Easy Spooky Halloween Sandwiches (Tombstones)

Easy Halloween sandwiches are perfect for a party buffet because they’re shaped like a tombstone! Simply fill them with this egg salad and curry chicken salad recipe or other filling, and serve them on a bed of greens to look like a graveyard.

small sandwiches cut to look like Halloween tombstones, laying on a bed of microgreens.

Tombstone Sandwiches

These small sandwiches are a great food for adult Halloween parties or a family-friendly pumpkin carving party. They help fill up your guests, both young and old.

Small Pumpernickel bread slices are filled with a savory filling of egg salad and curry chicken salad. But you could substitute our sesame chicken salad, tuna salad, or any of our tea sandwich fillings.

Why You’ll Love Them

These are great to add to your party buffet because they’re a little healthier than all that sugary candy or dessert.

  • They’re simple and easy to make.
  • They’re versatile! Use different fillings including ham and cheese slices.
  • They’re super cute for a food buffet!
small sandwiches cut to look like Halloween tombstones, laying on a bed of microgreens.

What You Need

If you want to make this with 3 ingredients you can simply purchase prepared egg salad or chicken salad from the deli. However, if you want to make the salad fillings from scratch then you’ll need the ingredients for that. See the full list in recipe card below.

  • Party-size Pumpernickel bread. This is sold in a long clear package. The size is perfect for party sandwiches and it’s already sliced thin.
  • Egg Salad. You can purchase a pint from the deli or use my recipe.
  • Chicken Salad. Use my curry chicken salad recipe in the card below, or purchase it from the grocery store.
  • Cream Cheese. Use whipped cream cheese because it’s easier to work with for this recipe. You’re only using it for the lettering on the bread.
  • Piping bag. If you have a reusable piping bag, use it with small tip. Otherwise you can use a plastic sandwich or snack bag and snip off a small hole at the bottom corner.

How To Make Them

  1. Cut the bread slices into the shape of a tombstone by trimming the edges and rounding the top two corners. A sharp serrated knife works best for this.
  2. Then spread the filling onto the bread, add the top layer of bread, and write ‘RIP’ with the cream cheese.

PARTY TIP: Use cookie cutters in the shape of a bat, a pumpkin or a witch hat to add variety.


Make the sandwiches a few hours ahead. Cover them with a damp (not wet) paper towel and store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

They can sit out for a couple of hours but the bread will begin to dry out over time.

sandwiches shaped like tombstones standing upright on a bed of greens.

PARTY TIP: Stand the sandwiches upright on a bed of microgreens for a fun party display. Alternatively, you can ley them flat on the greens.

More Halloween Party Food

Here are some more sweet and savory Halloween themed food ideas to add to the mix.

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small sandwiches cut and decorated like tombstones for halloween.

Halloween Sandwiches

Yield: 32 sandwiches
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Serve Halloween sandwiches shaped like tombstones for a spooky appetizer or party food. Fill the mini sandwiches with this egg salad recipe, along with chicken salad or pimento cheese spread too.


  • 64 slices Pumpernickel bread, party size
  • 2 cups Prepared egg salad
  • 1/4 cup Whipped cream cheese at room temperature

Egg Salad Filling

  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch onion powder
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Curry Chicken Salad Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded or chopped chicken
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (or more if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup celery, diced
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted


  1. Peel and finely chop eggs and add to a medium size bowl. Add remaining salad ingredients and mix well to combine.
  2. Chop chicken very finely or put it in a food processor and pulse 3-4 times until minced. In a bowl, combine chicken and mayonnaise, and mix well. Add curry and continue to mix. 
  3. Fold in remaining ingredients. 
  4. Spread fillings onto bread and top with another piece of bread.
  5. Use a serrated knife to trim edges in the shape of a tombstone. Cut the top corners in a rounded fashion.
  6. Add cream cheese to a piping bag with a small tip, or a Ziplock bag with a small hole cut at the corner.
  7. Write "RIP" on to the top of the bread and arrange on a bed of microgreens for Halloween display.


Use chicken salad, pimento cheese, or tuna salad too!

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