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Halloween Pasta Salad

Ah, Halloween. The only time of year when you want something creepy and slimy to also be delicious. This easy pasta salad recipe is all dressed up for Halloween and ready to be a side dish at your spooktacular party.

See how you can serve up this bowl full of bat wings and eyeballs and actually have guests going back for more. In only about 20 minutes, make this recipe for pasta salad that’s both delicious and creepy enough for the scariest of soirées!

Overhead image of a Halloween pasta salad in a bowl.

Creepy Halloween Pasta Salad Recipe

You can’t go wrong with a good pasta salad. Whether you’re serving food at a party or bringing a side dish as a guest, this Halloween pasta salad is a great recipe to save.

By combining the right colors and shapes, you can turn a popular side dish into a ghoulish delight. I’m ready for a good Halloween party, how about you?!

Pasta, pepper, onion, and other ingredients for a halloween pasta salad.

Halloween Pasta Salad Ingredients

Exact measurements are in the recipe card below.

For the pasta:

  • Box of farfalle pasta
  • Black food coloring
  • Water

For the pasta salad:

  • Orange bell pepper
  • Mozzarella balls
  • Shelled edamame
  • Italian dressing
  • Red onion
  • Black olives

How to make the Bat Wing Pasta Salad

Follow the instructions on the pasta package for optimal preparation.

Rows of chopped ingredients for pasta salad on a cutting board.

Rinse the cooked pasta under cold water until completely cool.

Fill a pan or bowl with the cooked pasta and just enough water to cover.

Bowtie pasta soaking in black food coloring.

Add black food coloring and stir until well combined. Soak the pasta for 5 minutes, stirring frequently to distribute the color.

Cut the pepper into star shapes and chop the onions.

Cut peppers into star shapes and making mozzarella balls that look like eyeballs with olives.

Rinse the colored pasta under cold water in a strainer until the water runs clear.

Place the colored pasta in a bowl and toss with the remaining salad ingredients.

Pouring dressing on top of Halloween pasta salad.

Use the mozzarella balls and olives to make “eyes” on the top of the salad.

Overhead image of halloween pasta salad with bowls of ingredients on the table.

Serve and enjoy.

Star peppers and mozzarella eyeballs on top of black bat pasta for Halloween.

Halloween Pasta Salad Recipe Notes and FAQ

What is a pasta salad?

A pasta salad is an easy, light dish that is typically served at a gathering as a side. It’s made with pasta, veggies, and tossed in a light dressing.

Fork with pasta salad on it over the bowl.

What is a Halloween pasta salad?

Halloween pasta salad is simply pasta salad dressed up for Halloween. Dye the noodles a dark color, cut up the veggies into spooky shapes, and create eyeballs with cheese and olives. Get creative to make your dish as creepy as possible.

Forkful of black pasta salad with the bowl in the background.

What are some directions to make the perfect pasta salad?

To make the perfect pasta salad, there are two key ingredients that must be present. First is an Italian dressing like olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice. Second is any type of fresh vegetables. The vegetables can be cooked or raw, but it is important that they are chopped into small pieces. It is optional to include any type of meat for a nice contrast in texture.

Closeup of bowl full of bat pasta salad for Halloween.

Can I use a different type of pasta?

You can use whichever type of pasta you like. The bowtie farfalle pasta is fun because it looks like bat wings, giving it a little extra Halloween vibe.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Halloween Pasta Salad Recipe

Overhead image of a Halloween pasta salad in a bowl.

Pasta salad dressed up for Halloween! A spooky side dish for your trick or treat events.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



  • 1 (16 ounce) box farfalle pasta
  • Black Food coloring
  • Water


  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into stars
  • 1 cup marinated mozzarella balls
  • 1 cup shelled edamame, cooked and cooled
  • ½ cup Italian dressing
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup black olives


  1. Prepare pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Run cooked pasta under cold water until completely cooled.
  3. Fill a pan or bowl with cooked and rinsed pasta and just enough water to cover.
  4. Add black food coloring and stir to combine well. Soak the pasta for 5 minutes, stirring frequently to distribute the color.
  5. Place the colored pasta in a strainer and rinse well until the water runs clear.
  6. Put colored pasta in a bowl and toss with the remaining ingredients. Use the mozzarella balls and olives to make "eyes" on top of the salad.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 267mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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Sarah L Phillips

Thursday 23rd of September 2021

This is super creative and perfect for Halloween! I love it! Thanks for sharing :)


Saturday 25th of September 2021

Thank you so much! So glad you like it! :)

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