There’s no time more perfect to engage in your spooky side than Halloween. From crazy costumes to bizarro decorations that send chills down the neighbors’ spines, it’s all welcome, encouraged, and thoroughly enjoyed.

The kitchen is no exception! Whether you're having a spooky cocktail night with friends or a Halloween-themed family barbecue, there are just too many delicious ideas to try out! So in order to get your creative cooking skills up and rolling, Bored Panda wrapped up some of the most terrifyingly tasty foods for Halloween, so put on your apron and thank us later!

Also, if you are still in need of more mouth-watering ideas, be sure to check out more ideas for what to eat on spooky night here and here.

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My Halloween Apple Pie

My Halloween Apple Pie

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To find out what the experts have to say about our and our kids’ nutrition on the spookiest night of the year, Bored Panda spoke with Maggie Jackson, a lifestyle expert blogger, TV host, and frequent contributor to KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles, as well as pediatric dietitian and feeding expert Rachel Rothman, MS, RD, CLEC, who is the author of Nutrition in Bloom.

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Thought It’d Be A Good Idea For A Halloween Party

Thought It’d Be A Good Idea For A Halloween Party

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Being a mom of two toddlers, Maggie Jackson shares tips to make families' lives more fun, healthier, and easier, including simple recipes and product recommendations. According to her, kids want sugary candy and snacks because they're convenient and come in fun shapes wrapped in colorful packaging.

“A chocolate-covered peanut butter pumpkin wrapped in glow-in-the-dark packaging is way cooler than celery sticks, right?! But healthy food can be fun, too, with a little creativity! Examples: Utilize Halloween cookie cutters to make festive shapes in healthy sandwiches; Use dried fruit and nuts to make jack o' lantern faces on whole wheat pancakes or waffles; Add shredded zucchini to your favorite pumpkin bread mix for an extra boost of veggies that you can't taste,” Jackson told us. She said she always tries to sneak in veggies and fruit wherever she can.

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I Made A Slimer Cake For My Halloween Cakes Series. He’s Filled With Tequila Lime Curd And Vanilla Buttercream. I Sculpted Him In Modeling Chocolate

I Made A Slimer Cake For My Halloween Cakes Series. He’s Filled With Tequila Lime Curd And Vanilla Buttercream. I Sculpted Him In Modeling Chocolate

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Another way to keep Halloween snacks on the healthier side, Jackson says, is to get your kids involved in preparing healthy snacks, and make the experience fun and pressure-free.

“I've noticed that my children are more likely to try new, healthy foods if they help me prepare them in the kitchen, especially if it's a festive snack like the Spider Crackers!”Moreover, “If they refuse to eat the healthy snack they prepared, don't make a big deal of it. At least they were exposed to healthy food and created a fun memory making it with you,” Jackson added.

Meanwhile, if you're stressed out about your kids' potential sugar rushes and crashes this Halloween, Jackson reminds everyone that it's just for one night. “Continue offering healthy options at home, and your child will be fine.”

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Lab Rat Soup

Lab Rat Soup

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harpling
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ugh... and aww..... and eww.... I keep going back and forth on this one.

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Macarons

Macarons

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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a children's librarian, I highly approve of these goodies!

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My Wife’s Halloween Cookies

My Wife’s Halloween Cookies

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Meanwhile, Rachel Rothman, who’s a pediatric dietitian helping parents conquer mealtime stress, uses a practical and evidence-based approach and helps families create happier, stress-free meals without pressuring, bribing or forcing. “My two daughters are my biggest teachers, as my goal is to always help all little ones form a healthy relationship with food, enjoy eating, and feel good about themselves and their bodies,” Rothman said.

Rothman’s advice here is to not obsess at all about Halloween sweets. “And I really mean: not at all! As I share in this blog post, Halloween is one day of the year. Kids typically eat 3 meals and 2-3 snacks each day, and there are 365 days in a year, which comes to 2,190 meals and snacks. So don’t let one night’s candy become more important than the other 2,189,” the dietitian explained.

#10

I Cannot Wait To Make These Peanut Butter Spider Cookies Again

I Cannot Wait To Make These Peanut Butter Spider Cookies Again

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#11

Halloween Showstopper

Halloween Showstopper

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#12

Ground Meat Rice Krispies For Halloween

Ground Meat Rice Krispies For Halloween

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harpling
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"A nosey coworker!" I hope these are going to be served at work!

