It’s that time of year: when spooky and creepy treats are the name of the game! Whether you want to make some scary desserts for a Halloween party or your Día de Los Muertos celebration — for kiddos going trick or treating, or just for yourself — these spook-tacular snacks are just what you need. You can even find all of these on our Food Monster App! Let’s get scary!

1. Halloween Pumpkin Cookies [Vegan]

Don’t let Halloween go by without making a batch of these Halloween Pumpkin Cookies from Rekka Bell! They’re soft, chewy, and totally fun to eat. Plus, you can even make an extra chocolate treat with the leftover chocolate you need to decorate.

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2. Puff Pastry Voodoo Dolls [Vegan]

This Halloween, shake things up a bit with these Puff Pastry Voodoo Dolls by Tina Dawson — not as sugary as the usual treats, but quite delicious. Each doll is sandwiched with a beet halwa filling, so you get that deep red color that’s perfect for the holiday without the artificial coloring. Whether you find them cute or creepy, these still taste yummy.

3. Frozen Banana Mummies [Vegan]

For families that don’t do gluten and dairy, and avoid sugar and artificial ingredients, Halloween can leave kids feeling left out. These Frozen Banana Mummies from Lexie Croft are a fun and festive food craft that will make any goblin feel included in the fun—and they are far healthier than a candy bar! Sweetness comes from the banana and a drizzle of melted cocoa butter mixed with powdered low-glycemic coconut sugar. Make a couple dozen at a time and freeze for a grab-and-go frozen treat anytime.

4. Jack-o-Lantern Stuffed Peppers [Vegan]

Jack-o-Lantern Stuffed Peppers from Jesse Lane Lee are the perfect pre trick-or-treating dinner because they capture the fun of Halloween but still offer a ton of health benefits.

5. Rice Crispy Mummies With White Chocolate Coating [Vegan, Gluten Free]

These Rice Crispy Mummies With White Chocolate Coating from Heidi Turunen are a necessity for your Halloween party for a few reasons. One, they’re quick and easy to make — no baking necessary. Two, they’re gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and can be made gluten-free if you swap the puffed rice for puffed quinoa. Three, they’re adorable! The white chocolate coating is easy to drizzle to look like “mummy wrappers,” so you don’t need to be a professional (or amateur) baker to make them look amazing.

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6. Halloween Bat Biscuits [Vegan]

You have to try these Halloween Bat Biscuits from Aine Carlin! Make like a bat and use your somewhat less advanced sonar skills to find your kitchen and make these delightful little morsels at once.

7. Raw Halloween Ghostie Brownies [Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free]

How cute are these Halloween treats? These decadent little Raw Halloween Ghostie Brownies from Heidi Turunen are made from walnuts and gooey dates — delicious, but that’s not all. Each brownie is topped with a frozen banana slice, then coated in white chocolate to make adorable little ghosties. When you bite into the brownie, you get a hidden piece of melting frozen banana beneath a sweet white chocolate shell.

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8. Mini Pumpkin Rice Cakes [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

These Mini Pumpkin Rice Cakes from Joyce Gan make great decorative treats for Thanksgiving as well something everyone will want to try. They are made of sweet rice flour, pumpkin puree, and stuffed with adzuki bean paste. There’s no need to limit how many of these healthy treats you or your kids eat.

9. Witch Finger Cookies With Strawberry Jam [Vegan, Grain-Free]

The classic Witch Finger Cookies With Strawberry Jam from Taylor Kiser get a healthy, gluten-free, and paleo vegan makeover! They’re easy to make and always a hit at Halloween parties! Besides the fact that these cookies are scary and spook-tacular these gruesome, gory fingers for your cookie-munchin’-mouths are super easy. And, for those of you that are concerned, taste nothing like a severed finger. They’re kind of like a shortbread in the sense that they’re more of a dry cookie — the kind that goes perfectly with coffee or warm apple cider.

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10. Halloween Cupcake Cats With Chocolate Avocado Frosting [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

The assembly process for these Halloween Cupcake Cats With Chocolate Avocado Frosting by Jasmine Briones is a lot of fun, and great for kids, too! It does take a bit of effort, but well worth it in the end, just look at the adorable results! This deliciously sweet dessert is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween this year.

11. Halloween Sugar Cookies With Royal Icing [Vegan]

These Halloween Sugar Cookies With Royal Icing by Gretchen Price are egg free, meringue powder-free, and dairy-free — and so easy to make! They taste perfectly sweet and buttery with a hint of lemon. The royal icing does not harden like traditional royal icing, so it stays soft, creamy, and decadent. As simple as they are, these will be a show-stopper at your Halloween party.

12. Meringue Ghosts [Vegan, Grain-Free]

These egg-free Meringue Ghosts by Fabio Gallo are super cute and delicious, and perfect for any Halloween party. They’re made from aquafaba, or the liquid from a can of chickpeas, which acts as a flawless stand-in for egg whites. Once your meringues are set, just melt some vegan chocolate and decorate to your heart’s content!

13. Spooky Scary Mini Halloween Pizzas [Vegan]

Serve up some Frankenstein faces, mummies, and friendly ghosts at your Halloween party … in pizza form! These Spooky Scary Mini Halloween Pizzas from Olivia Lin are adorable, easy to make, and taste ghoulishly good, to boot. Try using this method and ingredients to make your own edible Halloween designs!

14. Jack o’ Lantern Butternut Squash Muffins [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

These fluffyJack o’ Lantern Butternut Squash Muffins by Nele Liivlaid are gluten-free, but you would never know it! They’re made from a blend of buckwheat groats blended with oat bran. Then, grated butternut squash (grating the squash prevents them from being too moist) is folded in, along with warm fall spices. Yum!

15. Homemade Candy Corn [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Homemade Candy Corn from Gabrielle St. Claire involves minimal ingredients, it’s quick, fun to make, great for kids, gifts, entertaining, non vegan approved, and screams Halloween!

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