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30 Cute (and Creepy!) Halloween Appetizers

Your party needs spirited Halloween appetizers, drinks and snacks! Here’s what to serve your ghouls for an evening full of frights.

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Hot Dog Mummies with Honey Mustard DipTaste of Home

Hot Dog Mummies with Honey Mustard Dip

These flaky mummy sandwiches are instant party hits! The accompanying mustard dip adds just the right kick. —Jessie Sarrazin, Livingston, Montana

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Mad Scientist PunchTaste of Home

Mad Scientist Punch

Our home economists concocted this "potion" with kitchen staples such as juice concentrate, soft drink mix, soda and sherbet. It appeals to kids of all ages! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

No one will guess this make-ahead spread has pumpkin in it, but that subtle ingredient lends harvest color and added nutrition. —Linnea Rein, Topeka, Kansas

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FrankenguacTaste of Home

Frankenguac

Play the mad scientist this year and bring a monster to life. He's frightfully fun and delicious! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Crescent Roll Witch HatsTaste of Home

Crescent Roll Witch Hats

It doesn’t take magic to transform these crescent rolls into charming witch hats—just a few minutes and a couple of ingredients. They’re so good, you’ll want to make a double batch. —Mara Fletcher, Batesville, Indiana

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Roasted Pumpkin NachosTaste of Home

Roasted Pumpkin Nachos

I had previously made this dish with black beans and corn off the cob in the summer. Wanting to try it with fresh fall ingredients, I replaced the corn with roasted pumpkin—yum! It's also good with butternut squash. —Lesle Harwood, Douglassville, Pennsylvania

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Skull Deviled EggsTaste of Home

Skull Deviled Eggs

Thrill partygoers with these bone-chilling deviled eggs. The mayonnaise-filled bites are one of my favorite apps, so I had fun creating a Halloween version. —Nick Iverson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Witch's Caviar

I like to serve this dip with triangle-shaped tortilla chips because they look like pointy witch hats. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Halloween PunchTaste of Home

Halloween Punch

My bright orange sipper fits right in with October fun. To serve it in a festive way, I often put the punch bowl inside a hollowed-out-pumpkin. —Sue Thomas, Casa Grande, Arizona

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Avocado Goat Cheese Truffles

Avocado Goat Cheese Truffles

Give guests the VIP treatment with luxurious truffles you can make in your own kitchen. The goat cheese is mild, and red pepper heats up each bite just a bit. Crackers are the perfect accompaniment. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California

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Mummy-Wrapped BrieTaste of Home

Mummy-Wrapped Brie

You can assemble our baked Brie appetizer in advance and bake it right before the party. —Marion Lowery, Medford, Oregon

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Festive Pumpkin DipTaste of Home

Festive Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin adds a sweet element to savory cream cheese dip. It's a chunky, satisfying snack for fall. —Evelyn Kennell, Roanoke, Illinois

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Jack-o'-Lantern EmpanadasTaste of Home

Jack-o'-Lantern Empanadas

Your trick-or-treaters will love these spooktacular pockets with silly grins. The savory filling is perfectly spiced, and the refrigerated pie crust makes prep easy.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gruesome Greek DipTaste of Home

Gruesome Greek Dip

Guests will help themselves to seconds of this savory dip that features shrimp, feta cheese and Greek seasoning. The orange color is fun for Halloween, too. —Gina Wilson, Austin, Texas

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Sweet 'n' Salty Party MixTaste of Home

Sweet 'n' Salty Party Mix

These crunchy munchies are sure to rank high with your family and friends. The combination of flavors gets this sweet and salty chex mix recipe just right. —Candice Lumley, Charles City, Iowa

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Mummy PoppersTaste of Home

Mummy Poppers

I wrapped these spicy jalapeno poppers in puff pastry like a mummy. You can tame the heat by adjusting the amount of chipotle peppers.—Nick Iverson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Bacon Cheddar Potato SkinsTaste of Home

Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins

Wondering how to make potato skins taste great? I top my restaurant-worthy loaded potato skins with cheese, bacon and a dollop of sour cream. Have them at lunch, snack time or cocktail hour. —Trish Perrin, Keizer, Oregon

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Steak-Through-the-Heart BitesTaste of Home

Steak-Through-the-Heart Bites

Our Test Kitchen staff enhances the already fabulous flavor of beef kabobs by topping them with a colorful roasted red pepper sauce. Guests will fall in love with these appetizers! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Pumpkin Snack MixTaste of Home

Pumpkin Snack Mix

This yummy mix is so munchable, a bowl of it never lasts long. Feel free to use candy corn instead of the candy pumpkins—or a mix of both—if desired. —Shirley Engstrom, Genoa, Nebraska

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Ham 'n' Cheese SpidersTaste of Home

Ham 'n' Cheese Spiders

These creepy sandwiches are sure to scare up some fun at Halloween time! Kids really enjoy eating the spider-shaped sandwiches. —Kendra Barclay, De Kalb, Illinois

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Light Roasted Pumpkin SeedsTaste of Home

Light Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Try this zippy twist on a favorite Halloween tradition. These amped-up pumpkin seeds have just enough heat to take the chill off autumn afternoons! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Cauldron DipTaste of Home

Cauldron Dip

This witch’s cauldron doesn’t hold a spooky brew—just a Halloween snack that’s frightfully fun! Our Test Kitchen formed a pot by toasting a slice of rye bread, then filled it with a creamy dip that’s perfect with the pretzel “logs” and sweet pepper “flames” that are placed underneath. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Slithering Hummus BitesTaste of Home

Slithering Hummus Bites

Friends often ask me to make my hummus dip for parties. One year at Halloween, I decided to take it further by piping it into phyllo shells and topping it with olives and roasted red peppers to make creepy creatures. —Amy White, Manchester, Connecticut

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FrankensushiTaste of Home

Frankensushi

Give this guy a try this year! These cute rolls are so fun to make. —Tina Coopman, Toronto, Ontario

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Spider Sliders

Spider Sliders

We're always trying to do fun things with food to make meals memorable. Better grab one of these sandwiches before it walks away! —Frank Millard, Edgerton, Wisconsin

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Skewered EyeballsTaste of Home

Skewered Eyeballs

Someone is watching! These stuffed mushrooms are awfully tasty. The toothpicks look threatening, but they help folks grab their share of the finger food.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Pumpkin Pie DipTaste of Home

Pumpkin Pie Dip

I came up with this rich, creamy pumpkin dip when I had a small amount of canned pumpkin left in the fridge after my holiday baking. It's also great served with sliced pears and apples, or as a spread on zucchini bread. —Laurie LaClair, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Brain DumplingsTaste of Home

Brain Dumplings

Family and friends will be shocked to learn these tasty brains are actually pot stickers! —Jacquelynne Stine, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Gourd-geous Halloween NachosTaste of Home

Gourd-geous Halloween Nachos

My family loves nachos so much that I sometimes serve them for lunch. To get in the Halloween spirit, I used a pumpkin cookie cutter to cut out chips from pita bread. You can change the cutter shape to match any theme.—Kim Van Dunk, Caldwell, New Jersey

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Roasted Beetroot and Garlic HummusTaste of Home

Roasted Beetroot and Garlic Hummus

This tasty beetroot hummus is the prettiest pink snack I’ve ever seen. The healthy recipe is handy to make in large batches and keep in the fridge for lunches and snacks throughout the week. —Elizabeth Worndl, Toronto, Ontario

Lara Eucalano
Lara is a writer, editor and gardener who loves to cook almost as much as she loves to eat. She will absolutely hop on a plane in search of good food!

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