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. I think this would have worked better with pretzel bits than with the pretzel twists. My caramel got stuck in some of the pretzels. But, it is a funny recipe for a Halloween party!

  2. Hi, what do you mean by “toss to coat with two large spoons” in step 3? Thanks and excited to try this for our Halloween party this year!

    1. Hi Kristen! Once you pour the peanut butter caramel over the party mix, you’ll want to use two large spoons to toss the mix so that the caramel coats everything. You’ll have to work fairly quickly and the caramel will still be hot, so you’ll want to mix with spoons! Please come back and let us know how it turns out for you—we hope everyone loves it! =)

  3. This recipe is super easy to make and very delicious. I followed it exactly and we got two perfect batches! The kids are excited to have it at their Halloween Party on Saturday! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Yay! Thanks so much, Sara! We appreciate you taking the time to come back and tell us about how it worked out for you. We’re so happy to hear that it’s a hit with you and the kids! =)

  4. Is there a way to make this without the peanut butter? More of a carmel corn than PB carmel corn? Thanks so much!

  5. This has a great flavor but my mix never dried out so the popcorn was a little soggy and nothing stuck together- does anyone get a batch that has to be broken up? I will definitely use less popcorn and let the butter/honey/sugar mixture boil longer if I make this again. I had no trouble with making the caramel and adding the PB after boiling for 5 minutes.