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30 Halloween Themed Recipes For Potlucks: Spooky-Fun Ideas

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Parties are always fun to attend, especially ones that are themed. What makes themed parties even better is when they’re potluck style! Not only does this make things easier for the host but it means there will be a larger variety of dishes to choose from. Whether you’re attending a Halloween party at work, sending your kids off to a potluck at school or hosting one yourself, make sure to contribute one or more of these recipes!

Each recipe is perfectly themed for Halloween. The more creativity, the better after all! We’ve included a few cute and fun Halloween-themed recipes and few disgustingly cool and scary ones too! However, you might want to save the scary food recipes for older kids or your adult Halloween potluck.

30. Mummy Dogs

These mummy dogs are so easy to throw together and you can make a large quantity effortlessly. For this recipe, you’ll only need four ingredients and less than 15 minutes!

Crescent roll dough is what you’ll use to wrap the hot dogs and olives are used for the eyes. Be sure to serve a tray of mummy dogs with a side of ketchup for dipping.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Forkly

29. Cheese And Pretzel Broomsticks

These edible broomsticks are utterly adorable and kids are sure to gobble them up. Not only are they easy to put together, but you can make them with very little notice.

Send this Halloween-themed snack with your kids to share at their school potluck. After all, it’s school-friendly and fun! However, if you choose to serve this recipe at an adult Halloween party, they’ll love them too.

Photo and Recipe Credit: One Little Project

28. Edible Fake Blood

Fake blood is the perfect decorative element for every Halloween party. While fake blood is often incorporated into the decorations, this recipe brings it to the kitchen table too.

If you don’t love cooking and baking then this is a great option. Whip up some fake blood and drizzle it over a store-bought dessert to instantly upgrade it to a Halloween-themed treat.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Forkly

27. Grave Yard Taco Cups

There are so many great ways to present taco chips and dip. Sometimes single-sized portions are great for parties to avoid any double dippers.

This recipe is incredibly easy and packed with fresh and delicious ingredients. We’ve also included a link to buy Halloween-themed cookie cutters to help you create the fun Halloween-shaped dippers.

Halloween Cookie Cutter Set ? Buy it:

Photo and Recipe Credit: Fork and Beans

26. Jeepers Creepers Slime Filled Cookies

Slime is all the rage with kids these days. Transform their favorite toy into an edible surprise with this jeepers creepers slime-filled cookie recipe!

They’re chocolatey, delicious and spooky enough to share at a Halloween potluck. The slimy center comes from gummy candies and their dark color comes from dark cocoa powder.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Forkly

25. Harvest Hash Trail Mix

Chips, crackers and other assorted snacks are great for parties, but if you want your contribution to stand out be sure to share a big bowl of this harvest hash trail mix. This bowl is full of sweet and salty flavors and crunchy textures.

The recipe combines popular Halloween candies such as candy corn and pumpkins with other popular snacks such as pretzels and Bugles. It also comes together as easy as mixing all the ingredients into one bowl, no baking required!

Photo and Recipe Credit: The House of Hendrix

24. Spider Eggs

Deviled eggs are one of the most popular potluck foods! They’re a crowd-pleaser, relatively easy to make and and serve well at potlucks.

For Halloween, get creative and make this spider eggs recipe for your potluck. The eggs are naturally dyed from blueberries and water. Unlike a traditional recipe, the center is naturally colored green with the additions of avocados and wasabi.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Family Spice

23. Marshmallowy Monster Rice Krispies

Another great idea is to share a platter of Rice Krispie treats. Both children and adults love them, making them perfect to bring them to a potluck.

This recipe transforms an ordinary Rice Krispie treat recipe and turns it into spooky (but really adorable) marshmallowy monsters. Their funky colors and googly eyes will stand out amongst the spread!

Photo and Recipe Credit: Forkly

22. Halloween Jalapeno Popper Mummies

Add a little heat to the table with these Halloween jalapeño popper mummies. These adorable treats would be a great addition to any potluck.

Be sure to handle jalapeños with gloves or your eyes might hate you later. Follow this recipe for a fun and easy tutorial on how to make these cute little snacks!

Photo and Recipe Credit: Fast Forward Fun

21. Pumpkin Patch Dirt Cups

Dirt pudding is a fun dessert, often filled with classic gummy worms. But have you had a pumpkin patch dirt cup? It’s essentially the same idea but this recipe adds a unique Halloween twist.

