Make this Scary Good Zombie Popcorn for a Halloween Snack

This year, I’m making this easy zombie popcorn for a fun Halloween snack. The kids aren’t going to know what hit them–well, they might if they have their eyes open, but yeah. LOL!

Halloween Popcorn Zombie Popcorn Treat for kids
Make this easy zombie popcorn halloween snack for kids!

Zombie Popcorn

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we really get into the holidays, but Halloween has a super special place in our hearts. Its the only holiday where there’s not “traditional” food that I have to kind of work within. With Halloween, I can be as crazy-creative as I want and no one cares. That’s why I made this spooky good zombie popcorn. 


This halloween popcorn recipe is so simple, it’s scary-easy to make. And the kids will scream–in delight–when they taste the combination of candy-covered popcorn and, well, candy. If you’re ready to scare the pants off some people with a fun halloween snack, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make This Halloween Popcorn Recipe

  • Let the popcorn cool COMPLETELY. You will be sorry if you mix it all together before it’s cooled. Giant clumps, that’s all I’m saying.
  • Don’t like liquorish? No big deal! This would be equally yummy with strawberry twist candies. 
  • If you’re serving this at a school party, have your kiddos help stuff it into bags so that each kiddo just gets one serving and you don’t run out before everybody gets a chance to take a bite out of zombie popcorn.
Easy Halloween Popcorn Recipe S

How Do I Make this Zombie Popcorn?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. 

Yield: 16

Zombie Popcorn

Easy Halloween Popcorn Recipe S

This year, I'm making this easy zombie popcorn for a fun Halloween snack. The kids aren't going to know what hit them--well, they might if they have their eyes open, but yeah. LOL!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 16 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1 cup butter, divided
  • 2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup, divided
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 tsp light green food coloring
  • 1 tsp moss green food coloring
  • 1 tsp brown food coloring
  • 2 tsp baking soda, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Spread popcorn evenly on two large baking sheets covered with parchment paper. 
  3. In two medium saucepans over medium heat, add 1/2 of each of the following ingredients to each saucepan. 
  4. Add your butter first and melt completely. 
  5. Stir in sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and salt into each of the saucepans. 
  6. Bring these mixtures to a boil while stirring continuously. 
  7. Boil without stirring for 4 minutes. 
  8. Remove from heat. 
  9. Split the mixture into 4 small mixing bowls. 
  10. Add your food colors one in each bowl. 
  11. Mix all bowls until the mixture is evenly colored and combined. 
  12. Stir in baking soda. 
  13. Mixture will double. 
  14. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and stir to combine and evenly coat.
  15. Place the popcorn in the oven. 
  16. Stir the popcorn every 15 minutes for 1 hour. 
  17. Remove from the oven. 
  18. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
  19. ENJOY!! photo collage of how to make Halloween popcorn


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 461mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 1g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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