Halloween Trail Mix

This small batch Halloween Trail Mix is a delightful fall snack that calls for seasonal favorite ingredients. Calling for a mixture of nuts, marshmallows and candy corn, this homemade trail mix is perfect for anyone who likes a sweet and salty snack. Makes 4 servings.

A spoon sits inside a bowl of nutty trail mix with candy corn and marshmallows

2023 Update: This recipe was originally shared in October 2014 at My Cooking Spot, where I was a contributor. This recipe and post have been updated to include new photos, as well as more tips and tricks. I hope you love them!

2023 Update: This easy Halloween snack mix was originally shared in October 2014 at My Cooking Spot, where I was a contributor. This recipe and post have been updated to include new photos, as well as more tips and tricks. I hope you love it!

I’ve always had a love for trail mix. Specifically, nut-heavy trail mixes that have pops of sweetness, whether it’s from raisins, chocolate or a combination of both.

This recipe celebrates those flavors… but in a seasonal way.

It was also devised to keep me from inhaling all of the trick-or-treat candy we’ve got in our pantry before Halloween. Because that’s a real potential problem I have.

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    Why I love this recipe:

    Salty and sweet snacks are my favorite thing. (Hi hello, Sweet and Savory Party Mix.)

    So are recipes that allow you to choose your own adventure.

    This Halloween Trail Mix combines my favorite roasted nuts with marshmallows and my seasonal favorite candy, candy corn. 

    Listen. I know that candy corn is divisive, but if you’re into it, it pairs REALLY well with the salty ingredients here and balances out this yummy mix perfectly.

    This is also a really easy recipe to customize for your own tastebuds with fun add-ins and more.

    Serve it at Halloween parties, movie nights and more. You could even scoop this into treat bags to hand out to trick-or-treaters or friends. Be sure to add a gift tag to let them know what’s inside the mix, though.

    More Halloween treats to try: Caramel Corn Cookies | Halloween Popcorn Snack Mix | Halloween Pretzel Mummies | Halloween Caramel Corn | Halloween Oreo Rice Krispie Treats Halloween Bark

    Need more Halloween inspiration? Check out The Best Halloween Food Recipes and The Best Halloween Drink Recipes!

    Bowls of nuts, candy corn and marshmallows with a white napkin on a blue background

    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 are the simple ingredients you need grab at the grocery store to make this festive snack mix:

    • Nuts — we’re using a combination of lightly salted almonds, dry roasted peanuts and cashews. I like for them to be lightly salted, but you can get unsalted nuts if you prefer those.
    • Candy corn — this adds the wonderful sweetness to our trail mix. And since candy corn are so sweet, we don’t need that many to make an impact.
    • Roasted pumpkin seeds — you can roast your own or grab your favorite roasted ones from the store.
    • Mini marshmallows — the smallest you can find to add some different texture to this trail mix! They will dry out the longer this sits, but since this makes a small batch of trail mix, that should hopefully not be an issue.
    Two small bowls and one larger bowl of Halloween trail mix on a blue surface

    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 to elevate this Halloween mix!

    • Nuts: Swap out one nut for another or multiple nuts for others that you prefer.
    • Cereal: While this is not a Halloween Chex Mix recipe (if you’re looking for one of those, you can check out my Valentine’s Day White Chocolate Chex MixChristmas Chex Mix and Bunny Bait Easter Snack Mix for inspiration), you can add a handful of Chex cereal for different texture.
    • Salty additions: Add in a handful of salty pretzels or popped popcorn for additional texture and crunch.
    • Candies: If you want some more sweetness in this trail mix, add a sprinkling of Halloween M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces or even candy pumpkins, a sister candy of my beloved candy corn. You could also add some peanut butter chips, raisins or dried cranberries, too. Candy eyes would make a spooky addition!
    Ingredients stacked in a white bowl to make snack mix with candy corn and marshmallows

    How to make Halloween Trail Mix

    Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl or a rimmed baking sheet.

    Stir until combined.

    Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.

    How to store:

    Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to a week.

    A spoon holds a bite of halloween trail mix above a bowl holding more

    How to share homemade Trail Mix

    One of the most fun things to do is to share a homemade treat with the people you love!

    Also, this is totally a family favorite to serve throughout the Halloween season.

    Here are a few ways to share this fun mix:

    • Serve it at a Halloween party in a large bowl. Be sure to have a spoon or a scooper and some containers for guests to scoop theirs into.
    • Package it in individual baggies to share. You could put it in a small bakery box or even an individual to-go cellophane bags.
    • Serve it as a sweet salty snack mix to snack upon during a Halloween movie night.

    If you’ve got kids, involve them in the making and sharing of this. 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 in mixing the salty and sweet flavors together!

    Halloween trail mix with candy corn in a mason jar on a blue background

    More Halloween treats to try:

    Curious how to make this? Scroll on down to find out…

    A spoon sits inside a bowl of nutty trail mix with candy corn and marshmallows

    Halloween Trail Mix

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    This small batch Halloween Trail Mix is a delightful fall snack that calls for seasonal favorite ingredients. Calling for a mixture of nuts, marshmallows and candy corn, this homemade trail mix is perfect for anyone who likes a sweet and salty snack.
    5 from 1 vote
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 471 kcal
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes

    Ingredients
      

    • ½ cup lightly salted almonds
    • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts
    • ½ cup candy corn
    • ¼ cup lightly salted cashew halves and pieces
    • ¼ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
    • ¼ cup mini marshmallows

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    Instructions
     

    • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
    • Mix until combined.
    • Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight food storage container until time to eat.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1gCalories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 14gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 25gSodium: 120mgFiber: 5gSugar: 27g
    Keyword afternoon snack, candy corn snack mix, dessert, easy snack mix, fall dessert, Halloween snack, snack mix, snacks, trail mix
    Course Snack Time
    Cuisine American
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    About the Author:

    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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      1. It really is good, Nancy, and I’ve totally been snacking on it for the last week or so. It’s delicious and a fabulous afternoon pick-me-up!

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