While the grocery store candy aisle is a perfectly suitable source for the stuff you’ll leave out for the trick-or-treaters, to limit your Halloween snacks to those supermarket standbys would be a grave mistake. Even if your plan is to keep your family festivities relatively low-key, you can still go big with a bewitching refreshment table. Read on to discover four scary-good treats guaranteed to make this year’s Halloween hang extra sweet. Try one, or go all-out for a wickedly delicious spread.

A macabre cake

A homemade red velvet skeleton cake
A homemade red velvet skeleton cake

If you’re in the market for an eye-catching confection that’s equal parts twisted and tasty, this delicious red velvet skeleton cake will not disappoint. Slice it open for a creepy surprise that’s certain to give everyone a good scare. Difficulty level: advanced 

Enchanting baked broomsticks 

Homemade pretzel broomsticks
Homemade pretzel broomsticks

Calling all fans of bewitching bakes: These two-ingredient pretzel and phyllo dough broomsticks are the magical appetizers you’ve always dreamed of conjuring. Keep your presentation classic with a savory nacho cheese dip, or opt for sweet and add a finishing cinnamon sugar flourish. Difficulty level: easy 

A spellbinding cocktail

Green poison apple cocktails served in martini glasses
Green poison apple cocktails served in martini glasses

Dubbed the Poison Apple, this adult-approved elixir is the perfect concoction to round out your Halloween spread. Serve it with dry ice and a black sugar rim to up the supernatural factor—cauldron optional. Difficulty level: easy

An edible haunted house

Assembling the base of a haunted gingerbread house
A completed haunted gingerbread house

Made with black cocoa powder and muscovado sugar, this edible haunted house is deceptively delicious. Doubling as decor and dessert, this break-and-eat haunted mansion takes grandma’s gingerbread house to the dark side. Difficulty level: advanced

Top off your creep-tastic tablescape with these eerily charming glasses, bowls, and personalized pumpkins made by Etsy sellers.

SHOP (clockwise from top left): Personalized pumpkin from Molly Ward Creative, $10; macabre rocks glasses from Counter Couture Design, $48 for set of 4; ceramic vampire bat bowl from Barruntando, $40; hand-painted tree branch wine glasses from Mary Elizabeth Arts, $49 for set of 2

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