Quick and Easy Halloween Treats to Bake or Buy

These delicious Halloween desserts are easy to make and decorate – even at the last minute.

Whether you choose to bake Halloween treats or buy them, our creative ideas are perfect for your haunted house bash or the neighborhood trick-or-treat. If you’re in a rush (or you forgot that you signed up to bring snacks for your kid’s classroom tomorrow), we’ve provided super-quick Halloween recipes you can put together in a flash.


Frosted Cupcakes
Bake Halloween cupcakes with a store-bought mix (pumpkin spice flavor, anyone?), and spread a thin layer of white cream cheese frosting on top of each. Fill a pastry bag with colored gel icing, and use a decorating tip to pipe faces onto each cupcake. Skeletons and ghosts are especially simple.

Make it quick: Add candy corn, sprinkles, chocolate pieces or other sweet treats to iced store-bought cupcakes.


Jack-o’-lantern Oranges
If you’re worried about the amount of sugar the kids will be eating, provide some fun Halloween-inspired fruit options. With a permanent black marker, draw pumpkin faces onto clementine oranges.


Friendly Fruit Cups
You can also draw cheerful jack-o’-lantern faces on store-bought fruit cups – try mandarin oranges or peaches. To get your kids in the Halloween spirit, pack a decorated cup in their lunchboxes each day during the last week of October.

Make it quick: If you’re planning to pass out these treats on Halloween night, adhere a pumpkin sticker to the top of each cup instead of drawing dozens of faces.


Candy Corn Puppy Chow
The classic combo of chocolate and peanut butter is a hit at Halloween parties. Enlist your kids to help assemble this sweet, crunchy snack.

1 cup chocolate chips
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup butter
6 cups rice or wheat squares cereal
2 cups candy corn
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup peanuts

1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave for one minute and stir. Then microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until mixture is smooth
2. Add cereal and candy corn; stir to combine
3. Spread mix on a wax paper–covered cookie sheet. Let cool. Add sugar; shake to coat


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Chocolate Cereal Bars with Candy Corn
These crispy, crunchy treats can be customized to your own tastes.

4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 package (10 ounces) marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups chocolate rice cereal
3 cups candy corn
Cooking spray

1. Coat a 13 × 9 × 2-inch baking pan with cooking spray
2. In a large pot over low heat, melt butter, cocoa and chocolate chips, stirring often until smooth. Add marshmallows and stir until completely combined. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla
3. Stir in cereal and candy corn. Using a buttered spatula or waxed paper, press into prepared pan. Let cool for 30 minutes


Monster Mash Cake Pops
These simple cake pops are just begging to be decorated with silly monster faces.

1 box cake mix
1 container frosting
1 bag chocolate chips
Assorted toppings (sprinkles, candy, etc.)

1. Bake cake according to box directions
2. Remove cake from oven, and while still warm, break into chunks and place in large bowl
3. Crumble cake into crumbs. Add the container of frosting and mix until combined
4. Roll mixture into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 1 hour
5. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave
6. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into melted chocolate and gently push stick into a cake ball
7. Coat ball in melted chocolate. Decorate right after dipping


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