36 Wickedly Fun Halloween Cupcakes

Yummy Mummy Cupcakes
Photo: Blaine Moats

Whip up Halloween treats in cupcake form and dazzle your Halloween party guests. Our Halloween cupcake recipes and decorating ideas for monsters, black cats, witches, and ghosts, and more are all magical to make and decorate, whether you decorate store-bought or homemade cupcakes.

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Baby Owl Cupcakes

Baby Owl Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

Owls are cute, but baby owls are a hoot! When it comes to Halloween cupcake recipes, these adorable owl desserts are sure to dazzle. Give them high-flying flair with sliced almond "feathers" and help the owls listen up with chocolate chip "ears."

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Ghostly Cupcakes

Cupcake Ghosts
Kritsada Panichgul

Supernatural forces can't chain these cupcake ghosts to your festive Halloween tablescape. They'll vanish as soon as your guests glimpse the billowing forms of this Halloween treat and taste the white chocolate cupcakes hidden beneath the ghostly Halloween cupcake toppers. No tricks here: There's a bonus treat hiding underneath the fondant ghosts (donut holes!).

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Yummy Mummy Cupcakes

Yummy Mummy Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

Need quick Halloween treats for a party? These mummy cupcakes come together in a snap. Start with frosted store-bought or homemade cupcakes for these quick and haunting Halloween-themed treats. To make them, use a pastry bag with a basket-weave tip to pipe on white frosting. Then pipe on red frosting for the mummy's eyes and make two dots using black frosting for the pupils.

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Candy Cupcakes

Candy Cupcakes
William Brinson

Can't choose between candy or cupcakes this holiday? Combine both into one delicious dessert with this easy Halloween dessert recipe. Start the not-so-scary cupcakes with Halloween-hued icing, then layer on the candy corn. And remember: You're not limited to one type of candy—turn any of your favorites into Halloween cupcake decorations.

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Graveyard Cupcakes

Graveyard Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

No horror stories here. Here lies a special treat for all of your tricksters! The whispers that haunt these creepy plots speak of delightful cookies-and-cream cupcakes. Despite specters of shadowy ghosts and unearthly wanderers, the ever-so-slightly spooky Halloween cupcakes enshroud only good things.

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Eyeball Cupcakes

Eyeball Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

These Halloween cupcakes are keeping an eye out for you. A red velvet cupcake becomes a fun Halloween treat for a party, thanks to red icing and doughnut holes.

To make these spooky Halloween cupcakes, use purchased red icing to pipe red zigzags atop white-frosted cupcakes. Place circle gummy candies on top of each Halloween cupcake, using white frosting to secure. Dip small doughnut holes in melted white chocolate or icing and place on top of gummy candies for eyes. Use icing to attach small chocolate candies to the tops of doughnut holes for the pupils.

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Spiky Monster Cupcakes

Spiky Little Monster Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

Cupcakes for Halloween don't have to be scary. With bright orange and radiant red frosting, these cute, spiky monster cupcakes are more endearing than menacing. Use a piping bag to pipe red or orange frosting on top of your cupcakes, then add a mini chocolate chip to a dollop of white icing to make monster eyes.

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Monster-Eyes Cupcakes

Monster-Eyes Cupcakes

Swirling eyes and sharp white teeth are sure to spook your party guests! With just a few easy ingredients like candy and snack cakes, you can serve up sweet but spooky Halloween cupcakes perfect for every Halloween party. To make them, pipe frosting high onto prepared cupcakes. Carefully cut chocolate-swirl snack cakes into 1/4-inch-thick slices for the swirly monster eyes. The chocolate coating on the cakes will crack off easily, so be careful during this step. Or just remove the outer chocolate layer altogether. Then press the eyes onto the frosting atop the cupcakes and cut round gummy candies in half and press them into the sides of the frosting as ears. Finally, cut black licorice into small pieces and attach as noses and press gum or mints into the frosting to create teeth.

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Black Cat Cupcakes

Black Cat Cupcakes
Hallie Burton

Black cat cupcakes are anything but bad luck! Instead, these Halloween treats will charm guests when served at a Halloween party. And these yellow-eyed sweets are easy to make.

Frost each cupcake with chocolate frosting and cover with chocolate sprinkles. Cut a yellow gumdrop in half to use as eyes, then cut short pieces of black shoestring licorice to use as pupils, and press onto the cut side of each gumdrop half. Lightly press each gumdrop half into cupcakes to form eyes. Cut chocolate candy coating disks into triangles to serve as ears and press two triangles into the frosting from the side before using more black shoestring licorice to create the cats' whiskers.

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Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes

Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes
Miki Duisterhof

With such a simple design, these pumpkin cupcakes can be made quickly. While fitting for Halloween, they're also a perfect fall cupcake for any autumn occasion. You can populate your pumpkin patch with regular or mini Halloween cupcakes—for guests who want a bite-size dessert. To make them, frost your cupcakes with orange frosting and dust with orange sugar sprinkles. Use a wooden skewer to draw pumpkin veins radiating from the center to the outer edge of the cupcakes, then break large pretzel rods into small pieces, and stick into the top of the pumpkin cupcakes for stems.

