This spooky delicious Halloween bark recipe is ready in just 12 minutes and makes the perfect easy dessert for your Halloween party. Personalize it with your favorite candies!
Celebrate spooky season with a fun treat that’s super easy to make. How easy, you ask? Well, if you can melt chocolate in a microwave, you’ll be a pro at making candy bark! The best part is that once you learn how to make it, you can adapt this east treat to any holiday or special occasion by swapping out the colors and ingredients.
This Halloween bark recipe is so simple you can let the kids get in on the fun. Let each child make their own version using their favorite Halloween candies and cookies! Teens may enjoy making our Bloody Bones Halloween Bark. Creepy!
Once you break the treat into pieces, share some with a friend or neighbor, or add it to the dessert table at your Halloween party.
Speaking of spooky parties, our Halloween Spider Treats are perfect for a creepy, crawly theme and these Pumpkin Cookie Dough Pops are terrific party favors. Just wrap the pops in cellophane and tie with a cute orange or black ribbon.
Ready to make some Halloween treats? Here’s what you need to start on this bark recipe.
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- White Chocolate Candy Wafers — White candy melts make the colors of the other ingredients really POP, but you can use regular chocolate if you prefer. Almond bark and other types of melting chocolate will work, too. Just make sure to read the instructions for melting them.
- Pretzel Sticks — Break pretzel sticks or regular old pretzels into smaller pieces. The pretzels help give this treat a delicious salty and sweet flavor combination.
- Mini Oreo Cookies — Oreos are our cookie of choice, and the mini ones are easier to work with for this recipe, but you can use regular ones or another brand if you’d like.
- Reese’s Pieces — These candy-coated peanut butter-flavored candies are incredible on chocolate bark. Sub them for a different candy if you don’t care for peanut butter flavor, though. M&Ms or Sixlets work nicely and also add a pop of color.
- Halloween Sprinkles — Choose some sprinkles with eyes and fun Halloween colors to make this white chocolate Halloween bark look extra spooky.
Equipment You’ll Need for This Halloween Bark Recipe
Gather your kitchen tools to make this easy Halloween dessert. You’ll need:
- cookie sheet
- parchment paper or wax paper
- microwave-safe bowl
- airtight container for storage
How to Make Chocolate Halloween Bark
This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
Step 1: Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. This will keep the pan clean and prevent the chocolate from sticking. Set the prepared baking sheet aside.
Step 2: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate wafers for 30 seconds. Give them a stir and then continue melting in 15-second intervals and stirring until all of the wafers are melted and smooth.
Step 3: Pour the melted white chocolate onto the lined baking sheet. Use a spoon or offset spatula to smooth the chocolate to about 1/4 inch thickness in an even layer. It will not cover the entire baking sheet.
Step 4: Top with broken pretzels, cookies, and Reese’s pieces, pressing them gently into the melted chocolate.
Step 5: Add Halloween sprinkles. Place the candy eyeballs so they’re all facing right-side-up.
Step 6: Refrigerate the Halloween bark until it is completely set, about 1 hour. The bark is ready when it easily peels off the wax paper.
Step 7: Cut or break the bark into pieces.
Storage and Freezing for This Halloween Candy Bark Recipe
Store Halloween bark in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. While white chocolate candy bark doesn’t have to be refrigerated, it can be if you prefer to enjoy it that way or if you would like to stretch how long it keeps.
Freeze this easy Halloween bark for up to a month in a freezer-safe container or bag.
Halloween Chocolate Bark Recipe Tips and Tricks
- I used Wilton white candy melts, but you can substitute with Ghirardelli white chocolate or dark chocolate melting wafers or with almond bark. Orange candy melts would be so much fun too!
- Craft stores typically sell Halloween sprinkles if you can’t find them in your local grocery store. You can also mix and match your favorite fall colors of sprinkles or sugar.
- The candy eyes can be found in the baking aisle and are available year-round. Place them individually to ensure they’re the right side up.
- Look for candy in Halloween colors — black, orange, purple, and green — to go with the theme.
Additions and Variations
Add nuts. Want more crunch and salty flavor? Add some crushed nuts! Crushed almonds, pistachios, or pecans are tasty choices.
Use leftover Halloween candy. If you’re making this after Halloween, it’s a fun way to use some of your leftover candy from Trick-or-Treating. Experiment with different flavors!
Incorporate dried fruit. Dried cranberries pair well with white chocolate, as do chopped apricots. You could also crush some banana or apple chips to sprinkle over top.
Add color. Use food coloring to add a swirl of fun Halloween colors like orange or green throughout the white candy. If working with candy melts, Wilton recommends using an oil-based food coloring, because water-based or gel-based coloring will cause the candy to seize. Simply add a few drops of candy color into the melted white candy and use a toothpick to swirl.
More Chocolate Halloween Bark Topping Ideas:
- sunflower seeds
- roasted pumpkin seeds
- mini marshmallows
- mini chocolate chips (or peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, etc.)
- crushed potato chips
- shredded coconut
- chopped candy bars
- a pinch of spice like cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or even cayenne if you enjoy chocolate with a little heat behind it
- candy corn
- gummy bears or gummy worms
- crushed ‘Nilla wafers or sugar wafers
There are so many possibilities!
Easy Halloween Bark FAQ
According to Bon Appetit, white chocolate is not really chocolate. It is made up of cocoa butter, sugar, milk products, vanilla, and lecithin. It’s quite delicious, though!
This largely depends on the ingredients you add to the top, but this recipe is good for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 1 month in the freezer. If you add ingredients like marshmallows or gummy candies, you may need to use it quicker.
You don’t have to cut it at all! You can simply break it into pieces using a mallet, the edge of a spoon, your hands, etc. But if you want to cut it, it looks nice when cut into triangles or squares.
More Halloween Recipes
If you enjoyed this easy treat for Halloween, try one of these recipes for your spooky soiree:
- Halloween Chex Mix
- Candy Corn Fudge
- Halloween Ghost Donuts
- Halloween Rice Krispie Treat Mummies
- Halloween Cake Mix Cookies
- Zombie Halloween Pudding Cups
- 12 ounces white chocolate candy wafers
- 12 pretzel sticks, broken in half
- ¼ cup mini Oreo cookies, broken in half
- 3 Tablespoons Reese's Pieces candies
- 2 Tablespoons Halloween sprinkles with eyes
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper and set it aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate wafers for 30 seconds. Stir, then continue melting in 15 second intervals until melted and smooth.
- Pour the melted white chocolate onto the lined baking sheet. Smooth with a spoon to about ¼ inch thickness. Note: You will not cover the entire baking sheet.
- Immediately top with broken pretzels, cookies, and candies, pressing them gently into the white chocolate.
- Add sprinkles. Place the candy eyes individually.
- Refrigerate the bark until it is fully set, about 60 minutes. The bark is ready when it easily peels off the wax paper.
- Cut or break the Halloween bark into pieces.
Store candy bark in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.