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Halloween recipe ideas

Published: October 23, 2020 at 1:53 pm

Who said Halloween was just for kids? We've used our imaginations to adapt some of our best recipes to cater for a spooky evening. Have a scroll through our inspirational list, but beware... something wickedly delicious this way comes!

Looking for easy Halloween recipes? Check out our Halloween food ideas, then try our best Bonfire Night food.


We have some great Halloween baking recipes for kids, from skeleton gingerbread men to ghost cupcakes and an indulgent mummy cake.

Make one of our Halloween puds, including tarte tatin, Wednesday Addam's dream dessert and deep fried dead man's fingers with chocolate sauce.

We also have Halloween food ideas and cocktails for adults, making our favourite recipes into werewolf claws, Dracula's favourite cocktail and wormy pasta... check out our spooky Halloween recipes!

Easy Halloween recipes

Halloween baking ideas

Halloween cake

mummy cake

This spooky halloween bake is perfect for the whole family. Position the eyes right and it'll seem as if this possessed portion of hellishly tasty cake is following you around the room.

If you wanted to mix things up a little bit, then the decorations would also work on our salted maple brownie recipe – ahhh-mazing.

Halloween ghost cupcakes

ghost cakes

These spooktacular black velvet ghostly cupcakes are so terrifyingly tasty that not even the most high strung of paranormal investigators would argue about keeping them around...

Halloween mummy biscuits

Easy Halloween Biscuits Recipe

Bake these fun cookies for Halloween fun. Get the whole family involved with decorating, the kids will love them!

Skeleton gingerbread men

Skeleton gingerbread men recipe

Check out our skeleton gingerbread men. This simple gingerbread biscuit recipe easily makes 30 spooky skeletons, and they’re the ideal Halloween treat for the kids to enjoy.

Halloween cocktails

Magic blackberry whisky

Blackberry Whisky Recipe

We’ve used blackberries to bewitch in this berry-infused whisky cocktail. The subtle spiciness of blackberries is a perfect match for whisky.

Blood orange Campari cocktail

Blood orange Camapri cocktail

Campari is an Italian herbal liquor most famous for its bitter taste, beautiful red colour, and the role it plays in the classic negroni. This, combined with a slice of blood orange, adds a Halloween-appropriate tinge to this refreshing apéritif.

Halloween desserts

Dead good tiramisu

Classic Tiramisu Recipe

Your terrified family and housemates will drop dead at the sight of this Italian dessert. Just add a few drops of red food colouring into the coffee and Tia Maria mix before soaking the savoiardi bisuits to make gory severed fingers for extra fright!

Blood-roasted plums with balsamic bursting blueberries

Baked Plums Recipe with Blueberries and Balsamic Vinegar

Serve these bloody plums ready in just 20 minutes for a gory dessert idea to serve at Halloween.

Chocolate caskets

chocolate fancies

Swap the stripy chocolate icing for the words RIP and you've got rich chocolate cake squares, topped with an indulgent truffle and smothered in double chocolate icing in the shape of caskets – the perfect gothic garnish for Halloween.

Spiced banana tarte tatin blisters


This deliciously spiced banana tarte tatin recipe comes from the Cinnamon Club. It's easy to make and, without much effort, can look super spooky in the right context. Boost the cinnamony, sweet flavours by serving slices with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.

Wednesday Addam's dream dessert

chocolate torte

"Black is such a happy colour"... especially when there's Guinness and dark chocolate involved. It’s best to make this in advance, then leave un-iced in an airtight box overnight or for a couple of days; glaze it an hour-or-so before serving. That way the flavours of the cake all get a chance to develop.

Deep-fried dead man's fingers with hot chocolate sauce


No one will be able to believe how much these homemade dead man's fingers look like Spanish churros... If you fancy making something even more goulishly good to go with these, our salted caramel chocolate pots would also sweeten up those doughy digits quite nicely.

Death by... chocolate cake

burnt butterscotch cake

We all die in the end, so why not go out on a high with a slice of this deliciously indulgent, grown-up chocolate and burnt butterscotch cake?

Lucifer's black grape and wine sorbet


This sinfully sophisticated recipe is ideal for All Hallows' Eve. Instead of the sparkling shiraz, you could use a full-bodied red wine or a light, fruity rosé.