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According to Rothman, candy is part and maybe the biggest one of Halloween, but “that’s okay!” “When serving other food on Halloween, stick to offering nutritious options if that works for you. I invite families to offer a full meal prior to any activities or parties, as many kids lose interest once the evening activity gets underway,” she told Bored Panda.

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I Made A Cake For My Best Friend's Birthday Tomorrow

I Made A Cake For My Best Friend's Birthday Tomorrow

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I Am So Proud Of How My Husband's Birthday Cake Turned Out! Everything Is Edible, Including The Pretzel Support In The Modeling Chocolate Hand. Happy Halloween

I Am So Proud Of How My Husband's Birthday Cake Turned Out! Everything Is Edible, Including The Pretzel Support In The Modeling Chocolate Hand. Happy Halloween

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harpling
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where's the rest of the spell? I've added the blood of a liar to earth collected from hallowed ground, but I've only summoned half of whatever I'm summoning!

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Here's A Jazzed Up Vegetable Miso Soup

Here's A Jazzed Up Vegetable Miso Soup

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Rothman invites parents and caregivers to let Halloween be about having fun with their kids and their families. “Helping children to develop a positive relationship with food is so much more than the food they are eating: it's about connection, togetherness and making enjoyable memories.”

She explained that “when we start to demonize or worry too much about candy or label some foods as 'junk,' we are creating fear around these sweets, which can be negative in the long run, leading to sneaking, hoarding, or other unhealthy behaviors.”

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Halloween Stuffed Peppers

Halloween Stuffed Peppers

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harpling
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Stuffed peppers are one of my favourite dishes! I might actually be able to make these.

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#17

Halloween-Themed Birthday Cake That My Wife Made

Halloween-Themed Birthday Cake That My Wife Made

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CuddlyCapybara
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's an odd way to spell Caroline. "Karaline" (just an observation no hate)

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#18

I Repurposed Some Gingerbread Men Cookie Cutters Into Spooky Skeletons For Halloween

I Repurposed Some Gingerbread Men Cookie Cutters Into Spooky Skeletons For Halloween

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harpling
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Brilliant idea! Especially the missing halves!

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In fact, being a pediatric dietitian, Rothman lets her kids eat as much candy as they want on Halloween “(yes, they eventually stop).” “Then we normalize it by treating remaining candy as a 'snack' food they can have a piece or two of in the following days until they gradually lose interest.”Moreover, parents can also turn candy into a learning activity: count the candy, or sort it by shape and size, or taste the candy together and describe the flavor, Rothman argues.

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Coffin Nail Cookies And Cauldron Cocoa

Coffin Nail Cookies And Cauldron Cocoa

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Devil’s Food Cake

Devil’s Food Cake

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Tomato Soup In Spider Bread Bowl

Tomato Soup In Spider Bread Bowl

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harpling
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A bloody spider has no business being this cute!

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We also asked both Maggie Jackson and Rachel Rothman to share their favorite Halloween-themed foods or snacks. For Jackson, she loves making these Spider Crackers with her kids because they're so easy and require absolutely no chopping or baking.

“They only require four ingredients, and most are probably already in your pantry! You also can easily swap the ingredients to suit taste preferences or allergy restrictions. For example, if you have a nut allergy, you can swap the peanut butter filling for seed butter or cream cheese. If you don't like raisins, try dried blueberries or currants instead. Serve with a side of fruit, like these banana ghosts and clementine pumpkins, for the perfect Halloween snack,” Jackson said.

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Gorgeously Spooky Bread Of The Dead

Gorgeously Spooky Bread Of The Dead

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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Soo original! I love everything about it! 🍕 😍

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#23

Thought You Guys Might Enjoy The Display Cake I Made Today. He’s The Spirit Of Halloween, And I Hope He Makes Some People Smile

Thought You Guys Might Enjoy The Display Cake I Made Today. He’s The Spirit Of Halloween, And I Hope He Makes Some People Smile

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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow- incredible talent. Those spiders are a really creepy touch.

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Every Year I I Come Up With Halloween Cake Decorating Ideas. I’m Proud Of These, Especially The Devil One

Every Year I I Come Up With Halloween Cake Decorating Ideas. I’m Proud Of These, Especially The Devil One

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Meanwhile, Rothman loves Halloween-themed food that’s nutritious, fun, and easy to create. “A favorite is my chocolate pumpkin muffins. Even easier? Grab a permanent marker, and draw a jack-o-lantern face on a tangerine or small orange, or a string cheese ghost,” she said and added that it’s a good idea to keep it simple!

