Kristin Bothor

Managing Editor at Kitchen Stories

Pumpkin is carved, costume ready, and the only thing missing are a few frightening snacks to trick-and-treat your guests? We’ve got you covered with these 11 easy and super spooky ideas. Happy Halloween!

1. Shrunken potato heads

These hearty “heads” are prepared shockingly fast and we’re sure, they will disappear even faster.

Here’s what you need: 10 small potatoes, vegetable oil, salt

Preparation: Preheat oven to 200°C (390°F). Using a small, sharp knife, cut faces into the potatoes. Transfer to a baking sheet, brush with oil, and roast for approx. 45 min., or until crispy.

2. Stabbed cupcakes

These bloody cupcakes will definitely enthrall your guests, but before the bloody act of decorating, you should block some time for preparing the sugary shards.

Here’s what you need: water, 1 ½ cups corn syrup, 1 ⅕ lb sugar, ¼ tsp cream of tartar, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 1 tbsp red food coloring, 8 chocolate muffins, 7 oz cream cheese, 7 oz butter, 7 oz confectioner’s sugar

For the sugary shards: Heat 2 cups of water, 1 cup corn syrup, all the sugar, and cream of tartar in a pot until the mixture reaches a temperature of 150°C (300°F). Remove from heat and pour onto a silicone baking mat, spread with an offset spatula, and allow to harden completely. Carefully break into shards.

For the fake blood: Mix remaining ½ cup corn syrup, 1 tbsp cornstarch, and 3 tbsp water. Stir in 1 tbsp of red food coloring.

For the frosting: Mix together cream cheese, butter, and confectioner’s sugar, then allow to cool in the fridge.

For the cupcakes: Transfer frosting into a piping bag with a star-shaped decorating tip and pipe onto the muffins. Drizzle with fake blood and “stab” with shards.

3. Mini bat treats

These dreadfully sweet bats should not miss any Halloween party and be prepared in a flash.

Here’s what you need: 7 Oreo cookies, 14 Peanut Butter Cups, 3 tbsp confectioner’s sugar, 1 tsp water, edible sugar eyes

Preparation: For the bat wings, turn Oreo cookies in the opposite direction, so that the cookies separate into two halves. Scratch the white filling off the cookies and halve them again. Mix confectioner’s sugar with water as ‘glue’, add some drops onto the Peanut Butter Cups, then stick the sugar eyes on it. Fix the Oreo bat wings in the same way.

4. Bloody deviled egg eyes

Deviled eggs are popular on every party buffet and can be turned into fearsome finger food with just a few small tricks.

Here’s what you need: 8 eggs, 1 pre-cooked beet, 3 tbsp mayonnaise, chili sauce, pitted black olives, beet juice

Preparation: Boil the eggs until hard, allow to cool, and peel. Halve them and transfer the yolks into a bowl. Purée beet and add 2 tbsp of beet purée and 1 tbsp mayonnaise to a bowl, mix well. Transfer into a piping bag and fill the hollowed out eggs with the beet mixture. Cover each egg half with an olive slice and add a drop of chilli sauce to the center of the olives. Using the beetroot juice, paint wavy lines along the filling on the egg white.

5. Jack Skellington Oreo pops

The Pumpkin King from the movie classic The Nightmare Before Christmas turns into a horrifyingly sweet snack on your next Halloween party.

Here’s what you need: Oreo cookies, 10 oz confectioner’s sugar, water, black sugar coloring, some lollipop sticks

Preparation: Mix confectioner’s sugar with water to make a thick frosting. Cover or coat the Oreo cookies with it. Allow to dry completely, then put them onto a stick and paint Jack Skellington’s face on it with the black sugar coloring. You can decorate the sticks with small bows, if desired.

6. Zombie brain cupcakes

The sweet brain food with frightening frosting is guaranteed to be the horror highlight on your Halloween party.

Here’s what you need: 6 muffins of your choice, 7 oz cream cheese, 10 oz confectioner’s sugar, raspberry jam (without seeds)

Preparation: For frosting, mix cream cheese with confectioner’s sugar and 2 tbsp raspberry jam. Spread a layer of it onto the muffins, pour the rest into a piping bag with a small, round decorating tip. Pipe onto the muffins in a back and forth motion. Allow to rest for 20 min. in the fridge, then gently brush with some more raspberry jam using a pastry brush.

7. Bloody punch with frozen hands

A scary bloody punch is a must! The frozen hands not only bring refreshment, but also a trick for your guests.

Here’s what you need: 1 gallon cherry juice, rubber gloves, water

Preparation: Fill rubber gloves with water, fasten with knots, and place in the freezer for approx. 4 hours, or overnight. Add cherry juice to a large bowl or pot and add the frozen hands before serving.

8. Spider web cake

Simple and terrifying, this Halloween cake with sweet spider webs will amaze all of your guests.

Here’s what you need: 1 cake of your choice, black fondant, 1 bag marshmallows

Preparation: Bake a round cake of your choice and let cool. Knead the fondant and roll it out to a thin layer. Transfer the fondant onto the cake and gently smooth it out, cutting away any excess with a knife.

For the spider web, place some marshmallows in a small bowl and heat at 800 watts for about 1 min. in the microwave. Mix well using a spoon and carefully pull apart with your hands. Place as spider webs in portions over the fondant.

9. Ghost meringues

Booooo! These little ghosts may look scary but at their core, they are sugary-sweet.

Here’s what you need: 6 egg whites, 7 oz sugar, 1 tsp cream of tartar, black food coloring

Preparation: Preheat the oven to 100°C/190°F. Beat egg whites, gradually add sugar, then add cream of tartar. Continue beating until the mass is stiff. Transfer into a piping bag with a round decorating tip. On a baking sheet with parchment paper, pipe a round blob of the meringue mass then pipe a smaller blob on top and finish with an even smaller blob on top of that. Repeat until the meringue is gone, then bake for approx. 45 min. Using the black sugar coloring, paint faces on the cooled ghost meringues.

10. Mini pretzel pumpkins

Easy as can be, these sweet and salty pumpkin treats will be the hit at your Halloween party.

Here’s what you need: 1 small bag of mini pretzels, 1 bar white chocolate, orange food coloring, green food coloring

Preparation: Melt white chocolate and mix with orange food coloring. Make sure to use fat-soluble food coloring. Dip the salt pretzels into the chocolate and allow it dry. Decorate with green food coloring.

11. Bloody brain cookies

Rule number one for the preparation of your Halloween party: Don’t be stingy with red food coloring to make edible fake blood! Especially, when it comes to these brainy cookies.

Here’s what you need: 3 ½ oz corn syrup, 1 tbsp cornstarch, red food coloring, 1 oz walnuts, 20 round cookies, 7 oz confectioner’s sugar, water

Preparation: For the fake blood, mix corn syrup, cornstarch, and 3 tbsp water. Stir in 1 tbsp red food coloring. Mix confectioner’s sugar with 4 tbsp water. Coat cookies with the icing and allow to harden. Cover the walnuts with fake blood and place onto the cookies.

What Halloween snacks do you like to prepare to make your guests shudder? Tell us in the comments or upload and share your very own Halloween recipe!

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