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Deliciously Spooky Treats for a Halloween Party

By Molly Siegler, October 5, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Molly Siegler

Halloween is a fun time to dress up and cavort with ghosts and goblins – and also to collect yummy treats, but you can feel pretty ghastly after too many pieces of candy. That’s why our favorite deliciously spooky Halloween treats include some feel-good elements, too. Scare-up fresh fruit, nuts and seeds and whole grains (I’m looking at you, popcorn!) for a frighteningly balanced holiday spread.

Though costume creation is a little beyond my comfort zone, creepy snacks are not. Frankly, my favorite part of Halloween is that I have permission to get a little ghoulishly creative in the kitchen. Here are some delicious ideas for spooky Halloween treats that set the mood.

Creepy Ginger Ale with Spooky Ice Cubes Halloween Googly-Eye and Spider Brownie Bites

  • Mash fresh raspberries and spoon them into ice cube trays along with a splash of ginger ale for gross blood-and-guts ice cubes that turns drinks red as they melt.
  • Brownie bites become googly-eye spiders with the addition of chocolate chips and slivered dried apricots.
  • Cut string cheese sticks into finger-length logs and cut lines for knuckles, then add an oval of green pepper or green olive for finger nails. Arrange “severed fingers” on a platter for the creepiest presentation.
  • Speaking of string cheese, pull the cheese into strips and melt on whole grain English muffins, toast or crackers then add olive eyeballs for a mummified snack.
  • Jab a mini marshmallow on each end of a pretzel stick then dip the whole thing in melted white chocolate to create a bone. Continue making bones in different configurations for a scary pile.

White Chocolate Ghosts Lemony Sugar Cookie Monsters

  • Use nuts and seeds to create monster faces on cookies or white chocolate-dipped fruit.
  • Cut peeled bananas in half and use large and mini chocolate chips to make eyes and a mouth for a ghostly treat.
  • Peel clementines (but don’t separate) and stick a little piece of celery in the top for a fully edible mini pumpkin.
  • Cut a red apple into thin wedges, then spread a layer of peanut or almond butter on one side of each wedge. Put mini marshmallows, squares of celery, halved grapes or slivered almonds in between the apple wedges to create fearsome teeth-baring mouths.
  • And, this isn’t creepy, but don’t forget to roast the pumpkin seeds from your jack-o’-lantern!

No-Bake Halloween Cookies Popcorn Party Mix

What are your favorite tricks for making Halloween treats extra spooky? Share you party planning tips and snack suggestions in the comments section below.

