Halloween Party Food to Inspire Your Next Spooky Shindig

Check out these simple ways you can decorate store-bought treats to make them festive for Halloween.

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Frighteningly Fabulous Halloween Treats

No Halloween party is complete without a fabulous spread of tasty and slightly terrifying treats. Sure, you could order a couple dozen cupcakes from the bakery and call it a day, but why would you when making Halloween themed goodies is so much fun (and sometimes surprisingly easy).

Ghostly Good Grub

Everything does not need to be made from scratch. Try embellishing ready-made cookies and cupcakes with icing, candy eyes and anything else you can think of.

Ice Scream You Scream

Surprise guests with fun food like cake balls on ice cream cones; easy to make with a big wow factor.

Play With Your Halloween Food

Anytime you can add a face to food, it's a good idea.

Eye Candy

When hosting parties for children, taste comes second to looks. Focus less on gourmet on more on cute.

The Dentures of Dracula

Store-bought chocolate chip cookies are cut in half, stuffed with marshmallow teeth, almond sliver fangs and then stuck together with blood red icing.

Bite Sized Bat Balls

All you need is minimal knowledge of royal icing to get these colorful spider webs. The secret is gently dragging a toothpick through wet icing from the center out to the edge.

Web and Wild Sugar Cookies

All you need is minimal knowledge of royal icing to get these colorful spider webs. The secret is gently dragging a toothpick through wet icing from the center out to the edge.

Save Room for a Broom

Just because a party has 100 guests does not mean you need 100 of every cookie you bake. One batch of brooms, two dozen sugar cookies, 1/2 dozen cupcakes - variety is key (and more fun).

Presentation is Key

Make sure the treat table looks like you put as much time into setting it up as it did to make and bake all your treats.

Put It On a Stick

Single-serve size is always a good idea for parties, plus anytime you can put food on a stick (including mini pumpkin pies), makes things that much more fun and magical.

Food Allergy Safe Sunbutter Spiders

Be aware of any food allergies your guests might have. These spiders are made with a peanut butter alternative.

Webbed Wonders

No trip to culinary school necessary to impress your Halloween party guests, just creativity like white chocolate holding pretzels together as spider webs.

Cupcake Toppers and Other Food Props

Never underestimate the power of a cupcake topper, decorative toothpick or edible glitter. Chocolate cups are transformed into witch cauldrons with green candy rocks and these cute crones.

Candy Claws and Clever Cookies

Half the work is already done for you if you shop the baking aisle. Ready-made edible zombie hands, store-bought cookies in the shape of tombstones and empty push-pops all await the inspired host or hostess.

Create an Edible World of Whimsey

The key to a successful treat table (besides owning a deep freezer so you can start baking a few months ahead) is to have fun and create a world of edible wonder for your guests. If you are going to go to the trouble to throw a Halloween party - you might as well cook big or go home.