Peanut butter Halloween popcorn mix piled high in a serving container lined with parchment paper.

It’s that time of year again when we dust off our broomsticks and carve pumpkins. But what’s Halloween without some spine-tingling treats? Whether planning a spooky movie night or hosting a Halloween party, this Halloween popcorn mix will surely make your taste buds scream with delight. So grab your cauldron, and let’s get popping!

The inspiration for this monster munch mix comes from my favorite movie theatre treat. I like to mix together buttered movie theatre popcorn with Reese’s Pieces while taking in a flick. It is the absolute best combination of sweet and salty! Let’s do this!

Peanut butter popcorn Halloween popcorn mix on a parchment paper covered sheet pan.
Ingredients in individual bowls - popcorn, peanut butter, Reese's Pieces, candy corn

What do I need to make this Halloween popcorn?

Before we embark on our popcorn adventure, let’s gather our bewitching ingredients:

For the coating, you’ll need:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Heavy cream
  • Candy melts (optional)
  • Halloween sprinkles (optional)

We used orange candy melts, but green and black candy melts would be festive, too!

We recommend popcorn, mini pretzels, roasted peanuts, candy corn, and Reese’s Pieces for the mix. If you’d like, you can swap in other small candies instead: candy eyes would be fun and spooky, and M&Ms would be delicious! You could also use candy pumpkins in place of candy corn!

Protip: Try more popcorn recipes!

Try our caramel popcorn or Chicago popcorn mix for more sweet-and-salty popcorn fun!

Peanut butter sauce being drizzled onto a pan of snacks to make a festive mix.

How much popcorn do I need to make 12 cups?

To make enough Halloween popcorn mix for a party, you’ll need to start with a big batch of popcorn. A half cup of popcorn kernels will pop into about 15 cups of popcorn, so you’ll want to use somewhere between 1/3 cup and 1/2 cup of kernels. Or, pop the full half cup and have yourself a plain popcorn snack with the extra!

Protip: No air popper?

No air popper at home? You can also use three bags of microwave popcorn in this party mix—just choose the least buttery/flavored popcorn you can find!

How do I make this snack mix?

To make peanut butter Halloween popcorn:

  1. Mix the popcorn, pretzels, peanuts, and candies and then spread them onto two large and rimmed baking sheets.
  2. Melt the butter over medium-high heat, and stir in the honey and sugar. Stop stirring, and cook until the mixture smells caramelized and looks darker in color (more on knowing when this is done in a sec!).
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt, peanut butter, and heavy cream.
  4. Pour the peanut butter sauce over the dry ingredients and toss to coat.
  5. (Optional) If you want to be extra festive, drizzle with melted candy melts and sprinkles.
  6. Let the monster munch cool so that the peanut butter caramel sets, and then transfer to serving bowls. You may need to break up some of the larger pieces.
Halloween snack mix drizzled with peanut butter and topped with sprinkles.
Overhead of popcorn on a sheet pan with pretzels, candy corn, Reese's Pieces, and a peanut butter caramel sauce drizzle.

Is this Halloween popcorn something my kids can make?

Children can absolutely help choose what goes into the Halloween popcorn mix and stir together all the dry ingredients. But since caramel can be a little finicky and very hot, we do recommend that an adult make and pour the peanut butter caramel over the whole thing.

How do I know when the caramel is done cooking?

When it comes to the texture of the final mix, you have a bit of flexibility with this recipe. If you want it to be crunchy and crispy like standard caramel corn, you can cook the peanut butter caramel coating a bit longer to the hard crack stage (about 300°F, but I don’t have a candy thermometer, so I just use the ole water glass trick).

If you want it a bit fudgier, just cook it until the soft crack stage (about 280°F). I like it this way because a lot of the elements are still crunchy—the peanuts, pretzels, Reese’s pieces—but the whole mix is a bit creamier. It’s a bit like a candy bark that way. Both ways work (although I would say the hard crack would be best for putting in cute little baggies and distributing as gifts). Whatever bakes your cookie. Or caramels your corn.

How do I store the leftovers?

Leftover Halloween popcorn can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature for up to a week.

Want more fun Halloween treats like this one?

Enjoy! Happy Halloween!

