If you're in need of an easy, spooky snack idea, this Halloween garlic bread recipe is perfect. It's a fun appetizer to serve at Halloween parties and a great way to make a quick dinner feel festive.
Plus, the best part? It only takes five minutes to prep. It's a simple recipe that'll earn you plenty of hostess bonus points—there's nothing scary about that!
Why you'll love this recipe
✔️ This is an effortless recipe that doesn't skimp on flavor—the whole family enjoys savory, cheesy garlic bread!
✔️ Quick enough to whip up on Halloween night or make dinners feel fun throughout the month of October.
✔️ Halloween garlic bread tastes great with your favorite meals, or you can serve it with yummy dipping sauces!
Why this recipe works
Using black olives and strips of mozzarella cheese, you can create mummy garlic bread loaves that look festive and fun! Plus, with fresh garlic cloves and savory seasoning, this cheesy bread delivers major flavor, too. No spooky dinner is complete without it.
Please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for the exact measurements.
- Butter, softened
- Minced garlic
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Italian seasoning
- Mozzarella string cheese sticks
- Olives—you can use green or black
This is an overview of the instructions. For complete directions, scroll down to the bottom.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, combine the butter, minced garlic, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning.
- With a long serrated knife, slice the baguettes in half. Spread the butter mixture on each sliced side of the bread. Place on the cookie sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
- While the bread is baking, separate the string cheese into strips. Slice the olives in half.
- Remove the bread from the oven. Lay the strips of string cheese haphazardly over the body of the bread. Then, place sliced olive "eyes" on top.
- Return to the oven for a minute or two until the cheese just begins to melt.
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Nope! The strands of string cheese give the Halloween garlic bread its signature "mummy" appearance. Without the string cheese, you'll just have regular garlic bread—tasty, but not spooky!
I prefer the texture of baguettes. However, you can experiment with any thin loaf of bread or make mini Halloween garlic breadsticks with frozen or premade dough.
The first time in the oven, it should look golden brown and toasty—without any burned parts. The second time around, you want the string cheese to just barely melt while still holding its shape.
- Spread the garlic butter mixture from crust to crust for delicious flavor in every bite. Don't be shy about it!
- I like to alternate thick and thin strips of string cheese to make the Halloween garlic bread look more realistic—the messier, the better.
- During the second bake, watch the oven carefully! It'll only take a minute or two until the cheese melts. If you let it bake too long, the strands will melt together, and it won't look like a mummy anymore.
- Be sure to let the cheesy bread cool before cutting or biting in. Cheese tends to get really hot, and it can burn the roof of your mouth.
Another good thing about this recipe is that it's super simple to switch up if you need or want to. Don't you just love options?
For example, if you have picky eaters or want to cut down prep time, feel free to use garlic powder instead of fresh cloves. You can also experiment by adding a pinch of onion salt if you have some.
Get creative and use a different type of cheese in place of the parmesan. I recommend sticking to white cheeses, like gouda or white cheddar. It's a good idea to avoid yellow cheddar cheese to keep the "mummy" look.
Feel free to add marinara sauce or pizza sauce to the base of the bread before adding the parmesan. Assemble as directed, and you'll have fun Halloween French bread pizzas!
Refrigerate—Place leftovers into an airtight container and refrigerate for three or four days.
Freezer—In a freezer-safe bag, Halloween garlic bread will keep for up to three months.
Reheat—The best way to reheat garlic bread is in the air fryer or the oven. If you're pinched for time, you can use the microwave, but the bread will lose its crispness.
- This cheesy garlic-stuffed bread recipe is good any time of the year. Each thick slice of soft French bread is loaded with savory flavor!
- Check out this Frozen Garlic Bread Recipe here.
- Air fryer garlic bread is fabulous when you don't have long to cook or don't feel like turning on your oven—it's perfectly crisp every time.
- Golden brown and packed with cheese, this Pizza Hut breadsticks copycat recipe tastes just like your favorite delivery snack!
- Halloween stuffed peppers make any dinner feel scary. Green peppers look like Frankenstein's monster for a spooky meal that tastes great, too.
- Gory and realistic, these Halloween hot dog fingers are a great treat for this year's Halloween party.
- You gotta have something sweet! Nutter Butter mummies are a fun sweet treat you'll want to munch on all spooky season long.
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Mummy Garlic Bread
- Baking sheet
- ¼ cup butter softened
- 4-6 cloves garlic minced
- ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 2 12" baguettes
- 8-10 sticks Mozzarella string cheese
- 4 sliced olives you can use green or black olives, whichever you prefer!
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- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare the baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper, and set it aside.
- Combine the butter, minced garlic, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning.
- With a long serrated knife, slice the baguettes in half. Generously spread the butter mixture on each sliced side of the bread. Place on the cookie sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and toasty.
- While the bread is baking, separate the string cheese into strips. Slice the olive in half.
- Remove the bread from the oven, lay the strips of string cheese haphazardly over the body of the of the bread. Place sliced olive "eyes" on the top.
- Return to the oven for just a minute or two until the cheese just begins to melt.