15 Easy Halloween Appetizers That Always Wow

closeup of a Halloween bagel with a mozzarella cheese ghost design
Photo: bd.weld

If you're digging around for creative fright-night snacks that don't take a whole lot of work, these quick and easy Halloween appetizers are for you. After all, this is one night of the year when you can't just open a bag of chips and call it good. Take a peek and give a shriek.

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Pretzel Broomstick

Pretzel Broomstick in a black cauldron
Soup Loving Nicole

Put together with string cheese and pretzel sticks, the broomsticks have a little greenery tied around it for decoration. The recipe specifies spinach strips for the green, but chives would be faster and easier.

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Hot Dog Mummies

Hot Dog Mummies with eyes added

Halloween hot dogs are always a hit! Here's an easy classic that's perfect for making with the kids. But kids aren't the only ones who will gobble them up. If you do have to get all grown-up about them, use fancy schmancy gourmet weiners and capers for the eyeballs.

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Severed-Finger Cheese Sticks

Severed-Finger Cheese Sticks on a white plate
Jennifer Alleman

So easy, so creepy, so perfect for Halloween. Jenny Aleman says, "A fun, fast and easy recipe to make for a Halloween party for the kids. My daughter said they look disgusting, just what I wanted to hear!"

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Halloween Brain Dip

Halloween Brain Dip in a cauliflower "brain"

Here's a no-brainer everyone will love. A super simple guacamole is served in a scooped out cauliflower to make a deliciously gruesome centerpiece dip. Watch the video to see how easily it all comes together.

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2 Minute Cheese Quesadillas

2 Minute Cheese Quesadillas made to look like mummies with tortilla strips and eyes

An easy, cheesy quesadilla can easily be transformed into something scary with some edible eyes and extra strips of tortilla. bd.weld says "had fun making these with the grand-kids. We made them into mummies. Don't forget the candy eyeballs. These work well with flour or corn tortillas."

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Easy Mini Bagel Pizzas

closeup of a Halloween bagel with a mozzarella cheese ghost design

More Halloween pizza ideas! Make these mini bagels with pizza sauce, and cheese in minutes. bd.weld raves, "I made these for a Halloween appetizer using a mini ghost-shaped cookie cutter to cut out provolone cheese."

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Flayed Man Cheese Ball

Flayed Man Cheese Ball served with crackers
Photo by foodelicious. foodelicious

Here's a deceptively easy appetizer that looks like it's a load of work, but it's not. In fact, meadecg says, "Amazing! My guests loved it! Much easier to make than I thought it would be." It's basically a cheese ball molded in a mask that's been lined with strips of prosciutto. Dead easy!

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Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Pumpkin Fluff Dip in a carved pumpkin

For this super popular recipe, you stir four simple ingredients together and serve the delicious mix in a hollowed out pumpkin. Yes, it's that easy. (You can turn the pumpkin seeds into another easy snack.)

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Baked Mummy Jalapeno Poppers

a plate of crescent roll dough-wrapped poppers with candy eyes

Jalapeno pepper halves are filled with a cream cheese mixture and wrapped in strips of refrigerated crescent dough to make these eye-popping poppers. The eyeballs are candy googly eyes (available in most bakery aisles).

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Halloween Shrimp Cocktail Brain

Halloween Shrimp Cocktail Brain on a plate of cocktail sauce

If you can get past how eerily similar this shrimp cocktail concoction looks to a human brain, you'll find that it's actually delicious. A brain-shaped gelatin mold does a lot of the work for you.

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Halloween Eye of Newt

Halloween Eye of Newt deviled eggs with olive pupils

"Bubble, bubble. Toil and trouble. This appetizer is commonly known and used but, I have put my own little twist on this recipe. It is deviled eggs made to look like the eyeballs of a lizard. It a hit with the kids." — ANGELA O.

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Spider Deviled Eggs for Halloween

two deviled eggs decorated with black and green olive "spiders"

Cut olives in half, and cut one of those halves into four strips. And just like that, you have a slew of scary spiders to top your deviled eggs with.

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Dead Man's Cheese Ball

Dead Man's Cheese Ball made to look like a mouse
Brookside Bistro

"Serve this black cheese ball with blue corn chips or dark rye toast for a ghastly presentation. It's punchy, just like you'd expect cheese of the dead to taste," says recipe creator LUSCIOUSLEMONADE.

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Spooky Spider Halloween Hot Dogs

Spooky Spider Halloween Hot Dogs on a purple plate with plastic spider decorations

Even those who get squeamish at the sight of creepy, crawly things will want to fill up on this Halloween version of pigs in a blanket.

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Creepy Halloween Eyeballs

Creepy Halloween Eyeballs with sword toothpicks

"If you are looking for creepy Halloween food ideas, try these scary-looking eyeballs that actually taste delicious. You can use them as a cocktail garnish or serve in a bowl as a creepy snack for your kids." — JuliettevanSon

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