Nothing says "Halloween" quite like the one and only pumpkin. This delicious squash is so popular around this time of the year, it only makes sense to brainstorm pumpkin recipes for Halloween. One might argue that learning how to carve pumpkins takes the cake (pie?), but there is no harm in doing both. They are both classic fall activities, after all.
In that case, anything with pumpkin can technically count as a tasty Halloween recipe. But for the sake of partying it up — and for pleasing your sweet tooth — this list focuses on treats and drinks that are easy to split and share. Better yet, many of these recipes involve Halloween motifs like mummies, ghost, and pumpkins. Lots and lots of pumpkins.
At the very least, think about how you serve and present each recipe. Cupcakes can be baked in printed paper cups. Cookie cutters can turn dough into pumpkins or skulls. If all else fails, throw on shaped sprinkles. They will instantly turn any food into a festive Halloween recipe. Find them at craft stores, groceries, or online.
And if you are not planning to throw a Halloween party this year? Invite a few friends over, mix up a few drinks, and make a recipe together. The more fall memories, the better.
1. Quick And Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes
When you're pressed for time, a recipe called "quick and easy" fits the bill. These simple pumpkin cupcakes by Taste And Tell might be just what you need for a last-minute get together—or when you're just craving some seasonal treats.
2. Halloween Pumpkin Cookies
Most pumpkin cookie sandwiches call for a pumpkin filling, but these babies by The Kitchen have pumpkin in the cookies. The butter-based frosting recipe is also really easy to make.
3. Jack-O-Lantern Spinach Stuffed Pastries
Who says Halloween is only about chocolate and frosting? This clever stuffed pastry recipe by Half Baked Harvest is the perfect savory treat.
4. Bakery-Style Soft Pumpkin Cookies With Maple Cinnamon Buttercream Recipe
Impress guests (and yourself) with these bakery-style cookies by Taste And Tell. Between the maple cinnamon butter cream and festive sprinkles, this recipe is sure to be a winner.
5. Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin cupcakes are one thing... but cinnamon cream cheese frosting? Uh, yes please. Visit Damn Delicious for the breakdown.
6. Pumpkin Nutella Donuts
In a season that's about all things pumpkin, you'll be sure to find pumpkin donuts in all the stores. But if you want to make it yourself, head to Something Swanky.
7. Cookies And Cream Pumpkin Kiss Brownies
These brownies by Deliciously Yum are stuffed with Pumpkin Spice Kisses and topped with a layer of cookies and cream chocolate. It's basically all of Halloween rolled into one.
8. Pumpkin Seed Bark
This Halloween, save your pumpkin seeds. They can be put to good use with this easy and festive bark recipe by Something Swanky. Feel like being extra? Add edible glitter or Halloween-shaped sprinkles.
9. Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats
Rice Krispie treats are a classic, but come Halloween, it only makes sense to bring in pumpkin spice. The Comfort Of Cooking shows you how.
10. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
These bars by Taste And Tell are perfect for splitting and sharing, unless you want to keep it all to yourself. Also, how adorable are those whipped cream ghosts?
11. Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies
With this pumpkin spice oatmeal recipe by Food Nasty, you can eat cookies for Halloween breakfast, and every day after that. If they last that long, at least.
12. Pumpkin Mummy Cookies
The only thing better than pumpkin cookies is mummy pumpkin cookies. Learn how to make these charming treats, which only call for a few ingredients, at The Kitchn.
13. Pumpkin Oreo Fudge
Fudge will be a hit at any Halloween party, especially when it's infused with pumpkin and topped with crushed Oreo cookies. Visit Dessert Now Dinner Later to make this decadent recipe.
14. Pumpkin Oreo Muddy Buddies
With just four ingredients, you can make pumpkin Oreo muddy buddies for a Halloween gathering. Find the how-to at Something Swanky.
15. Double Stuffed Pumpkin Pie Oreos
Not only are these Oreos homemade, but they are double stuffed, too. Head to Half Baked Harvest to learn how to work this Halloween magic.
16. Pumpkin Buttercream Filled Macarons with Pumpkin Spice Dark Chocolate Ganache
Pumpkin buttercream? Pumpkin spice ganache? You're speaking my language, Dessert Now Dinner Later. It doesn't hurt these macarons look like adorable mini pumpkins, too.
17. Pumpkin Pie Bites
If you're craving something a bit easier, make these pumpkin pie bites by Bakerella. You can use store-bought pie crust, while the pumpkin filling is infused with cream cheese. Yum.
18. Pumpkin Marshmallow Dip
Why does everything seem tastier in dip form? With Chocolate Covered Katie's recipe, you can make a marshmallow dip for graham crackers, pretzels, and more.
19. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are a classic, but once you get pumpkin involved, it's exactly what you need for a Halloween party. Learn how to make it with Foodie Crush.
20. Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies
Without their little red eyes, these mummy treats by Homemade Hooplah are just plain ol' truffles. It just goes to show how details change everything.
21. Pumpkin Maple Cupcakes
Pumpkin cupcakes are one thing, but once you add maple, that's how you know Halloween is being taken seriously. Find the recipe at My Baking Addiction.
22. Pumpkin Seed Bon Bons
These cuties by The Misfit Baker are a must for any grown-up trick-or-treat bag. As an added bonus, they're vegan and gluten-free, so anyone can enjoy them.
23. Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Frosting
If chocolate or vanilla is more your style, make a pumpkin spice cream cheese frosting and add it to your favorite cupcake. This recipe by Crazy For Crust will turn literally anything into a festive Halloween treat.
24. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Pumpkin pie isn't limited to actual pie, you guys. Veggie Primer made a vegan and gluten-free version, and I can't stop drooling.
25. Pumpkin Butterbeer Hot Chocolate
Whether you're a Muggle or not, this pumpkin butterbeer hot chocolate by Half Baked Harvest is going to make all your dreams come true. See you never, instant hot cocoa.
26. Pumpkin Cheesecake Martini
Drinks can make or break an event, so do it right with a pumpkin cheesecake martini. You'll earn major party cred for this one. Visit A Beautiful Mess for the breakdown.
27. Halloween Pumpkin Milkshake
Want something less boozy? Check out Food Nasty to make a creamy, delicious Halloween pumpkin milkshake. Feel free to use non-dairy ingredients to make a vegan version.