Rothman invites parents and caregivers to let Halloween be about having fun with their kids and their families. “Helping children to develop a positive relationship with food is so much more than the food they are eating: it's about connection, togetherness and making enjoyable memories.”

#25

Our 2021 Hallowedding Cake

Our 2021 Hallowedding Cake

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#26

Feet Loaf For Halloween Party

Feet Loaf For Halloween Party

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#27

My Halloween Cake

My Halloween Cake

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#28

Mini Sorting Hat Cakes For "Harry Potter" Themed Halloween Treats

Mini Sorting Hat Cakes For "Harry Potter" Themed Halloween Treats

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#29

Spooky Bois

Spooky Bois

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#30

It's That Time Of Year Again. What's Your Favorite Halloween Treat? Made This Pie A Couple Years Ago

It's That Time Of Year Again. What's Your Favorite Halloween Treat? Made This Pie A Couple Years Ago

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Party Time! After Three Days I’m Done. Happy Halloween

Party Time! After Three Days I’m Done. Happy Halloween

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harpling
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've never felt threatened by strawberries before.

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#33

My Wife Made Some Brain Food For Halloween

My Wife Made Some Brain Food For Halloween

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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I still have a brain mould I'm going to make a strawberry jelly for Halloween. =)

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#34

Sweet Tooth Bites

Sweet Tooth Bites

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harpling
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I'm guessing the red stuff is jam of some sort, but what are the teeth made of? Marshmallow? Cheese?

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#35

My Second Attempt At A Halloween Swiss Roll

My Second Attempt At A Halloween Swiss Roll

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#36

Homemade Halloween Oreos

Homemade Halloween Oreos

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#37

My Wife Made A Meats And Cheeses Board For Her Office Party. Not Really A Charcuterie But Cool

My Wife Made A Meats And Cheeses Board For Her Office Party. Not Really A Charcuterie But Cool

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#38

Wanted To Share These Beauties

Wanted To Share These Beauties

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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love them! Id love to try an make these myself

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#39

Spooky Halloween Houses

Spooky Halloween Houses

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harpling
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are incredibly detailed. This person must have very steady hands.

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I Made Some Cupcakes. Red Velvet With Cream Cheese Frosting, Sugar Blood, Icing Weapons, And Edible Silver Dust

I Made Some Cupcakes. Red Velvet With Cream Cheese Frosting, Sugar Blood, Icing Weapons, And Edible Silver Dust

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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes! I have these little sugar hatchets and I cannot wait to make bloody cupcakes this Halloween!

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#41

Butter Garlic Squid Ink Pasta

Butter Garlic Squid Ink Pasta

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#42

Candy Corn Isn't Exactly Beloved For Its Flavor, But You Can't Beat How Good It Looks In Everything

Candy Corn Isn't Exactly Beloved For Its Flavor, But You Can't Beat How Good It Looks In Everything

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My Wife’s Halloween Charcuterie Game Is Strong

My Wife’s Halloween Charcuterie Game Is Strong

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harpling
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think I'd be afraid to eat anything on this plate. That skull looks far too happy about all the fingers coming within biting range.

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#44

Pumpkin-Shaped Bread Rolls

Pumpkin-Shaped Bread Rolls

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#45

Spooky Heart-Shaped Apple Of My Eye Hand Pies Just In Time For Halloween

Spooky Heart-Shaped Apple Of My Eye Hand Pies Just In Time For Halloween

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#47

Check Out These Awesome Donuts My Wife Made At Work Last Night

Check Out These Awesome Donuts My Wife Made At Work Last Night

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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One of my favorite doughnuts growing up were "eyeball" doughnuts; white icing with red piping gel for the veins and an eyeball gumball in the middle

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#48

Hocus Pocus Cake I Made For Halloween

Hocus Pocus Cake I Made For Halloween

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#49

Here's A Carn'evil' Twist To The Classic Bloody Hotdog Finger. Bearded Lady Fingers

Here's A Carn'evil' Twist To The Classic Bloody Hotdog Finger. Bearded Lady Fingers

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Halloween Lunch Dessert For The Traveling White House Press: Pistachio Cake With Red Berry Jam

Halloween Lunch Dessert For The Traveling White House Press: Pistachio Cake With Red Berry Jam

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harpling
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They'll be bloody and leaky when cut open!

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