Halloween food ideas | Cupcakes and recipes for Halloween

Let your creativity run wild in the kitchen with some frighteningly fun food and spooktacular recipes this Halloween.

Whether you’re transforming your place into a haunted house, making your own costume or putting together a scary good menu, Halloween is about being creative and having fun.

From zombie brain cakes and spiderweb cookies to ghoulishly good cupcakes, Halloween is an opportunity to go wild in the kitchen. Here’s our guide to the best spine-tingling treats and recipe ideas that will be a real scream with all your guests this Halloween.

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Halloween food ideas

There’s no limit to your imagination and creativity when it comes to Halloween food - food should look terrifying to eat but taste delicious. Think zombie brains made from raspberry jelly, spiderweb cupcakes made from buttercream and fondant or vampire blood cocktails made with red wine sangria and cup decorations.


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Baked goods such as cakes, cookies and cupcakes are always a hit and are super-easy to decorate. There are plenty of creepy cake moulds, Halloween props and fun designs you can try.

Find inspiration with these popular Halloween food ideas and get your creative juices going.

Top Halloween food ideas

Mini Witches hats food toppers
Silicone Cake Mould - Halloween Skull
Halloween paper straws

Halloween cupcakes

Cupcakes are easy to bake and fun to decorate! For Halloween, think pumpkin-flavoured cupcakes, black and orange decorations, black cats, vampires, ghouls and goblins. Bring out the guts and gore with fun decorations and themed food toppers, toothpicks, sprinkles, icing and fondant and edible wafer papers, as well as fun cupcake liners and wrappers.

Whether you’re looking to create cute and creepy cupcakes or terrifying ones this Halloween, here’s some cupcake decorating inspiration to get you started:


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Top Halloween cupcake decorations

Spider Halloween Cupcake Picks
Costume One
Pirate Desserts
Halloween cupcake liners baking cups

Best Halloween Recipes

If you’re planning on throwing a Halloween party this year, here are 3 spooktacular recipes you can try at home.


Eerie Eye Pops

Recipe: BBC Good Food

Makes 10 cake pops


  • 100g Madeira cake (sponge cake)
  • 100g Oreo cookies
  • 100g milk chocolate, melted
  • 200g white chocolate, melted
  • Smarties and icing pens to decorate
  • Pumpkin for display


Cocktail Sausage Mummies

Recipe: Taste magazine

Makes 24 cocktail sausages


  • 24 beef chipolata sausages
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 4 sheets (25 x 25cm) ready rolled puff pastry
  • American mustard, to decorate
  • Tomato sauce, to serve


Stuffed Capsicums

Recipe: Citron Limette

Serves 4


  • 1½ cups cooked brown rice
  • 4 large capsicums
  • 350g beef mince
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp paprika


  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 cup tomato and basil pasta sauce
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup chicken stock

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