Halloween may be the most candy-centric day around, but we’ve got 20 reasons why cookies just might steal the show this October 31. We scoured the web and scared up all kinds of creatively-decorated treats—from cookies that channel witches’ fingers and googly-eyed monsters, to no-bake ideas that are wicked-impressive. Scroll through the recipes below for treats that will delight little ghouls and grownups alike!

Jack Skellington Cookies

Hail to the Pumpkin King! Not only do these cookies from Totally the Bombchannel one of our fave holiday movies, they also involve the best kind of Halloween decoration—spooky smiles. Get recipe here.

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Graveyard Cookies

We can’t decide what we love best about this idea from Well Plated. Is it the no-bake brilliance? The cute effect? Or the fact that these cookies are accompanied by a delish cheesecake dip? Decide for yourself and get the recipe here.

Chocolate Monster Cookies

We’d welcome these monster cookies (courtesy of Self Proclaimed Foodie) to any Halloween party. The secret lies in the edible googly eyes—but don’t forget the perfect chocolate chip cookies and chocolate ganache. Get the recipe here.

Broomstick Cookies

These cookies from Dragon’s Kitchen are easy to make but have a huge Halloween wow factor. The kids will love helping with the creation, too. Get the recipe here.

Mummy Milanos

For last-minute Halloween parties, bake sales and treats, there’s nothing better than a no-bake cookie. This idea from Chelsea’s Messy Apron takes a cookie aisle fave (milanos) and gives it a mummy makeover. Get the recipe here.

Oreo Eyeball Cookies

If you’re looking for a super simple Halloween cookie, say “eye.” This idea from Simplee Thrifty is another no-bake wonder. Get the recipe here.

 

Melted Witch Cookie

Oh, what a world! Between the Wizard of Oz tribute and Halloween vibes, we’re loving the creativity of this idea from I’m a Mom, Not a ProfessionalGet the recipe here.

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies

We’re positively smitten with these cookies from A Sue Chef—and if you love candy corn, you’ll love them too. Bonus: they’re bite-size, so we won’t tell if you eat extra. Get the recipe here.

Gluten-Free, Vegan Gingerbread Skeletons

Sarah Bakes Gluten Free has created a skeleton cookie that's vegan-friendly and sans gluten—and the kids can even get in on the baking action! Get the recipe here.

Ghost Cookie Cups

Here’s another fab idea from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. It only requires six ingredients, minimal prep time, and the result is totally cute. Say boo and get the recipe here.

Halloween Monster Cookies

You can make sure this Halloween is a total monster mash bash thanks to My Baking Addiction. The kids will love making these cookies, which are more cutesy than scary. Get the recipe here.

Spider Cookie

How cute are these spider cookies from Princess Pinky Girl? The best part is that you can customize with your fave candy and use store-bought cookie dough for extra fast results. Get the recipe here.

Witch Hat Cookies

Forget cook times and oven settings. Craftily Ever After has your back if you need an adorable Halloween cookie ASAP. A little icing, a cookie, some chocolate kisses and you’re all set. Get the recipe here.

S’more Monsters?

What’s better than s’mores? S’mores that look like monsters! You won’t need a campfire to create this delicious Halloween-themed treat, but you will need cookies, marshmallows, and little helping hands. Get the whole scoop from Jodi Levine over at Say Yes.

Oreo Spider Cookies

Forget your spider squeamishness with this super cute recipe from the book Smart Cookie (recipe via Pizzazzerie.) We especially like those candy legs! Get the recipe here.

Witch's Finger Cookies

Go ahead and let out a cackle or two because these cookies from Simply So Good are totally brilliant. The recipe is super simple and although the creation of these edible digits may take a bit more time, we’re pretty sure the kids will get a kick out of it. Get the recipe here.

Dracula Dentures Cookie

Toothfully, we love this idea from The Girl Who Ate Everything. Not only is it ultra-clever, it also gives you an excuse to bust out your best Dracula impression. (Ve vant more cookies!) Get the recipe here.

Mummy Pumpkin Cookies

If you just can’t get enough pumpkin, you’re in luck. OMG Chocolate Dessertshas combined that good as gourd flavor with Halloween cookies. These mummy treats are extra cute and easy to make, too. Get the recipe here.

Jack-o'-Lantern Cookies

Combine the joy of jack-o'-lanterns with the tastiness of cookies? Don’t mind if we do! We’re digging this idea from Say Yes, which lets you make cheerful jack-o'-lantern grins and out-of-this-world sugar cookies. Get the recipe here.

Double Chocolate Monster Cookies

There’s nothing spooky about these monsters from Bakers Royale, but they do sport double chocolate and cutie googly eyes. Get the recipe here.

— Abigail Matsumoto

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