26 Halloween Appetizers and Finger Foods Almost Too Clever to Eat
When you think about Halloween food, candy might be the only thing that comes to mind. And while seasonal sugary favorites like pumpkin peanut butter cups and candy corn are a bright spot this time of year, thankfully, many foodies know there's so much more that can be special about a Halloween spread, especially when it comes to the appetizer table.
Giving the best flavors of fall a Halloween spin can not only make them look better (think: witch fingers), but it can also make them taste better (creamy pumpkin parmesan dip, anyone?). Awaken your inner child this Halloween and create a festive display of Halloween appetizers for your party, potluck, or school celebration contribution. A clever and creative Halloween appetizer will bring your holiday feast to the next level, trust. And the best part is you can indulge in the flavors of the season all while incorporating a fun Halloween flair into your favorite dishes!
Whether you want to serve creepy olive eyeballs or unoffensive little cups of rich pumpkin chili or you want to go all out with a Deathly Hallows-inspired cheese board, these Halloween appetizer ideas will enchant taste buds all night long. Take a peek at the best Halloween appetizer recipes ahead, and get ready to wow wizards and witches alike.
Spider Cheese Balls
Cream cheese, fresh herbs, and goat cheese come together to make this festive Halloween appetizer in no time. These spider cheese balls are the perfect mix of crunchy (pretzels!) and creamy (cheese!), and they'll definitely have you coming back for more.
Creamy Pumpkin Parmesan Dip
This enticing creamy pumpkin parmesan dip is delicious, festive, and easy, too, with only seven ingredients. Serve it chilled or at room temperature in a pumpkin-shaped dish for best results.
Witch Guacamole Dip
If you don't want to mess around with new flavors but want something that looks Halloween-y, try this spin on guacamole. To make this witch guacamole dip, just serve premade or homemade guac with strategically placed purple tortilla chips and veggie sticks. The only downside to this Halloween appetizer is that your work of art will slowly disappear as people munch.
Take deviled eggs to the next level when you make this Halloween-themed appetizer. All you need to make these deviled-egg eyeballs are green olives, spices, eggs, and your favorite condiments to mix in. Feel free to make them look as bloodshot (using paprika) as you want!
When we said "Halloween finger food," is this what you were expecting? These coconut flour and strawberry jam witch finger cookies — both Paleo and vegan — aren't too sweet, so you can serve them as an appetizer or party snack without ruining anyone's appetite for what's to come.
Sourdough Pumpkin Loaf
Inspired by TikTok user Cottage Loaves, this sourdough pumpkin bread will wow everyone at your table. You use strategic string placement and scoring — plus a cinnamon-stick stem — to get the perfect pumpkin shape, but it has a classic sourdough flavor. Meaning you can pair this Halloween appetizer with your choice of spreads or toppings.
Mummy Hot Dogs
Already missing summer barbecues? Fear not, because Halloween is the perfect time to make these mummy hot dogs. With only three ingredients (crescent rolls, hot dogs, and mustard), this creative and cutesy Halloween appetizer will be a fan favorite of adults and kids alike.
Deathly Hallows Cheese Board
Get the best of both Halloween and Harry Potter when you make this spellbinding Deathly Hallows cheese board. Complete with bloody pomegranate baked brie, fig and gorgonzola cheese witch's hats, cheddar cracker caramel apples, peanut butter and cheddar spiders, and more, this mouthwatering board will entice every witch and wizard in the land.
Less of a Potter fan and more of a "Hocus Pocus" girlie? Try one of these "Hocus Pocus" charcuterie boards instead.
Chicken (Bat) Wings
If you're looking for a truly ghastly Halloween appetizer, look no further. These shocking chicken "bat" wings may seem too creepy to eat at first glance, but once you try a bite, you won't be able to stay away. They get their flavor from a savory, sweet-and-sour marinade and their color from a few drops of black gel food coloring.
Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries With Spicy Aioli
Most of the fall produce focus is on squash, but that's not the only festive orange veggie you should have on your menu. In-season sweet potatoes make a perfect Halloween appetizer, thanks to their orange hue. Use this recipe for garlic parmesan sweet potato fries with spicy aioli to get them perfectly crunchy.
