Who doesn’t love Chex Mix with a spooky twist? This Halloween Party Snack Mix is a ghoulishly delicious balance of sweet and salty favorites. It’s an easy recipe that’s great for any costume party, movie night, or pumpkin carving get-together.
Whether your Halloween night plans include dressing up, going trick-or-treating, watching a scary movie, making your own spooky decorations, or throwing a monster mash, my Halloween Party Snack Mix is the perfect sweet and salty finger food!
This grab-and-go treat mixes classics like Chex cereal and salty pretzels with a few festive elements like candy corn and Reese’s Pieces. With so many flavorful favorites in one bowl, there’s sure to be something for everyone in this party mix!
One of the things that I love about this recipe is that it’s extremely versatile! You can easily substitute almost every ingredient to make it your own. Use this simple recipe as a base and add your favorite chips, crackers, and candies.
In less than an hour, you’ll have a tasty, festive Halloween Chex mix recipe that is sure to make your guests scream with delight!
Trick-or-treat yourself to this crunchy, sweet n’ salty “monster munch” perfect for this year’s Halloween festivities or as a new family tradition for the holiday!
💗 Why We Love This Recipe
- A colorful, festive snack perfect for the whole family.
- Extremely customizable recipe.
- Quick and easy to make.
- Perfect for all your Halloween parties.
🥘 About the Ingredients
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- Chex Cereal – Any kind of Chex can be used for this recipe. My favorite just happens to be Chex rice cereal. Use your own favorite!
- Bugles – This is a crunchy, toasty corn chip. I recommend buying the original Bugles for this recipe.
- Pretzels – Use either pretzel twists or sticks without extra flavorings (i.e., no onion or garlic flavoring).
- Reese’s Pieces – One of my favorite candies ever! And they’re the perfect color for a Halloween recipe.
- Candy Corn – I love classic candy corn and look forward to it coming back to stores every fall. Brach’s is the original and best.
- Candy Pumpkins – The same texture and flavor as candy corn, just in a different shape.
- Mint M&Ms – Brings a fun, ghoulish green color to the mix.
- Candy Eyeballs – Can usually be found with the cake decorating supplies at your local grocery store. Or find candy eyes on Amazon.
- Butter – Use either salted or unsalted. It doesn’t matter much for this recipe.
- Brown Sugar – Creates the caramel flavor in the mixture.
- Vanilla Extract – Brings out the caramel notes in the butter-sugar mixture.
You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.
🥄 How to Make Halloween Party Mix
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet or baking tray with parchment paper or foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the Bugles, pretzels, and cereal. Set aside.
- In a second, smaller bowl, mix together the warm melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir until thoroughly combined but still runny.
- Pour the sugar and butter mixture slowly over the cereal mixture stirring constantly until all ingredients are well coated.
- Spread the mixture evenly over the surface of the prepared cookie sheet. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until fragrant and bubbly. Stir halfway through the cooking time.
- Remove the pan from the oven and allow the caramel-coated cereal mixture to cool completely.
- Pour into an extra large serving bowl. Add the candies. Mix well, serve, and enjoy!
This spooky snack mix is one of those recipes that can be endlessly customized! Below I’ve listed a few of my favorite add-ins; give them a try!
Crunchy and Salty Additions
- Potato chips
- Pumpkin seeds
- Caramel popcorn
- Kit Kats
- Chocolate chips (milk, white, dark, peanut butter, etc.)
- Milk duds
- Soft caramels
- Mini peanut butter cups
Festive and Decorative Add-ins
- Halloween-shaped sprinkles
- Pumpkin spice cookies or candies
- Halloween marshmallow Peeps
- Gummy fangs
- Add more or less of the ingredients to create the perfect combination for your tastes. This snack is customizable to your liking! For a salty snack mix, add more pretzels and Bugles. Or add more sweet treats like Reese’s pieces and candy corn for a sweeter flavor profile.
- Be careful not to overmix the sugar mixture or it will cool and become too thick to pour over the cereal. You want it to still be warm and runny. If it starts to cool and isn’t pourable, rewarm it in the microwave in 10-second intervals until it’s warm and runny again. If the sugar mixture has a runny consistency as it rolls off the spatula, then it’s ready to pour!
- Make sure that the baked cereal mix cools completely before adding the candy, or the candies will melt.
🍚 How to Store Leftovers
Store this easy Halloween snack mix in an airtight container or a plastic zip bag. It may be stored at room temperature and will last up to 2 weeks.
❗ How to Prepare Ahead
Store your Halloween mix in an airtight container or a plastic zip bag. It may be stored at room temperature and will last up to 2 weeks.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
Use tongs and cups or a serving spoon and bowls to serve the dish. You could also divide the mixture evenly between decorative snack bags tied with Halloween-themed ribbon.
This recipe is meant for a once-a-year celebratory treat, so it wasn’t created with health in mind. However, you can make it healthier by subbing in whole grain cereal and naturally sweetened treat options. The sugar-butter mixture may also be skipped and ingredients like nuts and dried fruit can replace the candy.
Skip the stovetop caramel glaze and omit the candy. The candy could be replaced with salty snacks like nuts, popcorn, or potato chips. You could also add some of your favorite savory spices mixed with melted butter instead of brown sugar.
Work quickly when coating the cereal mixture in the caramel glaze so that no single piece of cereal absorbs too much of the sugar and butter. You can also bake the mix for a little longer.
🧾 More Halloween Recipes
- Chocolate Pretzel Spiderwebs
- Garlicky Beef Stew
- Banana Monster Pops
- Halloween Ghost Cupcakes
- 3 Fun Kid Friendly Halloween Ideas
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Halloween Party Snack Mix
- 3 cups Chex cereal flavor of your choice
- 2 cups Bugles original or caramel flavor
- 2 cups pretzels regular or twists
- ½ cup butter melted
- ½ cup brown sugar packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup Reese’s Pieces
- ½ cup candy corn
- ½ cup candy pumpkins
- ½ cup mint M&M’s
- ¼ cup candy eyeballs
- Preheat oven to 250°F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil and spray with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together the Bugles, pretzels, and cereal. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Mix until combined, but leave it still a bit runny to easily pour over the cereal mixture.
- Pour the sugar mixture slowly over the cereal mixture while stirring to coat all the ingredients well.
- Spread the mixture evenly on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
- Pour into an extra large bowl and add the candies. Mix well and serve.
- Work quickly when coating the cereal mixture in the caramel glaze so that each piece is evenly coated.
- Store in an airtight container or a plastic zip bag at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.