15 Sweet Treats for Your Halloween Celebration

updated May 1, 2019
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Save the tricks for another time — this year Halloween is all about the treats. From homemade candy corn and adorable candy spiders, to jack-o-lantern sandwich cookies and a graveyard dirt cake, these 15 sweet recipes are perfect for kids and adults alike.

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These arachnids are the friendly sort, and they’d love nothing more than to march across your buffet table and perch on the edge of your plate. So grab some sugar googly eyes and pick up some licorice — your Halloween is about to get crafty.

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These homemade peanut butter cups are pretty much a slam dunk. They’re two-bite chocolate treats with a nugget of creamy pumpkin-spiced peanut butter in the middle.

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Move over, candy apples — this year Halloween is all about ghost pears! Not only is this holiday snack super cute, but it’s also easy to make.

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These pumpkin sandwich cookies hit all the delicious marks: they’re made with both real pumpkin and pumpkin spice, they’re perfectly soft, and they sandwich quite nicely with chocolate frosting. And could they be any cuter?

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Here’s a quick little Halloween treat! Nothing spooky about these two-bite cookies — just a touch of rich Nutella to indulge your sweet tooth and a drizzle of icing to dress them up in full Halloween style.

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This crunchy, lightly spiced caramel corn is only for those of us who truly embrace the season.

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Sure, you can easily buy a bag of the stuff and save yourself the trouble, but that’s no way to become a superhero. Go on, impress your friends and family — make a batch of candy corn.

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This dirt cake (complete with a layer of lightly salted peanut butter pudding and another layer of dark chocolate pudding!) is topped with a fun mini graveyard, made with Nutter Butter cookies and whipped-cream ghosts.

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If you’re not into creepy-crawly treats, like eyeball cupcakes or blood punch, we have something that’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser: Rice Krispie treats, packed with pumpkin and warm spices.

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With a classic chocolate cake base and mounds of fluffy frosting, these cupcakes are super festive and easily customizable. Grab some friends and your favorite candy, and make a batch of these treats.

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The things that make chia pudding such a simple dessert also make it a great Halloween treat. With some tiny seeds and a dash of green matcha tea powder, you have a gooey pudding that deserves the label of “frog spawn.”

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Conjure a bit of dark magic up in your kitchen this weekend with these dark chocolate-coffee shortbread cookies shrewdly disguised as witches’ hats.

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This sweet candy-filled dip certainly puts the “treat” in trick or treat!

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Whether you want something sweet for your Halloween happy hour, or a dessert for adults only, these boozy pumpkin milkshakes will certainly hit the spot.

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These classic cookies are filled with a double dose of pumpkin and warm spices for a sweet seasonal treat. You won’t be able to eat just one.

So now that you’ve seen your choices, what would be the Halloween snack that you’ll be making for yourself and the potential trick-or-treaters at your door? Play our recipe roulette and let it decide your treat, if you dare.

We’ve added some other snacks to our roulette as well:

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Candies (Whoppers, Snicker’s, Candy Corn, Kit Kat, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup)