Whether you want cute or creepy Halloween desserts for your party guests, putting together a great snack spread doesn’t have to be complicated. There are plenty of DIY Halloween ideas that don’t require a trip to the bakery or a culinary arts degree.
If you can bake brownies, cookies or cake or spread icing, creating spooky treats for Halloween is just a matter of using your imagination. Try the following ideas for a Halloween food table that will keep your guests talking long after October is through.
Cut cake-like brownies or small chocolate cakes into rectangles and ice them with chocolate frosting. This will be the base of the coffin. Use a Hershey bar’s smooth side to make the door creaking open. Prop it up with chocolate covered pretzel sticks, Kit Kat strips or smaller candy bars. Add a bit of chocolate icing to help the pieces stick together. Inside the coffin, place a mummy or skeleton cookie or candy.
Eyeball cake balls
Cake balls or donut holes dipped in white icing can easily be converted into icky eyeballs with a blue or brown M&M as the pupil and red icing in branch-shaped lines for the blood vessels.
Make a popcorn ball using a mixture of corn syrup, margarine, cold water, confectioners’ sugar and marshmallows to hold the popcorn together. Add orange food coloring to the mixture and be sure to completely coat the popcorn kernels with the orange “goo.” Once your popcorn ball is formed, press chocolate chips into the side to make the pumpkin’s eyes and mouth. Use a green gumdrop, licorice pastille or strip of Laffy Taffy as the stem.
Any chocolate iced cupcake can instantly become a spider when you add chocolate licorice legs hanging out the sides. Mini marshmallows can form eyes and sprinkles can form a mouth if you prefer a cuter spider.
Dirt cake graveyard
Bake a dirt cake in any shape of pan. Then add gray or white iced oval sandwich cookie wafers, or even a pre-iced oatmeal cookie standing up in rows in the cake. Use an icing tube to write words or phrases such as “RIP” or “Dead Zone” on the cookie grave stones. Add gummy worms for another gross factor.
Use Twinkies or any long cake as the base for a mummy. Ice the cake with strands of thick, flat white icing, layering it to look like a mummy’s wrap. Use small candy such as mini M&Ms or Nerds to make two eyes once the cake is iced.
Witch hat cookies
Turn a Fudge Stripe cookie upside down so the chocolate side is facing up. Add a ring of icing around the hole. Then, push a Hershey’s kiss into the ring of icing.
Draw a Frankenstein face on a clear plastic cup. Fill the cup with pudding that has been dyed with green food coloring. Cover the top with chocolate sprinkles for hair.
Use food coloring to turn cupcakes and icing green or orange. Spread a thin layer of icing on two cupcakes. Then turn one cupcake upside down on top of the other. Push small candies into the narrow side of the upside down cupcake to make eyes. Use marshmallows, white chocolate chips, Chiclets, Tic Tacs or another white candy to make teeth. Insert the teeth into the spot where the two cupcake tops meet. Use suckers for alien antenna, string licorice for crazy hair held on by icing or frost the bottom of the upside down cupcake and stand Pez pieces up to make hair or scales.
Pretzel stick or rock candy ghosts
Roll large pretzel sticks in white icing and add chocolate sprinkles for the eyes. If you have a little more time on your hands, you can also make white rock candy on a stick and press in mini chocolate chips, M&Ms or sprinkles for eyes.
No matter what your baking specialty, with a few quick additions you can turn it into a creepy Halloween treat that party guests will be afraid to eat!