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Monster Popcorn Balls for Halloween

Monster Popcorn Balls

Fun and spooky-cute for Halloween, these tasty Monster Popcorn Balls will delight trick-or-treaters of all ages! This classic popcorn balls recipe has the same great classic taste but adding some fun Halloween colors and a few candy eyes make them perfect for your Halloween celebrations!

Halloween is almost here and I’m excited to bring you my newest Halloween treat recipe – Monster Popcorn Balls!

Everyone in my family loves popcorn. Whether it be family movie night or game day, you can usually find a big bowl of popcorn on our table!

monster popcorn balls

Halloween Popcorn Balls

Sometimes, I like to take our favorite salty snack and turn it into a sweet and salty treat. Popcorn balls were one of my kids’ favorite, fun snack or desserts when they were growing up and they still ask for them occasionally. I’m always happy to whip up a batch because not only are they delicious, but they’re also pretty easy to make!  

monster popcorn balls

Monster popcorn balls have always been a tradition on Halloween. The popcorn balls I make for Halloween have the same great classic taste, but I add some fun with Halloween colors and a few candy eyes. These simple tweaks will bring this classic popcorn recipe up a few notches and make it perfect for Halloween night. 

Ingredients for Popcorn Balls

Whenever I start planning to make a new recipe, I always look at the ingredients first. Not only does this help me know if I have everything I need, but it also gives me a clue as to whether or not my family and I will like the recipe. Marshmallows, brown sugar and popcorn go into these popcorn balls so with just one quick look, I already know it will be a huge hit in my household! 

monster popcorn balls

Here are the other ingredients you will need to make Halloween popcorn balls:

  • popped popcorn- You can buy pre-popped popcorn or make it yourself. There are around 12 cups of popped popcorn in a microwave bag so you should just need one. I like to use extra butter popcorn to get the most flavor possible. Kettle corn or plain salted popcorn will work as well.
  • mini marshmallows– I like to use mini marshmallow because they melt quickly. The melted marshmallows will be the glue that holds the popcorn balls together. 
  • brown sugar and white sugar– You want your popcorn balls to be sweet! Caramelized sugar helps sweeten the popcorn balls and also make them firm enough to hold their shape.
  • butter– Butter helps the marshmallows and sugar melt and adds a creamy, rich taste. 
  • salt and vanilla– Both salt and vanilla extract enhance the flavors of the popcorn balls.
  • food coloring– This is how the popcorn balls become perfectly themed for halloween! 
  • candy eyeballs and Halloween sprinkles– The more candy halloween decor you can add, the better!

Once you have checked all the ingredients off your list, it’s time to get out all your cooking supplies. To make this recipe, you will need three mixing bowls, wax paper, a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, and a large saucepan.

How to Make Popcorn Balls for Halloween

If you have ever made rice krispie treats, then you pretty much already know how to make popcorn balls. If this is your first time making melty, marshmallow treats, don’t worry- it’s pretty easy! Here is how to make my Halloween popcorn ball recipe:

popcorn balls recipe

1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan then add the mini marshmallows, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Stir constantly to melt the marshmallows completely. 

Mixing food coloring in bowls

2. Pour the melted marshmallow mix into three separate bowls.

Cheddar popcorn, green food coloring, and purple popcorn in separate bowls

3. Add the food coloring to each bowl, dying the marshmallow mix in each bowl a separate color. 

4. Add 4 cups of popped popcorn to each bowl and stir, coating the popcorn in every bowl completely with the dyed marshmallow.

5. Wet your hands a little bit and then grab a scoop of popcorn. Roll it into a ball using your hands. A little water on your hands will prevent the popcorn from sticking to your hands. 

how to make popcorn balls

6. Place the rolled balls on a wax paper lined tray to cool.

how to roll sprinkles on a marshmallow popcorn

7. Add the Halloween sprinkles and candy eyeballs to the popcorn balls. You can either roll the balls in the sprinkles or just shake the sprinkles over each ball- the balls are stick enough that the sprinkles will adhere easily. 

A plastic skeleton hand reaching out to grab the Halloween salty treats

Once your popcorn balls are completed, they are immediately ready to eat! You can also store them in a large airtight container for about a week at room temperature. This is definitely a Halloween treat that you can make ahead of time. You can also double or triple the batch to make enough for a big party!

