kid-friendly halloween recipes

Courtney Takabayashi
October 06, 2023

Whether you’re an adult who turns your home into a haunted house or a kid who has five costumes lined up, Halloween is a magical night filled with tricks, treats, and fun. Here are some easy recipe ideas you can make to hand out or nibble on as the witching hour approaches.

The great thing about these sandwiches is that they’re totally customizable. Use any type of bread, cookie cutters, and fillings you already have. We made peanut butter and jelly spiders and bats and cream cheese and cucumber ghosts and pumpkins. Other sandwich ideas include ham and cheese, chicken salad, egg salad, and bacon, lettuce, tomato.


  • Whole-wheat bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Low-fat cream cheese
  • Cucumbers, sliced
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Candy eyes (optional)
  • Olives (optional)


  • Cookie cutters

Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of bread. You need two slices of bread for each shape.

For peanut butter and jelly spiders, spread peanut butter and jelly onto one side of bread. Close sandwich and add eight pretzel sticks for legs. Use a tiny bit of peanut butter to stick on the candy eyes or use olives or chocolate chips instead.

For the cucumber cream cheese sandwiches, spread cream cheese and top with cucumbers. Close sandwich and add candy eyes and olives for the mouth.

Admire your ghoulish creations and dig in!  

These adorable treat bags are fun and simple for kids to make. Plus, they can show off their creativity and artistic skills while drawing the pumpkin and skeleton faces (or decorating them however they want). Whether you make pumpkins, skeletons, or both, they’re perfect for giving away at school or parties. And we won’t tell anyone if you want to keep a few for yourself!


  • Cheese balls
  • Popcorn


  • Clear treat bags
  • Permanent marker
  • Green and white ribbon
  • Scissors

Draw cute, silly, or spooky faces on the bags.

Add cheese balls to the bags you want to transform into pumpkins and popcorn into the bags destined to become skeletons. Note: We used a little stand to hold the bag open in the photo below.

Tie a green ribbon to the top of the pumpkin bag and a white ribbon for the skeletons. You’re done! Be sure to share them with your friends!

This Halloween snack mix is a nice break from candies and chocolates and gives you the chance to enjoy other seasonal delights. We found ghost veggie chips, bat pretzels, creepy critter animal cookies, and more! We also added orange ingredients like fish crackers and cheddar multigrain chips for a more festive feel. Lastly, we incorporated a few candies for a sweet and salty balance. Feel free to add or omit anything you want. This is your kooky concoction!


  • Bat and pumpkin pretzels
  • Cheddar fish crackers
  • Dried blueberries
  • Dried cranberries
  • Ghost veggie chips
  • Halloween sprinkles
  • Mixed nuts
  • Multigrain cheddar chips
  • Peanut butter chocolate candies
  • White chocolate chips

Note: If you have leftover pretzels, candy eyeballs, cheese balls, or popcorn from the previous recipes, add them to the mix!

Carefully pour ingredients into a cauldron, giant pumpkin, or huge bowl, whatever you have on hand. Be sure to do quality control checks by tasting ingredients as you go along.

Once you’ve added all the ingredients, mix gently.

You’re done! Taste your mix, make sure it meets your spooky (and tasty) standards, and offer it to any witches, goblins, or ghosts you encounter.

And there you have it! Fun Halloween treats without the terror of spending all day in the kitchen.

Be safe and Happy Halloween!

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