Halloween Party for Adults: Spooky Recipes

Who says Halloween is just for kids? We’ve got a Halloween party loaded with spooky recipes featuring grown-up twists: candy apples with brandy, cashew brittle with chiles, chicken with more cloves of garlic than you can even imagine. Use this collection of adult Halloween recipes to make the perfect Halloween themed dinner party menu, or pick and choose for treats that can travel with you through the neighborhood this Halloween. Don’t worry–there are plenty of treats for the kids to pick from, too!

Spooky Halloween Recipes

Halloween treats are too much fun for kids to have all the fun: sorry, kids. These treats have a nice grown-up kick that will spice things up at your next Halloween party—and they’re lighter, too.


Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies

Use gingerbread cutters to make spooky skeletons out of these scary-good Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies. You can also use 2 1/2-inch cat or bat cutters, if you prefer. Look for meringue powder at craft stores or in the craft section of some big-box retailers. How to make them.

Cinnamon-Cider Candied Apples

Apple cider, Red Hots candies, and brandy provide a perfect, bloody coating for Granny Smiths. Tip: Wash the apples well to remove any waxy coating, and dry thoroughly before dipping them. Work quickly, but if the syrup begins to set, you can reheat it over low heat to liquefy. The secret to making them is here.

Thai Cashew Brittle

Sharp shards of crisp Thai Cashew Brittle combine salty cashews and hot chile paste. The yummy recipe can be found here.

Spiced Cider

Don’t forget the drinks! Welcome guests to your home with a warm cup of spiced cider spiked with brandy. The perfect mix can be found here.

Jackson Pollock Candied Apples

Named for the abstract expressionist’s signature paint-splattered canvases, these apples make great Halloween treats. Green Granny Smiths go well with the sweet white and bittersweet chocolates, but use any apple you like. Look for wooden sticks at craft supply stores, or use forks instead. Yummy goodness can be found here.