Do you like tricks or treats? How about both! Halloween desserts often involve a little trick or two and turn into delicious treats!
Halloween is such a fun holiday. Kids and adults love to dress up and get into the spirit of things. And while kids may collect a lot of candy while trick-or-treating, there are so many delectable desserts you can whip up in no time.
If you love to make an intricate and complex dessert, there are certainly some delicious options listed here. But if you are short on time, there are plenty of recipes for you too! Many of these Halloween desserts take less than 30 minutes to make.
Some of them take less than 10 minutes! They are so quick and simple, yet no less festive, fun, and delicious.
You may be hosting a Halloween party or want to make some spooky desserts for your family on Halloween. Or you may want to take something into the office, offer some much-deserved desserts to teachers, or need to put together goodie bags for a classroom or church group.
Whatever the occasion, there’s the perfect recipe waiting for you below!
These Graveyard Pudding Cookie cups are so fun. You will make them every year!
These are the perfect Halloween treats to make for a party, an after-school snack, or a fun dessert on Halloween.
Instant pudding mix is combined with milk and whipped topping to make a fluffy mousse, which is piped between layers of crushed Oreo cookies.
This will form layers of soil and mud in your “graveyard.” You can “bury” gummy worms in it and then stick a tombstone cookie, candy pumpkins, eyes, and more worms coming out of the soil on top! Kids would love to help assemble these treats!
These graveyard brownies would be fun for kids, family, or even for adults.
Take these in for a festive office treat or to your next Halloween party! You can make your favorite brownie recipe or use a box mix to whip up a pan of brownies.
Then Milano cookies are used to create a “tombstone” with an icing pen.
These are snuggled down into each brownie, and everything is garnished with green frosting and little pumpkin candies. These are so cute and yet so simple. Plus, everybody loves brownies!
Here’s another fun and easy Halloween dessert. This Halloween Monster bundt cake looks complicated, but it is so simple to make! And it all starts with a boxed cake mix.
You prepare the cake batter according to the package direction and then divide the batter into different bowls.
Food dye is added to each bowl, and then the different colored batters are spooned into your bundt cake pan.
Once the cake is cooled, colorful black, green, and purple icing is drizzled all over the cake, and candy eyeballs are added to make this cake look extra spooky and fun!
Who doesn’t love peanut butter? These peanut butter spider cookies are adorable and so easy to make.
These cookies are another great Halloween baking idea. They would be a hit at your next Halloween party!
Classic peanut butter cookies are baked, and while they are still warm and soft, a small indent is made with a spoon.
Once cooled, the cookies are topped with chocolate candies, candy eyeballs, and then spider legs are drawn on with melted chocolate. These cookies are so cute and combine the favorite flavors of chocolate and peanut butter.
These Halloween Oreo Brownies bars are destined to be a hit at your next Halloween party or gathering! Kids and adults alike will love these bars that combine brownies and Oreo cookies. And best of all, these are very simple to make.
The Halloween Oreos feature the dark chocolate cookie with orange filling, and so when crushed, these look so festive!
The Oreo crumbles are baked onto brownie batter. You can add your favorite Halloween sprinkles to make these bars even more fun!
These easy witch hat cupcakes utterly bewitch you! Chocolate cupcakes are topped with half an Oreo cookie to serve as the hat brim, and then a chocolate kiss makes up the pointed top of the witch hat.
These adorable witch hats are attached to the cupcake with green frosting.
You can make these with store-bought cupcakes or some you whip up simply from a boxed cake mix.
So these would be perfect for a classroom treat to send to school!
Eat these candied apples… if you dare! These caramel apples look like poisoned apples or something else downright sinister-looking! And while these look impressive, they are pretty simple to make.
Apples are washed, dried, and sticks are inserted into them.
Then caramel is made on the stovetop and dyed black by black food color.
Then the apples are dipped into the caramel and set on a baking sheet covered with parchment.
These can be prepared a day in advance, so they are great to prep before a party!
Whoopie Pies are always a fun treat, but these are even better with a cute Halloween treatment.
The cookies are made from a cake mix and pudding mix combined.
These are baked into cookies, then cooled. A storebought can of frosting is colored orange and piped onto one cookie, then top with another.
Black glitter sprinkles are added to the edges. You can attach candy eyes and use black licorice to turn these whoopee pies into spiders! These make a fun, easy dessert that can be made at the last minute!
Looking for a clear Halloween dessert idea? If you love bats or mint brownies, then these brownies will be so fun on your table at Halloween!
Mint chocolate brownies are baked and cut into squares. Then each brownie is topped with bat wings made with Oreo cookies.
The wings and candy eyes are attached with white chocolate icing and then left to set.
