When October rolls around, we're all about Halloween tricks and treats—heavy on the treats! Halloween desserts leave endless room for creativity, fun and delicious playfulness, whether you're whipping up unconventional brownies for a Halloween party or making a batch of themed cupcakes to enjoy after a long evening of trick-or-treating with the kids.
Luckily, we've collected all sorts of seasonal dessert recipes throughout the years to help jump-start your dive into October baking—and you'll find a handful of our all-time faves below. From treats inspired by popular Halloween movies to DIY caramel apples and just about everything in between, there's plenty to love in our roundup of beloved and easy Halloween treats from throughout the years.
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Pull out your cauldron—err, mixing bowls—and get ready to make something frighteningly good. It's time for Best of ehow: Halloween Treats Edition!
These out-of-the-box crispy marshmallow brains might have the "ew" factor at first glance—and that's kind of the point! Topped with red food coloring "blood," they're the perfect no-bake treat for a scary Halloween party or a horror movie viewing party. If you're looking for a dessert recipe that will pack a punch, these are a no-brainer.
Sink your teeth into our Dracula macarons, which are sandwiched together with creamy milk chocolate ganache and mini marshmallow "teeth." Macarons can be a bit tricky to make, but practice makes perfect—and you'll have a whole tray of Halloween cookies to enjoy when you're through. They're the perfect combo of creepy and cute.
We can see into the future, and you're feeling very hungry. Good thing you've got our colorful crystal ball cookies to keep you satiated! This is anything but an ordinary sugar cookie recipe, as you'll melt Jolly Ranchers to make edible "glass," then top completed cookies with star candies and royal icing. Bewitching!
If you ask us, it's not Halloween without the Addams Family. If you feel similarly, you'll adore our Addams Family candy board—the perfect addition to a Halloween gathering or belated Wednesday viewing party. The idea for this candy charcuterie board is pretty simple: Arrange purple and black Halloween treats (along with faves like Reese's peanut butter cups, pretzels, seasonal Oreos, creepy gummy worms, M&Ms and more) on a wooden board to create the sweetest, scariest spread around.
Ah, pumpkin spice. A flavor so beloved, it's almost synonymous with fall! Add a dash of seasonal sweetness and spice to your traditional appetizer lineup with our pumpkin spice dinner rolls, which are also shaped like pumpkins! We think these would be especially delicious with cinnamon sugar butter or another seasonal topping. Halloween night dinner, anyone?
And now for a Halloween snack with a horror movie twist: sugar cookies inspired by Us. This Halloween recipe is decidedly simple, calling for nothing more than cookie dough, basic baking supplies, cookie cutters and plenty of icing. If your friends or party guests have seen Jordan Peele's spine-tingling film, though, these easy treats will make a major impact.
Step up your Halloween cake decor game with this easy and impressive spiderweb cake recipe, which consists of dark chocolate cake layers, white chocolate buttercream and a chocolate hazelnut spiderweb. Though the cake design is relatively simple, the results are impressive (and downright mouthwatering).
Wondering what to do with all your leftover Halloween candy? We’ve got you covered there too! Check out our collection of tasty tips for repurposing uneaten candy bars and other treats after Halloween.
Calling all Hocus Pocus fanatics: We've got the perfect treat for you. Our Hocus Pocus caramel apple recipe would make the Sanderson sisters proud, featuring one apple to represent each witchy sis. You'll make dipping caramel with melted caramel candies and cream, then add sprinkles and paper hairstyles to complete each character-specific apple.
9. Boo Macarons
Can't get enough character-themed bakes? Celebrate the marvels of Mario with these fantastic macarons inspired by Boo from the iconic video game series. Each macaron is filled with ganache made from melted chocolate and heavy cream, then decorated with edible markers. We've even included a template to get you started!
These Halloween cupcakes, which pay homage to Beetlejuice, are sure to impress fans of the classic '80s film. You'll whip up a bride, groom and Beetlejuice-specific cupcake, each decorated with fondant to match the movie. They're colorful, creative and almost too beautifully designed to devour.
We hope you've garnered a few fun Halloween dessert ideas to feed the hungry ghouls and goblins in your life. Now light the jack-o-lantern, put on your favorite seasonal apron and get baking—you've got eerie eats to make!