Halloween Sweets & Desserts

Halloween desserts are as important as candy. With that in mind, satisfy your sweet tooth with these Halloween treats that are as easy and fun to make as they are to eat. Whether you're throwing a party or just want a few extra sweets on hand, these are the scary-good recipes to make this October.

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    Spiderweb Cake

    Take your favorite cake, frost it orange, and add spiders—really! Frosting spiderwebs and cupcake-topper spiders crawl across this creepy Halloween cake. Speaking of spiders, this recipe includes an easy Halloween cupcake idea. If you’d rather, skip the cake, and serve the cupcake spiders.

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    Spooky Strawberry Pumpkin Patch

    Turn strawberries into pumpkins and cookie crumbles into dirt. This Halloween dessert recipe is freaky fast and oh-so-easy, plus it's pretty cute, too!

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    Halloween Pumpkin Bundt Cake

    Combine two Bundt cakes to make one giant pumpkin, and add a frosting-covered ice cream cone as the stem. No crazy carving required! The Halloween cake makes a big statement but requires less than an hour of prep time.

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    Halloween Candy Bark

    This bark is as customizable as your Halloween costume. Sprinkle pretzels, cookie crumbles, candy corn—whatever you like—on melted vanilla candy bark. Once it’s set, break it up to make a bowl of Halloween treats.

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    Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

    Can’t stand looking at leftover Halloween candy? Make these! The Halloween cookie bars are your go-to any time you’ve got too much candy lying around. 

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    Scary-Good Halloween Donuts

    Monsters, spiders, mummies—oh my! Dressed-up donuts make a delicious Halloween desserts for any holiday party.

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    Ghostly Cereal Bars

    These Halloween treats are boo-tifully easy. Sculpt classic rice cereal-and-marshmallow bars into ghost shapes and dip in candy coating. Form different shape ghosts for variety.

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    Wicked Witch's Popcorn Hat

    Halloween desserts should go all out, so go for wicked or zany with this edible witch's hat. The concoction is an updated popcorn ball recipe tinted with food coloring pastes and shaped into hat form. For something a little wicked, use black and orange food coloring pastes. For something zany, pair vibrant colors.

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    Halloween Oreo Ball Ghosts

    Simply add mini chocolate piece eyes to cookies-and-cream treats to make the easiest Halloween dessert ever. These ghosts will disappear quickly!

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    Bat Cookies

    These Halloween cookies are extra chocolaty. And who can resist chocolate—especially in bat form? These yummy Halloween treats get their start with toaster pastries and sandwich cookies.

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    Werewolf Cupcakes

    Use gummy candies to make these Halloween cupcakes that are one-part scary, one-party silly. Apply frosting with a star tip for a furlike appearance.

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    Halloween Monster Cookies

    Meet your new monster-approved party staple: chocolaty Halloween cookies. Candy eyes give off a just-spooky-enough vibe without being scary. Make them when you need Halloween treats for youngsters.

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    Alley Cat Pops

    It's OK to cross paths with this particular black cat. The chocolate-covered feline features a gooey rice cereal-and-marshmallow bar center for a tasty Halloween treat on a stick that's worth risking bad luck to eat.

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    Spooktacular Halloween Milk Shakes

    If the wicked witch inspires a milkshake, you know it’s going to be wicked good. Try this frozen Halloween dessert idea, which also comes with Frankenstein and vampire versions.

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    7 Adorable Fall Cupcakes

    Don’t worry, when it comes to Halloween cupcake ideas, we’ve got you covered. These decorated cupcakes are scarily cute. Ordinary cakes transform into graveyards, campfires, pumpkins, and more. 

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    Tombstone Brownies

    Halloween brownies dressed up as tombstones set the stage for this eerie cemetery. The epitaph-inscribed stones are surrounded by cookie crumb dirt and green-tint coconut grass.

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    Witch's Hat Dessert

    Witch hat cookies are a Halloween classic. Craft these wicked Halloween treats by sandwiching a layer of frosting between two store-bought chocolate cookies. Top the sandwich brim with a chocolate ice cream cone secured with frosting. Pipe frosting around the hat for decoration.

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    Scary Skull Cake

    Represent a favorite Halloween motif in dessert form with a skull-shape cake. With our free pattern, you don't have to be a mad scientist to concoct this Halloween cake.

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    Tombstone Trio

    Make no bones about it—these three skeletons are a scarily sweet treat. Create the edible scene with staples found in your grocery store's snack and baking aisles.