Tips and Variations for Monster Popcorn Balls

popcorn balls recipe

Want to make sure you make perfect popcorn balls the very first time? Then definitely be sure to read these tips. I have made popcorn balls a lot and have found the easiest way to put them together. 

  • Buy pre-made popcorn to save time. 
  • Use large bowls for dying the marshmallow and mixing in the popcorn. Larger bowls make it easier to toss the popcorn and really coat it fully in the marshmallow mix.
  • Large marshmallows will work but the minis melt faster.
  • Once the popcorn balls are done, individually wrap them in plastic wrap and they will keep for up to a week. This also makes them easy to grab and go or pack as a lunchbox treat. 
  • Be sure to spray your hands with a little water before rolling the popcorn balls. It really helps to prevent the marshmallows from sticking to your hands. 

A wood bowl filled with orange, purple, and green popcorn balls for Halloween

In addition to these little tips, I also wanted to share a few quick variations I have tried that make this recipe even more special. 

  • Mix the popcorn in the marshmallows mix and then toss in a few mini chocolate chips. Add the chocolate chips right before you roll the balls so they don’t melt from the heat of the marshmallows (although a little melting can be yummy!)
  • Mix in some candy corn, adding about 1 cup of candy corn after you stir the popcorn into the marshmallow mix.
  • Buy some plastic vampire teeth and form the popcorn ball around the teeth. It will look like your snack is trying to bite you!
  • Stick a Halloween paper straw in the popcorn ball to make a Monster popcorn ball pop. 

Give these monster popcorn balls a try this Halloween season. They are such a fun treat that you and your family can enjoy all throughout October. They will definitely get you in the mood for Halloween while also satisfying any cravings for sweet or salty foods. Enjoy! 

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Monster Popcorn Balls for Halloween

  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 popcorn balls 1x


Fun and spooky cute for Halloween, these tasty Monster Popcorn Balls will delight trick-or-treaters of all ages! This classic popcorn balls recipe has the same great classic taste but adding some fun Halloween colors and a few candy eyes make them perfect for your Halloween celebrations!



12 cups Popped Popcorn
10 oz. bag mini marshmallows
1 cup brown sugar
1โ„2 cup granulated sugar
1โ„2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Food coloring- purple- green- orange
candy eyeballs
Halloween sprinkles


1. In large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, mini marshmallows, brown sugar, granulated
sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Heat and stir frequently until the marshmallows have completely
melted, and the mixture comes to a boil.
2. In 3 separate large mixing bowls carefully pour marshmallow mixture evenly into bowls.
3. Add in food coloring gel of your choice, about 3 drops to each bowl.

4. Add in 4 cups of popped popcorn to each bowl and stir, making sure all popcorn is completely
5. Lightly coat hands in water to avoid popcorn sticking to hands. Grab a spoonful of each color of
popcorn and form a ball in hands.
6. Place on a sheet of wax paper and allow to cool.
7. Add sprinkles and candy eyes to popcorn balls.

  • Category: Desserts
  • Cuisine: American


Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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    10/13/2023 / 4:10 pm

    Oh wow, these look like such a fun Halloween treat. I love that they are so bright and colourful. They are perfect for little ones to enjoy.

  2. 10/13/2023 / 3:41 pm

    These are awesome and perfect for movie night. My kids would love to make and EAT these!

  3. Barbie Ritzman
    10/13/2023 / 4:10 am

    Halloween is always fun and festive. The monster popcorn balls are a great idea for kids and even adults who enjoy the holiday.

  4. Luna S
    10/12/2023 / 6:27 pm

    Love that you made the popcorn assorted colors! They look so fun to make, I think I’ll have to ask my kids if they’d like to make these with me for Halloween. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. 10/12/2023 / 3:48 pm

    These are so well done between the colours and the little eyeballs! These would be sure to go down a treat at any Halloween party!

  6. Heather
    10/12/2023 / 6:25 am

    Love how colorful these treats are. Popcorn balls are perfect grab and go snack for Halloween

  7. 10/12/2023 / 3:19 am

    These popcorn balls look amazing , they would be perfect for a Halloween party.

  8. Cindy
    09/12/2023 / 4:43 am

    Super fun and so easy to make! Kids will love them!

