Finger Hot Dogs: the easy, scary recipe to enjoy at Halloween

Total time: 15 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
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If you want a gross-looking, delicious meal to serve for Halloween, look no further than these Finger Hot Dogs. They give a whole new meaning to the term finger food! Unlike many other scary Halloween foods, these are easy to make and they’re also inexpensive. You only need a few ingredients: buns, hot dogs, cheese, and ketchup.

Making these Halloween hot dogs is a great idea if you’re hosting a kid’s party. Put all the hot dogs in a basket, so that each person can grab and go their own. These severed fingers look pretty realistic, so you will have the scariest meal on the block! They taste just like your typical hot dog, with just enough sauce from the blood…or rather…ketchup! Want to prepare something crazy yet spooky? Then make these Bloody Finger Hot Dogs at your next Halloween party!

Halloween Hot Dog Ingredients

Hot Dogs – use any of your favorite hot dogs—you can even use frankfurters if you’re making these for adults!

Hot Dog Buns – use fresh hot dog buns.

Ketchup – you can use mustard, but we recommend ketchup or BBQ sauce for creating the blood effect.

Cheese – use lightly colored cheese like Swiss cheese or mozzarella.

How To Make Finger Hot Dogs

To make the hot dogs look like a finger, there are two components: the fingernail and the knuckles. To create the knuckles, you will need to make sets of three slits with a knife on the Vienna—a few inches apart. The middle slit should be straight, with the slits on the side being slightly bent.

To make the fingernail, first cut out a “finger bed”. Slice on the sides, then carefully slice a piece of the top, to make place for the cheese fingernail.


Tips for making Halloween Severed Fingers

Use dark red BBQ sauce instead of ketchup. You can also use square onion pieces instead of cheese for the fingernail.

You can also make the Halloween severed fingers in the Airfryer. Cook the hot dogs at 390°F for about 3-5 minutes.

You can also make these bloody finger hot dogs using puff pastry or crescent dough. Leave out the hot dog buns, and wrap the hot dogs with thin strips of pastry or dough. Bake until the dough is golden and cooked through. Dab with ketchup before serving.

How To Store Bloody Finger Hot Dogs

Storing the assembled Halloween hot dogs will make them soggy, but if you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge (in an airtight container) for up to 4 days. If you want to make them ahead of time, you can prep the hot dogs, and store them in the fridge. Slice and butter the hot dog rolls and store them in a plastic bag at room temperature.

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Fry hot dogs until golden (about 2 minutes).

To make a hot dog finger cut off one side of the hot dog, make 3 slits in the middle and towards the end of the hot dog, rotate it, and cut off the tip to make a nail bed.

Cut the cheese slice into a rounded square to fit each nail bed. Spread a little bit of ketchup for attaching it.

Attach the cheese slice.

Slice through the hot dog buns. You can use the store-bought ones or make hot dog buns on your own.

Spread ketchup over hot dog buns, place sausage in. Optionally you can add more ketchup to your hot dog to imitate blood.

Serve with additional ketchup and mustard.


Make sure to add extra ketchup on top of the “finger” for maximum effect!

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