Peanut butter Halloween popcorn mix piled high in a serving container lined with parchment paper.

Peanut Butter Halloween Popcorn Recipe

Yield: 24 servings (about 15 cups)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

What do you get when you mix popcorn with peanut butter, candy corn, & more? This spooktacular Halloween popcorn mix!

PLEASE NOTE: After feedback from readers, we have reworked this recipe and rewritten it to be more consistently successful in your kitchen. The following is the updated recipe.


  • 12 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 3 cups mini-twist pretzels
  • 1 cup roasted, salted peanuts
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup Reese’s Pieces
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Orange candy melts and sprinkles (optional), for garnish


  1. Mix the popcorn, pretzels, peanuts, candy corn, and Reese’s Pieces in a very large bowl and spread out onto two large rimmed baking pans.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the honey and sugar and stir until smooth. Stop stirring, allow the mixture to come to a boil, and cook for about 5 minutes, tilting the pan occasionally to make sure there are no signs of burning. The mixture should smell caramelized and be a bit darkened in color. Remove from the heat and carefully stir in the peanut butter, salt, and heavy cream.
  3. Quickly drizzle the peanut butter caramel over the party mix on the sheet pans, then toss to coat with two large spoons. Drizzle with melted orange candy melts and sprinkle with sprinkles, if using. Let the party mix cool on the sheet pans, then transfer to bowls for serving, breaking up any large pieces if needed.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 serving (About 2/3 cup)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g

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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  1. Doubled the recipe. Cooked the honey, butter, one HALF the sugar, no salt for 4 minutes. Removed from heat. Added the peanut butter. FABULOUS,!!! We had to hide it in the garage until the rest of family arrived or it would have been eaten. GREAT recipe. I did not use the candy melts….didn’t need them.

  2. My caramel sauce scorched due to not being able to stir it. I think my pan is ruined. What is the reason behind not stirring it for 5 minutes? Next time I think I’ll continually stir. It also made my popcorn soggy but that could be my fault as I used bagged popcorn not air popped. I’ll give it another try. It does have good flavor.

  3. Having our first hallloween party tomorrow! Making this recipe!! Looks wonderful, thank u for sharing. Read all the positive comments!;) I will let you know how well it goes and try to take a picture or two! Happy Halloween!!

  4. The only thing I did differently was double the caramel mixture and added the peanut butter after I took the caramel off the heat. I think your instructions are fine. You do say to keep stirring it but I’m already familiar with making just a sugar caramel. I don’t know why people leave mean comments. This recipe is pretty delicious and easy. Thanks!!!

  5. I also had the burning problem! A minute or two after it started boiling, it began burning nonstop! I took it off heat and tried to stir. That became a problem, so I just let it sit for a bit while I got our parchment paper and baking sheets. I spread the dry ingredients out and just used the remaining/salvageable caramel combo to drizzle overtop instead of fully coating. Never fear, candy melts are here! I’ll just make extra candy melts and do lots of drizzling with that to stick it all together ?

  6. I don’t know if anyone has tried this but, having made chex-mix in the past, I didn’t even use my stove. In a large, glass measuring cup, I combined the honey, sugar and butter and put it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Stirred it and re-microwaved it for 2 minutes. While its all very hot, I stirred in the PB and continued as the recipe states. It was amazing and not a hint of an issue. Thank you so much for the recipe, its a keeper.

  7. I’ve never posted a comment on a blog recipe, but seeing some of the nasty comments above made me want to speak out. This recipe worked perfectly for me (I added the peanut butter after the butter, sugar, and honey). This goes perfectly with some sweatpants, a glass of wine, and some halloween movies! Thanks so much for sharing Cassie!

  8. I haven’t tried this yet, but it looks amazing! I also wanted to comment because I feel terrible that people are being flat out nasty to you in the comments. Sometimes recipes work out perfectly, other times they don’t; either way it’s not the end of the world. I can’t wait to try it!

  9. I love autumns suggestions. sounds totally accurate. I would not stir in bowl either until cool. that should break it up. will give it a try. also like the idea of prepared caramel,,heat slowly, then add peanut butter and stir bvery quickly,cool slightly. absolutely will try. my daughter will love it!