Those of you who love Christmas or Valentine’s Day-themed snacks are probably big fans of celebrating special occasions using foods. This includes learning about and cooking Halloween lunches and snacks that you can enjoy either alone or with friends.
Halloween themed lunch snacks
Of course, besides adding pumpkin and pumpkin spice, there’s nothing much you can do to your everyday food to make it Halloween-themed other than decorating it in a certain way, and you like getting creative with your food, then you’ll definitely love this article. We compiled a list of 30 different Halloween snacks that you can try out, including some healthy for those of you who are afraid that all that Halloween candy will ruin your teeth, waistline, or both.
Here Are the Most Popular Halloween Snacks
Snacks are our guilty pleasure, and Halloween is the perfect occasion for you to indulge in some of these sinful delights. They are usually easy to prepare, very delicious, easy to share (if you’re willing to), and they also make for excellent finger food that you can serve trick-or-treaters or your guests if you decide on hosting 2021’s Halloween party in your neighborhood. Well, if you’re looking for some creative Halloween snack ideas, check out the following section for some ghoulishly delightful recipes that you can try out to celebrate Halloween.
1. Halloween Snack Ideas – Spider Web Cupcakes
If we were to rank guilty pleasure foods and snacks, cupcakes would most likely be in everyone’s top 3, so it should come as no surprise that the first entry on our list is also a recipe for cupcakes, but with a bit of an arachnid twist to them. You need about 1 hour to make 16 cupcakes, and as far as ingredients go, there’s nothing particularly special that you would need that you wouldn’t usually use when baking cupcakes. For example, the cupcakes themselves are made using ripe bananas, buttermilk, eggs, water, vegetable oil, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda, and some salt, while the toppings themselves only need dark and white chocolate to make.
However, suppose you happen to know a good and reliable cupcake recipe already, and you’d like to stick to that instead. In that case, you can go right ahead, since the only thing that makes these cupcakes well-suited for Halloween is the design of the frosting and not the cupcake itself. On that note, if you don’t like chocolate, you can go ahead and replace it with something else entirely, and even change the whole color scheme with the help of food dyes. If you go ahead and follow the step-by-step recipe for spider web cupcakes, you’ll see exactly how all the ingredients need to be prepared, mixed, and baked, as well as learn some extra tips and tricks that can help you make them better.
2. Halloween Snacks for Kids – Marshmallow Monsters
There’s something about making food look like living creatures that makes it all the more delicious, and when it comes to Halloween snacks for kids, few things can be as appealing as these marshmallow monsters. Not only do they look amazing and fun, but they’re also incredibly easy to make since they’re basically marshmallows covered in candy sprinkles, candy, or chocolate fondue. All you need is a bag of jumbo marshmallows, candy, chocolate icing, candy sprinkles, whatever decorative candy you have at hand, toothpicks that will be used as handles, and a piping system to lay down the icing. Once you have all the ingredients, it’s entirely up to your imagination how you decide to decorate the marshmallows, but as you can see, there are specific classics that don’t seem to die: green zombies, purple vampires, blue Frankenstein monsters, plain white ghosts, etc. If you want to see exactly how you, too can turn these puffy little treats into mini monsters using nothing but candy and you’re creative mind, check out our detailed recipe for monster marshmallows.
3. Easy Halloween Snacks – Mini Pumpkin Pies
People love pumpkin pies, and people love small snacks that they can pick up with their fingers and eat with a single bite, so it was only natural that something as popular as the pumpkin pie would get a miniature makeover and become a go-to Halloween snack. Well, mini pumpkin pies are one of those easy Halloween snacks that you can create with very few ingredients since a lot of them can be bought from the store. Of course, if you like making things yourself and creating everything from scratch, we wrote an entire article detailing how you can make your own mini pumpkin pies, ingredients, and all. In order to make the mini pie crusts, you’ll need some almond and oat flour, and some maple syrup, and melted coconut butter to act as the binding agent. As for the filling, you can make it using fresh or canned pumpkin, garbanzo beans, maple syrup, cane sugar, cornstarch, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spices, and salt. As you can see, we tried avoiding added sugar as much as possible, and we also made it so that the recipe is great for those with gluten intolerance as well, but if you don’t mind a few extra (healthy) calories, you can also top up your mini pies with some coconut whipped cream. These mini pies are delicious, and you can make them throughout the year, just as long as you have pumpkins and pumpkin spices at your disposal.
4. Halloween Themed Snacks – Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Pies
We already talked about how creating seasonal foods is more about how you decorate them rather than what ingredients you use, and the perfect example of textbook Halloween-themed snacks is this recipe for Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Pies. Just like our previous entry, these are actually mini pies instead of regular pies, and the recipe is also somewhat similar, the only noticeable difference being the Jack-o-Lantern-themed pie crust that’s on the surface that may make you feel a bit guilty about biting into them. In order to make both the top and the bottom crust, you’ll need some flour, salt, powdered sugar, egg yolks, unsalted butter, ice water, and heavy cream. As for the filling, we’ll be adding a few extra spices compared to our previous recipe, including eggs, pumpkin puree, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and even some freshly ground black pepper to give it that extra kick to the flavor. The recipe is easy to follow, and you can go ahead and make your own designs when it comes to the top crust. In fact, you can even ignore the whole Jack-o-Lantern design and try a different shape, such as a cat, a skull, or even a pumpkin. Thanks to the top crust, these mini pies are a bit more durable and are better suited to transport, so if you plan on serving your coworkers at the office, you can carry them without fear that they will be turned into mush.
5. Halloween Snack MIX – Baked Pumpkin Donuts
Donuts are another example of something that you can easily add to a Halloween snack mix, especially if you make donuts with a wide variety of fillings and glazings. However, our recipe for baked pumpkin donuts is a lot healthier than the donuts you’d find at a fast-food joint, especially since the crust itself is made to resemble that of a digestive biscuit more than it does a typical donut. In order to achieve these results, we used pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pitted dates, coconut milk, almond butter, vanilla extract, oat flour, tapioca starch, pumpkin spice, baking soda, and salt. As for the glazing, we used melted cocoa butter, coconut sugar, almond butter, and spiced tea powder, thus resulting in a recipe for donuts that is somewhat forgiving on your waistline and an ideal snack for those with gluten intolerance. Feel free to experiment with other types of glazing if you don’t think that the one in our recipe sounds good for you, although we need to remind you that we tried making the donut as healthy and as calorically forgiving as possible (you know, unlike donuts from the store). You can then serve these with a cup of warm tea or warm chocolate, and be prepared to be praised for the wonderful and sweet treat that you just prepared.
6. Spooky Snacks – Witch Finger Cookies
One snack that has become a staple for what it means to serve sweets when you have guests over is the all-too-common cookie, and we decided to turn these traditional goodies into spooky snacks via our recipe for witch finger cookies. Among all of our snacks so far, these witch finger cookies are (ironically) the best finger foods since they are relatively dry and they won’t get damaged or turned into mush if you carry them into a bag. Not only that, but as far as design goes, they are probably the most Halloween-themed snacks on our list as well since, as you can see for yourself, they basically look like bloody fingers with long sharp fingernails. In our recipe, we will not only teach you how to create the fingers themselves but also how to create the red velvet dressing that looks like blood, and for those of you that are looking for something a bit more ghoulish, they can swap out the red gel food coloring with green and call them zombie fingers instead. However, we need to mention that you need about 2 hours to bake a single batch of cookies (around 40 cookies), but things can go a bit faster if you have someone to help you with the red velvet hot chocolate so that you can have it ready as soon as the fingers are done.