These would be a hit in an office or classroom on Halloween. They look so creative and fun, and chocolate lovers will adore them!
If you love to decorate cookies, then these are an easy and fun treat! Oreos are dipped into different colors of candy melts.
The dipped cookies are then placed on a baking sheet. Candy eyes, mini chocolate chips, pretzels, and sprinkles are added before the candy coating sets.
An icing gel pen can also add detail. This allows you to make black cats, mummies, Frankenstein, and jack o’ lantern cookies… the only limitation to your creation is your imagination!
These cookies turn out to look so cute, and they taste great too. These are perfect for classroom goodie bags!
Rice Krispie treats are a family favorite all year round, and these treats get the monster treatment for Halloween!
If you are looking for a simple Halloween food idea, here you go! Rice Krispies are dyed green when food coloring is added to the melted marshmallows and butter before the cereal is added.
Once they are cooled, they are cut into squares and dipped into black frosting for the hair.
More is piped on to create the face, and you can spray marshmallows to make the bolts. These look like an adorable Frankenstein!
Do you love “The Nightmare Before Christmas”? Then these mini cheesecakes featuring Jack Skellington will be perfect for you.
Instead of a traditional graham cracker crust, the crust is made from crushed Oreo cookies.
The crust mixture is pressed into paper muffins or cupcake liners and put laced in a muffin tin.
A creamy cheesecake batter is spooned on top, and then everything is baked.
The wrappers are gently removed, and a dark chocolate ganache is used to piping the skeleton face’s design.
These can be prepared ahead and stored in the refrigerator for 5 days, or you can freeze the cheesecakes for up to 3 months!
These dipped strawberries are too cute! This is such an easy Halloween dessert. Fresh strawberries are dipped in melted white chocolate.
They are dipped and placed on parchment paper in a way that creates a little tail, making this cheerful fruit look like a ghost!
After they have cooled, dark chocolate is melted and used to pipe on some eyes and a face.
This adorable dessert is super easy and would be great to make with an older child. Kids and adults alike will love these chocolate strawberries. These would be a fun addition to a tray for teachers.
Who doesn’t love peanut butter? And when it’s turned into a sweet and savory little bite of a dessert, it’s even better! But these peanut butter balls get a spooky twist! Butter, peanut butter, vanilla extract, marshmallows, and powdered sugar are combined and rolled into balls.
These are set in the refrigerator and later dipped into melted white chocolate. Once the dropped peanut butter balls are set and cooled, red icing gel is piped onto the eyeball, and veins are drawn with a toothpick.
These are then topped with a giant candy eye, creating a spooky, fun treat!
Are you looking for an easy Halloween dessert idea that is foolproof? These monster donuts come together in just minutes.
All you need are glazed donuts, plastic vampire teeth, a bit of icing or melted chocolate, and M&M chocolate candies.
This would be a fun idea for taking into the office or for breakfast on the morning of Halloween.
These take less than 5 minutes to make and are guaranteed to make people laugh. It’s such a creative idea and a simple way to make a favorite glazed donut into a spooky treat!
How do you improve upon brownies? Add a creamy cheesecake swirl, of course! And these decadent brownies get a Halloween-themed makeover.
A dark chocolate brownie layer is spooned on the bottom of the pan. Then a cream cheese filling is made and dyed orange with food coloring.
The cheesecake filling is spread on top of the brownie batter and then swirled around.
Once baked, the finished dessert looks great when sliced, and you can see the dark black chocolate and orange layers!
These brownie cupcakes are easy to make and fun to look at! This recipe uses a brownie mix and turns white cake mix orange using food coloring.
The brownie batter is layered on the bottom, and the orange cake batter is spooned on top.
These are baked in liners, and then buttercream frosting is piped on top. Then Halloween sprinkles finish off the tops, making these cupcakes so festive! And because they combine two classic flavors, they are so yummy.
These would be perfect for a classroom or office party.
Do you need something fun to put in goodie bags? Try this super easy Halloween Boo Bark!
This candy looks impressive but takes only 5 minutes of hands-on time to make.
You may even have everything you need in your pantry right now. Chocolate chips are melted and then poured over parchment paper and spread evenly.
Then classic Halloween candies are sprinkled on top, and everything is left to set. Then the bark is broken up into smaller pieces, giving this candy a homemade look.
Chocoholics, you will love this dessert! This Oreo Halloween dirt cake has double the chocolate. Oreo cookies are crushed into crumbs and then layered with a creamy, fluffy mixture of cream cheese, pudding, and whipped topping.
The top layer will look like dirt crumbs. Add your favorite Halloween sprinkles, candy corn, candy pumpkins, or any other of your favorite candies.
