This easy Halloween recipe for creepy Mozzarella Halloween Eyeballs is the perfect Halloween party food idea or a delightfully creepy addition to dinner before trick-or-treating.

Three mozzarella balls with black olive eyes, resembling Halloween eyeballs, on a white plate.


Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to get into the spooky spirit with some creepy and delicious appetizers. One fantastic option to consider is making Halloween Eyeballs.

These eerie-looking treats are both fun to create and delightful to devour. We’re going to show you through a simple yet spooky recipe for Halloween Eyeballs using Ciliegine mozzarella, pesto, black olives, and tomatoes.

Add them to a Halloween charcuterie board for a spooky Halloween party appetizer that will impress your guests!

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A plate of halloween eyeballs with olives and black olives.

What Are Halloween Eyeballs?

Halloween Eyeballs are a spine-chilling appetizer that resembles eerie eyeballs, making them a perfect addition to your Halloween-themed party. This recipe takes Ciliegine mozzarella balls, adds a touch of pesto, and tops them with black olives and a tomato mixture, creating a dish that’s both creepy and keto-friendly. The perfect Halloween party food!

If you’re looking for a sweet version of Halloween eyeballs, try our Halloween Oreo Balls recipe!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Ciliegine mozzarella – these are medium-sized fresh mozzarella balls. You typically find them with the international cheeses in the grocery store.
  • Pesto – We use green basil pesto to add a little color to our creepy Halloween eyeballs. You can buy it at the store or make your own homemade pesto Genovese!
  • Black olives – sliced black olives are the perfect flavor match for the mozzarella.
  • Tomatoes and tomato paste – Crushed tomatoes and tomato paste combine to make a gorey backdrop for the eyeballs. You could also use sun-dried tomato pesto (pesto rosso) if you prefer.

How to Make Spooky Halloween Eyeballs

Step 1: Assembling the Eyeball Base

Begin by taking your Ciliegine mozzarella balls, which will serve as the base of your spooky eyeballs. These small, bite-sized mozzarella balls are perfect for creating creepy appetizers.

Step 2: Adding the Pesto

Put your pesto into a pastry bag or a plastic sandwich bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe a small dab of pesto onto each mozzarella ball. This step not only adds flavor but also gives your eyeballs a vibrant green hue.

Step 3: Creating the Eyeball Effect

Press a sliced black olive onto each mozzarella ball. The olive slice serves as the iris, adding a touch of darkness to your eyeballs.

Step 4: The Bloodshot Effect

In a separate bowl, mix the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste to create a tomato mixture. Spread this tomato mixture onto your serving platter, creating a creepy backdrop for your eyeballs.

Step 5: Completing the Eyeballs

Pipe more pesto into the center of each olive slice, creating a spooky pupil effect. Your Halloween Eyeballs are now complete!

A plate topped with mozzarella balls and olives.

Serving Your Creepy Creation

Arrange your Halloween Eyeballs on the tomato mixture-covered serving platter. The contrast of the red tomato base and the green and black eyeballs will create a spine-chilling visual effect that’s perfect for your Halloween party. Refrigerate the eyeballs until you’re ready to serve.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these Halloween Eyeballs in advance?

Yes, you can prepare these Halloween Eyeballs in advance and refrigerate them until you’re ready to serve. Just make sure to keep them chilled for the best taste and appearance.

Can I customize the recipe with different ingredients?

Certainly! Feel free to get creative and add your own twist to these Halloween Eyeballs. You can experiment with different types of olives or sauces for unique flavors.

Can I make a larger batch for a big Halloween party?

Of course! You can easily scale up this recipe to accommodate a larger gathering. Just adjust the quantities accordingly, and you’ll have plenty of spooky eyeballs to go around.

How long can I refrigerate these Halloween Eyeballs before serving?

You can refrigerate these Halloween Eyeballs for up to a day in advance. However, they are best enjoyed when served relatively fresh.

Get ready to spook your guests with these Halloween Eyeballs at your next Halloween celebration. They’re simple to make, visually captivating, and, most importantly, they’ll add a spine-chilling twist to your party spread. So, get creative and enjoy crafting these ghoulishly delightful treats!

Servings: 20
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Easy Halloween Recipe – Mozzarella Eyeballs

These creepy mozzarella eyeballs are made with fresh mozzarella and pesto.
Three mozzarella balls with black olive eyes, resembling Halloween eyeballs, on a white plate.
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  • 8 ounces Ciliegine mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup Pesto
  • 4 ounces Sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup Crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato paste


  • Put the pesto in a pastry bag.
  • Pipe a small dab of pesto on each mozzarella ball and press a slice of black olive onto each one.
  • Pipe more pesto into the center of the olive.
  • Mix crushed tomato and tomato paste.
  • Spread tomato mixture onto your serving platter and set the mozzarella balls on the tomato mixture.
  • Refrigerate until serving.


Serving: 2balls, Calories: 57kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 205mg, Potassium: 36mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 192IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 0.2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: halloween appetizer, halloween eyeballs, halloween party food