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October 18, 2022 4 min read

Pop quiz: What is the scariest type of pepper?

Answer: a haboonero!

If you’re a regular reader of the Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly blog, you probably know by now that we’re big fans of the sweet ‘n’ spicy flavor combination. But what about sweet, spicy, ‘n’spooky?

Yep, we love that, too. That’s why, to help you get into the spine-tingling spirit, we put together a short list of our favorite frightful ‘n’ fiery finger foods for a Halloween party. Don’t be too scared, though; we made sure to include a few you can make using our tasty line of pepper jelly dips and spreads. Becauseof course we did!

Order your own jar of pepper jelly now so you can try these delicious recipes at home. Last but not least, don’t forget to have a very Happy Halloween!

Try These These Six Quick and Easy Halloween Finger Food Ideas

What scares you the most on Halloween? Vampires? Zombies? Werewolves? Here at the Jones family household, we think there’s nothing more terrifying than an otherwise awesome party that skimps on ghoulish goodies and ghostly grub.

Don’t frighten off your guests; keep them well-fed with the following simple Halloween finger foods.

Pepper Jelly Deviled Eggs (with Horns!)

Everyone loves deviled eggs, and these easy Halloween finger foods get even better when you add a little Pepper Jelly to the mix. To make these, hard-boil some eggs, then peel and halve them.

Scoop out the yolk and combine it in a bowl with mayo, mustard, and cayenne pepper. Spoon the resulting mixture into the hollows of each egg half, then add a dollop of Traditional Pepper Jelly on top.

Finally, cut some small pieces of red bell pepper into triangle shapes, then carefully stick them into the egg yolk mixture, points sticking upward to create the appearance of tiny devil horns!

Pigs in a Blanket, Mummy Monster-Style

When making finger foods for a Halloween party, a little creativity goes a long way. Even an appetizer as familiar as pigs in a blanket can be turned into a creepy-fun snack that your guests will love.

To make this horrifying hors d'oeuvre, you’ll need a pack of hot dogs and a can of puff pastry. Unroll the pastry dough and cut it into thin strips, then carefully wrap each hot dog multiple times to resemble an Egyptian mummy. Bake in the oven until golden brown.

For greater spooky effect, add either edible candy eyes or make your own eyeballs using mozzarella (for the whites) and a tiny drop of steak sauce or soy sauce (for the pupils).


A plate of ‘pigs in a blanket’ prepared to resemble miniature mummies


Homemade Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Easy Halloween finger foods don’t get much easier (or yummier) than this. Not all finger foods for a Halloween party need to be overtly spooky. For a subtler, more elegant taste of the season, why not serve a bowl of homemade roasted pumpkin seeds?

To start, cut a small, fresh, well-ripened in half. Remove the membrane and the seeds, discarding most (but not all) of the pulp. Don’t rinse the seeds, as it will dampen the flavor. Instead, spread out the seeds on a shallow pan and spritz them with cooking spray. Sprinkle them with salt, then bake the tray in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.

Pepper Jelly-Filled Cheese Eyeballs

Want to give your guests a peppery Halloween surprise? Here’s a recipe for traditional cheese balls with a secret twist: they’re filled with sweet ‘n’ spicy pepper jelly!

Mix together softened cream cheese with rosemary, salt, and pepper. Spoon the mixture into small balls, each one about two teaspoons’ worth. Roll them into balls, then press your finger into their centers to create a small indentation. Fill the hole with your favorite variety of Pepper Jelly (we recommend Pomegranate Pepper Jelly). Pinch to seal, then roll the ball again.

Finally, roll the balls in chopped almonds and rosemary. When your guests bite into these easy Halloween finger foods, they’ll love the sudden burst of tangy tartness that comes with them.

Gummy Worm Jello Cups (or Jello Shots)

You can’t beat the classics, and there’s no snack quite as classic to Halloween as gummy worms. All you have to do to make this simple Halloween finger food is set out an assortment of small plastic cups or shot glasses.

Pull out a package of Jello and follow the directions on the back (adding an appropriate amount of liquor if serving to adults), then pour the liquid mixture into the cups. Before it sets, put one or two gummy worms in each cup, half-in the gelatin and half-out. Refrigerate and enjoy! 

Blood-Red Pepper Jelly Bacon Dip

For this dish, our Cranberry Pepper Jelly works best due to its darker, redder color (you can also use Cranberry Habanero Pepper Jelly for an extra kick).

Mix the whole jar together with a block of softened cream cheese, a few slices of crispy cooked bacon (crumbled), a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, freshly minced garlic, and a little salt. Serve with chips or crackers.

To really take this one over the top, consider adding a little red food coloring.

Pepper Jelly is a Great Way to Spice Up Finger Foods for a Halloween Party

Want to hear a scary story?

It was a dark and stormy night…just like this (if you’re reading this when it’s bright and sunny, just pretend). Our hapless hero is home alone, putting the finishing touches on their Halloween party snack tray. Suddenly, an announcement comes over the radio: a crazed killer with a hook for a hand has escaped the local insane asylum!

Our hero shivers and turns off the radio, but continues working on their party snacks. They reach for a jar of Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly…only to find it empty!!!

Don’t let the same terrifying fate befall you, friend! Always keep your pantry well-stocked. Buy Pepper Jelly now… before it’s too late.

Until next time, Happy Halloween!