Halloween food ideas: Monster cake pops, jack o’ lantern peppers and more party recipes

One of the best things about Halloween is the fun of turning normal foods into creepy versions. Regular cheese balls can become a spooky cheesy goblin, guacamole transforms into a barfing pumpkin, and cookies get all wrapped up like a mummy.

The best parties feature some tried-and-true dishes along with a few surprising items that get everyone talking, and these recipes fill the bill for any Halloween bash.

Kids’ favorite Halloween pizza

Trick or treat? We say treat! Your hungry little ghouls will scream for this Halloween pizza. Featuring mozzarella eyeballs, spooky spiders made of olives, and a web of shredded cheese, this hauntingly good pizza is the best fun and frightful food for your next Halloween party.

Spider web brownie bites

Need a sweet treat for Halloween but have scary-little time to spend in the kitchen? These spooky spider web brownie bites take just minutes to make and will have your dessert-hungry ghouls howling with delight.

Monster munch Halloween popcorn

To make it, pop 12 cups of popcorn (about 1/2 cup of kernels) and place it in a large bowl. Melt one package of almond bark according to package directions. Mix in candy corn, M&Ms and honey-roasted peanuts, pour the melted chocolate over the top, and mix.

Spread the mixture on baking pans and let it set up for 30 minutes before you break it into chunks. Have fun playing around with this recipe and using different mix-ins, such as chopped Snickers and Milky Way bars.

Rice Krispies treat pumpkins Halloween recipe  

Rice Krispies treats are just that — a treat — no matter the occasion or the season. These Rice Krispies treat pumpkins are the perfect pairing for your fall festivities.

Cheddar cheese pumpkin pita chips

These cheddar cheese pumpkin pita chips, are easy to make.

Cut pitas in half and roll flat with a rolling pin. Cut them into shapes with a Halloween cookie cutter (such as a pumpkin). Fry the pumpkins in an electric fryer with oil heated to 375 degrees F, flipping over one time until golden brown.

Remove the pumpkins from the oil and place on paper towels. Generously sprinkle the pita chips with your choice of popcorn seasoning; try flavors such as cheddar cheese, bacon ranch, white cheddar and cheesy jalapeño.

Jack-o’-lantern chicken and rice stuffed peppers

Orange bell peppers carved into edible jack-o’-lanterns and stuffed with spicy shredded chicken and brown rice become a scary good dinner for Halloween gatherings, harvest parties, and fun family meals.

Mummy pumpkin cookies

The perfect blend of fall-favorite pumpkin and spooky mummy carefully crafted into a Mummy pumpkin cookie will get rave reviews at your next Halloween shindig.

Monster cake pops

Your little (and big) ghosts and goblins will have a hard time keeping their hands off these not-so-scary Monster cake pops.

Credit: Kim Grundy, Grateful.co

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