Creepy caipirinha jelly

caipirinha jelly mold

Buy some plastic spiders to suspend in this alcoholic jelly and you've got yourself an eerie green dessert filled with creepy critters. For an authentic caipirinha flavour, use cachaca, a clear Brazilian spirit made from sugarcane. If you can’t get your hands on any, try white rum instead.

Queen Grimhilde's poisoned toffee apples

toffee apples

Now we understand why Snow White fell for the evil queen's wicked trick so easily! These bourbon butterscotch toffee apples are irresistibly tasty you won't be able to resist biting into one of these boozy, sweet treats.

If you're making these for kids, leave out the alcohol and swap the sticks for something child-friendly.

White with fright Oreo cheesecake

oreo cheesecake

Rumour has it that when this cheesecake was just Oreo™ cookie crumbs and cream cheese, it spotted something so dreadfully frightening that all the colour drained right out of it! The poor, sweet thing has never been the same since.

If you're a biscuit fanatic or chocolate fiend and this recipe is right up your street, then why not check out some of our other ideas to transform your favourite chocolate bars, biscuits and spreads into something even more indulgent and delicious?

Savoury Halloween food ideas

Spaghetti and three-cheese worms pie

Three-Cheese Pie Recipe with Spaghetti

Everyone will freakin’ love this worm-riddled pie – a crisp, crunchy crust with an oozing, melting middle. What’s not to like? The perfect way to entertain the kids on Halloween.

Wild boar severed fingers in a coffin

Toad in The Hole Recipe With Wild Boar Sausages

This is a simple twist on a classic – swapping out everyday pork bangers for something a little more adventurous for a devilishly delightful Halloween dinner.

Werewolf claws

aubergine sticks

Easy Halloween food! Freshly harvested from free-range lycanthropes and served pipping hot, these easy werewolf claws (aubergine sticks) are designed to impress your housemates and family as a quick Halloween starter, or as part of a serve-yourself spooky table spread. With a minty yogurt dip, this Mediterranean-inspired recipe with sumac and za'atar just needs a drizzle of honey to finish it off.

Deep fried worms


Curly, crispy and spicy: deep frying worms (spiralized potato) will give you golden crunchy nests of fries. Top with a simple piri-piri spice mix for extra heat or just sprinkle with sea salt.

Got loads of leftover oil? Check out our collection of best ever deep-fried recipes to discover ways to use the rest of it up.

Mrs Lovett's 'beef' pie

beef and mushroom wellington

Make your housemates sing for their supper with this delicious, perfectly cooked 'beef' and mushroom wellington. We've heard that Sweeney Todd has got some cuts of meat going cheap, but you can always ask your butcher to trim your beef fillet steaks for you instead.

Baked brains


If you're having a Halloween themed dinner, this is a great recipe. Who knew that zombies were the culinary geniuses of our generation? Not us, for sure. These melting-middle baked (onions) brains are really easy to make and they're also vegetarian. Use cheddar, or mix with gruyère for a richer filling.

Graveyard mac n' cheese

shin with mac and cheese

An amputated shin (beef shin) is cooked in red wine and stock until meltingly tender, then macaroni and cheese is added and baked until golden and bubbly. This 'gruesome' but epic slow-cooked dish comes from the legendary London haunted steak house, Hawksmoor.

Bacon-wrapped eye balls

devils on horseback

Make your Halloween canapés a bit of fun. This bacon-wrapped eyeballs (aka dates) with quince marmalade makes for a great and ghoulish snack. They look really impressive but are actually very easy to 'harvest' and make...

Undead tagliarini nero with squid, chilli, tomato and garlic

squid tagliarini

At Halloween, we like our pasta as black as our souls here at olive magazine. So this dish is one of our favourites for this time of year. However, as it's so evilly good, this spicy seafood combination is not for the faint hearted, so beware...

Squirmy wormy pasta

pici cacio

Nothing says Halloween food like a plate of worms... Three of the most comforting words you'll read: worms, butter, cheese... This classic Tuscan (pasta) recipe for pici cacio e pepe comes from Borough Market's Padella.

Dragon's eggs

quail's eggs

Khaleesi will not be happy... but your will. These dragon's eggs (quail's eggs) are often served as a street snack in Egypt with a little paper cone of dukkah spice blend for dipping. Serve with pickled chillies (available in Middle Eastern shops and some supermarkets), olives and flatbread as a relaxed nibble with drinks.

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