Best of all, this dessert can be made ahead of time, so it is perfect when you host a party or gathering!
This bundt cake looks like a Halloween party in and of itself! This cake features layers and swirls of orange, green, purple, and black, matching icing drizzles and sprinkles.
While this cake will make an impression, it is so simple to make. A white cake mix is used to create a standard batter, which is split into four bowls.
Then food coloring is used to turn the batter orange, purple, black, and green. These different batters are layered in a bundt cake pan and then baked.
A can of vanilla frosting is also split up into fourths and then colored orange, purple, black, and green.
Then these are piped into drizzles all over the bundt cake. Lastly, Halloween sprinkles are put on top, making this bundt cake so festive!
This dessert will have all the ghouls and goblins begging for s’more!
This Halloween s’mores dip will be a hit with your family. Chocolate chips are melted with cream, as are peanut butter chips.
These are layered in a cast-iron skillet, and then Halloween Peeps marshmallow candies are placed on top and baked.
Graham crackers are then dipped into the s’mores skillet. You can sub in butterscotch or white chocolate chips for the peanut butter ones if there is an allergy. This takes only minutes to prepare but feels so indulgent and fun.
If you love a dramatic dessert and more advanced baking projects, then this cake recipe is for you! Red velvet cake is made from scratch and then decorated with chocolate buttercream and then covered with spiderwebs made from marshmallows.
A spider is made from chocolate plastic, a mixture of red candy coating, light corn syrup, and sprinkles.
The buttercream frosting is also colored red and black. This makes a very impressive-looking dessert that will really wow your guests!
These cookies are perfect for Halloween or any time in the fall or winter.
With the taste of maple syrup and cinnamon, and brown sugar, these taste like autumn!
These cookies are soft and chewy… everybody loves them! They are simple to make and can be baked in about half an hour.
You probably have all of the ingredients at home right now.
These can easily be decorated for Halloween with icing and sprinkles and would be the perfect addition to Halloween goodie bags!
Do you want to show off your artistic side? This Ghastly candy bark allows you to do just that!
Dark chocolate is melted and spread on parchment paper. Then white chocolate is melted and used to draw little ghosts on the dark chocolate.
Finally, sprinkles are added and left to set. This dessert looks great when set out as a slab so you can see all the ghosts and ghouls, or you can cut these into bars to give away!
Attention all Sprinkle Lovers! These Halloween cookies are loaded with sprinkles.
Sugar cookie dough is shaped into balls and then rolled in Halloween jimmies or sprinkles.
Then they are baked, and the cookies flatten. These look amazing with orange and black sprinkles, but feel free to add green and purple in there too!
These would be perfect for taking into the office or giving to teachers. And you can adapt this recipe to any holiday and use seasonally appropriate sprinkles!
These adorable bat cookie balls are the perfect thing to make ahead for a Halloween party!
Oreo cookies are crushed into crumbs and then combined with cream cheese.
This mixture is shaped into a ball and, once set, dipped into melted chocolate.
When the chocolate has coated the ball but has not yet set, Oreo halves are pushed into the cookie ball to make the bat wings.
Then eye candies and chocolate chips are added to make a face and ears. The finished product sets in the fridge. These are so cute and fun, and people love them!
Talk about a show stopper! These vegan pinwheel cookies look so impressive with their swirl design.
A pumpkin cookie dough is created and split into thirds. One-third is combined with charcoal powder, making the dough black.
Then the orange dough is rolled out in a rectangle. Next, the black dough is rolled out in a similarly shaped rectangle.
These are layered and then rolled into a log. Finally, orange and black sprinkles are pressed on the outside of the dough log.
The log is chilled then sliced into cookies. The final product looks so festive and impressive… people will be asking you how you made it!
- 1 box vanilla cake mix
- 6 tablespoons. melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup. powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon. pure vanilla extract
- Food dye in 3 colors (like blue, green, and pink)
- 1/2 cup. granulated sugar
- Gather all of your ingredients together, as well as your supplies. You will need two baking sheets lined with parchment paper, and three bowls to dye the dough different colors, plus a small bowl of sugar to roll the cookies in.
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- In a bowl, mix together the cake mix, powdered sugar, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Make sure everything is well combined.
- Divide the dough into three bowls. Add food coloring to each bowl to create your desired monster colors!
- Roll the dough into balls about the size of a tablespoon. Then roll each ball into the sugar.
- Set each dough ball onto a baking sheet with parchment paper. Leave about 2 inches between each dough ball, as the cookies will flatten as they back.
- Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes, until the tops have cracked and they look set.
- While the cookies are still warm from the oven, stick the candy eyeballs on the cookies. Allow these to cool completely before eating.