Deviled Egg Eyeballs

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Originally published October 7, 2014. Updated June 3, 2021 and July 26, 2023.

What is it about Halloween that makes eating creepy looking food, like spooky deviled egg eyeballs, so fun? I honestly don’t know, but creepy looking food IS fun, and this recipe that looks like bloodshot eyes is super easy and perfect for kids to help create. 

overhead view of deviled eggs decorated to look like scary eyeballs.

Our current neighborhood throws a Halloween block party. It’s so fun to get together and see all the kids’ (and adults’) costumes, eat and visit with each other before the real fun of trick or treating begins.  Last year my kids asked me to make these easy Halloween deviled eggs to take to the party.  They were a big hit and I’ll be making them again this year for the next Halloween party.

We don’t do scary Halloween in our family, but we do fun and fun-creepy Halloween. This Halloween appetizer is the perfect fun-creepy treat.

Deviled Egg Eyeballs

If you have a favorite deviled egg recipe, use that and just follow the decorating tips.  If you’re looking for a new deviled egg recipe, I’ll share mine at the end.

Of course, you start with hard boiled eggs. 

How to Make the Best Hard Boiled Eggs for Deviled Eggs

  1. Place eggs in a pot in one layer. Add water until eggs are covered with approximately 1 inch of water.
  2. Bring to a boil, a rolling boil.
  3. Cover pan with a lid and remove the pan from the burner.
  4. Let the pan sit covered for 10 minutes.

To Make Hard Boiled Eggs Easy to Peel

  1. Drain hot water from the pan.
  2. Fill pot with cold or ice water.
  3. Add a cup of ice cubes to the water and let stand.
  4. When ice cubes melt add another cup of ice cubes.
  5. When ice melts, remove the eggs from the pan and peel or refrigerate
metal bowl with bright green egg filling.

Peel the boiled eggs, cut them neatly in half lengthwise and put the yokes in a bowl.  Add green food coloring and mix well until you get a creepy green color.  The green food coloring and the yellow egg yolks give you this radioactive shade of green that works perfectly with the creepy eyeball look for your deviled egg eyeballs.

half of hard boiled egg with toothpick drawing red streaks on the edges.

Use a toothpick dipped in red food coloring to draw veins on the egg white halves for a bloodshot eyeballs look.  This is simple to do, but does take a bit of time.  You’ll also have to change your toothpick out a few times, so have several toothpicks on hand. These  veins are what give the Halloween deviled eggs that eyeball look.

You could try using a very fine clean paint brush to brush the food dye veins onto the egg.

You could also try an edible red food pen. I’ve used the black one and it worked well on cookies and had no taste, so I’d think the red one would work well and make it much quicker to make the veins on the eggs. It’s definitely worth giving it a try.

Fill the empty egg half with the green yolk filling. You can use a piping bag for the filling if you have one, but I just use a spoon to scoop and the filling for the egg halves.

Top each egg half with a sliced black olive. Take the time to center the sliced black olive so that it looks like an eyeball centered in the deviled egg  bloody eyeballs. You can substitute a sliced green olive with red pimento to create a different look.

overhead view of one deviled egg decorated to look like scary eyeball.

Voila! You’ve created creepy eye deviled eggs for Halloween or any fun food occasion.

When to Serve Deviled Eyeballs Eggs

  • Send in your child’s lunch on Halloween.
  • Serve with a home lunch on Halloween.
  • Serve as an after-school snack.
  • Serve as a candy-alternative at parties.
  • Serve just before trick or treating as a protein-packed snack.
close up of decorated scary eyeball deviled eggs on plate.

Printable Recipe

You can print out the recipe in the box below.

Deviled Egg Eyeballs for Halloween - Organized 31

Deviled Egg Eyeballs

A fun creepy Halloween snack that is always a hit.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 71 kcal


  • 6 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tsp Mustard
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Sliced Black Olives


  • Peel cooled hard boiled eggs. Slice in half long ways.
  • Put egg yolks in a bowl and mash well.
  • Mix in mayonnaise and mustard. Mix well.
  • Stir in green food coloring until you achieve your desired color.
  • Spoon or pipe green filling back into the egg halves.
  • Place one black olive slice on each egg half.
  • Dip a toothpick into red food coloring. Draw veins on the egg halves as in photo.

More fun Halloween Food Ideas and Recipes

7 Halloween Eyeball Recipes – Perfect for a party or for impressing family, friends and coworkers – Easy-to-make Scary Halloween Food Recipes featuring eyeballs.

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Halloween Spell Book Rice Krispie Treats – Halloween Rice Krispie Treats Ideas that look like wizard spell books are easy to make. Really! Make them to look like your favorite fantasy book or movie.

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Halloween Jack O’lantern Dinner Pockets – An easy to make dinner recipe that is as delicious as it is fun. Halloween Jack O’Lantern dinner pockets are always a big hit.

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Halloween Graveyard Treat – Make this fun Halloween Graveyard Treat in three easy steps. It combines pretty with Halloween creepy in a crowd-pleasing snack.

dessert that looks like a graveyard with candy worms, candy pumpkins and cookie ghosts

The kids were giggling over the tray full of fun deviled eyeballs. They really are a delicious and fun party food for any Halloween party.

These are easy enough for the kiddos to help make and fun enough that they’ll want to help make these deviled egg eyeballs. Be sure to pin so you can make deviled eggs made to look scary each and every Halloween.

You can find all our best Halloween recipes and ideas in the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.

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  1. Ah those are so freaky looking. My granddaughters would love these. Every time I turn around you are sharing something new and fun. I couldn’t keep up with you even if I tried.

  2. Hi Susan – I saw these on G+ and was wondering how you made them. Especially the bloodshot eyes. I’m always on the lookout for spooky Halloween food for our big party. Hugs, Holly

  3. These are so great! I know that they would be a hit at any party! We love deviled eggs and I think I will make some for a snack! Love the color!

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