Halloween Food Ideas (Halloween Snacks)
Looking for easy Halloween food ideas? These jalapeño popper mummies, spider pizzas, bat tortilla chips and apple monsters are the best homemade Halloween snacks for a spooky good time.
By now, you know about my husband’s love affair with Halloween. When we were first married, Jeff was really the biggest Halloween fan I’d ever met, whereas I was just along for the ride (and sometimes being startled by all of the zombies stored in the basement).
But somewhere along the way, I really started enjoying it all, too. I’ve gotten into it so much that I’ve even started specializing in seasonal food like Halloween jello shots that look like candy corn, a gigantic Halloween charcuterie board and other Halloween snacks.
If a Halloween party is in the works for you this year, or you just want to serve a big plate of fun and spooky snacks for dinner before trick-or-treating, the Halloween food ideas I’m sharing below have you covered!
What foods do people eat on Halloween?
I think there’s two camps for Halloween themed food – creepy or cute. Creepy involves lots of slimy eyeballs and fake blood. I think these types of Halloween snack ideas are good for an adults-only party, but probably too scary for kids.
So, I took a more “cute” approach for these Halloween snacks, and my Halloween cake pops, too.
OK, so maybe the spider pizza bagels are a little bit creepy, but the mummies and monsters are just adorable, in my opinion. This Halloween party food is spooky but not too scary!
About these easy Halloween food ideas:
For any and all unique charcuterie board ideas, it’s usually smart to have a theme that ties everything together, like the brunch theme of my European breakfast board or the flavor pairings of my wine and cheese board.
Randomly, the ingredient tying this Halloween party food platter together is mango! One of the most popular fruits in the world, mangos are available year-round, making them great for everyday meals, mango lemonade, and holidays.
And they’re orange, making them perfect for Halloween snack ideas!
So, for this Halloween food ideas platter, here’s what we have:
- Homemade BAT tortilla chips with mango salsa
- Jalapeño popper MUMMIES with mango sweet and sour sauce
- Mini pizzas topped with SPIDER olives
- Apple and peanut butter MONSTERS with mango tongues
- PUMPKIN deviled eggs (not pumpkin flavored, they just look like little pumpkins!)
There’s a lot going on here, so let’s break this Halloween snack board out, snack by snack.
BAT Tortilla Chips with Mango Salsa (one of the easiest Halloween food ideas!):
For the bat tortilla chips, you will need flour tortillas, nonstick cooking spray and then some type of seasoning (I like chili powder and salt, but a prepared seasoning like Tajin works great, too).
Use small bat cookie cutters to cut bats from the tortillas. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray and arrange the bats in a single layer.
Spray the bats with cooking spray and sprinkle with the chili powder and salt. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until you have crispy chips!
While the chips are baking, make a quick mango salsa for them by stirring together chopped mango, jalapeño pepper, tomato, red onion and the juice of a lime.
Jalapeño Popper MUMMIES with Mango Sweet & Sour Sauce:
For the jalapeño popper mummies, think 8-8-8! You will need 8 jalapeño peppers, 8 ounces of cream cheese and 8 ounces of crescent roll dough.
This will make 16 jalapeño popper mummies, so you’ll also need 32 mini candy eyeballs for this Halloween snack idea.
Cut the jalapeños in half lengthwise and scoop out all the seeds and membranes. Fill each jalapeño half with cream cheese.
Then, unroll the crescent roll dough and cut it into thin strips. Wrap strips of dough around each pepper to resemble a mummy, leaving a space for the eyeballs.
Depending on how much you wrap your mummies, you may not need all of the crescent roll dough (make a few cinnamon twists with your leftovers to snack on while you finish your Halloween snacks!).
Bake the peppers 11 to 13 minutes or until the dough is golden brown. Let them cool 10 minutes, then put their eyeballs on!
While the mummies are baking, make your sweet and sour mango dipping sauce! First, blend some chopped mango with a bit of water to make a mango puree.
Put the puree in a pot on the stove and add apple cider vinegar, honey, ketchup and soy sauce. Cook the mixture over medium-high heat until it thickens into a sauce. Easy peasy.
Not only is it perfect for Halloween party food, but I also love this sauce as a dipping sauce for blistered shishito peppers!
These jalapeño poppers are also great for a football charcuterie board, maybe just skip the candy eyes!
Mini Pizzas with SPIDER Olives (my favorite Halloween snack idea!):
The little spider pizzas are probably my favorite snack on this Halloween food ideas board! It’s as simple as grabbing a box of frozen mini pizza bagels and a can of pitted black olives.
Cook the pizzas according to the directions on their box. While they are baking, use a sharp paring knife to cut the olives into “spider” parts.
One olive cut in half can work as the two halves of the spider’s torso for one pizza. And then you can thinly slice a second halved olive to make the spider’s legs for that pizza.
Arrange the olives on top of the pizzas when the pizzas come out of the oven. They don’t have to be perfect to still be delicious Halloween snacks.
