Best Halloween Recipe Ideas

If you’re in need of a drink, appetizer, or dessert that looks like it was dreamed up in Frankenstein’s lab, these spooky recipes will do the trick, the best Halloween recipe ideas. Don’t worry—they taste way better than they appear. 

You’ve already sent out your haunting party invites, completed your corpse bride costume, and planned those spooky table settings, but what about the scary Halloween recipes? Bloody meringue bones, witch fingers, and dips will get your guests hungrier than a zombie in a morgue.

While creative Halloween costumes and festive decorations are essential to any bash, everyone knows that the Halloween party food is one of the most important (and memorable!) parts of celebrating.

With you being thrilled for spooky nights, here is a list of some fun and boo-tiful crafts to munch around!

Bloody mary syringes

These shooters are the PERFECT spooky cocktail. If you’d like to recreate them, grab the food-safe syringes. How to make these? Follow the recipes below.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 c. tomato juice
  • 8 oz. vodka 
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. horseradish
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTION:

1. In a large bowl, combine tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire, horseradish, hot sauce, lemon juice, and pepper. Whisk to combine.

2. Fill syringes with mixture and chill. Serve cold.

Big-brained jello

Kick off a Halloween bash with this insane, booze-spiked brain. Get this delish recipe!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 c. water
  • 6 oz. strawberry Jell-o mix (two small packets or 1 large one)
  • 3/4 c. whipped cream-flavored vodka (like Pinnacle)
  • 2 c. frozen whipped topping (like Cool Whip)

DIRECTIONS:

  1.  In a medium-sized saucepan, bring water to a boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat and whisk in the Jell-o mix, stirring until thoroughly dissolved 1 to 2 minutes.
  1.  Add vodka and frozen whipped topping, whisking until combined. Let cool for 5 to 6 minutes.
  1.  Grease or spritz the brain mold with cooking spray, then pour in the Jell-o mixture. Place in the fridge overnight to set.
  1.  Just before serving, fill a mixing bowl or casserole dish with warm water and gently dip the mold in the water for 20 seconds (without letting the water pour into the mold). The warm water will help loosen the Jell-o from the mold, so it flips out easily. Flip it out onto a serving platter, then slice and serve.

Witches finger

Witches’ finger cookies served with red velvet hot chocolate ‘blood’ make a spooktacular treat for Halloween! (via domestic goddess)

DIRECTIONS:

  1.  Place the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl and whisk with an electric mixer until just combined. Add the egg and vanilla and almond extracts and whisk again to mix.
  1. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder and add to the bowl; fold it in until it forms a dough. Cover and place in the fridge for half an hour.
  1. Line a couple of baking sheets with baking parchment. Working with ¼ of the dough at a time, leaving the rest in the fridge, measure out ½ Tbsp quantities of dough (don’t use more than this or your cookies will end up way too big). Roll each into a ball then roll out into a log shape.
  1. Press a blanched almond into one end to form a fingernail, then lightly flour your hands and use them to shape it into a knobbly finger shape.
  1. The cookies will spread a little in the oven so you need to make sure that you make them quite thin – thinner than you want the cookies to end up. Use the back of a knife to make indentations in the knuckles to make them look more like fingers.
  1. Place the shaped cookies well spaced apart on the prepared baking sheets then place them in the freezer for at least 20 minutes, until frozen solid (this helps stop them spreading in the oven).
  1. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, until pale golden. You will need to bake them in batches; keep the rest of the cookies in the freezer.
  1. When you are ready to decorate, use a little melted chocolate to stick on any fingernails that have come loose. Rub a little bit of ground cinnamon into the creases in the joints to make them look dirty.
  1. Use a fine, food-only paintbrush to paint some red gel food coloring around the edge of the nails and on the ‘stumps’. If you find that the coloring is too thick to paint or too dark in color then you can thin it with a drop of vodka or water.

Key takeaway

Lean into the holiday’s creep factor for the best-ever Halloween snacks, from tasty Halloween appetizers to seriously creative Halloween desserts. Boo!