The cups are filled with layers of chocolate pudding and chocolatey cookie crumbles. The dessert is then topped with candy pumpkins and vines that together create a candy pumpkin patch.

Photo and Recipe Credit: I Can Teach My Child

20. Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

Cheese balls are great for parties but don’t serve any ordinary cheese ball at your next Halloween party! Instead, prepare this fun pumpkin-shaped version, which comes together quickly and doesn’t require a pumpkin-mold!

This recipe includes instructions to create the pumpkin shape using plastic wrap and elastic bands. After plating it, serve the cheese ball on a tray with any crackers of your choosing.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Forkly

19. Ghost Pizza

It’s safe to say pizza is a crowd favorite and therefore makes a great addition to any potluck. These pizzas get a simple Halloween makeover as the cheese is cut into ghost shapes using a cookie cutter.

You’ll also need olives to create the face, but overall it’s a pretty effortless snack! You can buy the ghost cookie cutter here.

Photo #1 and Recipe Credit: Together As Family / Photo #2 Credit: Amazon

18. Chocolate Crescent Witch Hats

Crescent rolls are awesome because if you put your imagination cap on you can turn them into much more than a dinner roll. Follow this recipe and turn refrigerated crescent rolls into adorable witch hats.

You’ll trade savory rolls for a sweet dessert with this recipe! The rolls are filled with irresistible chocolate and a sprinkle of sugar on top – truly magical!

Photo and Recipe Credit: Pillsbury

17. Halloween Feet Loaf

This recipe is equal parts hysterical and spooky, so you may want to save this for an adult party or one without little kids. The recipe is quite easy and only requires a few ingredients.

Meatloaf is formed into the shapes of feet and is then topped with onion toenails, a severed bone (onion slice) and some blood (ketchup). All these creative touches make for one terrifying bite!

Photo and Recipe Credit: My Name Is Snickerdoodle

16. Breadstick Bones

Dinner rolls are often great for potlucks. They pair well with many different kinds of foods and are easy to make! If you like quick and easy then you’ll definitely appreciate this recipe.

Store-bought refrigerated breadsticks help make this recipe super easy. The breadsticks are formed into a fun bone shape and seasoned with a few ingredients for added flavor.

Photo and Recipe Credit: TBSP

15. Puff Pastry Intestines

This is another atrocious yet amazing potluck idea – puff pastry intestines! The creative thing about this recipe is you can fill the “intestines” with anything you want. Make it a sweet pastry and fill it with jam or keep it savory and fill it with ground beef; the options are endless!

The creative element comes to play when you form the pastry to look like intestines. Serve this treat on a platter and everyone will be excited to try this at your potluck.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Fabulessly Frugal

14. Meatball Mummies

Meatballs are another popular potluck food. Instead of sharing a slow cooker full of meatballs, you have to make this meatball mummies recipe for your Halloween potluck.

To make things easy you’ll want to use frozen meatballs and store-bought crescent roll dough. Wrap the meatballs in the dough and add marinara sauce and sliced olives to create the eyes for a clever mummified snack!

Photo and Recipe Credit: High Heels and Grills

13. Stuffed Mushroom Eyeballs

If you want to participate in the Halloween theme but like to keep things healthy then these stuffed mushroom eyeballs are a must-try! They’re so easy and made of wholesome ingredients.

The base of the eye comes from button mushrooms and the filling is homemade tofu ricotta. This also means this recipe is dairy-free and vegan-friendly! The finishing touches are what turn these stuffed mushrooms into an awesome eyeball appetizer.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Vegan Yack Attack

12. Spider Web Taco Dip

Instead of the taco dip cups we talked about earlier, you could make a big bowl to share with a crowd. This recipe has a few different ingredients that make it unique.

Besides the beautiful layers and delicious flavors, the design will stand out. The spider web is creatively made from sour cream and you can even add a few artificial spiders to your dip to enhance the spooky ambiance.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Palatable Pastime

11. Zombie Finger Cookies

Zombie finger cookies are another spooky treat! These are quite realistic looking so this is another recipe that you might want to save for older kids or an adult-only party!

The cookies are made using a simple sugar cookie recipe. They come to life with the decorating techniques so be sure to follow the recipe and tutorial so that you too can achieve this freaky treat.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Make Fabulous Cakes

10. Halloween Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies

This Halloween recipe doubles as a spooky decoration and a delicious treat! Share them at a Halloween potluck and they’ll surely capture everyone’s attention.

