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40 Easy and Creative Halloween Appetizers That Are Scary Good

Spot a tray of these Halloween appetizers at a party and it'll be love at first bite.

graveyard dip
Mike Garten

So you've prepared for the spookiest night of the year with festive Halloween decorations, creative Halloween costumes and all the carved pumpkins you can imagine. But when it comes to chowing down on October 31, everyone knows there's nothing more essential to a great party than having a spread of so-good-it's-scary Halloween appetizers and finger foods.

Whether you're throwing a party for kids or adults (or both!) these easy appetizer ideas will get everyone in a festive Halloween mood. From hot pepper "mummies" to "ghostly" pizza bagels, these spooky snacks are easy to make ahead of your celebration so that you can fully enjoy the festivities once All Hallow's Eve arrives. Our list even includes healthy appetizers and options for vegetarian guests, so no one will be left out of the appetizer fun. So before your party guests dive into their mains (a.k.a. Halloween cupcakes, Halloween cookies and all the Halloween desserts you can eat), fill 'em up on these crowd-pleasing and elegant Halloween appetizers. Looking for more ideas? Check out our roundup of the best fall appetizers and the best Halloween snacks to serve at a party.

halloween appetizer chips
Mike Garten
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Graveyard Dip

Cut tortilla chips into the shape of gravestones and serve with salsa, guac and black bean dip.

ghostly pizza
Mike Garten
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Ghostly Pizza

Cut deli cheese into ghost shapes for the spookiest slices.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

monster wraps
Mike Garten
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Monster Wraps

Make app-sized sandwiches come to life with sliced Cheddar, olives and cornichon pickles that form a monstrous face!

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

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With a little white chocolate, a store-bought biscotti becomes an adorable homemade snack.

Get the recipe for Boo-scotti »

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Severed Toes in Bandages

For a comically grotesque appetizer, fashion your mini hotdogs into these bandaged toes — then watch a good horror movie.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

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I See You Halloween Snack Mix

Always feel like somebody's watching you? This gluten-free puppy chow mix might be the reason (it's a great snack, too!).

Get the recipe for I See You Halloween Snack Mix »

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Mike Garten
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Cheddar Crackers

Bake crispy, cheesy crackers to snack on while carving pumpkins.

Get the recipe for Cheddar Crackers »

RELATED: 50 Fun Pumpkin Carving Ideas to Put Your Creativity to the Test

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Green Matcha Popcorn

A little bit of green tea matcha turns a regular bowl of popcorn into a ghoulishly good treat.

Get the recipe for Green Matcha Popcorn Powder »

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Pumpkin Hand Pies

How cute are this little pumpkin pies? You can make them for Halloween, and enjoy them well into November.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

RELATED: 35 Delicious Pie Recipes Anyone Can Make

halloween appetizers saucy spider with hairy leg sticks
Woman's Day
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Saucy Spider With Hairy Leg Sticks

Spin a web of doughy deliciousness with this Halloween-inspired take on cheese bread.

Get the recipe at Woman's Day »

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Halloween Cheese Balls

Goat cheese and cream cheese a combination we'll never turn down. Use tortilla chips to add a batty twist to your cheese balls.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

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Bite-Size Eyeballs

Hey, we'd take these cheese puff eyeballs over peeled grapes as eyeballs any day — especially since they have a squirt of Sriracha.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

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Pumpkin Roll

Want a little sweet treat before dinner? A creamy pumpkin roll is always a good idea.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Roll »

RELATED: 47 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes to Make This Fall

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Steve Giralt
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Hot Pepper Mummies

These jalapeno poppers will be the hit of your Halloween party.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

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Ghost Pizza Bagels

Boo! Use a ghost cookie cutter to transform a slice of mozzarella into a friendly ghost.


Get the recipe from Delish »

halloween appetizers   mummy brie
Ethan Calabrese
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Mummy Brie

Dress up a basic block of brie with puff pastry, olives and tomatoes until a mummy takes shape.

Get the recipe from Delish »

monster asparagus gruyere tart
Courtesy of Pizzazzerie
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Monster Eye Asparagus Gruyere Tart

Balance out all the Halloween candy you've been eating with some greens. No one will be mad about it once they see provolone and caper eyeballs.

Get the recipe from Pizzazzerie »

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Courtesy of A Night Owl
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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Dip

Serve creamy cheesecake-pudding inside a pumpkin and you have an effortlessly festive dip.

Get the recipe from A Night Owl »

pizza dip
Mike Garten
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Pizza Dip

Layered with cream cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese and mozzarella, this bowl of gooey goodness makes a delicious dip recipe any time of year.

Get the recipe for Pizza Dip »

halloween appetizers   mummy mini pizzas
Courtesy of Like Mother Like Daughter
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Mummy Mini Pizzas

Make these "mummified" English muffin pizzas in a matter of minutes.

Get the recipe from Mummy Mini Pizzas »

Halloween Appetizers - Graveyard Taco Dip
Courtesy of Bored Fast Food
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Graveyard Taco Dip

Guests will try their best to get to the bottom of this haunted party dish, one chip at a time.

Get the recipe from Bored Fast Food »

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halloween appetizers   spooky severed hot dog fingers
Courtesy of Spicie Foodie
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Severed Hot Dog Fingers With Jalapeño Ketchup

Freak out your guests with these "bloody" frankfurters. They also pair well with Bloody Mary's, or so we hear ...

Get the recipe from Spicie Foodie »

RELATED: 40+ Creative Halloween Drinks and Cocktails That'll Get the Party Started

grilled chicken wings
Mike Garten
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Grilled Chicken Wings

These sweet-smoky wings are the perfect excuse to fire up the grill for one last time before winter.

Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken Wings »

halloween appetizers   spooky spinach dip in bread bowl cauldron
Courtesy of Mark Ferri
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Spooky Spinach Dip in Bread Bowl Cauldron

A pumpernickel bread basket is the perfect vessel for cheesy, spinach dip.

Get the recipe at Woman's Day »

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Ethan Calabrese
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Graveyard Chicken Enchilada Dip

Enchilada dip, but make it spooky.

Get the recipe from Delish »

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Kate Sears
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Jack-o-Lantern Sandwich Bites

Serve these ham and cheese minis as an appetizer, or the main course. We hope you held on to your pumpkin cookie cutter, because it will come in handy for this recipe.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

halloween appetizers spider hot dogs
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Spider Hot Dogs

Meet the only spider you'd actually want to cross paths with.

Get the recipe from Plain Chicken »

halloween appetizers deviled eyeballs
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Deviled Eyeballs

Throw together these eerie eyeballs by adding thinly sliced roasted red peppers and sliced olives to deviled eggs.

Get the recipe from La Cocina de Leslie »

RELATED: 30+ Delicious Ways to Make Deviled Eggs

halloween party snacks   spooky cheese and crackers
Courtesy of Peas and Crayons
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Spooky Cheese and Crackers

Mini cookie cutters — ghosts, bats, cats and more — give your cheese slices the perfect amount of Halloween magic.

Get the recipe from Peas and Crayons »

halloween appetizers   meatball mummies
Courtesy of High Heels and Grill
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Meatball Mummies

Instead of ordering pizza, wrap frozen meatballs in puffed pastry, and adorn with sliced olives and marinara sauce.

Get the recipe from High Heels & Grills »

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