Category: Food & Recipes




Gretchen says ...
Spiders are arachnids and have eight legs, not six. Insects have six legs. Really, this is a pretty big goof in the photo since the target audience is children, and they deserve to be educated properly (though I imagine many of them would notice the mistake immediately).
10/16/2013 2:13:27 PM CDT
Mary says ...
Some of these are stomach-turning. Should we really prepare treats that invite our children to pretend to be cannibals? Yecch! Whole Foods, isn't the moral environment polluted enough already? How is pretending to be a cannibal "fun"?
10/16/2013 3:13:54 PM CDT
Peggy says ...
I think the kids will love them 6 legs and all. I think the children making them should have fun and use their imagination that is what cooking, baking, and new recipes are all about.
10/16/2013 5:36:07 PM CDT
L says ...
I think the ideas are fabulous! Lighten up, people!
10/16/2013 5:49:03 PM CDT
MommyQ says ...
Lighten up Halloween is supposed to be fun and a little creepy. Not everything has to have a lesson or moral. Sometimes you just do something simply because it is fun.
10/16/2013 6:09:49 PM CDT
amo says ...
I'm so surprised at these two comments talking about cannibalism and the mistake of how many legs a spider has! I look at these pictures as good old fashioned fun for Halloween and not worry about what message we are sending our children. The only message is fun with food! I'm an intelligent mature woman and didn't even think about the correct number of legs. I doubt most children served this great would notice either. Thanks Whole Foods for giving us these funn and good ideas.
10/16/2013 6:31:00 PM CDT
Jewels says ...
I threw a party with many small children varying from ages 3 to 11 with a lot of these goodies or similar like snacks. Not one of them had trauma over cannibalism or complained that my spiders only had 4 legs and not 8. Thank you Whole Foods for great recipes! It's all about fun.
10/16/2013 6:40:12 PM CDT
Liz Gower says ...
Halloween treat ideas
10/16/2013 7:16:28 PM CDT
Joy says ...
These ideas are so much fun and easy to prepare! I plan to make these for a group of adults this weekend in fact! :o) Thank you for the ideas! My husband and I work opposite shifts and are very busy, so we've been thumbing through magazines and cookbooks trying to come up with something ghoulish and delicious! Many food items for children are character or animal shaped--bunnies, worms, cartoon characters, etc. Creating images with our foods invites imagination and offers additional discussion at the table. If approached with a positive attitude (and a lesson about socially appropriate behavior at the table), these shapes become a lesson for the little ones. Also, please remember that in other countries insects and critters are delicacies. An opinion doesn't need to be an insult. :o) I also like to teach children that everyone makes mistakes including adults. It's an opportunity to teach kids how to respectfully approach a mistake without hurting someone's feelings. It's more important to teach kids how to learn from a mistake rather than throw someone's mistake in his/her face. The student can easily become the teacher. :o)
10/16/2013 8:47:22 PM CDT
missrei says ...
Nice alternatives to all the sugary versions. Adjust creepiness to kids' ages and personal preference, these are just ideas, no biggie...the best part is sharing the process with kids, instilling the joy of eating well together...
10/17/2013 7:50:35 AM CDT
LaDawn says ...
I used to own a brain gelatin mold with a recipe that would make the dessert look like the actual organ. The one time that I took the peaches and cream colored brain to a party nobody was brave enough to take a bite but it worked wonders as a conversation-starter. I bet if some middle school boys had been around somebody would have issued a dare and take the first bite. Happy Halloween, people!
10/17/2013 9:54:44 AM CDT
Marsha says ...
These are great ideas - thank you Whole Foods! I plan to make a couple of these items for a Halloween party this coming weekend, and not for a moment do I fear for an outbreak of cannibalism!
10/22/2013 1:58:52 PM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
I think these are great! My daughter's school doesn't want sugary snacks, so these are some great alternatives. And kids DO love gross and scary -- we celebrated a joint birthday with my stepsons several years ago and they requested a worm cake. I ended up making one and using food coloring to get it to just the right shade of pinkish gray, then tinted a filling of vanilla pudding to match. It looked disgusting and completely realistic, but it tasted delicious and they still rave about how neat it was. By the way, I think the brain mold mentioned by one commenter is a terrific idea, too. Gretchen, perfectionist, much? My daughter's four and knows spiders are arachnids and have eight legs, but even she can figure out that you don't have to have your baking projects anatomically correct. Mary, stable your high horse and join Gretchen in the 'get a life' line. It's people like you who try to take all the joy out of everything. What a pity we're not living back in the days of the Puritans when you could amuse yourself by actually throwing stones at someone.
10/23/2013 7:18:55 PM CDT
Billy says ...
Spiders gave eight legs not six. Your brownie bites spiders don't look right cause they all have six legs in the photo. I am a first grade teacher and lots of my students would notice. Why not just get it right? They are yummy with any number of legs but they aren't spiders. Sort of like a turkey with four legs people!
10/27/2013 3:35:55 PM CDT
H.P says ...
Wow some of these technical comments are really sucking the fun out of the whole point. If you want to educate your kids then do that, what's the point in pointing it out on a cupcake? Maybe the spider lost two legs on its way to a spooky party!!! Use your imagination.
10/31/2013 7:59:20 PM CDT
Victoria Smith says ...
Love some of your Halloween treat ideas!
10/14/2015 2:03:37 PM CDT