15 Recipes to Serve at Your Next Monster Mash

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‘Tis the season for all things spooky and scary, and your buffet table should be no exception. Whether it’s an appetizer, drink, or dessert, the goblins and ghouls at your next Halloween party will howl with delight at these devilish delicacies. Just don’t let looks deceive you, they taste a whole lot better than they appear.


Snacks and Appetizers


1. Stuffed Jack-O’-Lantern Peppers

This creative meal is the perfect pre-trick-or-treating food to get your kids in the Halloween spirit. Simply take your pumpkin-carving skills to the micro-level to create faces on bell peppers. (From Cooking Mamas.)


2. Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Shake up the traditional cheese platter with these seasonal display. Crushed cheese puffs give the cheese ball its orange hue. (From Food Network.)


3. Saucy Spider with Bread Stick Legs

There’s no reason to be frightened by this tasty arachnid! The recipe uses jarred marinara sauce for the dip, so all you have to do is shape and bake the spider. (From Woman’s Day.)


4. Spinach Dip in Cauldron Bowl

Transform a 5-minute spinach dip recipe and a loaf of pumpernickel bread into an appetizer that will bewitch your guests. (From Woman’s Day.)


5. Mini Spider Pizzas

Kids will get a kick out of this creepy-crawly take on puttanesca pizza. The recipe includes a homemade pizza sauce, but you can save time by using store-bought. (From Recipe Runner.)


Desserts


6. Frankenstein Milkshakes

These adorable “his and hers” milkshakes are a breeze to make. Simply draw on the monsters’ features using melted chocolate and use chocolate-covered caramels for their bolts. (From Food Network.)


7. Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Have kids help assemble these eerie cookies by using chocolate truffles for the spiders’ bodies and melted chocolate for their legs. (From All Recipes.)


8. Marshmallow Cobweb Cupcake Toppers

This creepy decoration turns your average cupcake into the perfect Halloween treat. Simply melt mini marshmallows and wind them around cupcakes. (From Handmade Charlotte.)


9. Ghost Brownies

The only scary thing about these brownies is how fast they’ll disappear from the plate! Marshmallows and white chocolate give the ghosts their shape. (From Like Mother Like Daughter.)


10. Black Cat Cookies

Candy corn and red cinnamon candies transform chocolate cookies into the purrr-fect dessert for any Halloween party. (From Land O Lakes.)


Drinks


11. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Chilly trick-or-treating session? Warm up with this blood-red hot chocolate. (From Sugar Hero.)


12. Bubbling Cauldron Punch

No need for eye of newt or tongue of dog to make this cauldron bubble. Simply mix together ice cream, ginger beer, and limeade. (From Food Network.)


13. Wormy Orange Punch

Creepy crawly gummy worms add some unexpected fun to this tropical beverage. (From Taste of Home.)


14. Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

It wouldn’t be the Halloween season without a steaming mug of apple cider, and this recipe makes it easier than ever. Simply toss all the ingredients in a slow-cooker and let them heat up while you go trick or treating. (From Kitchen Treaty.)


15. Purple People Eater Cocktail

Blue Curacao, cranberry juice, and grenadine turn this creepy drink a deep purple hue. And you’ll look like a monster, yourself, after it stains your tongue! (From Homemade Hooplah.)


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