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    Shrunken Head Caramel Apple

    Caramel apples are a fall favorite made from crisp, in-season apples and rich, buttery caramel. Give the classic a Halloween twist with a shrunken head costume.

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    Scaredy-Cat Ice Cream Cake

    Everyone will be clawing their way to this grinning cat cake. Not only is it cute, this cat pairs two classic favorites—brownies and ice cream —into one Halloween dessert.

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    Blue Blob Dessert

    All kinds of creatures come out at Halloween, including mysterious beings like the Blue Blob. Anything but disturbing, this concoction is a simple mix of pudding and frozen whipped topping with a few details added to give the Halloween dessert its monsterlike appearance.

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    Chocolate Spider Cake

    Spiders usually make people scream eek! But this concoction of luscious cake, sweet chocolate, and delicious candy is the over-the-top Halloween dessert you’ve been looking for.

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    Wizard's Hat Cake

    Four layers of cake support a pointed ice cream cone to make this towering hat cake. Decorate the outside of the Halloween cake however you want.

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    Dragon Food Dessert

    A variation on the classic dirt and worms dessert, Dragon Food is an easy Halloween treat for kids. The layers of pudding, cookies, and gummy candies are a winning combination for all your little monsters, goblins, and gremlins.

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    Eyeball Pie

    Halloween treats don’t mean just cakes and cookies. Find out for yourself, and watch these eyeball pies disappear faster than you can say "monster mash." Pudding-filled tart shells are a crowd pleaser and when made into eyeballs for Halloween, they'll be gobbled up in a wink.

    Note: The eyeball tart looks especially scary when presented on a purple fake fur monster bearing candy corn teeth.

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    Bat Pops

    Invite vampires to your next Halloween party via these somewhat fruity Halloween treats. Guests needn't fear: These are friendly vampires of the sweet and chocolaty variety.

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    Spider-Covered Cookies

    These spider-covered cookies are based on a favorite from another holiday: Christmas spritz cookies. The easy yet effective spider design proves that these are definitely a Halloween dessert—no one wants spiders on their sweets at Christmastime! 

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    Spooky Spice Cake

    Don’t hold back on your Halloween cakes. Tricks go with treats, and sweet pairs with spicy in this flavorful, well-decorated spiced dessert. 

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    Handy Pretzels

    Give new meaning to the concept finger food this October. Large pretzel sticks resemble fingers when the ends are dipped in melted candy coating and topped with a sliced almond fingernail. Display the sweet-and-salty Halloween dessert in a shirt sleeve-covered jar.

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    Fall Cake

    Transform a round layer cake into a display of fall colors. Start with a frosted cake. Trim lollipop sticks so the candy portion peeks over the edge of the cake. Remove wrappers and press into the side of the cake. Guests get two Halloween treats: a slice of cake and a lollipop!

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    Creepy Crawly Cupcakes

    If there was ever a time to serve a creepy-crawly dessert, Halloween is it. Up the eek factor of these pudding-filled Halloween cupcakes with layers of slimy gummy worms.

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    Mini Cheesecakes with Halloween Toppers

    Jack-o'-lantern-face gingersnaps top creamy mini pumpkin cheesecakes for a yummy flavor pairing (and a cute table display). Use Halloween-theme cupcake liners for the cheesecakes to add to the festivity.

    Editor’s Tip: Turn your favorite cupcake recipe into Halloween cupcakes by topping them with these cute jack-o’-lanterns.

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    Magic Wand Brownies

    Brownies baked in mini muffin tins become the toppers for these magic wands—perfect for Halloween fairies, wizards, and witches. Treat them as Halloween cake pops or serve on top of another dessert to add some chocolate.

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    Halloween Cheesecake

    For a Halloween dessert in a hurry, purchase a frozen cheesecake, thaw, and decorate with shards of melted candy coating tinted with orange food coloring paste. Top with whipped dessert topping and sprinkles and be ready to wow a crowd.

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    Falling Leaves Cake

    Welcome fall with a cake perfect for any autumn occasion. Start with a frosted cake and embellish with chocolate "clay" leaf cutouts. This Halloween dessert might be the perfect cake to bring to your office.

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    Halloween Drink & Punch Recipes

    Mix up a few Halloween cocktails so no goblin or ghoul goes thirsty at your party. Including Halloween mixed drinks, punch, and milk shakes, we've rounded up our favorite kid-friendly and adults-only party drinks that are sure to impress.
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