15 Halloween party food ideas for kids

From decorations to invitations, there's a lot of planning that goes into a Halloween party for kids. Hands down, though, one of the hardest parts is figuring out what fun and festive party foods to serve. But it doesn't have to be.

"For kids' parties, finger foods are best, and having a good balance of sweet treats and healthy snacks is a good way to keep kids from overdosing on junk food," says Lilli Haskell, mom of two and a professional baker from Winston Salem, North Carolina. "Pretty much any food can be made over to fit the Halloween theme and give it a spooky vibe, like pigs in a blanket that look like mummies and mini bagel pizzas decorated with string cheese in the shape of spiderwebs."

To get you into the spooktacular spirit, here are 15 easy Halloween-themed food ideas that both kids and adults will love to eat at your October festivities, big or small. 

1. Halloween punch

Make your drinks part of the theme by whipping up some Halloween punch. Use your favorite berry punch recipe and add some festive touches to the bowl like gummy worms and eyeballs. Other spooky ideas include fog or bug ice cubes.

2. Devilish eggs

Bite-sized treats allow guests — especially kids — to enjoy more than one without getting full. Try these devilish eggs

3. Mini spider 'pies'

Of course, Halloween is a candy holiday, but if you're hosting a party in the afternoon or evening, it's a good idea to serve a snack that can double as a meal, so kids don't get tired or cranky from a lack of food. These mini spider pizza pies make for a festive twist on the classic.

4. Tiny 'pumpkins'

These tiny "pumpkins" have to be the easiest treat to pull off for your Halloween spread. Just peel a dozen or so tangerines and drop in a celery slice for the "stems." Not only are these simple to make, but they add some healthful balance to the table. 

5. Sausage mummies

Delight all your party guests with a plate of these sausage mummies

6. Eyeball meatballs

The pasta and meatballs in this spooky dish provide sustenance while the decorations make it a thrill for kids who are anxious to hit the candy trail.

7. Apple monsters

How cute are these apple monster treats? And they're delicious, too. 

8. Pumpkin soup

If Halloween night is chilly, a simple pumpkin soup makes a great warm-food addition to the menu. Serve it up in a pumpkin shell and spoon it into paper cups for the kids to enjoy.

9. Candy buffet

When the weather is unseasonably warm, move the party to your backyard or porch and create holiday-themed drinks and a candy buffet bar for the kids. 

10. Candied apples

Whether you candy them or swirl them in chocolate or caramel, candied apples are a Halloween staple. Add some candy sprinkles to make them even more colorful and festive.

11. Ghost brownies

These ooey-gooey ghost brownies make a wonderful addition to the Halloween treat table. They're easy to make too! 

12. Jack o' lantern peppers

Sneak some vegetables into the festivities by carving bell peppers into small jack o' lanterns and filling them with veggie sticks. Serve them with a delicious dip on the side.

13. Ghost meringue cookies

Buy or make homemade meringue cookies and then use melted chocolate to give them faces. And now you have some boo-tiful little ghost cookies that the kids will love. 

14. Pumpkin parfaits

Feeling fancy this year? Make Greek yogurt pumpkin parfaits and serve them in glasses (real or plastic) or mason jars.

15. Mandarin jack o' lantern favors

Set up a table and have kids create their own boo-faced mandarins, and they can double as perfect take-home favors. 

A note on allergies: If you know that one of your child's friends has a food allergy or any other diet-related need, incorporate options with them in mind. You want them to be able to partake in the fun, too.

Tips and stories from parents and caregivers who’ve been there.

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