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17 Halloween Recipes That Are So Clever, It’s Scary — And They’re Perfect for Potlucks

No magic needed to conjure up these spook-tacular dishes, thanks to our easy-do directions


Kick off your Halloween celebration the most delicious way, with these dressed-up dishes that are your quick ticket to ghastly good fun. From creepy “brains” pizza to a cheerful jack-o’-lantern fondue, these bites are as enjoyable as they are eye-catching. They’re perfect if you’re looking for Halloween potluck ideas to wow a crowd or just want to scare up some fun before trick-or-treating. Keep scrolling for our festive recipes that are to die for!

17 Halloween potluck ideas for guaranteed fun

Take your pick from the recipes below, and get ready to watch magic happen. And for the the sweetest ending to any boo bash, check out our spellbinding recipes for Halloween cakes and scary-good cupcakes.

1. Jack-o’-Lantern Fondue

Jack-o’-Lantern Fondue sits on a plate (halloween potluck)

Beer, mustard and Tabasco give this fondue lots of flavor.

2. Six-Feet-Under Dip

Six-Feet Under Dip sits looking spooky (halloween potluck)

You’ll be haunted by the delicious flavors of guacamole, refried beans and sour cream–ranch dip layered beneath “tombstone” crackers meant for scooping.

3. Mini Mummy Pepperoni Pizzas

Mini Mummy Pepperoni Pizzas sits looking yummy (halloween potluck)

Layers of creamy Alfredo sauce, zesty pepperoni and cheesy bandages make for extra-yummy mummies.

4. Turkey Breast El Diablo

Turkey Breast El Diablo sits looking devilsih (halloween potluck)

Fire up the Halloween party crowd by serving this devilishly good dish that’s spiced up with sweet-and-sour hot sauce.

5. Halloween Buffalo Chicken Spread

Halloween Buffalo Chicken Spread sits on a plate (halloween potluck)
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Folks will be clamoring to dig into this frightfully delicious dip that can be made up to a day ahead.

6. Cheesy Wonton Bats

Wacky Wonton Bat Bites sits looking cute (halloween potluck)
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With a little bit of Halloween magic, we transformed classic crab rangoon into a frightfully festive treat.

7. Slimy Brains Pizza

Slimy Brains Pizza sits looking slimy (halloween potlucks)
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The genius behind this creepy treat? Starting with a prebaked crust makes it so easy, it’s scary.

8. Bloodshot Deviled Eggs

Bloodshot Deviled Eggs sits next to a red drink (halloween potluck)

Blue cheese dressing is the secret ingredient in these eyeballs.

9. Hot Chili Corn Dip

Hot Chili Corn Dip sits next to an orange drink (halloween potluck)

Spice up your party with our warm Tex-Mex-inspired turkey chili dip.

10. Turkey Witch

Turkey Witch sits looking spooky (halloween potluck)

This witch may look “bad,” but guests will flip for her ooey-gooey cheese coating and crunchy tortilla accessories.

11. Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Pumpkin Cheese Ball sits looking cute (halloween potluck)
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Three kinds of cheese, pepperoni and a touch of hot sauce guarantee this spooky-cute jack-o’-lantern is simply irresistible.

12. Spider Bread Bowl with Hot Chili Dip

Spider Bread Bowl with Hot Chili Dip sits looking spooky (halloween potluck)

Our spellbinding spider is surprisingly easy to make thanks to premade bread dough.

13. Bride of Frankenstein Guacamole Dip

Bride of Frankenstein Guacamole Dip sits on a white plate (halloween potluck)
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We used blue tortilla chips to form the “hair” on this festive guacamole dip that’s wired for delicious fun.

14. Skeleton Crudité

Skeleton Crudité sits looking cute (halloween potluck)
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No bones about it — crisp veggies taste great dipped in a lively mix of sweet onion and sour cream.

15. Meaty and Macabre Mac ’n’ Cheese

Meaty and Macabre Mac ’n’ Cheese sits looking spooky (halloween potluck)

All eyes will be on this monstrously good comfort-food classic that’s irresistible with a double dose of shredded cheese.

16. Spider Chili Cups

Spider Chili Cups sits on a white plate (halloween potluck)

Transform meaty chili into finger food with these bite-size bowls dressed up with black olive spiders.

17. Hot Dog Mummies

Hot Dog Mummies sits in a bowl (halloween potluck)
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Store-bought crescent dough is the clever trick to turn hot dogs into these ghoulish bites.

For even more Halloween, click through the links below:

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DIY Halloween Nail Designs That Add Spooky, Festive Flair To Fingertips

The 10 Best Non-Scary Halloween Movies, Ranked — For Just the Right Amount of Spooky Fun

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