Air Fryer Halloween Chex Mix (Party Snack)

A fun twist on a favorite party snack is air fryer Halloween Chex Mix and that too with everybody’s favorite Halloween candies, pretzels, bugles, and, of course, Chex Mix Cereals, the treat is ready in minutes.

I love Halloween and can’t wait to make this fun party treat. The variations for this Chex mix are unlimited. I make the perfect sweet treat by using my favorite Halloween bite-size candy.

I’ve also made this with malted milk balls, my father’s favorite candy, for candy eyes. Hot tamales can also have a spicy cinnamon flavor. The list goes on and on!

So, let’s start.

Black Air Fryer on Kitchen Counter.
Black Air Fryer on Kitchen Counter.

How to make Air fryer Chex Mix?

Spread the Chex mix on baking trays if you have an air fryer with racks. Aside from an air fryer, the following ingredients are required to make this recipe:

  1. Chex cereal mix
  2. Butter, melted
  3. The brown sugar
  4. Vanilla
  5. Bugles
  6. Pretzel twists in bite-size pieces
  7. Sweet corns
  8. Candy made from marshmallows pumpkin
  9. Halloween M&M’s (or your favorite chocolate candy) (or your favorite chocolate candy)

Directions to make Air fryer Chex Mix

• Begin by making the base for this party mix. I use the flavors rice Chex, Honey Nut Chex, and Corn Chex.

• Fill a large mixing bowl halfway with cereal. Then combine the bugles and pretzels with the cereal. (Before mixing, I try to remove any broken pretzels or bugles.)

• Combine the vanilla, brown sugar, and melted butter in a mixing bowl. Toss the ingredients together until the cereal mixture is coated.

• Place the Chex Mix in the air fryer basket or on a baking sheet and spread evenly.

• Cook for 10 minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit, shaking the basket or stirring the mixture halfway through.

• Allow it to cool completely once completed.

• Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to speed up the process.

• When the mixture has cooled or reached room temperature, stir in the Candy Corn, candy pumpkins, and M&M’s. Stir until they are distributed evenly throughout the Chex mix snack.

Recipe Tips

• If you prefer, you can add any Halloween candies or candy bars to make this mix your treat. I prefer the Halloween M&M’s because they are candy-coated with such vibrant colors, but any candy will do.

You can also add milk or white chocolate chips or break up small candy bars.

• This Chex mixture does not have to be made with common cereal flavors. Try apple or apple cinnamon cereal boxes. For a more defined fall flavor, add a half teaspoon of cinnamon or pumpkin spice flavor to this treat.

• The traditional snack is bagel chips, but I added bulges to give it the appearance of a witch hat. You can add bat or ghost pretzels, as well as other chips like corn chips or popcorn, to your party mix.

Is Chex Mix Free Of Gluten?

Chex mix is not gluten-free by default, but you can make a few simple substitutions to make it gluten-free.

The good news is that Rice Chex is gluten-free and safe for (the majority of) Celiac patients. Gluten-free pretzels and gluten-free cinnamon cereal are required.

These are usually available at your local grocery store. Glutino or Snyder’s gluten-free pretzels are good options.

Check that the caramel corn and toffee you use are gluten-free. Most should be, but it’s always a good idea to double-check. The remaining ingredients are gluten-free.

If you’re making a gluten-free Chex mix recipe for someone else, make sure your kitchen and work surfaces are spotless and that no gluten-containing items have come into contact with them. You don’t want someone to become ill as a result of your homemade gifts.

To make a Halloween Chex mix, what kind of Chex cereal do I need?

To add to the sweet and savory flavor, I recommend Apple Cinnamon Chex for this recipe, but you could also use peanut butter, cinnamon, honey nut, corn, or rice Chex.

Can I omit the candy corn from the Halloween Chex mix?

You certainly can!

Candy corn is a tasty treat, but it is not for everyone. Simply leave out the candy corn or replace it with something else like M&M’s, peanuts, candy eyeballs, Milk Duds, Halloween sprinkles, caramel corn pieces, or black licorice!

Check out the following video for more guidelines.

Air Fryer Halloween Chex mix.

How can you store Air fryer Chex mix?

Air fryer
Air fryer – making cooking easy.

This Halloween Chex mix can be made up to a week ahead of time and stored in an airtight container.

Store it at room temperature in an airtight container or Ziplock bag until ready to serve.

Store leftover Halloween Chex mix at room temperature in an airtight container or Ziplock bag for up to 2 weeks.

Freeze the Halloween Chex mix for up to 3 months in an airtight container or Ziplock bag. Allow reaching room temperature before serving.


  • Unsalted butter can be used to make this Chex mix; simply add 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt.
  • In this recipe, light brown sugar is used, but you could also use dark brown sugar.
  • You can substitute 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ground allspice, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground mace, and 12 teaspoons ground cloves for the pumpkin pie spice. Keep the leftover pie spice in an airtight container for later use.
  • Feel free to substitute any flavor of Chex cereal for the apple cinnamon flavor. I recommend peanut butter, cinnamon, honey nut, or a corn-rice Chex mix.
  • For a similar flavor, substitute caramel corn pieces for the caramel Bugles.
  • You can omit the candy corn/pumpkins or substitute another candy, such as M&M’s, peanuts, candy eyeballs, Milk Duds, Halloween sprinkles, or black licorice.

Nutritional Information

Cholesterol17 mg
Sodium424 mg
Potassium169 mg
Sugar 23g
Air Fryer Chex mix Nutritional Information.


In summary,

  • Air Fryer Halloween Chex mix is a fun party snack that has a variety of options to add like bugles, pretzels, and candies.
  • Halloween Chex mix isn’t gluten-free but can be made gluten-free by changing a few of its ingredients.
  • Halloween Chex mix can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks and can also be frozen in a zip-lock bag for up to 3 months.

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