The best Halloween Snack Mix for your spooky celebration! This sweet and salty party mix with your favorite ingredients is easy to make and tons of fun to eat.
Have you seen this recipe for Halloween Monster Cookies yet? Those would be perfect served alongside today’s snack mix recipe at your next Halloween party!
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Let’s hear it for snack mixes. A good snack mix is the solution to so many of life’s dilemmas.
Hungry kids whining in the car? A great way to quiet them down is to give ’em snack mix!
Need something for your party guests to munch on before dinner? Give ’em a great snack mix!
Can’t decide between sweet treats or a salty snack mix for your Halloween gathering? This Monster Munch gives you both!
Halloween Chex Mix is the perfect blend of an old fashioned salty Chex mix and the sweet versions known as muddy buddies or puppy chow. It combines salty pretzels, Bugles and rice cereal with your favorite Halloween candy, and M&Ms.
I know what some of you are thinking: Why make homemade Chex mix instead of buying it from the store?
Here’s why it’s a great option.
- This homemade delicious Chex mix tastes crunchier, fresher and just all around better.
- It’s a fun mix of simple ingredients. The best part – you get to choose your favorite colors, flavors and combos from a variety of ingredients!
- It’s so much fun and is an easy recipe to make. The kids will love joining in on the fun to make this easy Halloween snack mix. You might want to make a big batch so they can bring it to school and share with friends.
The version we’re sharing today is a fun snack mix recipe that’s exploding with color, flavor and fun add-ins. The kids always get a huge kick out of the candy eyes!
This spooky snack mix recipe might just become a new family Halloween tradition.
What do I need for this Halloween Chex mix recipe?
We used this combination of ingredients for the Halloween Party Snack Mix.
- Rice Chex cereal – Feel free to use your preferred flavor, or mix and match.
- Bugles – Original flavor makes the mix saltier or go with caramel for extra sweetness.
- Melted butter
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Reese’s pieces
- Classic candy corn
- Candy pumpkins
- Mint M&Ms – or regular m&m’s, peanut m&m’s or another flavor if you prefer!
- Candy eyeballs
How do I make Halloween Trail Mix?
STEP 1: combine the cereal, Bugles and pretzels in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter with brown sugar and the vanilla extract. Pour the butter mixture over the cereal mixture and stir slowly to coat.
STEP 2: Spread the coated cereal mixture evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 15 minutes, stir and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove the mix from the oven and let it cool.
STEP 3. Transfer the baked snack mix to a large serving bowl. Add candies and toss to get everything combined.
Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
What are other mix-in ideas for this recipe?
The beauty of snack mix recipes like this one is that there are so many options and substitutions you can make.
Try adding sweet ingredients like mini Rolos, chocolate chips, caramel corn, or mini marshmallows to add more variety.
Salty additions like cheese crackers, oyster crackers and nuts (we love peanuts) are more great mix-in ideas. You can even add other kinds of cereal to change up the flavor.
Do I have to bake this Halloween mix in the oven?
Baking Halloween Chex Mix in the oven gives the snack a proper coating and a solid, crisp consistency. You should ALWAYS bake this kind of snack mix! Otherwise the mix will be runny, soggy and way less appetizing (unless you like mushy cereal, I guess).
More Snack Mix Tips and Tricks
- Feel free to add more or less of any of the listed ingredients depending on what you like. The only thing I would not alter is the sugar-butter mixture.
- Do not over mix the sugar mixture. Otherwise it will be too thick to pour over the cereal.
- Make sure to let the baked ingredients cool completely before adding the candies. Otherwise the chocolate candy will get melty.
Is it just me or is Halloween becoming a bigger and bigger deal every year? When I was a kid, I loved getting dressed up in Halloween costumes, trick-or-treating, then heading to our neighbor’s annual Halloween party to eat Caramel Apples.
These days, it feels like the Halloween mania starts in September with decorations, parties and all kinds of special “spooky” events. I won’t complain because Halloween season means I can justify buying all the candy I want . You know, “for the trick-or-treaters”.
It also gives me more time to enjoy all my favorite seasonal treats. Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls are a must-have this time of year. So are these Oreo Candy Corn Truffles! The last few years, I always try to make at least one batch of Halloween Ghost Meringues; they’re a hit whenever I bring them to a party.
Pumpkin season extends well into November (and beyond) in my book, but October is the perfect time fill your home with the delicious scent of pumpkin and fall spices. Whip up a batch of your own Homemade Pumpkin Spice to use in everything from Dairy-Free Pumpkin Muffins to this Pumpkin Spice Frosting!
Now that you know how easy and delicious it is to make homemade snack mix with cereal, I hope you’ll try this Cookie Butter Snack Mix next. It’s just as simple and addictively good.
For a snack with a lot less sugar but just as much flavor, give these Baked Spiced Almonds a taste. Baked Walnuts are another satisfying snack to keep hunger at bay throughout the day.
For party snacks that double as appetizers, I have TONS of great-tasting finger food recipes here on the blog. You’ll love my Pepperoni Bread, this Quick and Simple Cheese Fondue and Garlic Edamame any night of the week.
What are you planning for your Halloween party menu?
Halloween Snack Mix
- 3 cups Chex cereal flavor(s) of our choice
- 2 cups Bugles (original or caramel flavor)
- 2 cups pretzels regular or twists
- ½ cup butter melted
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 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, and prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment.
- In a large bowl, mix together the cereal, Bugles, and pretzels.
- Put the melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla together in a small bowl. Mix until combined leaving it just a bit runny so that you can easily pour it over the cereal mixture.
- Pour the sugar mixture slowly over the cereal mixture while stirring to completely coat.
- Spread evenly onto the prepared cookie sheet, and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Allow to cool completely after removing from the oven.
- Pour into an extra large bowl, and add the candies. Mix well and serve.
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