36 Halloween Snacks That'll Get Any Grown-Up in the Spirit

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The eternal Halloween dilemma: You want to throw a fabulous party, but you don’t want to get so kitschy and kiddie that you’re serving your guests fake fingers. That’s why we went on a mission to find the classiest treat ideas. Here, 36 Halloween snacks for adults that we love. Get more ideas on our Halloween inspiration board.

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1. Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

Cuter (and more impressive) than any boring apple pie recipe.

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2. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

Don’t forget the cinnamon streusel on top.

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3. Jolly Rancher Candy Apples

The perfect balance of sweet and sour, these are classics for a reason.

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4. Giant Cinnamon Roll

Move over pumpkin spice, there’s a new favorite this fall.

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5. Pumpkin Pecan Scones with Maple Glaze

Only 30 minutes to make? We’re in.

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6. Baked Salted Caramel Apple Cider Doughnuts

It’s not fall until you have at least two of these.

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7. Pumpkin Pie

The cinnamon-roll pie crust is what makes this one so unique.

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8. The World’s Biggest Peanut Butter Cup

Let’s face it: Not all Halloween treats are created equal. (And peanut butter + chocolate is greater than everything.)

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9. The Best Damn Pumpkin Soup

Anyone who says soup isn't a snack hasn't tried this one. Hint: All you have to do is fill a hulled-out pumpkin with stock and seasonings, then roast. Mini pumpkin bowls, anyone?

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10. Chocolate Bark Halloween Brownies

These oh-so-Instagrammable brownies are a sure win with both kids and adults alike.

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11. Candy Corn Surprise Cake

Slice it at the table to really impress your friends and family.

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12. Pumpkin Tiramisu

Our new favorite dessert, courtesy of Coterie member Heidi Larsen.

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13. Black Sesame Ice Cream

Did we mention it’s gluten-free?

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14. Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

These adorable treats are bite-size, so have ten. We won’t judge.

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15. Tahini Buckeyes

A subtle (and non-spooky) nod to eyeball bites.

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16. Apple Cider Churros with Cider Beer Caramel

Use the leftover caramel sauce as a dip for apples, drizzle it over ice cream or just eat it by the spoonful.

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17. Sea Salt Pumpkin Butter Cups

A fall take on the standard peanut butter cup, these pumpkin purée-filled candies come together with just five ingredients.

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18. Candy Corn Cupcakes

Layers of yellow and orange cake batter topped with buttercream frosting make these vanilla cupcakes resemble their namesake.

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19. Cranberry Apple Crisp

Tackle this recipe whenever pie crust feels like a tall order.

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20. Apple Pie Biscuits

Whether you have these for breakfast, dessert or an appetizer, they'll only take you 45 minutes to make.

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21. Brown-Sugar Pear Puff Pastries

It only *looks* like one of those treats from a fancy bakery that you could never pull off on your own.

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22. Cranberry-Brie Pie Crust Bites

Store-bought pie crust and cranberry sauce make these hors d'oeuvres a total cinch.

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23. Mini Caramel Pecan Pies with Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

In a word, irresistible. And they've got a foolproof ratio of pie to whipped cream to boot.

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24. Goat Cheese, Apple and Honey Tarts

Since the cheese is tangy and salty, sweet apples like Braeburns or Galas balance this recipe best.

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25. Apple-Cider Doughnut Holes

Want to see a bunch of children turn into monsters? Put a bowl of these down on the kids' table.

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26. Hard Apple Cider Floats

Aren't you glad you're one of the grown-ups?

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27. Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup

A hearty bowl of this will keep you warm through December.

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28. Mini Caramel Apples

Bring the fall festival home this year with these sweet treats that only take four ingredients and 50 minutes.

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29. Creamy Pumpkin Eton Mess

Pumpkin pie haters, beware. You're about to be converted by this pumpkin cream-meringue hybrid.

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30. Pumpkin Brioche

A few slices make for a scary-delicious fall spin on French toast. Just sayin'.

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31. Pumpkin Spice Pecan Rolls

Pumpkin purée-spiked dough meets buttery, spiced pecan filling. The three-ingredient icing is technically optional...but you'll be missing out big time.

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32. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

Like ginger snaps, pumpkin pie and cheesecake had a delicious, creamy baby.

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33. Biscuit Dough Pumpkin Hand Pies

Brunch is served. Did we mention these pies pair beautifully with a venti PSL? With extra whip, of course.

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34. Savory Pumpkin Dip

This one's got it all, from cheddar cheese to toasted pecans to crispy bacon. Better yet, it'll only take you five minutes to prepare.

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35. Pumpkin Sage Biscuits

Thanks to almond milk and non-dairy butter, these babies are totally vegan.

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36. Ghost Pizza

OK, so we said no cheesy recipes. But we'll never pass on melted mozzarella. Plus, how can you resist that cute little tomato face?

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Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough and Pamela Masin

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