Halloween Popcorn is made with a sweet, buttery candy coating and then tossed with Halloween candy. It’s the perfect festive treat for everyone to enjoy!
If your kids are anything like mine, they are always begging for popcorn when they watch a movie, and it’s fun to have different versions to mix things up! There’s no better treat to munch on while snuggled under a blanket watching a movie than the perfect salty/sweet combo you can find in popcorn recipes like this one!
Halloween Popcorn Mix
We have a lot of popcorn recipes on this site, which just goes to show how much we truly love popcorn around here. This Halloween snack mix with popcorn is one of our favorite festive variations, and it’s made using Nellie’s “Better Than Caramel Popcorn” recipe.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s perfectly simple. Anyone can toss this popcorn recipe together; we love how simple and sweet it is. The sweet, buttery candy that coats the popcorn and the candy pieces add nice diversity in every handful.
- You can add whatever candies you want! Add in whatever Halloween treats you’d like- candy corn popcorn was amazing, as was the M&M’s. The kids loved the gummy worms, of course!
- You can serve it on movie night or a party. Create a large Halloween popcorn bowl full of this festive mix and watch how fast it disappears.
Spooky Popcorn Ingredients
Popcorn– You will need 2 packages of microwave popcorn. Once popped, this will be about 9 cups of popcorn. If you’re making popcorn with an air popper, this is 3 cups of unpopped kernels.
Butter– Use 1 stick of butter (half a cup) to make the popcorn nice and rich.
Sugar– For a sticky coating that covers all the popcorn kernels, you will need 1 cup of granulated sugar.
Heavy cream– 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream is needed to make the candy coating perfect.
Halloween candy– You will want a nice variety of Halloween themed candy. About 3-4 different kinds is great and should be plenty. Keep in mind that chocolate candies will melt on the warm popcorn.
How to Make Halloween Popcorn
Pop your popcorn and remove any un-popped kernels. Put popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.
Combine the butter, sugar and whipping cream in a medium saucepan.** Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
Pour over popcorn and stir to combine.
Add in Halloween candy- our favorites were candy corn and M&M’s- and stir to combine.
It’s best when served immediately. So dish it up and serve it out to everyone.
- I’ve also made this candy coating in the microwave. Combine butter, sugar & whipping cream in a large glass bowl.
- Microwave for 2.5 minutes, stir, then for an additional 2 minutes.
- Pour over popcorn.
- Add in candies and mix as directed.
- 2 packages microwave popcorn, popped (about 9 cups popcorn) (1/3 cup unpopped kernels)
- 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3-4 different types of Halloween themed candy
- Pop your popcorn and remove any un-popped kernels. Put popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.
- Combine the butter, sugar and whipping cream in a medium saucepan.** Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Pour over popcorn and stir to combine. Add in Halloween candy- our favorites were candy corn and M&M’s- and stir to combine. It’s best when served immediately.
- **I’ve also made this in the microwave. Combine butter, sugar & whipping cream in a large glass bowl. Microwave for 2.5 minutes, stir, then for an additional 2 minutes. Pour over popcorn.
How long is candy popcorn good for?
This Halloween popcorn mix is good for up to several days if kept stored in an airtight container at room temperature. While we truly believe it tastes best when freshest, it’s not bad the following day or two days later, so feel free to savor the flavor and enjoy a little bit daily until it runs out.
Can I use margarine instead of butter?
You could note that butter has a much better consistency and flavor with this popcorn, so I think it would work best. You can use salted or unsalted butter, depending on what you already have on hand.
What kinds of candy go well in this popcorn mix recipe?
We’ve tried this recipe with everything from gummy worms and m&ms to hot tamales and milk duds, and the results are always tasty. Any type of small candy like junior mints or Reese’s pieces would also be good so just pick your favorites!
Love popcorn? So do we! Here are some other popcorn recipes to try!
- Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn
- Caramel Popcorn Cake
- Better than Caramel Popcorn
- Peanut Butter Popcorn
- Pretty in Pink Popcorn
- Chocolate Popcorn
- Peppermint Popcorn
- Caramel Popcorn
- Game Day Popcorn Mix
- Snickers Peanut Butter Popcorn
- Homemade Stovetop Popcorn
- Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn
Be sure to give these other popular fall recipes a try as well!
- Caramel Apple Nachos
- Easy 15-Minute Donuts, 3 Recipes
- Snickerdoodle Apple Cobbler
- Halloween Pretzels Three Ways
- Skillet Cinnamon Apples
Made to be sweet, buttery, and perfectly chewy this ooey gooey Halloween popcorn recipe is full of your favorite treats. Enjoy with the family or friends while watching your favorite Halloween movies or after a night or trick or treating.
I found your recipe on Pinterest and cannot wait to make it for the kids. I do have one question. My niece and nephew are allergic to dairy. I am going to use vegan butter. Do you have any suggestions for a substitute I can use in place of the heavy whipping cream?
I’m not vegan so I don’t do a lot of experimenting with those restrictions, but I did find this: http://www.godairyfree.org/dairy-substitutes/how-to-substitute-cream Hope it helps!!