Festive Halloween Popcorn Snack Mix is the perfect sweet-salty treat to make! This 6-ingredient Halloween snack mix recipe is ready in less than an hour and fun to make with kids. Make a batch of this spooky popcorn for your family, for a Halloween party or for sharing. Makes 12 servings.
Y’all should know I’m all about snack mixes for different seasons and festivities. (Hello, Bunny Bait Easter Snack Mix, St. Patrick’s Day Snack Mix, Valentine’s Day White Chocolate Chex Mix and Christmas Chex Mix.)
Not only are they a fun, festive way to mark occasions, but they’re also super fun to make with kids.
And this Halloween popcorn mix is extra fun because, well, I mean… LOOK AT IT! It also makes a big batch!
Why I love this recipe:
The combination of chocolate and caramel with popcorn, pretzels and dry roasted peanuts is just so satisfying.
Fun treats are kind of my thing, and this sweet and salty Halloween Popcorn Snack Mix checks all the boxes. It’s a favorite treat for sure and such an easy recipe to make!
It’s also customizable. You can swap out some of the ingredients or go for a different look, simply by using a different sprinkle mix.
Also, this recipe is fun to make with kids. Yes, it’ll be messy, but it’s a good time for everyone to put it together in the kitchen.
If you’re looking for something to snack on while trick or treating or want a recipe you can share, this is a great one!
Need fun Halloween treats? Check out my Halloween Recipe Index for some ideas!
What you’ll need to make this recipe:
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Let’s talk ingredients!
In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.
Here’s what you need:
- Popcorn — you can purchase a bag of pre-popped corn OR pop your own from popcorn kernels with an air popper, popcorn popper or a large pot. You could also pop a bag of microwave popcorn.
- Dark chocolate flavored melting wafers — I like to use the Ghirardelli wafers because their flavor is unmatched.
- Halloween colored sprinkles — you can find all kinds of fun Halloween sprinkles. We used these Monster Mash sprinkles because they had eyeballs and also added some pops of color! You can also add some candy eyeballs in for funsies.
- Caramel corn — not only does this add a different color to the mix, but it adds some caramel flavors, which pair beautifully with the chocolate.
- Lightly salted roasted peanuts — these add such a nice salty crunch!
- Halloween pretzel mummies — while you could use just regular Halloween-shaped pretzels, I love how festive these homemade mummy pretzels are and how easy they are to put together!
Substitutions for this Halloween snack mix recipe:
Because you can definitely make ‘em, here are a few thoughts on what swaps would still yield an awesome result. Feel free to use your creativity!
- Popcorn: Swap it out with the same amount of Chex Mix! You may also use kettle corn if you like sweeter stuff.
- Pretzels: You may use plain pretzel twists or rods.
- Candies: Candy corn would be an excellent sweet addition! So would your favorite Halloween candies, like Reese’s Pieces, chocolate candies, candy pumpkins, gummy worms and more!
- Sprinkles: Use your favorite! While this is a Halloween recipe, you can change up the colors of the sprinkles and candies and make it for any holiday… or just because!
How to make Halloween Popcorn Snack Mix
How to make Halloween Popcorn Snack Mix
Gather your products and tools. Find a sheet pan with a rim. Get out the ingredients. Pop the corn.
You may line your sheet pan with parchment paper or wax paper, though I do not do this most of the time.
Pour the air-popped popcorn onto a rimmed baking sheet.
Sprinkle the peanuts on top in an even layer.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave on high power for 60 seconds. Give them a stir to help them finish melting and smooth out the chocolate.
Chocolate burns easily, so keep an eye on it. If any large chunks of chocolate are remaining after you’ve melted for 60 seconds and stirred thoroughly, melt for another 15-second increment and stir until it’s smooth.
Pour the melted chocolate candy wafers to mixture.
Toss to coat. Use a spoon, rubber spatula or clean hands to evenly distribute the chocolate. Work quickly so that you can coat everything before it sets.
The chocolate will be hot, so proceed with caution.
Sprinkle the Halloween sprinkles and candy eyes onto the melted chocolate. This will ensure they don’t fall off!
Let it set for 15-30 minutes. Trust me.
Break it up. If there are any large chunks, break them apart with your hands.
Sprinkle on the caramel corn and the Mummy Pretzels. Stir to combine.
Serve the Halloween popcorn recipe! And enjoy–it’s bound to be a big hit this Halloween season!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. I’ve included them in the recipe card below because there are a lot of substitutions you can make.
No. This snack mix recipe does not need to be refrigerated.
Store it in an airtight food storage container for up to a week at room temperature.
Quick tips and tricks for making the best Halloween popcorn snack mix
- Make it in advance. The beauty in this monster Halloween popcorn is it can be stored for up to a week days at room temperature. It’s the perfect sweet treat to make ahead for Halloween parties!
- Serve it in a large bowl… or package it up individually for guests! You could put it in a small bakery box or even an individual to-go cellophane bags.
- Involve your kids. My girls LOVED helping out with this recipe, and I bet yours will, too! Measuring, mixing, combining, decorating and serving are all fun activities for them. Prepare to get a little messy, and have fun with it!
- How to store: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
More Halloween recipes that are great for sharing
- Halloween Rice Krispie Treats
- Halloween Popcorn Balls
- Fizzy Potion Halloween Punch
- Halloween Funfetti Cookies
- Halloween Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate Chips
Here’s how to make this perfect treat:
Festive Halloween Popcorn Snack Mix is the perfect sweet-salty treat to make! This 6-ingredient Halloween snack mix recipe is ready in less than an hour and fun to make with kids. Make a batch for your family, for a Halloween party or for sharing.
- 4.4 oz. popped popcorn
- 1 ½ cups dry roasted peanuts
- 10 oz. dark chocolate flavored melts
- ½ cup Halloween sprinkles
- 2 ½ cups caramel corn
- 2 cups Mummy Pretzels
- Find a sheet pan with a rim. Set it aside. Grab your ingredients, too.
- Pour the popcorn onto a rimmed baking sheet.
- Add the peanuts, sprinkling on top in an even layer.
- Melt the chocolate wafers. Do this in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high power for 60 seconds. Stir to test if all the wafers have melted. Reheat for another 15-second increment if the chocolate has not completely melted.
- Drizzle the chocolate onto the popcorn mixture.
- Toss to coat, stirring with a spoon or a rubber spatula to distribute the chocolate evenly. Work quickly because the chocolate sets fast.
- Sprinkle the Halloween sprinkles on top of the melted chocolate. This will ensure they don’t fall off!
- Let it set for at least 15-30 minutes.
- Break up any large chunks of the popcorn mix with your hands.
- Sprinkle on the caramel corn and the Mummy Pretzels. Stir to combine.
- Serve, and enjoy!
Easy entertaining tip: The beauty in this is it can be stored for up to a week days at room temperature, so you can make it a day or two in advance, then set it out for guests without needing to sweat.
How to serve: Serve it in a big bowl… or package it up individually for guests! You could put it in a small bakery box or even an individual to-go baggies.
How to store: Store in an airtight food storage container for up to a week at room temperature.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 5gSugar: 21gProtein: 8g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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