Recipe: Monster Munch Party Mix

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

As long as there’s been Pinterest (and magazines!) we’ve been celebrating Halloween with delightful crafts. Some of these are elaborate and hard to recreate; others, like this is hilariously cute and tasty party mix, come down to one thing.

Just add eyes!

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Every get-together, costume party, and pre-trick-or-treat dinner needs party mix. Most party mixes are not only filled with everything you crave — salty, sweet, and crunchy — but they are also the perfect sidekick to sweet party punches and too much Halloween candy alike. This Monster Munch gets its name from the witches’ fingers (bugles), broken brooms (pretzel sticks), and edible eye balls — and it is equally loved by kids and adult alike.

The Best Monster Mix-Ins

Keep the base of this monster snack mix simple with Bugles, Chex cereal, and pretzels, but upgrade to monster status with the mix-ins: candy corn, candy eyes, or Reese’s Pieces to make the snack mix more festive.

This recipe makes a big batch that easily feeds a party and can be made up to three days in advance and stored in an airtight container.

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2 Ratings

Monster Munch

Makesabout 12 cupsServes24 servings


  • 6 cups

    Chex cereal — Rice Chex only or a mixture of Rice and Wheat Chex

  • 4 cups

    cheddar cheese Bugles

  • 2 cups

    pretzel sticks (thin rods; about 2 to 3 inches in length depending on brand)

  • 6 tablespoons

    unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    onion powder

  • 2 cups

    candy, such as candy corn, Reese’s Pieces, or candy eyes



  1. Heat oven to 300°F. Combine the Chex, Bugles, and pretzel sticks in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the melted butter, salt, garlic, and onion powder in a small bowl. Pour the butter mixture over the cereal mixture and stir to coat.

  2. Pour the snack mix out onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring halfway through, until the mixture looks dry and lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool the snack mix on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a serving bowl. Add the candy and toss to combine.