Any extra olives left over after you make your Halloween party food can be used to make Greek rice, subbing the Kalamata olives for your extra black olives, another time.
I love these little pizzas served alongside my Halloween salad for a simple trick-or-treating supper, too.
Apple and Peanut Butter MONSTERS with Mango Tongues:
For the apple monsters, you will need 2 Granny Smith apples and about 1/2 cup of peanut butter or nut butter of your choice (although it needs to be a thicker kind that isn’t runny).
You will also need about 40 pine nuts for the “teeth” (extra pine nuts are great on a goat cheese salad), a small chunk of mango you can cut into triangles for the “tongues” and some candy eyeballs for this Halloween party food.
Using a sharp paring knife, cut a “mouth” out of each apple quarter and then fill that gap with peanut butter. Press the pine nuts and mango pieces into the peanut butter to make the teeth and tongues.
Using a small dab of peanut butter, “glue” one or two candy eyeballs onto each apple monster, above the mouth.
PUMPKIN Deviled Eggs:
These pumpkin deviled eggs aren’t pumpkin flavored (that sounds kind of gross to me), they just LOOK like little pumpkins. If you want pumpkin FLAVOR, make my pumpkin creme brulee or savory pumpkin dip another time!
Please see my Halloween deviled eggs post for all the details on how to make deviled eggs that look like pumpkins.
Which Halloween snacks can be made in advance?
If you’re attending a Halloween party at somebody else’s house rather than hosting, most of these Halloween snacks can be carefully packed up and taken with you (so can Halloween dirt cups)!
The bat tortilla chips and mango salsa are, of course, a no brainer Halloween themed food to pack up and take. The pumpkin deviled eggs and apple monsters also travel just fine if you pack them carefully.
The jalapeño popper mummies are still really good at room temperature – bake them and cool them just before leaving, and then pack them up.
Make sure the mummies are fully cool before you put them in any sort of airtight container, otherwise they’ll steam and the crescent roll dough will get soggy.
However, the spider pizza bagels are really best when fresh. If you’re traveling with these, I would recommend cutting the olives into “spider parts” and taking them with you.
Then, when you get to your host’s house, bake the pizza bagels and then assemble the spiders on top and serve them right away.
For the Bat Tortilla Chips:
- 6 (6-inch) flour tortillas
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
For the Mango Salsa:
- 1 mango, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 jalapeño pepper, minced
- 1/2 cup chopped tomato
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- Juice of 1 lime
For the Jalapeño Popper Mummies:
- 8 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 8 ounces crescent roll dough
- 32 mini candy eyeballs
For the Sweet and Sour Mango Dipping Sauce:
- 1 cup chopped mango
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
For the Spider Pizzas:
- 1 box (7 ounces) frozen mini pizza bagels
- 1 can (6 ounces) pitted black olives, drained
For the Apple Monsters:
- 2 Granny Smith apples, quartered
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 40 pine nuts
- 1/4 mango, cut into small triangles
- 8-16 medium candy eyeballs
For the Pumpkin Deviled Eggs:
- 1 batch Halloween Deviled Eggs, all made as pumpkins
Other items, for serving (optional):
- Fresh mango slices, wrapped in prosciutto or not
- Make the Bat Tortilla Chips: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use small bat cookie cutter to cut bats from tortillas. Spray rimmed baking pan with cooking spray; arrange bats on pan in even layer. Spray bats with cooking spray; sprinkle with chili powder and salt. Transfer to oven and bake 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp.
- Make the Mango Salsa: In medium bowl, stir mango, jalapeño, tomato, onion and lime juice until well combined.
- Make the Jalapeño Popper Mummies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Fill each jalapeño half with cream cheese. Unroll crescent roll dough and cut into thin strips. Wrap strips of dough around each pepper to resemble a mummy, leaving a space for the "eyes." Place peppers on rimmed baking pan; transfer to oven and bake 13 to 15 minutes or until dough is golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes; arrange candy eyeballs on mummies.
- Make the Sweet and Sour Mango Dipping Sauce: Place mango and water in blender; puree until smooth. Transfer mango mixture to medium saucepot; stir in vinegar, honey, ketchup and soy sauce. Cook over medium-high heat until thickened to a thin sauce consistency (mixture will continue to thicken as it cools), stirring occasionally.
- Make the Spider Pizzas: Prepare mini pizza bagels according to package instructions. Use sharp knife to cut olives into "spider" parts, and arrange spiders on top of pizzas.
- Make the Apple Monsters: Using a sharp knife, cut a "mouth" out of each apple quarter. Fill gaps with peanut butter. Press pine nuts and mango pieces into peanut butter to resemble teeth and a tongues. Using small dabs of peanut butter, "glue" one or two candy eyeballs onto each apple above mouth.
- Make the Halloween Deviled Eggs according to the recipe card in that post.
- Arrange all of the Halloween food on a large platter, along with fresh mango slices (wrapped in prosciutto if you want) and salami, if desired. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 756Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 1038mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 6gSugar: 26gProtein: 18g
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