Mummy, Spider, and Bat Plate
Looking for a lot of Halloween appetizer ideas in one place? This mummy, spider, and bat plate does all the planning for you. It features jalapeño-popper mummies with mango sweet-and-sour sauce, spider pizzas, pumpkin deviled eggs, and more. What else could you want?!
Jack Skellington Ricotta Tarts
Black olives are the genius decoration tool you'll need to create these Jack Skellington ricotta olive tarts. They are cute enough to win over kids but have a sophisticated flavor mix that'll make adults happy they aren't eating yet another handful of chips.
Pumpkin Cheese Ball
During spooky season, the limit of pumpkin-shaped foods does not exist. This pumpkin cheese ball makes a perfect Halloween appetizer. It gets its flavor from cream cheese, pistachios, dried cranberries, and white cheddar cheese but its color from crushed Cheez-Its. Snag the stem off a bell pepper as the finishing touch.
Baked Cheese Mummies
More cheese, please! These bite-size baked cheese mummies will fill your plate with all the cheese you could ever dream of. Made with puff pastry and mini Babybel cheese, these will be a hit. Add little edible eyeballs to make them complete.
Jack-o'-Lantern Spinach-Stuffed Pastries
If you want to make a cute and savory Halloween appetizer, these jack-o'-lantern spinach-stuffed pastries are for you! Filled with creamy spinach and sharp cheddar cheese, they are super easy to make and can be frozen ahead of time.
If you love 'shrooms, then these mushroom eyeballs will be your new favorite Halloween treat. Made with only five ingredients, these are easy to whip up even if you weren't planning to host or cook for company.
Spooky 7-Layer Taco Dip
If seven-layer dip is your go-to party app, you only need a few small changes to make it wonderfully Halloween-themed. Leave guac as the top layer, and use sour cream to decorate with a spiderweb design — or anything else spooky that strikes your fancy. Get a full how-to in this recipe for spooky seven-layer taco dip.
Finding a fun way to serve veggies at a party can be tricky, as can convincing your kids they're worth choosing over more salty, greasy snacks. These creative snap-pea goblin grins are the perfect solution and come together in minutes with just a few ingredients.
Fall Harvest Cheese Board
You can never go wrong with a charcuterie board, especially when it's themed! This delightful fall harvest cheese board includes everything from fig jam and fall fruits to a mouthwatering selection of charcuterie. Pair it with your favorite crackers and bread, and get ready to eat up!
Halloween Caramel Corn
Warning: if you put out a bowl of this Halloween caramel corn, everyone will come running! Candy corn and mini marshmallows work together to bring this popcorn recipe to a place it has never been before. Yum is right.
Halloween Fruit Skewers
Bright, colorful, and sweet, these Halloween fruit skewers are the perfect holiday appetizer or snack. Nibble on fresh fruit and seasonal candy, all while enjoying the cute presentation.
Bloody Rats Meatloaf
This Halloween appetizer idea is, admittedly, not for the faint of heart — though no one will say meatloaf is boring again after they see this decked-out display. To make your bloody rats meatloaf presentation worthy of witches, add two peas in the front of the meat to serve as the eyes and a stringy onion in the back to be the tail.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
There's nothing better than noshing on crispy, crunchy, and flavorful roasted pumpkin seeds. These satisfying seeds are high in both protein and fiber, and they contain healthy nutrients such as manganese, iron, and zinc. Bake them until they're golden brown, and enjoy them all season long.
There's nothing better than warm chili on a cold day, especially when it's pumpkin-flavored chili. To turn this seasonal dish into a Halloween app, serve with chips so it becomes a hearty dip instead of a main course. With ground turkey, chicken maple sausage, veggies, beans, and pumpkin puree, this pumpkin chili will go fast.
Halloween Popcorn Mix
Who said popcorn had to be for dessert? This tasty snack is perfect to nibble on at any hour of the day or to put out as a finger food at a party. Fill this colorful Halloween popcorn mix with your favorite Halloween candies to really make it a treat.
Caramel Pumpkin Whip Dip
Need a super-easy Halloween appetizer idea? This tasty caramel pumpkin whip dip is calling your name. It takes only minutes to make (really!) and will be eaten up even faster. Dip crackers, bread, sugar snap peas, apple wedges, and more into it for best results.