Two skeleton arms reach out, bony fingers curving around a bowl of Halloween chex mix with pretzels, bugles, and M&Ms.

Boo! Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time to conjure up some snacks for your ghoulish gatherings. One of our favorite treats for this spine-tingling holiday is Halloween Chex Mix. Not only is it devilishly delicious, but it’s also a breeze to make. So, grab your cauldron, and let’s get cooking!

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What’s in this Halloween snack mix?

To make this Halloween Chex mix, you’ll need:

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Rice Chex cereal
  • Bugles
  • Mini pretzel twists
  • Candy corn
  • Honey-roasted peanuts
  • Regular M&Ms. We recommend using the Halloween-colored ones!

Protip: Swap smart!

Want to add some peanut butter flavor to your Halloween snack mix? Replace some or all of the M&Ms with Reese’s Pieces!

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Is Chex mix gluten-free? 

Unfortunately, no. While Rice Chex cereal is indeed gluten-free, several of the other add-ins we used are not. If you want to make a gluten-free version of our Halloween Chex mix, you’ll need to use gluten-free pretzels. While Bugles don’t contain any gluten themselves, per se, they may be cross-contaminated. You can either leave them out and increase the amounts of the other ingredients, or find a suitable gluten-free replacement.

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How to make Halloween chex mix

Now, let’s brew up some Halloween tricks and treats in the kitchen!

  1. Preheat the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Whisk melted butter with brown sugar and vanilla extract. 
  3. Stir the cereal, pretzels, and Bugles together in a large bowl, and toss with the sauce. Spread on the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. 
  5. Allow to cool, and then mix in the candy corn, peanuts, and M&M’s. 

How do I store Chex mix?

Store your Halloween Chex Mix fresh and ready to scare in an airtight container or resealable bag. Make sure it’s sealed tightly to prevent any air from creeping in and making it stale.

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How long does it take for Chex mix to go bad?

If stored properly in an airtight container, your Halloween Chex Mix should stay fresh for up to two weeks. However, it’s so devilishly delicious that it probably won’t last that long!

Whether you’re hosting a spooky soirée or just indulging in a late-night snack, this bewitching treat is sure to cast a delicious spell on your taste buds. So, grab your broomstick (or should I say, snack bowl) and get ready for a ghoulishly good time!

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Two skeleton arms reach out, bony fingers curving around a bowl of Halloween chex mix with pretzels, bugles, and M&Ms.

Halloween Chex Mix Recipe

Yield: 30 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Mix up a batch of this Halloween Chex mix for the most ghostly holiday around. It is perfect for parties!


For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

For the Mix:

  • 9 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 6 cups Bugles
  • 6 cups mini pretzel twists
  • 2 cups candy corn
  • 1 cup of honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup Halloween M&Ms


  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  2. Combine the melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large glass measuring cup and whisk well until the mixture is smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, add the Chex cereal, Bugles, and pretzels. Pour the sauce over the cereal mixture and toss gently until evenly coated.
  4. Divide the cereal mixture evenly on the two baking sheets and spread into an even layer.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool. Then sprinkle on the candy corn, peanuts, and M&Ms. Toss to combine.
  7. Store in an airtight container.


  • You can replace some or all of the M&Ms with Reese's Pieces to add a peanut butter flavor to your Halloween snack mix!
  • This mix will keep well in an airtight container for up to two weeks—though we doubt it will last that long!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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