SPOOKY FUN HALLOWEEN PARTY APPETIZERS

Halloween is all about the food, especially these fun Halloween party appetizers.  If you’ve visited any of my other Halloween Posts, then you probably already know that I LOVE this time of year. Especially Halloween. It’s partly because I love excuses to eat candy, but it’s also just a fun, no-pressure holiday that can be enjoyed with family and friends.

I have thrown quite a few Halloween parties, and have realized over the years that the simple recipes with a spooky but fun presentation score the best. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Halloween party appetizer go-to’s, and most of them are easy enough for last-minute planning!

1.CREEPY MEAT & CHEESE PLATTER

A simple meat and cheese platter is always a party favorite! Especially if you make it super creepy with a small skeleton (about 30″ is best) and clever placement of the “guts”. I would just make sure to wash the plastic parts of the skeleton that would have contact with the food. There’s no cooking, baking or planning involved with this easy appetizer, and it’s perfect for a buffet!

My 10 FAVORITE Halloween Party Appetizers! Skeleton Meat and Cheese Platter-- easy, creepy and fun! These scary Halloween party appetizers are great for both kids and adults! They're all perfect for a crowd, including finger foods and easy dips. Most of them are quick made ahead recipes, so you can spend more time partying! Lots of creative ideas! | Listotic
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2. PUKING PUMPKINS

Just about any dip can be served this way, and it’s always a hit! I made this last year with guacamole, but you can also serve it with a cold spinach dip, a 7 layer taco dip or even a thick ranch dip with veggies and potato chips.

Simply gut and clean out a small pumpkin, and then carve out the mouth. I just used a Sharpie for the nose and eyes, and love the way it turned out. This poor little pumpkin really does look sick! In a good way. 😉

My 10 FAVORITE Halloween Party Appetizers! PUKING PUMPKINS-- easy, creepy and fun! These scary Halloween party appetizers are great for both kids and adults! They're all perfect for a crowd, including finger foods and easy dips. Most of them are quick made ahead recipes, so you can spend more time partying! Lots of creative ideas! | Listotic
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3. MONSTER MELON HALLOWEEN PARTY APPETIZER

If you are looking for a fun and spooky way to serve fruit, this is it! It’s very similar to the puking pumpkins idea.

To make the watermelon monster, cut off the bottom quarter of the melon as flat and even as possible (this will be the base of the monster and you want it to stand up properly). Then use a knife to slice the watermelon guts into bite-sized chunks, and then a large sharp-edged spoon to scrape the watermelon chunks out.

Once your melon has been gutted, use a knife to carve out a large jagged tooth opening. For the eyes, use toothpicks to attach cucumber slices and blueberries. Easy and fun!

My 10 FAVORITE Halloween Party Appetizers! This is the best fruit display for any Halloween party! Easy, creepy and fun! These scary Halloween party appetizers are great for both kids and adults! They're all perfect for a crowd, including finger foods and easy dips. Most of them are quick made ahead recipes, so you can spend more time partying! Lots of creative ideas! | Listotic
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4. PUMPKIN SHAPED CHEESE BALL

This is a Halloween party appetizer classic! And this is by far the most beautiful pumpkin-shaped cheese ball I’ve ever seen courtesy of Baked in Arizona. Although this delicious and cheesy pumpkin looks like it might be difficult to make, you would be surprised by the simple ingredients and easy technique to get that perfect pumpkin shape! Go check out the recipe and instructions here.

My 10 FAVORITE Halloween Party Appetizers! The BEST pumpkin shaped cheese ball dip recipe using Doritos-- easy, creepy and fun! These scary Halloween party appetizers are great for both kids and adults! They're all perfect for a crowd, including finger foods and easy dips. Most of them are quick made ahead recipes, so you can spend more time partying! Lots of creative ideas! | Listotic

5. JALAPENO POPPER MUMMIES

These cute little guys are nothing less than Ahhhmazing! They have just the right amount of spice with a touch of buttery sweetness in the crescent rolls. You will find a fun video tutorial and step-by-step instructions for these Jalapeño Popper Mummies over at Fast Forward Fun.

My 10 FAVORITE Halloween Party Appetizers! These Jalapeño Mummies are SO GOOD!-- easy, creepy and fun! These scary Halloween party appetizers are great for both kids and adults! They're all perfect for a crowd, including finger foods and easy dips. Most of them are quick made ahead recipes, so you can spend more time partying! Lots of creative ideas! | Listotic

6. HALLOWEEN MINI MUMMY DOGS

With just 2 simple ingredients, you’ve got one of the BEST Halloween party appetizers! Kids and adults love these little guys.

You will find the basic instructions for this recipe over at All Recipes which uses Hillshire Farms Lil’ Smokies, but you can also use hotdogs cut in half. I would also suggest using mayonnaise and olives for the eyes to make these mummies really come alive! Use a plastic zip bag with a tiny hole cut in one corner to help pipe the mayo onto the face.

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7.  SPIDER BITES

I’ve seen these Halloween party appetizers made in the past with that nasty canned spray “cheese”, but I love Kevin’s idea from A Garden For The House so much better! He used a flavored herb cheese with a clever way of getting the perfect little mounds. Go check out the instructions and ingredients here, along with a tutorial on how to cut the perfect olive “spiders”.

My 10 FAVORITE Halloween Party Appetizers! SPIDER BITES-- easy, creepy and fun! These scary Halloween party appetizers are great for both kids and adults! They're all perfect for a crowd, including finger foods and easy dips. Most of them are quick made ahead recipes, so you can spend more time partying! Lots of creative ideas! | Listotic

8. LAYERED SPIDER WEB DIP

How creative is this?! It’s basically everyone’s favorite taco ingredients layered onto a large plate or bowl with a sour cream spider web that has been piped onto the top. I would also use black olives to make a few edible spiders crawling on top. Check out the simple recipe and instructions over at The Sister’s Cafe.

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9. EERIE EYEBALL MEATBALL APPETIZER

I’m seeing a trend here with black olives! They sure do come in handy with all of these creepy Halloween party appetizers. These clever eyeball meatballs from Delicious Travels are no exception, and boy do they look good! They’re also gluten-free and low carb. I would use festive Halloween food picks to make them easier to eat. Check out the recipe and instructions here.

My 10 FAVORITE Halloween Party Appetizers! MeatBall Eyeballs-- easy, creepy and fun! These scary Halloween party appetizers are great for both kids and adults! They're all perfect for a crowd, including finger foods and easy dips. Most of them are quick made ahead recipes, so you can spend more time partying! Lots of creative ideas! | Listotic

10. HALLOWEEN INSPIRED DEVILED EGGS

Deviled eggs are one of my favorite go-to Halloween party appetizers so I had to include them on the list. There are a ton of fun and creepy ways to jazz them up for Halloween! Check out my list of creative deviled egg ideas to get inspired.

Deviled egg ideas for Halloween - spiders, owls, pumpkins and brains.

11. HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN SNACK BOARD

No Tricks; just treats!  But, seriously people… this snack tray is fun, healthy, and cute with plenty to feed a crowd! Talk about an epic conversation starter at your Halloween Party! I love that there isn’t anything that needs to cook or bake. A pumpkin shaped snack board is sure to wow all the party guests. Kids and Adults will dig their hands into this delicious jack o lantern. Check out The Bakermama for tasty tidbits on this beautiful snack board.

Pumpkin shaped food appetizer snack board tray on a granite counter made of orange veggies, fruits, crackers, cookies, popcorn and cheese. A carved pumpkin face is shaped from black olives, berries and dried figs.