Having some kids over for a Halloween party this year? (Or having a very fun group of adults over instead?) If so, you’d better be ready with snacks! There are very few things anyone needs to make a party a success, and good food is one of them. Since Halloween is such a spooktacular holiday, you can get away with some very simple approaches to treats for your guests. As long as you (and your food) are in the spirit of the holiday, it doesn’t matter if you only spend $10 and 10 minutes preparing.
We have rounded up some very fun, and very easy, ideas for your Halloween gathering. If you just add one or two to the mix, there is no doubt that your guests will be thrilled, and that they’ll be talking about your shindig until next year.
Pumpkin Patch Dirt Cups
You can literally offer your guests dirt, and they will love it. This dessert is so easy — it is nothing more than some chocolate pudding, topped with cookie crumbs, and then those candy pumpkins that you can buy at almost any pharmacy or grocery store. The best part is that they’re self-contained, so cleanup will be very simple – especially if you’re serving them to a bunch of kids. Dirt never tasted so good!
If you can make brownies from a box of mix, you can make these. The big marshmallows are covered in vanilla frosting to make the ghosts, and finishing touches are added with a little decorating gel. The ghosts on top are just so cute that you might not want to eat them though!
With nothing more than Hershey’s Kisses, some chocolate cookies, and some icing, you can have a delightfully fun treat for your guests. The cookies in this particular picture are fudge-striped cookies turned over, but you can also do them with Oreos. How cute would a full platter of these look next to a big bowl of punch?
Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies
The beauty of these cookies is that most of the work is done for you with the chocolate chips. Just add some little legs to them, and voila! Tiny spiders on your treats.
Halloween Marshmallow Pops
If you do these ahead of time, you can consider wrapping them in festive cellophane and giving them away as favors once they’ve had a chance to dry. You can use different color sprinkles, and you can also change up the type of chocolate that you use (are you a milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate fan? Maybe a few of each so that your guests have options?)
Three simple ingredients make these adorable little bones: pretzel sticks, mini marshmallows, and white chocolate. They will be especially loved by people who get a kick out of sweet and salty bites together.
Halloween doesn’t necessarily have to be about sugar. You can still have a little spooky fun without piling on the calories. Carve out a couple of bell peppers to look like Jack-O-Lanterns and fill them with veggies. Easy and healthy all in one.
Ritz Cracker Spiders
Who doesn’t love Ritz cracker and peanut butter sandwiches? (Assuming no allergies, of course.) With pretzel sticks for legs, and some decorating gel and mini chocolate chips for eyes, you can’t go wrong. And if you want to win the Mom of the Year award, add a couple of these to your kid’s lunchbox for a very happy camper.
It almost doesn’t get any easier than this. Stick pretzel sticks into mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Witch’s Brooms. The End.
While this might be a bit gross for some people, I happen to think it is awesome. (I even did this for a party this past weekend and I can vouch for its crowd-pleasing success.) Just carve a mini pumpkin, whip up some spinach dip, and make your pumpkin vomit. It will be Instagrammable for sure.