Halloween Popcorn Balls

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Halloween popcorn balls made with marshmallows and Halloween candy are a quick and easy festive treat that are fun to make with your kids!

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Halloween popcorn balls are a gooey, delicious treat that is super easy and stuffed full of festive candy. They look adorable and are great to take to a party, deliver to a neighbor, or munch on while watching your favorite spooky movie!

To complete the Halloween fun, serve these popcorn balls along with Halloween Mummy Hot Dogs and Halloween Bean Dip. They would also be cute on or next to a Halloween Cheese Board.

A dozen Halloween popcorn balls with candy corn and M&Ms on an enamel baking sheet.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s an easy no-fail recipe – they turn out great every time!
  • Great festive treat to take to a Halloween party. 
  • These popcorn balls can be customized with any of your favorite candies. 

Recipe Ingredients

  • Popcorn: Any kind will work – white or yellow – microwaved, air popped, or popped on the stovetop.
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Marshmallows
  • Halloween M&Ms
  • Candy corn

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to Make Halloween Popcorn Balls

Large white enamel bowl with a blue rim with popped popcorn.

Step #1. Pop the popcorn and put it in a very large bowl. 

A pan on a stovetop with with the butter and marshmallow mixture being stirred with a wooden spoon.

Step #2. Melt the butter in a large pot and then add the mini marshmallows. Stir constantly until the mixture is smooth. Then add the salt and vanilla 

Marshmallow mixture being poured over the popped popcorn.

Step #3. Add the melted marshmallow mixture to the popcorn and combine well. 

White bowl with popcorn coated in the melted marshmallow mixture with M&Ms and a small measuring cup pouring in the candy corn.

Step #4. Stir in the M&Ms and candy corn and use your hands to gently press the popcorn mixture into balls. 

Recipe FAQs

How do I keep the popcorn mixture from sticking to my hands?

I like to spray my hands with nonstick spray so I don’t turn into a sticky mess while forming the balls. You could also put soft butter on your hands if you want or don’t have spray on-hand. 

What else can I add into these Halloween popcorn balls?

Whatever you want! Feel free to get creative and change up with whatever you like. This recipe is very flexible. 

Can I freeze popcorn balls?

Yes! Popcorn balls freeze well. Wrap each ball with a plastic wrap and store them in an airtight freezer bag. They will last up to 2 weeks in the freezer. Thaw at room temperature and then remove the plastic wrap.

Can I use microwave popcorn to make popcorn balls?

Yes! You can use any popcorn. Use an air popper or microwave a few bags or cook it on the stovetop. Just be sure to remove all of the kernels.

A close-up of a Halloween popcorn ball with M&Ms and candy corn in a hand with additional popcorn balls in the background.

Expert Tips

  • These popcorn balls are best served right away or stored in a single layer in an air-tight container for up to 1 day before serving. 
  • This recipe makes 10 balls but you could make each ball slightly smaller to get a couple more – or make a double batch!
  • Make these a couple weeks before Halloween and store them in the freezer until the big day. Just take them out of the freezer the day before so they can thaw. 
White bowl with popcorn coated in the melted marshmallow mixture with M&Ms and a small measuring cup pouring in the candy corn.

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Halloween Popcorn Balls

Halloween popcorn balls made with marshmallows and Halloween candy are a quick and easy festive treat that are fun to make with your kids!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 popcorn balls

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Halloween M&M candies
  • 1 cup candy corn candies
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Instructions 

  • Pop the popcorn however you like. You can use an air-popper or pop it on the stove, whichever is easiest for you.
  • Place the popped corn in a very large bowl.
  • In a large pot add the butter and melt over medium heat.
  • When the butter is melted add the mini marshmallows and cook, stirring constantly, until the marshmallows melt and the mixture is a thick consistent texture.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the salt and vanilla.
  • Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the popcorn in the prepared bowl. Mix well to combine.
  • Add the M&Ms and candy corn and stir to combine.
  • Grease your hands with a bit of butter and use your hands to form the mixture into balls, gently pressing the sticky popcorn mixture into shape. 
  • Place finished popcorn ball on a piece of parchment or waxed paper.
  • Repeat with remaining popcorn until you’ve used it all and made around 10 popcorn balls. 
  • Serve right away or store in a single layer in an air-tight container for up to 1 day before serving. 

Notes

  • The add-ins to the popcorn are very flexible, if you’d like to use a different candy feel free to do that. 
  • You can pop the popcorn however you want – air popped, on the stovetop, or in the microwave all work to make popcorn balls.
  • To make the balls, coat your hands with non-stick spray or soft butter to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands.
  • Popcorn balls can be stored in the freezer for up to two weeks. Be sure to wrap them individually in plastic wrap and put them in a freezer bag. 


Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 10 popcorn balls, Calories: 356kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 198mg, Potassium: 27mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 45g, Vitamin A: 257IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 1mg
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