Snack mix gets the spooky treatment with this Halloween-themed treat. Includes classic ingredients like Chex and pretzels plus candy corn and green M&M’s.

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Top down view of a large bowl of prepared Halloween snack mix, surrounded by fall-themed decorations like a pumpkin, brown leaves, etc.

About Halloween Snack Mix

No matter if you need fuel for a horror movie marathon or want a fun and easy snack to serve at this year’s creepiest party, this Halloween snack mix is a go-to treat for a sweet and salty fix.

Plus, you can either follow the recipe as written or customize it with your own combination of delicious flavors and Halloween style!

What’s in Halloween snack mix?

To whip up a batch of this sweet and savory snack mix, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Chex cereal, Bugles, and pretzels – These ingredients make up the savory crunch of the snack mix. Feel free to use your favorite flavors and versions of these ingredients (like cheddar cheese, chocolate, caramel, etc).
  • Butter, brown sugar, and vanilla – Used for creating the mixture that coats the savory crunch ingredients.
  • Reese’s Pieces – Adds some peanut butter flavor and a pop of Halloween-themed color.
  • Candy corn and candy pumpkins – Simple, mild candy flavor and adds more fall and Halloween vibes.
  • Mint M&M’s – Adds a fun pop of flavor and more Halloween color. You can also substitute this for other types of M&M’s (regular, peanut butter, peanut, etc) but for the best presentation, I would recommend getting M&M’s that are a solid color in green, purple, orange, or black. You can custom order any type of M&M’s you want from their website.
  • Candy eyes – To give the snack mix a spooky vibe.
Close up top down view of Halloween snack mix, showing off the Halloween accents like candy corn, candy pumpkin, green M&M's, and candy eyes.

What else can you add?

This snack mix is made from a core recipe with some Halloween flair, but feel free to mix, match, and add other ingredients you’d like, such as:

When adding other ingredients, be sure to separate them into two categories: savory (crunchy and dry) or candy (sweet and meltable). When preparing the snack mix, you’ll want to combine all of the savory ingredients together and bake them with the butter mixture coating. You’ll also want to hold off on adding all the candy ingredients until the very end.

Do you have to bake the cereal mixture?

Yes, the crunchy and savory ingredients should be baked after being coated with the sweet butter mixture. Baking will help set the coating and give the snack mix a better texture. Without baking, the savory ingredients would be sticky and wet (and likely become soggy over time).

A large scoop holding up a serving-sized portion of Halloween snack mix, pictured over a larger bowl of snack mix.

How long is Halloween snack mix good for?

Once prepared and mixed, this snack mix can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Can you freeze Halloween snack mix?

Yes, you totally can!

Once prepared and mixed, this Halloween snack mix can be stored in a sealed container or freezer bag for up to four to six months.

Notes & tips for snack mix

  • When making this recipe, you’ll need a big mixing bowl so you have enough room to maneuver and stir. I own a 13 quart mixing bowl for this very reason. The snack mix can also be served in a bowl like this.
  • Because this snack mix remains good for up to two weeks, it’s great for gifting! Perfect as a take-home treat after a party or even giving out to trick-or-treaters.
Close up side view of multiple bowls filled with Halloween snack mix.

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How to make Halloween snack mix

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, light brown sugar, and vanilla. Set this bowl aside for now.

Step 2 – In a 13-quart mixing bowl, add the Chex cereal, Bugles, and pretzels. Mix them together.

Step 3 – Pour the butter mixture over the cereal mixture, then use a spatula to gently toss and coat.

Step 4 – Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spray it with cooking spray, then spread out the coated cereal mixture into an even layer.

Step 5 – Bake!

Step 6 – Once the cereal mixture has cooled, add it to a large serving bowl. Add the Reese’s Pieces, candy corn, candy pumpkins, mint M&M’s, and candy eyes, then stir well.

Step 7 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Top down view of a large bowl of prepared Halloween snack mix, surrounded by fall-themed decorations like a pumpkin, brown leaves, etc.
5 from 1 vote

Halloween Snack Mix

15 mins prep + 30 mins cook + 1 hr Cooling Time
709 kcal
Yields: 8 servings (1 cup per)
Snack mix gets the spooky treatment with this Halloween-themed treat. Includes classic ingredients like Chex and pretzels plus candy corn and green M&M's.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray, then set aside.
  • In a small bowl, add together melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Mix until combined but still easily pourable. Set bowl aside.
    1/2 cup salted butter, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • In a 13-quart mixing bowl, mix together Chex, Bugles, and pretzels.
    3 cups Chex cereal, 2 cups Bugles, 2 cups pretzels
  • Pour butter mixture on top of cereal mixture and gently stir with a spatula until everything is coated.
  • Transfer coated cereal mixture to prepared baking sheet and spread out into an even layer.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Remove baking sheet from oven and allow to cool completely. NOTE: If you would like candy to be melty, continue to next step while cereal mixture is still warm.
  • Pour cereal mixture into an extra large serving bowl and add Reese's Pieces, candy corn, candy pumpkins, mint M&M's, and candy eyes. Stir well.
    1 cup Reese’s Pieces, 1/2 cup candy corn, 1/2 cup candy pumpkins, 1/2 cup mint M&M’s, 1/4 cup candy eyes
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe makes about 8 cups total.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 709kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 631IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 9mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy