These easy Graveyard Halloween Brownies are the perfect fun and spooky treat for a party! All you need is chocolate brownies, milano cookies, candy pumpkins and a little frosting.

Want more Halloween recipes? Try Caramel Apples, Halloween Pizzas, Spider Cookies or Dinner in a Pumpkin.

An easy Halloween Brownie with a cookie gravestone and a candy pumpkin.

Can we all agree that this easy Halloween Brownies recipe is about as cute and simple as it gets? They’re proof that you don’t need to be a professional baker or have any special equipment to make a super cool, creepy Halloween dessert!

I like a Halloween dessert that tastes as good as it looks, but that doesn’t have me spending hours in the kitchen! My kids especially love these fun Halloween brownies, and they always get plenty of positive attention at Halloween parties.

What you’ll need:

  • A pan of baked brownies
  • Milano cookies – depending on how thick your brownies are, you may want to cut on of the ends off to make the “headstone” shorter.
  • Black decorating gel
  • Candy pumpkins
  • Green buttercream frosting
All of the ingredients you need to make the best Halloween Brownie recipe.

How to make Halloween Brownies:

Bake Brownies: You can make the batter from scratch, or you can use a box mix (the Ghirardelli brand is great). I use this chocolate brownie recipe, but I cut the ingredients in half, to bake it in an 8×8” pan. Line the brownie pan with parchment paper so that you can pull the brownies out of the pan after they’ve baked, to cut them easier.

A square of freshly baked brownies on a piece of parchment paper,cut into squares.

Make Headstones: Use the black gel pen to write the words R-I-P at the top of each Milano cookie. (You should be able to find the gel pens from your local grocery store, in the baking aisle). You may want to practice on a leftover piece of parchment paper first.

Finish Brownie: Press the cookie into the brownie, near the top edge. You could cut 1/2” off the bottom of the cookies, before pressing them into the brownies, if you don’t want the “headstones” to stick up as tall.

Two images showing oval milano cookies with RIP letters on them, then after they are pushed into a cookie to make a Halloween Brownie.

Decorate: Spoon a little green frosting onto the bottoms of the candy pumpkins and add them near the cookie headstone to finish the Halloween brownies.

That’s it! You’ve made an adorable Halloween brownie that tastes as good as it looks!

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An easy Halloween Brownie with a cookie gravestone and a candy pumpkin.
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 40 minutes
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For the Green Buttercream Frosting:


  • Line an 8” baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a little bit of overhang on the sides so that you’ll be able to easily pull the brownies out of the pan. 
  • Pour brownie batter into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Bake according to recipe instructions.
  • Allow brownies to cool completely. Pull up on the parchment paper and transfer the brownies to a flat surface. Cut the brownies into rectangles. (I cut mine 4 x 3 to make 12 rectangle brownies).
  • Mix all of the frosting ingredients together in a bowl. Mix for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add a little more powdered sugar to make the mixture thicker, or another dash of milk to make it thinner, as needed. Mix in a few drops of green food coloring. Set aside.
  • Use the black (edible) gel pen to write the letter R-I-P on the top of each milano cookie. I also cut the very bottom edge off of my cookies to make the "headstones" a little shorter, but you don't have to. 
  • Press each cookie into the top of the brownie, as if it were a grave headstone. 
  • Spoon a a little green frosting near the headstone and place a pumpkin candy on top.


Brownies: Use my chocolate brownie recipe, but cut the ingredients in half, to bake it in an 8×8” pan.  Or, you can make a 9×13” pan, and double the amount of cookies, candy pumpkins, and frosting used in this recipe.
If using a boxed brownie mix, I would suggest the Ghirardelli brand. 
Black decorating gel should be easily found in the baking aisle (near the birthday candles etc.) at your local grocery store, or at Walmart.


Calories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 72mgPotassium: 11mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 128IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.3mg

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I originally shared this recipe September 2017. Updated October 2019 and October 2023.

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  1. 5 stars
    These were really yummy and everyone thought they were so cute! Instead of black icing for the lettering on the “tombstone” I used a black edible marker that I found at the craft store in the cake decorating section. Easy peasy! Thank you for this! It was SO CUTE.

  2. Could you use candy melts instead of frosting. Would it stick as well? Short on time this week and figured candy melt would work ok right?

  3. 5 stars
    I’m an Activity Director in a Rehab hospital. I made these for my patients and everyone loved them!!! People took pictures so they could make them with their children.

    1. That’s amazing, and makes me so happy! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’m so glad everyone loved them–and what a sweet thing for you to do.

    1. I meant frosting the entire top of the brownie.with chocolate frosting. Which I believe I saw in your brownie recipe.

        1. Thanks! I ran out of time to make them, but I might make them and take them to my aerobics class to give away Saturday because I have all the supplies!

  4. 5 stars
    These treats were a big hit! Everyone loved them. Especially enjoyed the 3 varieties of candy, Milano cookie and brownies.