Pumpkin brownies are a great fall dessert, and these fun, luscious, quick and easy Halloween Pumpkin Brownies start with a boxed brownie mix, so they come together in a flash. Add your favorite Halloween or fall toppings and enjoy!
It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start thinking about Halloween. The good news is that this just might be the easiest recipe for Halloween brownies you’ll find. So even if things are hectic and busy, you’ll have time to put together a tray of these crowd-pleasing bites.
Update: It’s time for spooky treats again! So we’ve updated the post with a video and tips for making our easy pumpkin brownie recipe. Enjoy!
How to Make Pumpkin Brownies for Halloween
These brownies are a combination of pumpkin chocolate chip bread and fudgy chocolate brownies. They have the moist texture of a pumpkin chocolate chip bread but the rich, chocolate, fudgy flavor brownie lovers crave.
This is also a seven-ingredient recipe that requires one bowl and about 5 minutes of prep time. So it’s a dream of a short-cut recipe for this busy time of year. Plus, no one will have the slightest idea that there’s brownie mix in your pumpkin brownies.
Originally I used the Chocolate Supreme mix from Ghirardelli, which includes a syrup packet, but you can use any brownie mix you like. I often use the Costco Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix as well, which includes chocolate chips in the mix.
If you’re wondering if you can make this recipe 100% from scratch, you certainly cause your favorite brownie recipe. If you do, just cut the oil in half. The pumpkin adds so much moisture that you won’t need it!
Serving & Storing Pumpkin Brownies
You want to be careful not to overbake the brownies, to keep them moist and fudgy. Check them with a toothpick before your timer beeps. It should have a few crumbs stuck when you remove it from the center of the brownies.
Be sure to read How To Cut Brownies for tips to slice up your pumpkin Halloween brownies perfectly. Tip: I use this long serrated knife for even cuts.
After letting them cool fully, you can store the treats in an airtight container on the counter for up to two days. After that, pop them into the freezer, where they’ll stay fresh for up to three months. Simply let the frozen brownies defrost on the counter for several hours before serving.
More Halloween Treats
Don’t stop at pumpkin brownies this year! This recipe is so easy to make, why not add one (or several) of these other delightful holiday treats to the table:
- This Halloween Movie Night Board is packed with everyone’s favorite treats, from sweet to savory. It’s the perfect stay-at-home alternative to trick-or-treating.
- Halloween Cinder Cake features creamy orange sherbet and light whipped cream on a Halloween Oreo cookie crust.
- Pressure Cooker Orange Marble Cheesecake from Pressure Cooker Today is the perfect Instant Pot dessert recipe for October
- Halloween Crispy Treats is another quick and easy treat to make with kids.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies from All Day I Dream About Food are low carb, sugar-free, nutty, and spooky cookies that look back at you!
Easy Halloween Pumpkin Brownies
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup oil
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 package 18.75 oz. brownie mix*
- 1 package 10 oz. Halloween chocolate chips
- Halloween sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 325°. Line a 9×9 pan with foil, or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin, water, oil, eggs and pumpkin pie spice until blended. Mix in brownie mix and stir until blended. Mix in ½ of the package of chocolate chips. Spread in prepared pan.
- Top batter with remaining chocolate chips and Halloween sprinkles.
- Bake for 40–45 minutes, until edges pull away from the pan. Do not overbake.
- *I used Ghirardelli Chocolate Supreme
If you’re looking for fun, easy Halloween desserts, give these Halloween Pumpkin Brownies a try. But Beware! These fudgy pumpkin brownies are dangerously addictive.
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
Those flavors together, love them so much!
An exceptional recipe! An enticing capture of the season of Halloween and pumpkin all wrapped up in a sultry brownie!
These look so yummy. My wife and I grew a lot of pumpkins this year and are looking for different ways to use them up. I love sweets so this recipe is right up my ally.
All I have on hand is an 8*8 and a 9*11. How would I adjust the cooking time?
Hi Amanda – I’d use a 9×11 pan and reduce the cook time to 35 minutes.
The Halloween Brownies were a huge hit with my grandkids at our annual Halloween party–they’ve requested them again and of course we will be making them! I would love to win the Kitchen Aid mixer to replace mine that is 30 years old.
I saw these on tumblr and bookmarked them asap! And I’m here to share that I made these tonight and I’m very very pleased! I skipped the sprinkles because I had none and switched from chocolate chips to pumpkin spice chips because that’s what I had on hand, and they turned out great! I realized after I made them though that the ghirardelli brownie mix came with a syrup packet or something. Did you include that in yours? I left it out since I didn’t realize it was there and they still came out good. The batter was seriously delicious… thank goodness I managed to save enough to bake! Hahaha. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Thanks Sara! So glad you loved them as much as we did. I did include the syrup packet. I considered it part of the brownie mix. I thought it might confuse people who didn’t use the Brownie Supreme mix if I mentioned it in the recipe. Hopefully you found a fun use for a little packet of chocolate syrup. 🙂
Caryn/The Mid Life Guru
Our best Halloween traditions are food traditions!! I make my grandmother’s popcorn balls and our family favorite cut-out pumpkin sugar cookies (the secret is the almond flavoring; lots of almond flavoring!!). My children now all live out of state from me, so I have to mail these goodies to them each year.
These brownies look delicious. I’m going to be making these soon. I would love to win this kitchen aid mixer – it would make me a very happy baker!
I would love to have this beautiful mixer. Hope I am lucky!
My Inner Chick
Love the presentation w/ that skeleton sitting on the brownie, Barbara!!! xx
We like to go to the same farm/pumpkin patch each year a few weeks before Halloween. Not only do we each get a pumpkin, but they let us harvest other vegetables and fruits. We ride on big flat bed trucks which is really fun.
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
Thsoe brownies scream Autumn and Halloween, don’t they? I’m going to bake them to get in the mood. It’s tough when it’s Spring – warm enough to be summer. 🙂
Could I double this and bake in a 13 x 9 pan?
Hi Judy – these are pretty tall brownies, it might be too much batter if you double it. You could try baking the recipe as is in a 9×13 pan. Your bake time will probably be less because they’ll be thinner. Let me know if you try it.
So cute! love it
These look amazing! These brownies would be a perfect snack to go along with watching Halloween movies with the family!
Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books
Our favorite family traditions for Halloween are sharing candy with the neighbor children! =)
These pumpkin brownies are so fun and festive, Barbara.
These are so fun, the addition of pumpkin sounds amazing!!
Our favorite annual Halloween tradition is going to Disneyland and baking tons of Halloween treats! Can’t wait to make these! Thanks!
Rocky Mountain Woman
Looks luscious! I love how easy it is…