  9. 09/12/2023 / 1:23 am

    Wow, these monster popcorn balls sound like the perfect Halloween treat! What better way to get into the spooky spirit this October than with a fun and tasty snack like this? I can already imagine the excitement on my family’s faces when they see these cute, creepy treats. The combination of sweet and salty flavours is always a win in my book, and I’m sure these popcorn balls won’t disappoint. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  10. 09/11/2023 / 11:17 pm

    Wow! just wow, I just dont know what to say. These monster popcorn balls looks so good and fun. I am pinning it for later.

  11. 09/11/2023 / 2:19 pm

    These look so so cool! I’m definitely sending these to my friends for their Halloween Party ideas!

  12. 09/11/2023 / 6:24 am

    Ohh, these look fun! I have the candy eyes and I only need a few more ingredients. This is such a cute idea.

  13. 09/11/2023 / 5:42 am

    It is such a cool idea! My kids are still too young for popcorn but my husband is a big popcorn lover. I`ll try to make these balls for our neighbors for trick or treat. Thank you for the idea.

  14. Melissa Cushing
    09/16/2022 / 7:36 pm

    I am pinning this recipe to make with my kids. They will love these for halloween and I will too and they are so cute!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. 09/15/2022 / 3:35 am

    I haven’t had popcorn balls in forever. These are cute and festive for Halloween. Love how colorful they came out too.

  16. Catalina
    09/15/2022 / 1:37 am

    This is really a fun treat fo Halloween! And I love it because I can make it with my kids!

  17. 09/14/2022 / 11:06 pm

    Sheesh!!! Even I, an adult is quite scared of them….I wonder how the children will react to them. Thanks for sharing about them.

  18. 09/14/2022 / 10:55 pm

    These popcorn balls look fun and tasty, perfect for a Halloween party!

  19. 09/14/2022 / 7:03 pm

    Super cute! I use those plastic nursing gloves coated in a little cooking spray to keep them from sticking to my hands.

  20. Richelle Milar
    09/14/2022 / 7:02 pm

    Wow! My kids are going to love this for sure! This looks so good and really perfect for Halloween!

  21. 09/14/2022 / 2:44 pm

    These look so very festive, my girls would love to make these. We love making festive treats.

  22. Rosey
    09/14/2022 / 1:37 pm

    What a smart idea to put the eyes on them. Those are super cute.

  23. 09/14/2022 / 10:52 am

    These popcorn balls are looking so interesting. Can’t wait to try them out on next Halloween.

  24. Monica Simpson
    09/14/2022 / 8:54 am

    I can’t believe next month is October! I’m almost ready for it to be fall. I do love all things Halloween and all the fun treats!

  25. 09/14/2022 / 5:36 am

    These are so cute! I love the bright colors. I’m sure even my teens would enjoy making these.

  26. 09/14/2022 / 3:17 am

    I need to make these. I just love the bright colors of the popcorn balls.

  27. 09/14/2022 / 1:05 am

    Wow, this is creative and never thought about it before. I will keep it in mind to try it with my family.

  28. Amber Myers
    09/13/2022 / 11:51 pm

    I love these. Perfect for Halloween. I’ll be making them with my kids.

  29. 09/13/2022 / 11:13 pm

    These look like so much fun! I’m going to save this for our homeschool Halloween get together! Thanks!

  30. Maria Azanha
    09/13/2022 / 8:42 pm

    It seems like making popcorn is easy but it is not! These are very helpful tips! Thanks!

  31. 09/13/2022 / 7:26 pm

    Ohh such cute monsters, perfect for Halloween treats! Kids will surely enjoy these popcorn balls.

  32. Tasheena
    09/13/2022 / 7:14 pm

    I love making popcorn balls, looking forward to trying this recipe.

  33. 09/13/2022 / 6:11 pm

    These are so cute and looks easy to make!

  34. 09/13/2022 / 4:02 pm

    These are so much fun! I have to make them for my niece and nephew.

  35. 09/13/2022 / 3:53 pm

    These are super cute! I love the candy eyes. Those really make these pop.

  36. Beth L
    09/13/2022 / 8:17 am

    What a fun and yummy treat. These would be tons of fun to make with the kids too!

  37. Jennifer Prince
    09/13/2022 / 7:01 am

    I love how adaptable this recipe is! If you change the colors/theme, you can basically make it for any holiday. Such a cute idea!!

  38. 09/13/2022 / 6:49 am

    We have a lot of Cub Scout popcorn at our house right now, so this is a perfect snack to make with my boys. They’ll love it!

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