9 Awesome Snacks Only Released for Halloween

  1. Fraken Berry, Boo Berry, & Count Chocula Cereals
  2. Halloween Oreos
  3. Cheetos Bag o’ Bones
  4. Mountain Dew VooDew
  5. Garden Veggie Chips Ghosts + Bats
  6. Halloween Cheese Balls
  7. Pillsbury Halloween Sugar Cookies
  8. Kool-Aid Ghoul-Aid Jammers
  9. Hostess Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween’s a time of delicious treats – Reese’s cups, cider donuts, candy apples… the list goes on and on. It only makes sense, then, to see a bunch of limited time snacks from your favorite brands all through October. 

Get your grocery list ready! Here are the best specialty treats you can only buy at stores around Halloween.

#1:  Franken Berry, Boo Berry, & Count Chocula Cereals

You know it’s Halloween when Franken Berry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula are spooking up the aisle. These General Mills favorites can be purchased online all year round, but there’s something special about seeing them live and in-person.

Halloween cereals
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Franken Berry and Count Chocula made their debut in 1971, and Boo Berry closely followed behind two years later. All three Halloween cereals are flavored (strawberry, blueberry, or chocolate respectively) and feature tiny, fluffy marshmallows in every bite.

Want a good scare? Check out this Boo Berry commercial from 1973!

#2:  Halloween Oreos

Everyone loves Oreos, but the delicious cookies go the next level around Halloween. The chocolate layer is stamped with a pumpkin, haunted house, bat, ghost, or a witch, and the cream filling inside is bright orange.

Halloween Oreos
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The original Halloween Oreo made its debut in 1991, and since then, new fall flavors like candy corn, pumpkin spice, and maple crème have hit shelves. Still, nothing compares to the original black and orange cookies.

#3:  Cheetos Bag o’ Bones

Whether you like it hot or cheesy, Cheeto’s Bag o’ Bones is the snack for you. Each puff is in the shape of a skeleton bone, including a skull head and ribcage.

Cheetos Bag o' Bones graphic
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Cheeto’s Bag of Bones, which first came out in 2014, was left for dead for a few years. However, it’s since come back to life and can now be found at most grocery stores. It’s puffy, tasty, and worth any orange stains on your fingers.

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#4:  Mountain Dew VooDew

Mountain Dew VooDew is a cleverly named soda that’s described as having a “devilishly delicious mystery flavor.” It’s got all the looks of a good lemon lime soda, but the bite you’d expect from Mountain Dew.

Mountain Dew Voodoo graphic
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Are you hosting a Monster Mash at your house? Grab the cans! Do you need more pep in your step for that creepy haunted house? Go for the bottle! Either way, you’ll love this yummy orange creamsicle tasting soda, which first hit shelves in 2018.

#5:  Garden Veggie Chips Ghosts + Bats

Why should the unhealthy food have all the fun? Garden Veggie Chips Ghosts + Bats are adorable gluten-free snacks that are perfect for the Halloween season.

Ghosts and Bats Veggie Chips
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These spooktacular garden chips made their debut in 2015. If you’re looking for something better to hand out to trick or treaters than candy, they’re the snack for you! They contain 30% less fat than other potato chips and are also made with no artificial flavors.

#6:  Halloween Cheese Balls

Nothing says Halloween quite like cheese balls! This puffy snacks are available during every season, but special jars come out specifically in October, such as pumpkins and Frankenstein.

Halloween cheese balls
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Cheese balls have a history that’s hard to trace, but they’re best known for inspiring a ton of interesting recipe ideas! Everyone from Martha Stewart to Rachael Ray makes their own hot, crispy versions from scratch. If you don’t want to deal with that hassle, put your puffs in a decorative bowl, lay them out on a table, and call it a day!

Make your own Halloween cheese balls
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Want to try a cheese ball recipe? Give this easy one from the Food Network a whirl!

Step One: Mix 16 oz. of cream cheese with 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar. Add in 3 tbsps. of minced onion, 2 tbsps. of salsa, 2 tsps. of ground cumin, and 1 tsp. of minced jalapeno. Mix it all together.

Step Two:  Scoop the mixture out of the bowl and use your hands to form pumpkin-shaped balls.

Step Three:  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.

Step Four:  Unwrap the balls and roll them in crushed nacho flavor tortilla chips.

Step Five:  Press a bell pepper stem to the top and lay the cheese balls in a bed of black tortilla chips.

#7:  Pillsbury Halloween Sugar Cookies

Pillsbury shaped cookies are perfect for those who want to bake something sweet for their Halloween party, but aren’t really aces in the kitchen. They come in your choice of spooky – pumpkins, ghosts, or black cats.

Pillsbury Halloween cookies
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The shaped cookies are relatively new in Pillsbury’s history, but they’re a must-have around the holidays. Look out for turkeys for Thanksgiving, trees for Christmas, hearts for Valentine’s Day, and more!

#8:  Kool-Aid Ghoul-Aid Jammers

Vampires and zombies are all about blood and brains, but you probably want something tastier. Try Kool-Aid Ghoul Aid Jammers in Scary Berry!

Kool-Aid Ghoul-Aid Jammers

Kool-Aid has been around for a really long time – close to 100 years! Ghoul-Aid is newer, but is flavored with the same magic touch that made Kool-Aid famous. You can also get the powdered mix if you want to make your drink the old-school way. Oh yeah!

#9:  Hostess Halloween Cupcakes

Hostess really knows how to come through with the sweet treats for the fall. Aside from the snacks in the picture below, you can also get iced pumpkin baseball cupcakes, chocolate cake Twinkies with “s’cream” filling, and ScaryCakes with brown, yellow, and orange sprinkles. Yum!

Hostess Halloween cupcakes
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And just imagine – you may never have had a chance to get these goodies! Hostess announced plans to shut down following bankruptcy in 2012, but through clever marketing and fan backing, they managed to pull out of the ordeal. It would have been just plain scary to live in a world without Ding Dongs and Honey Buns!

Final Thoughts

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent more than $9 million on Halloween products in 2018. Your favorite food brands, from Mountain Dew to Hostess, capitalize on this market with their own spooky snacks. Next to terrifying decorations, pumpkin stencils for jack o’ lanterns, strobe lights, and office activities, they’re a great way to celebrate the holiday.

Keep these specialty snacks in mind if you’re heading to the grocery store. They pair really well with a cozy blanket and your favorite scary movie.

Until then, have a happy Halloween!

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