These homemade hand pies have a decadent chocolate crust and a spooky crimson red cherry pie filling. Keep in mind to make the spooky Halloween shapes you will need a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter.

Photo and Recipe Credit: House of Nash Eats

9. Dark Chocolate Halloween Cookies

Black and orange cookies would make a great addition to any Halloween potluck. While their spooky colors will stand out on the food table, it’s the flavor that will make a lasting impression.

To achieve the dark black color, you’ll simply need to add dark cocoa powder to the cookie batter. The addition of orange-colored M&Ms provides the perfect pop of orange color. Arrange these cookies on a platter with a few decorations such as fake snakes or bugs to create a spooky presentation.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Simply Happy Foodie

8. Jack Skellington Cheesecakes

Who can say no to delicious mini cheesecakes? No one. These cheesecakes are decorated to look like the Pumpkin King from The Nightmare Before Christmas movie.

This recipe starts with a simple chocolate graham crack crust and is topped with a sweet cheesecake filling. Then, to create the Jack Skellington face, you’ll need to prepare a chocolate ganache and decorate the cheesecakes using a piping bag.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Hungry Happenings

7. Halloween Poison Apples

Red candy apples are a popular fall treat and are especially enjoyed during Halloween. Mix things up for your next Halloween potluck and share a platter of these poison apples.

These spooky apples are made with simple ingredients such as corn syrup, sugar, and water. To make them look poisonous you merely have to add blue gel food coloring to the candy apple mixture. You could even go one step further and swap plain wooden skewers for twigs!

Photo and Recipe Credit: Travel Cook Tell

6. Halloween Dunkaroo Dip

Get ready to feel nostalgic! This Halloween Dunkaroo dip will bring back all sorts of childhood memories. This recipe is bound to be loved by both children and adults alike.

The dip is made from three simple ingredients and the addition of orange food coloring and Halloween-themed sprinkles make it perfect for Halloween. Serve the Dunkaroo dip with chocolate animal crackers for dipping.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Savory Experiments

5. Edible Cow Eyeball

This edible treat will capture every single guest’s attention, but who will be brave enough to try it? This incredibly spooky treat is prepared to look exactly like a cow’s eyeball. Thankfully, it’s a sweet treat made from coconut milk, sugar, agar-agar, and a bit of food coloring.

It’s important to note, to create the eyeballs you’ll need a spherical mold such as this one! They do require time to set in the fridge so be sure to make this recipe at least one day before your potluck.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Squirrels Of A Feather

4. Halloween Monster Donuts

You don’t need stellar baking skills to make this Halloween treat! This recipe transforms store-bought donuts into a monster treat by using a few dollar store items. This is also an excellent idea if you’ve committed to preparing a dish for a potluck but have very little time to make anything.

Head to your local dollar store and pick up plastic vampire teeth, white icing and a package of M&Ms. Once you’ve gathered your materials you’ll be ready to follow this easy tutorial.

Photo and Recipe Credit: One Little Project

3. Halloween S’mores Dip

S’mores are a popular summer treat, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them all year round! This recipe puts a fun spin on S’mores and transforms those flavors into an enticing dip.

The dip begins with a mixture of melted chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. These flavors are swirled together and then are topped with Halloween-themed Peeps. This dip only requires a few minutes in the oven and can be served with chocolate graham crackers.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Home Made Interest

2. Sweet and Sour “Bat” Wings

This sweet and sour bat wing recipe will raise a brow or two, but will be a great addition to any Halloween potluck. Rest assured, these are simply chicken wings that are tossed in a black colored sauce.

The sweet and sour sauce is made with pineapple juice, brown sugar, and a few savory ingredients too. Plan ahead, as it’s recommended that you allow the wings to marinate for up to 24 hours.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Sprinkles and Sprouts

1. Mummy Rice Krispies Treats

The great thing about Rice Krispies treats is that you can transform them into many different shapes. Try making a platter of these adorable mummy Rice Krispies treats to share at your Halloween Potluck!

You’ll be happy to discover that this recipe requires only four ingredients and 15 minutes of hands-on time. To transform the Rice Krispies to look like mummies, you’ll need melted white chocolate and mini chocolate chips. If you have little ones in the house, invite them to help you prepare these mummy treats, playing chef in the kitchen.

Photo and Recipe Credit: My Kitchen Love

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