We’re all about easy Halloween snacks and party treats for Halloween parties. From savory to sweet to mostly healthy, we have rounded up the very best semi-homemade Halloween party treats and we hope you find a few that work for you!
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-Updated for 2022-
Creative, semi-homemade Halloween treats we love
Behold! 7 favorite semi-homemade Halloween treats over the years that we keep coming back to every October. Enjoy!
1. Melted Witch Cookies from OreosYou can bake the cookies from scratch using Meaghan’s recipe for Melted Witch cookies at The Decorated Cookie, or for a quick fix you can follow her steps swapping in store-bought cookies. It’s a perfect last-minute Halloween treat for a party this weekend that’s still bewitchingly impressive.
Related: Candy Corn Cookies for a fun candy inspired treat
2. “Bloody Fingers” from hot dogsI mean, how gross are these Bloody Finger Hot Dog Bites from Travel Cook Tell? (The only answer: Very gross.) If your kid is totally into the creepier aspects of Halloween, this might be the recipe they request year after year. Good thing all it takes is some knife skills and a pack of hotdogs. And ketchup, of course.
3. Clementine Witches from pretzels, candy + fruitOn the other end of the Halloween spectrum, how adorable are these Clementine witches from The Kitchen at Hoskins? And so easy! Follow her steps to find out how she gets the hats to stay on, then watch your kids giggle with excitement over these.
If you are wondering where to get the cute candy eyeballs, you can find them at most craft stores or Sweets Indeed Store on Amazon has my favorite selection of holiday sprinkles as well as candy eyeballs
4. Bride of Frankenstein Chips + Dip from store-bought guac or dipThis amazing Bride of Frankenstein dip at Fork and Beans is my idea of the perfect last-minute Halloween treat — still easy, but it will definitely get oohs and ahhs at your table. Especially from parents grateful for a few non-candy things to eat!
Related: How to host a pumpkin carving party for your little ghouls and their friends
5. Monster Apple bites from fruit and nutsReady to laugh? These Monster Apple Bites at Crayons and Cravings are a fan favorite Love that they’re more cute than scary if you’re whipping up last-minute Halloween treats for younger kids. And yay for another healthy option!
Candy eyeballs can be found at the Sweets Indeed Store on Amazon.
Related: 8 healthy-ish Halloween lunch box recipes, because kids can’t live on candy alone
6. Spider Web 7-Layer Dip from store-bought guacPull out the piping bag full of sour cream and turn any store-bought guac or Mexican dip into a spider web. I’m particularly fond of this Spider Web 7-Layer Dip recipe from On the Go Bites, which would be perfect for taking to a party — and seriously impressing the host.
7. Halloween cake from store-bought cake and cookiesIf you’re looking for something sweet besides candy for your Halloween party — maybe if you’re celebrating a Halloween birthday in one? — then this Halloween Cookies and Cream Cake recipe at Gilded Gingerbread is so brilliant. Even if you need to pick up a store-bought sheet cake last-minute and do this one semi-homemade, you can still pull off this clever design with the frosting and Oreo embellishments. You could even stick some black licorice on the sides to make those cookies into spiders!