50 Halloween Dessert Ideas, from Totally Spooky to Extra Sweet

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Goblins, ghosts and ghouls are frightening enough on their own, but what’s truly spooky is heading into Halloween without a game plan for your sweet tooth. After all, it’s the one time of year when it’s totally acceptable to sneak treats from your kid’s candy stash and bake them into a cupcake recipe…right? To get in a spooky mood, we’ve rounded up 50 of the best Halloween dessert ideas, from the cutest jack-o’-lantern cookies to the scariest spider cupcakes. Time to get baking.

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1. Candy Corn Surprise Cake

This cake is business on the outside, and party on the inside. We can never get enough candy corn.

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2. Halloween Spider Cupcakes

They’re so cute, they almost made us forget our fear of creepy-crawlies. Almost.

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3. Halloween Banana Popsicles

Adults will love that they’re healthy, and kids won’t know the difference.

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4. Monster Mash Cookies

We know you’re wondering, and it’s true: They’re a graveyard smash.

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5. Halloween Chocolate Boo Bark

Mix up the candy toppings however you see fit. But whatever you do, don’t skip the spooky-cute googly eyes.

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6. Candy Corn Cupcakes

We told you we really love candy corn. (Even you’re not a superfan of the sugary treat, these cupcakes are just vanilla with food coloring.)

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7. Halloween Eyeball Sugar Cookies

We only have eyes for these cookies. (Heh.)

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8. Creepy Halloween Cupcakes

We kind of wish all spiders were made of gumdrops and licorice, don’t you?

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9. Gluten-Free Matcha Cheesecake Frankensteins

These gentlemen are no-bake and take about 25 minutes to assemble, no big deal.

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10. Candy Charcuterie Board

We’ve died and gone to Halloween candy heaven.

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11. Candy Apples

These apples have a secret: They’re made with melted down Jolly Ranchers for an easy treat.

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12. Halloween Candy White Chocolate Bark

Switch up the usual with white chocolate instead of dark, and plenty of sour candies on top.

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13. Mini Peanut Butter Cups

To truly impress, skip the store-bought Reese’s and make your own peanut butter cups.

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14. Spooky Halloween Pretzels

The only ghosts we’d like to see are covered in white chocolate and sitting in our snack bowl, thank you very much.

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15. Chocolate Bark Halloween Brownies

The more sprinkles and candy, the better. This is Halloween, after all.

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16. Chocolate-Stuffed Brownie Bites

Dark as midnight on a moonless night—dark chocolate, that is.

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17. Halloween Chocolate Mousse

We could make a cheesy joke about graveyards, but we’ll just say these are delicious.

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18. Apple Tart with Soft-Pretzel Crust

Is a soft-pretzel crust a bit of an undertaking? Maybe, but it’s worth every drop of effort.

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19. Pumpkin Angel Food Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

We can’t decide which is more swoon-worthy: the pumpkin cake, or the cream cheese glaze?

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20. Caramel Coconut Macaroons

We’ll let you in on a sweet tip: If you dip these cuties in melted chocolate, they taste like a fancy Mounds bar.

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21. Caramel-Chocolate Macadamia Tart

This classy tart might not scream “Halloween” from the get-go but go ahead, take a bite. It tastes just like a candy bar.

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22. Snickerdoodle Chocolate-Chunk Bundt Cake

For adults, Halloween is definitely about reminiscing on your favorite nostalgic candy bars. And FYI, this cake tastes like a Twix.

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23. Easy Nutella Mousse

For a last-minute dessert, break out a jar of Nutella. We know you already have one in your pantry.

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24. Pumpkin Pie with a Chocolate Crust

Halloween color scheme? Check. Autumnal flavor profile? Double check.

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25. Dark Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

These toe the line between snack and dessert, which is why we love them so much. Just be sure to use the most festive sprinkles in your pantry.

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26. Salted Caramel Apple Sundae

Admit it, you were sold at the mention of salted caramel.

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27. Mini Caramel Apples

Forget the gigantic, mass-produced caramel apples you find at the store (or even at the pumpkin patch). Making them at home is easy, fun and worth getting gooey caramel stuck to your teeth.

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28. The World’s Biggest Peanut Butter Cup

Let’s be honest: All Halloween candies aren’t created equal. Peanut butter cups > everything. So naturally, we had to supersize them.

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29. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

The outside is soft, the inside is creamy. And they’ll melt in your mouth.

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30. Creamy Pumpkin Eton Mess

This tastes like the best part of pumpkin pie (the filling). Plus, you can use store-bought meringue cookies, if you want to save time.

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31. Sea Salt Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

DIY candy? Trust us, it’s worth it. These guys are a little sweet, a little salty and (surprisingly) pretty healthy too.

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32. Jack-O’-Lantern Hand Pies

Fill them with your choice of bourbon-apple or roasted blackberry (and go ahead, use store-bought crust if you want).

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33. Milk Chocolate Stuffed Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies

The cookies are flavored with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and would be as delicious on their own as they are when decorated with chocolate.

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34. Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

No eggs, no dairy, no problem. If you don’t tell anyone it’s vegan, they probably won’t even know.

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35. Biscuit Dough Pumpkin Hand Pies

Are these the cutest single-serve desserts in existence? They’re definitely up there.

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36. Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Cider Frosting

For a more subtle take on the holiday, you can’t beat this easy sheet cake. The whole thing is ready in under an hour (and the frosting is divine).

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37. Halloween Pumpkin Pie

It’s remarkable what you can do with a good pie crust and a few seasonal cookie cutters.

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38. Pumpkin Bars

They’re a cross between a pie, a cake and a cookie. And yes, they’re as good as they sound.

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39. Black Sesame Ice Cream

Imagine the look on everyone’s face when you serve them a bowl of black ice cream. Now imagine when they dive in with spoons.

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40. Halloween M&M’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Proof that you don’t have to spend all day and night making a festive treat.

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41. Apple Cider Caramels

These caramels feel very Martha Stewart, don’t you think?

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42. Pumpkin Tiramisu

If you can’t find pumpkin pie liqueur, use something equally creamy and sweet like Irish cream.

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43. Apple-Cider Doughnut Holes

The apple cider adds a hint of seasonal flavor and also keeps these snackable donut bites from drying out.

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44. Sourdough Doughnuts with Concord Grape Glaze

Psst: Concord grapes are in season. They taste like childhood and look like a mad scientist’s creation.

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45. Kit Kat Bar Ice-Cream Cake

Sign us up for any dessert that doesn’t require turning on an oven.

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46. Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

If there’s one holiday that requires you to stuff cookies with candy, it’s Halloween. Embrace it.

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47. Mini Caramel Pecan Pies with Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

Want a dessert that looks mighty impressive but can be made in under an hour? These little guys will do the trick.

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48. Puff Pastry Apple Galette

This might be the prettiest apple dessert we’ve ever laid eyes on. It doesn’t hurt that it’s easy to whip up in a single skillet.

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49. Pumpkin Pie Parfaits

They’re vegan, gluten-free, made with ten ingredients and ready in 60 minutes. Need we say more?

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50. Cinnamon Meringue Pie

There’s nothing scary about this gorgeous fall pie.

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