Get some goulishly good inspiration going with ten of our favorite creepy-cute, kid-friendly cookie ideas that are sure to get the whole fam in the Halloween spirit.

By Darcy Lenz and Darcy Lenz
Updated May 28, 2017
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’Tis the season for excessive quantities of sugar, dressing up, and making a little (good natured) mischief—so why not combine all three in the kitchen this Halloween and bake up a little bit of spirited fall fun. From cut-out cookies decked out with frosting and sprinkles to smart hacks using store-bought convenience items, we have Halloween cookie ideas that are perfect for all ages to help with. Here are 10 of our favorites, perfect for baking up at home and sharing for school Halloween parties, neighborhood potlucks, and other fall festivities.

Candy Corn Cookies

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Those fancy Halloween slice-and-bake cookies are a breeze to make at home thanks to a little food coloring. And trust us, these candy corn cookies are infinitely more delicious than the Halloween candy they’re inspired by (no offense if you actually like candy corn). Easy to make and absolutely adorable, these autumn-inspired treats are as perfect to send for the kids’ school Halloween party as they are to bring to your own fall festivities. You can even prep the dough a few days in advance and refrigerate, so that baking off the candy corn cookies is a breeze on the day you plan to eat them. Just follow the recipe through step 3, and be sure to wrap the loaf pan tightly with a few layers of plastic wrap.

Witchy Cookies

These too-cute cookies save time by using refrigerated sugar-cookie dough. Simply use green food coloring and cocoa to dye the dough green and brown, then decorate with brown icing and mini chocolate candies to create your witches. If you have the time and wanted to go completely DIY, feel free to make your own cut-out cookie dough.

Witches’ Hats

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Not feeling the whole witch and just wanna stick with the hat? No prob. And if you’re cramped for time, that’s not a bad idea considering these fun and festive little witch hats require only 3 ingredients and are an absolute breeze to make. This would also be a great kitchen craft for younger kiddos to help assemble.

Monster Cookies

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OK, so if you’re not into overtly Halloween-y Halloween cookies, these candy-studded delights are for you. They’re not called monster cookies because they’re scary… but they are monstrously delicious. In fact. these chunky, chewy monster cookies might just be the king of all kitchen sink cookies. We opted for miniature M&Ms to use in these decadent monster cookies, as we often regular-size to feel a little clunky in the context of a cookie, but feel free to use whatever size you prefer. In fact, you can customize these kid-friendly oatmeal and peanut butter cookies in any number of ways depending on what you like—swap peanut butter for almond better, switch the pretzels for crushed kettle cooked potato chips, use semisweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate, etc.

Jack-o'-Lantern Sugar Cookies

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Seriously, have you ever seen a sweeter face? Use candy corn, licorice, and frosting to dress up simple sugar cookies as maybe the cutest jack-o’-lanterns ever. Showing up with a platter of these to the kids’ school party is definitely gonna earn you some serious parent points.

Black Cat Sandwich Cookies

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If you’re up for a slightly more advanced Halloween baking project, these Black Cat Sandwich Cookies are definitely worth making. Sure, people get stoked when Halloween Oreos hit shelves every year, but just wait until you share these buttery shortbread cookies filled with a rich chocolate cream… no other spooky sandwich cookie will stand a chance.

Ghost Cookies

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Sara Tane

Prepare for a sweet scare when these adorable Halloween ghost cookies are all iced, decorated, and ready to party. Super easy and kid-friendly to make, these butter cut-out cookies coated with royal icing are the perfect dessert for your Halloween spread. Candy eyeballs add a playful, whimsical touch to these spooky treats, but you could also use black icing to draw eyes on your ghost cookies. Using a classic cut-out butter cookie dough keeps the edges of your ghost cookies shape neat and clean—no worries about the cookies expanding when they bake. Whip up a batch with the kids and let them go to town with the decorating for a fun Halloween kitchen activity.

Ogre-Eye Cookies

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Transform sugar cookie dough into these fun monster eyeballs using green sugar, white chocolate chips, brown M&Ms candy, and black licorice strands. Kids are sure to have a blast assembling and eating these cooky eyeball cookies.

Owl Cookies

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Brown Cannon III

These darling owl cut-out cookies are another great reason to break out the cookie cutters, especially if you’re going for something that has a little bit less spooky and more pretty going on. Ice these sweet autumnal owls in whatever warm colors you like. We found that a mix of orange, brown, and sky blue owls on a tray makes for l really lovely, chic look.

Flying Brooms

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Oxmoor House

Peanut butter cookies + pretzel rods + chocolate + a little colored icing= a playful platter of Halloween witch brooms. Again, these are are great baking craft for smaller hands to help assemble and decorate as desired. Combine these with the witch hats above for a low-effort, super-cute witchy display for your Halloween spread.