55 Halloween Appetizers That Are Easy, Impressive and Oh So Seasonal

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A killer Halloween party calls for popcorn balls, pizza bagels and tons of candy—when you’re a kid. Grown-ups, on the other hand, get their scare on with snacks that are more classy than kitschy, but still scream fall. Here are 55 recipes for Halloween appetizers—from cheesy dips to bite-size treats—that can get anyone in the spirit.

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1. Sweet Potato Crostini

Choose your (fancy) fighter: smoked salmon or cranberry-almond.

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2. Cranberry, Brussels Sprouts and Brie Skillet Nachos

This appetizer is chic enough for a dinner party yet approachable enough for the kids to devour (just look at all that cheese).

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3. Pumpkin Soup in Mini Pumpkin Bowls

Hello, autumn. Make sure you hang onto the pumpkin seeds—roasted pepitas are the ultimate crunchy finishing touch.

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4. Delicata Squash Rings with Garlic-Lemon Sauce

Potatoes could never.

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5. Bacon, Onion and Asiago Fondue

The ultimate cure for a chilly Halloween night? An ooey-gooey skillet of meat and cheese, of course.

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6. Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board

If you’re sick of all your salad’s tasty toppings falling to the bottom of the bowl, consider your problem solved.

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7. Roasted Mixed Nuts

It’s one of the most timeless snacks around, but a mix of spices and fresh herbs is all it takes for a modern update.

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8. Mini Apple Tarts

The secret to these bite-sized goodies? Baking them in mason jar lids.

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9. Pumpkin Pizza Crust with Arugula and Prosciutto

Psst: We figured out what you should do with that spare can of pumpkin purée in the pantry.

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10. Baked Brie with Figs, Pistachios and Orange

So good you’ll want it for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and every day in between.

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11. Cheesy Polenta Bites with Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta

Beware: These cornbread-Parmesan hybrids will haunt your party guests long after they’re gone.

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12. Brie-Stuffed Pretzel Bites

The same snack you loved as a child is all grown up, thanks to swapping neon-orange nacho cheese with creamy Brie.

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13. French Onion Cups

Nothing warms the soul quite like French onion soup. Besides puff pastry-wrapped French onion soup, obvi.

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14. Pumpkin Polenta

Whether you serve it as an appetizer or side dish, pumpkin polenta is about to become your newest holiday tradition.

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15. Savory Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin purée meets cream cheese, shredded cheddar, toasted pecans and all the bacon.

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16. Cranberry-Brie Pie Crust Bites

Halloween has never looked this gourmet.

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17. Curried Parsnip Apple Soup

’Tis the season for all things apple. Go for a tart type, like a Granny Smith or Bramley.

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18. Pumpkin Brioche

Halloween brunch is a go. Consider turning a loaf into French toast.

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19. Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites

Crispy on the outside, creamy and chewy on the inside.

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20. Whipped Ricotta with Roasted Pumpkin

Your blender has this appetizer covered, so you’ll have plenty of time to put on your costume.

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21. Baked Gorgonzola Bites

Careful, this snack is so addictive it’s scary.

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22. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Sure, your jack-o’-lantern looks amazing. But this Halloween-colored number will steal your guests’ hearts every time.

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23. Mozzarella Bites

It's pretty much impossible to complain about fried cheese, right?

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24. Cranberry-Brie Puff-Pastry Pops

They sure beat all the lollies the kids have ever gotten while trick-or-treating.

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25. Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

Consider this spread pumpkin’s prettiest Halloween costume yet.

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26. Pizza with Butternut Squash Sauce

Because you can do better than tomato sauce and pepperoni.

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27. Boursin Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

Have crackers, will travel.

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28. Mini Mason Jar Chicken Pot Pies

A gloomy autumn day is no match for these cuties.

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29. Crisp Fall Green Salad with Benne Seed Ginger Dressing

We’re just making sure you get a dose of veggies before all that Halloween candy.

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30. Honey-Roasted Chickpeas

Meet the most irresistible snack of all time. P.S., they taste like Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

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31. Roasted Squash with Yogurt and Spiced Buttered Pistachios

Lemony yogurt and warm-spiced nuts can hold their own against sweet acorn, kabocha or red kuri squash.

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32. Mini Caramel Pecan Pies with Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

Halloween candy who? The kids will forget all about it when they meet these 45-minute wonders.

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33. Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

Sorry, summer. You don’t own pasta salad. And this one has sweater season written all over it.

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34. Cauliflower, Pomegranate and Apple Salad

Our go-to cruciferous vegetable can do anything. Just wait until you try it drizzled with tahini-honey dressing.

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35. Mini Citrus Monkey Bread

A treat fit for a next-level breakfast buffet. We dare you to have just one.

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36. Honey Ricotta Dip

Want to see some Halloween magic? Set this six-ingredient appetizer out for your guests and watch it vanish before your eyes.

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37. Mashed Potato Fritters with Smoked Salmon and Chives

Forget the bagels. These fried patties are bursting with cheese, plus pair beautifully with smoked salmon and crème fraiche.

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38. Brussels Sprouts Sliders

It turns out halved Brussels sprouts make the most adorable substitute for buns.

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39. Apple Pie Biscuits

A late-night snack before ransacking the kids’ Halloween candy? Don’t mind if we do.

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40. Crispy Roasted Artichokes

Spinach artichoke dip? Again? These are so much more unexpected (and the garlic aioli is life-changing).

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41. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

Not only does this dish boast a swirly design, but it’s also loaded with cinnamon streusel.

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42. Jolly Rancher Candy Apples

Tell your little monsters to start digging through their Halloween hauls for ingredients.

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43. Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Regular old cereal gets an epic makeover, thanks to cookie butter (!!!), white chocolate chips and pumpkin pie spice.

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44. Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

Single-serve portions make it so much easier to not accidentally inhale half a pie in one sitting.

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45. Snickers Dip

What’s a Halloween party without any candy?

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46. Brown-Sugar Pear Puff Pastries

These would look even prettier under a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Just saying.

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47. Biscuit Dough Pumpkin Hand Pies

The key to a foolproof flaky crust? Store-bought dough. Your secret is safe with us.

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48. Mini Caramel Apples

This old-school Halloween snack is timeless. But using miniature Lady apples instead of the biggest ones you can find makes them way easier to eat.

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49. Apple-Cider Doughnut Holes

It isn’t fall until you’ve had a few (ahem, dozen) of these poppable gems.

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50. Chocolate Bark Halloween Brownies

We know we made a big deal about making your Halloween party as grown-up as possible. But a few candy eyeballs never hurt nobody.

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51. Dorie Greenspan’s Miso-Maple Loaf

Consider this one more reason to always have miso in your fridge. Brace yourself for an impossibly tender crumb, robust fall flavors and sweet-and-sour orange marmalade glaze.

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52. Roasted Broccoli and Bacon Pasta Salad

We can't decide what we love more, the crispy black pepper bacon or the buttery lemon-garlic breadcrumbs.

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53. Jammy Upside-Down Onion Tart

Who knew frozen store-bought puff pastry could look so gourmet? Chalk it up to gooey caramelized onions doused in butter, sherry and herbs.

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54. Prosciutto Bites

Warning: You might want to make a second batch, because these crispy prosciutto-wrapped balls of pizza dough are going to disappear in two minutes flat.

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55. Sweet Potato Biscuit Rolls with Honey Butter Glaze

Aka our new favorite way to use up leftover sweet potatoes. These rolls are the autumnal love child of a crisp biscuit and a pillowy soft bun.

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