Bite into these creative sweet and savory Halloween appetizer ideas, from mummy-wrapped finger food to monstrous cheese balls, for your next frightful bash.
Bugs are crawling on the table! Your Halloween guests will love it. These pizza-inspired buns are filled with oozy mozzarella and blood-red pizza sauce. Pretzel sticks and nuggets form the legs and head of each bug. Made with frozen dough, these buggy buns are quick to assemble and bake, too.
Staring red eyes give these zombie-faced mini quiches an undead aura. The bite-size appeal and tasty filling will have Halloween guests gobbling them up anyway! Pimiento-stuffed olive slices serve as the hypnotic eyes, but pearl onions hidden beneath keep the eyes from sinking into the rich egg-and-cheese filling.
Editor's Tip: If you don't have the time or inclination to make your own pastry dough for these tiny quiches, substitute refrigerated piecrust dough.
Your Halloween party guests will get wide grins on their own faces when they see this black cat on the table. Filled with cheeses, garlic, onion, pimiento, and spices, the cheese ball has a savory kick that brings smiles after the first bite, too. Rolled in crushed blue tortilla chips, this grinning cat tastes as good as it looks. Make the cheese ball ahead so you have plenty of time to enjoy the compliments.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem tasty bones! Fresh vegetables form this colorful skeleton that will be the hit of the Halloween table. Smoky Red Pepper Dip and Creamy Avocado Dip encourage guests to pick away at these good-for-you bones. Make sure you have plenty of extra dippers. This skeleton is doomed to vanish quickly.
Do a card trick at your party. These unconventional playing cards add a bit of magic to a Halloween party buffet. A rich cheesy filling hides beneath heart-encrusted slivers of bread. Whether you're inspired by the magic of the haunted season or the Alice's adventures with the Queen of Hearts' playing-card army, these appetizer-size sandwiches will disappear.
Editor's Tip: Instead of cutting out the hearts freehand, use tiny heart-shape cookie cutters.
These frightening critters are a must-have for your next Halloween bash. Rich, chocolaty, and topped with ghoulish candy eyes, these sweets are scary good.
This spooky hummus pumpkin is just begging to be carved into. To make, scoop hummus onto a serving plate, then cover with finely shredded carrots. A small piece of green onion makes a perfect pumpkin stem.
Wrap a legion of scary mummies for a Halloween dinner or party appetizer. To make, skewer a purchased meatball and a 4-inch piece of summer sausage stick with a 6-inch wooden skewer. Combine 8 ounces of cream cheese and 1 teaspoon of purchased pesto. Spread some of the mixture over the meat skewer and wrap with cooked fettuccine noodles. For a more bulky body, spread with additional cream cheese mixture and wrap with another layer of cooked fettuccine. Add capers for eyes. Serve with pasta sauce for dipping.
Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the real thing, these fingers make a fun addition to the buffet table. Simple chicken breasts become Halloween appetizer-worthy when sliced and served with Romesco Dipping Sauce.
Grinning jack-o'-lanterns made from taco ingredients keep the buffet line moving. To make, start with large round crackers, spread with sour cream and/or salsa, and top with cooked taco meat and shredded cheese. Use tomatoes, peppers, and olives to make the jack-o'-lantern faces.
Transform traditional breadsticks into bare bones for this frightful skeleton. To make, simply cut the ends of uncooked breadsticks before baking. Arrange the ghastly bites around a marinara head, decorated with mozzarella cheese and black olives to ghastly perfection.
These fluffy, chocolate-dipped marshmallows don't just look like pumpkins -- they taste like them, too! We've added a sweet dose of pumpkin puree and cozy spices for comforting fall flavor.
Make veggies fun to eat at Halloween by making them into a silly frog. Remove the top of a green pepper and set aside. Remove all seeds and membrane. Cut out leg shapes from another green pepper and attach to the front body using toothpicks. Fill with favorite vegetables. Add a long slice of carrot for a tongue. Using toothpicks, place two large pimento-stuffed green olives on top of the pepper lid for eyes. Serve with a favorite salad dressing if desired.
With a savory to-die-for taste, this Transylvanian is something guests will love to sink their teeth into. To make, spread cream cheese over a mini bagel half, then use triangle strips of red pepper for a colorful collar. A cut olive serves as this count's eyebrows and 'do, while a strip of carrot makes a wicked nose. Close the casket on this treat with thin slices of green onion and capers for eyes.
A tasty cheese ball turns into a Halloween-worthy appetizer when costumed in nacho-cheese-flavor chips. To make, roll cheese ball in crushed chips and place on a bed of kale. Cut a black olive into two triangle-shape pieces for the eyes and press into the cheese ball. Press three olive halves into the cheese ball to form the grin. (You might need to remove chips from these areas so the olives stick.) Place a dill pickle on top for a stem.
You might frighten your guests with this spooky spiderweb, but they'll forgive you when they taste the simple milk and sour cream flavors that weave it together.
Watch this video to learn how to turn a dollop of sour cream into a spiderweb on top of soup.
These green cheese balls look past their prime, but their "mold" is just an herb coating that adds to the flavor. When plated with plastic spiders, they really achieve a gross-out appearance.
This delightfully gruesome concoction will win any creepy-eats contest. But with red pepper "veins" and plenty of flavors, guests won't be able to keep their hands off it once they get their first bite.
For a quick Halloween appetizer so good it comes from the graves, serve guests tombstone sandwiches. To make, cut chicken salad sandwiches into tombstone shapes, roll the edges in chopped pecans for a pebbly look, and serve from a graveyard covered in creepy cabbage.
Cook up some 'dogs for an all-wrapped-up take on finger foods. Refrigerated breadsticks do the legwork. Make the appetizer lighter with cocktail wieners and a pinch of the breadstick dough rather than a full breadstick.
This candy bark is part salty, part sweet, and frighteningly delicious. Serve up a big bowl of sweet shards and your guests will go crazy for it!
Dig into this spooky graveyard -- if you dare! Venture into this Halloween appetizer and you'll discover a tasty taco dip. Layers of refried beans, lettuce, and black olives mimic dirt and grass. Eerie shapes cut from tortilla shells complete the spooky Halloween landscape.
With this Halloween appetizer your guests will be too busy saying "yum" to be frightened -- that is, once they get past the spider guarding the dip. The bacon-wrapped shrimp and accompanying dipping sauce are fiery hot and tasty.
Every party needs a few savory offerings to balance the snacks and sweets. Turn a favorite stew into a ghoulish delight with this ghostly garnish. To make, spoon servings of stew (or soup) into individual serving dishes, filling about two-thirds full. Using a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip, pipe hot mashed potatoes into a ghost shape on top of each serving. Use capers for ghost eyes, and sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese around the base of each ghost.
Give new meaning to the concept "finger food" with these Halloween appetizers. Large pretzel sticks resemble useful appendages when the ends are dipped in melted candy coating and topped with a sliced almond "fingernail." Display the digits in a shirt sleeve-covered jar.
Spooky peepers -- made from sliced black olives, asparagus tops, and bits of red pepper -- put a frightful spin on deviled eggs. Arrange the Halloween appetizer in fun dishes that emphasize them as the focal point of the party.
This sneaky guy's stuffed with pizza ingredients. A red pepper strip provides the sinister tongue.
This crazy cheese ball is delightfully fun! The frightful hairdo is a mound of curly shredded beets.