Fun Halloween Food Decoration Ideas for Your Next Party



Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Halloween is the perfect time to eat, drink, and be scary! When you’re planning a spooky party, it’s always a great idea to have some fun with food. It’s easier than you might think to turn everyday foods into unforgettable centerpieces. All you need is just a bit of imagination.

Not sure where to start? Take a look at these simple Halloween food decoration ideas.

Scary Halloween snack table ideas

There are a ton of ways to set up a scary Halloween snack table. No matter what types of food your guests prefer, you can easily give them a creepy touch. Use these fun tips for inspiration.

1. Skeleton charcuterie board

Halloween theme charcuterie side border against a white wood background. Selection of cheese and meat appetizers. Copy space.

A selection of meats, cheeses, olives, and other snacks is sure to be a hit at any party. Give them a scary touch by placing a skeleton decoration on a serving board and placing the snacks inside.

2. Frankenstein cups

Add some googly eyes to clear plastic cups and use a sharpie to draw the rest of Frankenstein’s face. Then, fill the cups with green grapes, olives, or other fun snacks.

3. Mummy wraps

It’s easy to turn jalapeno poppers, hot dogs, or even brie cheese into Halloween mummies! Simply wrap strips of crescent roll dough around them, so they look like a mummy’s wrap, then use small pieces of black olive to give them eyes.

4. Oozing “blood”

Give savory foods a scary twist by making them ooze with “blood.” Some well-placed ketchup is all it takes to add an element of horror.

5. Slithery breadsticks

Twist pieces of pretzel dough, sprinkle them with sesame seeds, and bake them in the oven. Then, use black olives and dried chilis to make the snake’s eyes and tongue. For an extra scary twist, serve them with small cups of tomato soup for dipping.

6. Puking pumpkin

Carved pumpokin filled with guacamole and tortilla chips. Halloween party food. Selective focus.

Carve a small pumpkin, place it on a serving board, and place guacamole in front of it, so it looks like it’s getting sick. Serve chips or veggies on the side for a snack that’s both tasty and perfectly disgusting.

7. Fun with food coloring

It’s easy to turn everyday foods spooky by adding a splash of food coloring. Think black mashed potatoes, green mac and cheese, or blood-red ranch dip.

Devilish desserts

You can’t have a party without dessert! These sweet Halloween food decoration ideas are sure to impress your party guests.

1. Marshmallow pop jars

For a simple, easy dessert, fill small mason jars with layers of orange and black jellybeans. Then, stick pre-made skeleton marshmallow pops inside to create a personal treat for each of your guests.

2. Decorated sugar cookies

Turn your dessert table into a fun party activity by incorporating easy Halloween cookie decorating. Simply bake some sugar cookies and let your guests show off their Halloween cookie design skills.

3. Fun with icing

Give cakes, cupcakes, or cookies a spooky feel by using Halloween-colored icing. Green, black, red, and orange are all great options!

4. Spooky sprinkles

Halloween-colored sprinkles make everything more fun! They’re the perfect topping for mini sundaes or frosted baked goods.

5. Graveyard dirt

Graveyard chocolate mousse cups with tombstone cookies. Halloween dessert

Fill a transparent shallow dish with chocolate pudding and top it with crushed Oreo cookies to make it look like dirt. Then add decorated sugar cookie “tombstones.”

6. Wiggly worms

Nothing makes food creepy like having worms coming out of it! Place gummy worms on top of candied apples, cupcakes, or other desserts for a touch of wiggly fun.

7. Dirty Q-Tips

This dessert is sure to gross your guests out! Start with a box of Q-tips and cut the cotton pieces off. Stick mini marshmallows on each end, then add a chunk of peanut butter or melted caramel to look like ear wax.

8. Witch’s fingers

Make some shortbread dough with a touch of green food coloring and shape it to look like witches’ fingers. Place an almond on the end of each “finger” to create a nasty nail. Once they come out of the oven, use red gel to add “blood” on the “severed” end.

9. Sugar spider webs

It’s easy to make realistic-looking spider webs out of spun sugar. All you need is some granulated sugar, corn syrup, and water.

10. Bloody bandages

Place a square of cream cheese on the center of a graham cracker strip to make it look like a bandage. Add a dollop of strawberry jelly to create realistic-looking “blood.”

Spooky drinks

If you want to give your party a classy touch, set up a drink table with a black tablecloth and trendy teal pumpkin décor. Then, add some of these spooky drinks.

1. Eyeball shots

To make Jell-O eyeball shots, mix clear gelatin and sugar and pour it in boiling water. Stir in cold white grape juice and vodka, then pour the mixture into clear plastic cups. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, then drop in a gummy eyeball in each cup. Wait two hours for the gelatin to set before you start serving these shots.

2. Bloody syringes

Halloween drink looking like blood served in glasses with syringes. Decoration with natural jack o'lantern and bloody candle. Close-up

Fill shot syringes with vodka and Bloody Mary mix for a gross party treat your guests are sure to love.

3. Creepy punch

A bowl of creepy punch makes the perfect centerpiece. Start by freezing rubber gloves filled with water or your favorite juice. Then, mix juice, soda, and rum in a large bowl to make a tasty punch. Peel the gloves away and drop in the creepy ice “hands.”

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