October 2, 2023

Spooky Roasted Potato Skulls #HalloweenTreatsWeek

Bowl of roasted potato skulls.

Add a fun side dish to your Halloween dinner celebrations with these flavorful Spooky Roasted Potato Skulls.

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Halloween is my favorite and I love making fun food to celebrate. It's #HalloweenTreatsWeek and I'll be sharing some new themed recipes this week, along with a group of bloggers. Other recipes for the week are linked at the bottom of this post.

Making Halloween Spooky Roasted Potato Skulls

Making these roasted potato skulls takes a little bit of time and patience, but it's nothing that is too difficult. You need a paring knife and cutting board to carve the skull shapes into the potatoes.

For this recipe, you use baby potatoes. I used baby yellow potatoes, but you could use baby red potatoes as well. After you thoroughly was the potatoes, you begin to carve them.

Cutting the potatoes into skulls.

With the potato lengthwise, cut out both sides of the bottom to create the "jaw" of the skull. Then, use your paring knife to cut out round-ish eyes, a triangular nose, and then a line for a mouth. 

You can carve out, or simply cut some vertical lines along the mouth, to create the look of some teeth. This is optional and just makes it look more like a mouth. I also put a cut into some of the tops of the potato heads to look a bit like a crack.

As always, when you are doing these more "crafty" type holiday recipes, please do not worry about them looking perfect. It's supposed to be fun, and each potato skull will look different from the next. 

After they are all craved, stir them in a bowl along with the olive oil and spices. These potatoes are seasoned with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and a touch of cayenne pepper. For less heat, leave out the cayenne pepper.

Stirring cut potatoes into a bowl of olive oil and spices.

Once they are all coated, place the potatoes, face side up, on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Roast in the oven and then sprinkle with a little salt before serving. The potatoes are done when you can easily pierce one with a fork.

I like to serve these skulls with some ketchup as well since potatoes and ketchup go perfectly together, and the red ketchup looks like "spooky blood."

Finished spooky roasted potato skulls on a baking sheet.

Serving Halloween Spooky Roasted Potato Skulls

These spooky roasted potato skulls are so fun for a Halloween themed dinner. You can serve them with things like mini mummy dogs, Jack O' Lantern cheese quesadillas, bloody "feet loaf" meat loaf, Halloween burgers, creepy monster hands, or mini monster meatball sliders.

Use these eye food picks to create some fun with your veggies, too. I love to put one of two of these in my kids' broccoli, cauliflower, etc. for some extra fun. 

Don't forget some dessert. There are so many fun Halloween desserts you can make including Vampire bat marshmallow pops, white chocolate mummy crispy rice treats, individual Jack Skellington cheesecakes, and dark chocolate black cat cookies.

Close-up of a spooky roasted potato skull.

Give these Spooky Roasted Potato Skulls a try this Halloween. They are a fun dish for kids, adults, and the whole family

They are great for a dinner before a Halloween movie night, or going out to check out some neighborhood Halloween decorations. 

Serving bowl full of roasted potato skulls.

Give these Spooky Roasted Potato Skulls a try the next time you are looking for something fun to add to your dinner at Halloween time!

Yield: about 4 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Spooky Roasted Potato Skulls

Spooky Roasted Potato Skulls

Add a fun side dish to your Halloween dinner celebrations with these flavorful Spooky Roasted Potato Skulls.


  • 1.5 lb. (24 oz.) baby baby potatoes (such a yellow/golden)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper, optional


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Use a paring knife to carefully cut and carve the potatoes into a skull shape.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and cayenne (if using).
  4. When the potatoes are ready, place them into the bowl with the olive oil and spices. Stir well.
  5. Place on the prepared baking sheet, face side up, and roast for 25-35 minutes. The time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes. They should be golden and easily pierced with a fork.
  6. Top with a sprinkle of salt. Serve as is or with ketchup for dipping.
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Spooky roasted potato skulls in a bowl.

Check out these other Halloween recipes:

Halloween Mini Bat Taco Cheese Balls

Spider & Monster Face Halloween Pizza

Cinnamon & Sugar Soft Pretzel Bones 

Sheet Pan Halloween Confetti Cookie Bars

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Welcome to 2023’s #HalloweenTreatsWeek event!

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#HalloweenTreatsWeek is a yearly Halloween blogging event that is hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife . You'll find that this fun and spooky event is an online, week-long event that is filled with some frightfully fun Halloween treats and recipes from some fantastic Halloween loving bloggers!

For this years 6th annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 18 hauntingly talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week! You can following the hashtag #HalloweenTreatsWeek on social media to collect all of these frightful recipes to use at your own Halloween parties and events!

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