While the grocery store candy aisle is a perfectly suitable source for the stuff you’ll hand out to hordes of trick-or-treaters, to limit your Halloween party snacks to those supermarket standbys would be a grave mistake. Whether the theme of this year’s spooktacular skews more grim reaper or mermaid-chic, inspiration for a more festive refreshment table abounds. Read on to discover four scary-good treats guaranteed to take your Halloween soirée to the next level. Try one, or go all-out for a wickedly delicious spread.
If you’re in the market for an eye-catching confection that’s equal parts twisted and tasty, this delicious red velvet skeleton cake will not disappoint. Slice it open for a creepy surprise that’s certain to give guests a good scare. Difficulty level: advanced
Calling all fans of bewitching bakes: These two-ingredient pretzel and phyllo dough broomsticks are the magical appetizers you’ve always dreamed of conjuring. Keep your presentation classic with a savory nacho cheese dip, or opt for sweet and add a finishing cinnamon sugar flourish. Difficulty level: easy
Dubbed the Poison Apple, this adult-approved elixir is the perfect concoction to round out your Halloween spread. Serve it with dry ice and a black sugar rim to up the supernatural factor—cauldron optional. Difficulty level: easy
Made with black cocoa powder and muscovado sugar, this edible haunted house is deceptively delicious. Doubling as decor and dessert, this break-and-eat haunted mansion takes grandma’s gingerbread house to the dark side. Difficulty level: advanced
Want to go full-on fright fest? Top off your creep-tastic tablescape with these eerily charming glasses, bowls, and place cards made by Etsy sellers.