can also make them in different sizes for a whole family of spiders.

03. Goblin Bites

These little cups are a party perfect Halloween appetizer. The crispy wonton shells elegantly complement the savory filling, and they’re fun to look at.

Most importantly, you can have fun making different faces with the toppings for your next Halloween party. You can follow the example in the recipe, or pick your own vegetables for more variety.

04. Mummy Brie

You’ll want to dig into this gooey baked brie as soon as it comes out of the oven.

And you could even make mini ones with puff pastry and individual wheels of cheese.

To make this vegetarian, just swap the pepperoni for red pepper or pimentos.

05. Halloween Guacamole Dip

Some piped sour cream and a butter knife make an easy but elegant spider’s web on top of this crafty Halloween appetizer.

And it’s one of the best spooky appetizers — especially if your party guests are afraid of spiders.

06. Bite-Size Eyeballs

These eyeballs are a little trickier than other recipes because they are made with choux pastry. But they’re worth the effort.

And the step-by-step instructions will help you get these blood-shot (and delicious) eyeballs out on your table in no time.

07. Homemade Halloween Suckers

It’s really easy to customize your own Halloween lollipops. For example, you can add your favorite flavors and mix-ins.

Just make sure you don’t burn yourself because the sugar is very hot.

Also, these little suckers would make perfect favors at a children’s party.

08. Halloween Seven-Layer Taco Dip

This recipe has a similar look to the spider guacamole above, but it’s a taste explosion.

Plus, you can customize the layers to suit your tastes. So, play around with different cheese combinations, sub beans for the meat, and change up the salsa.

09. Spooky Spinach Dip in Bread Bowl Cauldron

This bread bowl cauldron will impress witches and wizards alike. In other words, the recipe cleverly transforms pumpernickel bread into an art piece with a bit of black food coloring.

Plus the creamy spinach dip makes the perfect witch’s brew. But you could also make several cauldrons and have a dip buffet.

10. Creepy Witches Fingers Halloween Treat

This recipe livens up a childhood classic with just 2 ingredients (frozen mozzarella sticks and pumpkin seeds) plus dipping sauce.

For the best result, use pumpkin seeds with the shell on for the nails. And the salted ones will make the fingernails whiter — and taste better.

In short, they’re a fabulous table decoration, and they’re so much fun to eat.

11. Spider Deviled Eggs

Want to take a demure classic and dress it up for Halloween? Then try these easy Halloween appetizers.

Use black olive slices to make the spiders’ bodies and legs on top of the deviled eggs. And if you want to experiment, use peppers, carrots, or other veggies to make rainbow spiders.

12. Mummy Meat Loaves

Roll up your sleeves, not your rolls. With crescent roll dough, you can make spooky and adorable mummy loaves.

And adding string cheese to the center of these mini meat loaves makes for an exciting surprise when you cut into it.

13. Halloween Stuffed Roaches

Normally I want cockroaches to stay out of my house. But these little bites are perfect appetizers for a Halloween party.

And with just 3 ingredients, cream cheese, walnuts, and dates, they’re really easy to make. Plus, the mix of salty and sweet is irresistible.

14. Jack Skellington Caramel Apples

Relive your childhood with these candy apples. They look just like the main character from the classic movie.

But if you’re not a fan of Jack Skellington, try decorating your candy apples with spiders, bats, or witch hats.

15. Candy Corn Cobs

Are you serving corn for dessert? Just kidding.

These look-alike cobs are exciting Halloween appetizers made of cookie dough and candy corn.

Certainly, you could get sick from all the sugar, but this snack will be a fun surprise for your friends.

16. Graveyard Taco Dip

This spin on taco dip tastes yummy and looks amazing.

If you’re feeling spicy, jazz it up with some chopped jalapeños. Or add black olives and cilantro.

So this would be a great dip for a scary movie night with friends because it’s scary good.

17. Monster Chorizo Nachos

These colorful nachos will have all your friends grabbing for more. So load up the tortilla chips with your favorite Mexican toppings, including chorizo, Oaxacan cheese, corn and beans, and crema.

18. Halloween Ghost Pizza

Who knew pizza could be so scary and so delicious?

And it’s easy to turn mozzarella cheese slices into ghost shapes. Just use a cookie cutter.

