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Pile of Bones: Halloween Haystacks

Here’s an idea for some “Pile of Bones” Halloween haystacks! With just a few simple ingredients, these yummy skeletons will be a hit at your Halloween party.

pile of bones halloween haystack treats

I’ve talked about my love for haystack treats before, and today I’m back with an idea for some cute “Pile of Bones” Halloween haystacks!  I’m trying to reduce the amount of recipes I share here, but I couldn’t resist doing a Halloween themed dessert (remember my cereal brains from last year?)!  With just a few simple ingredients, these yummy skeletons will be a hit at your Halloween party.

In case you don’t know, haystacks are a melted chocolate dessert with a base of chow mein noodles.  Traditionally made with melted butterscotch chips and added peanuts, they’re a crunchy handheld (and sometimes messy!) treat.  Not sure what chow mein noodles are (or what type to buy?) check out this comparison:

comparing chown mein noodles for haystacks

While both of these are labelled as “chow mein noodles”, there is a bit of difference. The ones on the left are usually easier to find, and I get them at the grocery store in the “Asian foods” aisle, and/or near the pasta and rice.  Essentially, they are long-ish skinny noodles that you would use for cooking.

The chow mein noodles on the right I get at Bulk Barn (a bulk food store) and they are a bit chunkier and shorter.  I believe they are a cooked and deep fried version of the “regular” chow mein noodles, and are much better suited for making haystack desserts (although both do work).

Here’s how I made my pile of bones:

Pile of Bones Halloween Haystacks

Dessert Canadian
By Nicole Q-Schmitz Serves: 8
Prep Time: 20 Cooking Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 30

Here's an idea for some "Pile of Bones" Halloween haystacks! With just a few simple ingredients, these yummy skeletons will be a hit at your Halloween party.


  • 1.25 cups of white chocolate (about a 225g bag of chips)
  • 2 cups of chow mein noodles (approx.)
  • 8 marshmallows
  • 16 mini chocolate chips



Melt 1 cup of white chocolate chips


Slowly incorporate chow mein noodles until fully covered


Using a tablespoon, scoop piles of chocolate covered noodles onto a covered flat surface


Melt remainder of white chocolate (about 1/4 cup)


Dip marshmallows in melted white chocolate, and stick one "head" per pile


While still wet, add two mini chocolate chip "eye balls" per marshmallow


Let cool until Halloween haystacks have hardened




If using the skinnier chow mein noodles, you can substitute smaller marshmallows for a more realistic skeleton (possibly omit mini chips) Haystacks can be any shape/size you want, have extra marshmallows and mini chips on hand just in case!

Aren’t they cute?

pile of bones treats

Because of the messy-looking nature of the haystacks, each pile of bones skeleton will look a bit different. You can play around with their head placement as you like, but I kind of just plopped it on wherever it made sense.

halloween haystacks

Since I had an abundance of chow mein noodles, I made some more traditional Halloween haystacks with butterscotch chips and mini Reese’s pieces.

pile of bones halloween haystacks

Ha, I will eat all the regular haystacks and save the “pile of bones” ones for the Husband (he LOVES marshmallows!). I prefer my marshmallows toasted in a graham cracker and surrounded by chocolate, but at least they make cute little skeleton heads for these haystacks!

pile of bones halloween haystacks graphic

Hopefully I shared these pile of bones Halloween haystacks early enough so you can make them for your Halloween get-together. Or you can be like me and totally make them a month early just for fun :)

Looking for other gruesome Halloween snacks? Don’t forget to check out my cereal treat brains for another fun idea!

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