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54 Halloween Appetizers for 2022 That Are Easy, Impressive and Oh So Seasonal

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 recipes that are more classy than kitschy, but still scream fall. Here are 54 Halloween appetizers to serve in 2022 that will get anyone in the spooky season spirit, including cheesy dips, creative snacks and bite-size treats.

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1. Sweet Potato Crostini

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner friendly, special occasion-worthy

Skip toasted bread in favor of crispy, paper-thin roasted sweet potatoes. Choose your fancy fighter: smoked salmon or cranberry-almond.

2. Cranberry, Brussels Sprouts and Brie Skillet Nachos

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, one pan

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

3. Pumpkin Soup in Mini Pumpkin Bowls

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, vegetarian, special occasion-worthy

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

4. Delicata Squash Rings with Garlic-Lemon Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

Potatoes could never. Leave the delicata's striped skin on—it adds a fancy flair to the rings.

5. Bacon, Onion and Asiago Fondue

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

The ultimate cure for a chilly Halloween night? An ooey-gooey skillet of meat and cheese, of course. (Psst: If you can't find asiago, white cheddar works too.)

6. Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, no cook, special occasion-worthy

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

7. Roasted Mixed Nuts

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

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. We recommend a mix of rosemary, oregano and thyme to really usher in the fall vibes.

8. Mini Apple Tarts

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients

The secret to these bite-sized goodies? Baking them in mason jar lids (and using store-bought pie dough).

9. Pumpkin Pizza Crust with Arugula and Prosciutto

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, high protein, beginner-friendly

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

10. Baked Brie with Figs, Pistachios and Orange

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, crowd-pleaser, one pan

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

11. Cheesy Polenta Bites with Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

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

12. Brie-Stuffed Pretzel Bites

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

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

13. French Onion Cups

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, beginner-friendly

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

14. Pumpkin Polenta

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, special occasion-worthy, vegetarian

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

15. Savory Pumpkin Dip

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

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

16. Cranberry-Brie Pie Crust Bites

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

Halloween has never looked this gourmet. Your guests will have no clue that you started with store-bought pie dough.

17. Curried Parsnip Apple Soup

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, special occasion-worthy, one pot

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

18. Pumpkin Brioche

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 50 minutes (plus rising time)
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, make ahead, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

Halloween brunch is a go. Consider turning a loaf into French toast sticks to wow your guests.

19. Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, make ahead, vegetarian

Crispy on the outside, creamy and chewy on the inside. Serve them with ketchup for the kids and hot sauce for the adults.

20. Whipped Ricotta with Roasted Pumpkin

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, make ahead

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

21. Baked Gorgonzola Bites

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, vegetarian, one pan

Careful, this snack is so addictive it's scary. Even better, the bites come together in a single baking dish, so you'll have minimal dirty dishes to wash once they're gone.

22. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, dairy free, make ahead, Instant Pot recipe, one pot

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

23. Mozzarella Bites

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, beginner-friendly

It's pretty much impossible to complain about fried cheese, right? If there are kids at the party, this appetizer is a no-brainer.

24. Cranberry-Brie Puff Pastry Pops

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

They sure beat all the lollies the kids have ever gotten while trick-or-treating. Feel free to substitute jam for cranberry sauce.

25. Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, vegan

Consider this spread pumpkin’s prettiest Halloween costume yet. Pile on the finishing touches, like pomegranate arils, pepitas and edible flowers.

26. Pizza with Butternut Squash Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, vegetarian

Because you can do better than tomato sauce and pepperoni. Ricotta, mozzarella and from-scratch butternut squash sauce make every bite impossibly creamy.

27. Boursin Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

Have crackers, will travel. You also only need one skillet to prepare it to boot.

28. Mini Mason Jar Chicken Pot Pies

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

A gloomy autumn day is no match for these cuties. They're easier to prepare than they look, thanks to store-bought rotisserie chicken.

29. Crisp Fall Green Salad with Benne Seed Ginger Dressing

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, no cook, crowd-pleaser, <30 minutes

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

30. Roasted Squash with Yogurt and Spiced Buttered Pistachios

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, beginner-friendly

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

31. Mini Caramel Pecan Pies with Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, special occasion-worthy

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

32. Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, vegetarian, make ahead

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

33. Cauliflower, Pomegranate and Apple Salad

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, vegan, special occasion-worthy

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

34. Mini Citrus Monkey Bread

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly

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

35. Honey Ricotta Dip

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, one pan

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

36. ‘Swicy’ Caramel Corn

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

Sweet, sticky, two-ingredient caramel meets smoky, tingly cayenne pepper to create a next-level bowl of popcorn. Turn on a scary movie, will ya?

37. Brussels Sprouts Sliders

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

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

38. Apple Pie Biscuits

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

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

39. Crispy Roasted Artichokes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, berginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

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

40. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, kid-friendly

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

41. Jolly Rancher Candy Apples

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, make ahead

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

42. Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, make ahead, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients

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

43. Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

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

44. Snickers Dip

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, no cook, kid-friendly

What’s a Halloween party without candy? This one-bowl crowd-pleaser boasts mini Snickers bars, milk chocolate and caramel.

45. Brown-Sugar Pear Puff Pastries

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

These are peak classy. They would look even prettier under a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but you already knew that.

46. Biscuit Dough Pumpkin Hand Pies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

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

47. Mini Caramel Apples

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, make ahead, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

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

48. Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, make ahead

It isn’t fall until you’ve had a few (ahem, dozen) of these poppable doughnuts. Up the seasonal ante by serving them with mulled cider.

49. Chocolate Bark Halloween Brownies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, one pan, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

We know we made a big deal about making your Halloween party as grown-up as possible, but a few candy eyeballs never hurt.

50. Dorie Greenspan’s Miso-Maple Loaf

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, special occasion-worthy

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

51. Sweet Potato Cheese Fries

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, vegetarian, sheet pan recipe

Crunchy pepitas, dried cranberries and warm spices put this reinvented appetizer firmly in fall territory. Don't be shy with the crema drizzle.

52. Jammy Upside-Down Onion Tart

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, special occasion-worthy

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

53. Prosciutto Bites

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

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.

54. Sweet Potato Biscuit Rolls with Honey Butter Glaze

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, kid-friendly

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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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.