In addition, you can make your own crust with this recipe or use pre-prepared pizza dough from the grocery store.

19. Saucy Spider With Hairy Leg Sticks

This saucy spider is another great use for pizza dough. And the dish is its own container.

The parmesan cheese makes the legs look hairy, so don’t be afraid to sprinkle generously. And extra cheese will make it even tastier.

20. Halloween Snack Board

Want a little variety in your party treats? You can mix and match these Halloween appetizers to create your perfect snack board.

In general, candy eyeballs go a long way in making your snack board extra spooky.

21. Mummy Hot Dogs (Mummy Pigs in a Blanket)

These little hot dogs are another addictive spin on crescent roll mummies.

You can use any kind of hot dog, including full-size or mini ones. Or try sausages.

And don’t forget the spider-web ketchup dip.

22. Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

These 3-ingredient smokies are a meat-lover’s dream. And the sprinkling of brown sugar on top adds the perfect bit of sweetness to compliment the salt.

In fact, they’re so tasty that I know they’ll disappear as soon as they come out of the oven.

23. Homemade Cheddar Crackers

These homemade cheddar cheese crackers are flakier and tastier than the boxed kind. And they’re perfect for a Halloween party platter.

So try cutting them out with different Halloween cookie cutters, like ghosts or bats. They’d also make really cute pumpkins.

24. Bloody Eyeball Bruschetta

Normally I don’t like my food gross and gooey. But for Halloween, the scarier the better.

And these little eyeballs fit the bill perfectly.

The sweet cherry tomatoes are succulent, but you can always swap them for pieces of regular tomatoes.

25. Witch Hat Garlic Bread

What would Halloween be without witches? These delectable cheddar cheese hats look super cute and take less than 20 minutes to make.

You could also use black food dye (or any other color.) if you want a more traditional hat.

26. Calabaza Soup With Spider Web Cream

“Calabaza” means “pumpkin” in Spanish, so this is the perfect soup for a Halloween party.

And the spider web on top is really easy to make. Just spoon on some of the milk and sour cream, and then use a butter knife to form the pattern.

Plus, the little raisin spiders are so cute.

27. Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

How do you make mac and cheese more decadent? Add a potato chip crust.

These are little deep-fried balls of heaven. And if you want a bit of heat, top them with a dash of hot sauce.

28. Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Truffle Fries

For an elegant (and healthy) starter, use an air fryer to make french fries.

The secret to this tasty appetizer is the toppings. The garlic and parmesan are sharp, and the truffle oil elevates this dish.

29. Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas

Who thought to cross a potato skin with a pizza? I don’t know, but that person was definitely a genius.

These cheesy little bites are fun to decorate and perfect for a Halloween party. Try making spiders or jack o lantern faces.

30. Halloween Baked Quesadillas

Get out your cookie cutters for these adorable quesadillas. You can play with the fillings and cut them into whatever shapes you want.

And you can make big batches of these in the oven, so tell all your friends to come hungry.

31. Black Bean Hummus Monster Halloween Appetizers

These little monsters are easy to make and are both vegan and gluten-free.

And don’t forget the candy eyeballs. Or you can use sliced black olives and a bit of piped sour cream to make your own eyes.

32. Jack O’Lantern Onigiri

These tiny jack o lantern onigiri balls take a bit of patience to make, but they’ll be a hit at your next party.

The salty, spicy little bites pack a punch with Korean chile paste. But you can omit that and just adjust the other seasonings if you don’t like heat.

33. Pumpkin and Pesto Crostini

This is no appetizer for a kids’ party. The crostini are elegant and nuanced with seasoned squash and burrata cheese.

And if you’re pressed for time, you could buy prepared pesto instead of making your own.

34. Rosemary-Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Class up your Halloween candy with rosemary and pepitas. With a bit of salt on top, you won’t be able to resist snacking on this brittle.

35. Monster Halloween Popcorn

I love sugar, and this monster munch satisfies my sweet tooth. Have fun picking out the candies to go in it.

And I’d suggest adding a little bit of salt so the sweetness isn’t overwhelming.

35 Spooky Halloween Appetizers


  1. Choose your favorite Halloween finger foods.

  2. Invite your friends over for a party.

  3. Have a very happy Halloween.

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