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Candy Corn Cupcakes

Candy Corn Cupcakes
Jay Wilde

These Halloween cupcakes are decked out in a costume that looks just like the most controversial of all Halloween candies! If spooky Halloween cupcakes with ghosts and monsters aren't for you, turn this classic Halloween candy into a cute cupcake to boost the color on your party dessert buffet. For a fitting finish, top each frosted cupcake with a candy corn.

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Red Velvet Eyeball Cupcake

Red Velvet Eyeball Cupcake
Blaine Moats

Our deliciously haunting eyeball cupcake may be spooky to look at, but it is certain to become a focal point Halloween treat at your party. To make this treat, make red velvet cake mix in individual fluted tube pans. Once cooled, pipe each cupcake with white icing in a zigzag pattern around an eyeball candy.

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Owl Cupcakes

Bright-Eyed Owl Cupcakes
Jason Donnelly

Owls usually come out at night, but in cupcake form they can make an appearance anytime. Featuring cookies, candies, and cake, this Halloween cupcake recipe to ensure that your Halloween party spread will be a real looker. Prefer white eyes to red? Simply trade in chocolate or vanilla sandwich cookies with vanilla filling.

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Marshmallow Frankenstein Cupcake

Marshmallow Frankenstein Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

With iconic neck bolts made from pretzels and monster green hue from spray icing, these marshmallow Frankenstein cupcake toppers are alive with yummy sweetness in the the form of spooky Halloween cupcake. To make the green monsters, use Wilton Green Color Mist, ($5, Joann) to transform large marshmallows with the help of black gel icing. Break a pretzel stick in half; press pieces into each side of the marshmallow to make neck bolts, then press the marshmallow into the icing of the cupcake to complete the look.

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Skeleton Bones Cupcake

Skeleton Bare Bones Cupcakes
Andy Lyons

No bones about it: This cupcake is Halloween treat table-approved and tasty to boot. White candies form sweet skeletons, and the embellishment comes together easily.

To make this Halloween dessert, place a large white candy mint on top of a chocolate-frosted cupcake and decorate the face with brown icing. Arrange licorice pastels to make arms and legs, then place small mints at the bottom of the legs for the skeleton's feet. Use white sprinkles to make the skeleton's ribs.

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Creepy Medusa Cupcake

Creepy Medusa Cupcakes
Jason Donnelly

Gummy worms cleverly morph ordinary cupcakes into legendary treats. Writhing serpents encircle Medusa's face, but the mythical creatures on these spooky cupcakes will turn guests gleeful, not stony. To make this fun monster, frost a cupcake with chocolate frosting then cut gummy worms into long, thin strips. Curl and pile strips on top of cupcake. For eyes, use chocolate frosting to attach two round white candies to the cupcake. Partially bury the eyes in the pile of worms. Place chocolate frosting in a decorating bag fitted with a small round tip to pipe center dots on candy eyes.

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Dotty Halloween Cupcakes

Dotty Halloween Cupcakes
Kate Sears

These spots might make guests swoon, but the sweet treats will revive them. The polka-dot patterns on these Halloween-theme cupcakes are easy to re-create, yet the impact on your buffet is impressive. To make them, frost half of your cupcakes with chocolate frosting and half with orange frosting. Arrange candy-coated milk chocolate pieces, such as M&Ms, on top of the frosted cupcakes in contrasting colors to create polka-dot look.

Editor's Tip: Use gel paste food coloring to tint vanilla frosting orange. Add coloring until you reach the desired color.

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Halloween Spider Cupcake

Halloween Spider Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

Proof that spiders don't have to be scary, these eight-legged cupcake cuties turn up the charm with a friendly grin and big eyes. Lengths of licorice create the spindly legs and sweet smirk, while round candies like mints, M&Ms, and gumdrops create colorful eyes and a nose. To stack candies on top of each other, use a bit of frosting between each one.

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Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

Take a trip to the pumpkin patch with these easy fall cupcakes, which make for a fun—not scary—Halloween treat. Start with your seasonally flavored cupcake recipe of choice or store-bought sweets. Then pipe on green frosting "grass" and plant the pumpkins for a gourd-geous cake topper.

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Marshmallow Mummy Cupcake

Marshmallow Mummy Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

Slices of marshmallow create a cute mummy cupcake you won't want to keep under wraps. You can make a big batch of these Halloween toppers and place them on a variety of cupcake and frosting flavors. To decorate them, dust a frosted cupcake with granulated sugar. Cut a marshmallow into three slices, cutting to but not through the opposite side. Place marshmallow on top of the cupcake for the mummy's head. Then place two small mint candies between the top two marshmallow slices for eyes, using frosting to attach. Place a candy-coated chocolate between the bottom two marshmallow slices for the mouth, using frosting to attach.

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Cauldron Cupcakes

Cauldron Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

Bubble, bubble, toil, and...you'll have no trouble making these fun and easy Halloween cupcakes. Stir up a little fright in sweet style with pretzel "cauldron stirrers." Licorice handles, a pudding filling, and green decorating gel round out the recipe and make the cauldron cupcakes quite the sight.

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Witch Legs Cupcake

Witch Legs Cupcakes
Marty Baldwin

This coconut-topped Halloween witch cupcake may look more than a little wicked, but we promise it will be sweet. The Halloween cupcake recipe will fit right in on any spooky treat table. To make the cupcakes, mold black marzipan boots around two peppermint sticks to create the legs. Stick mini yellow candy-coated chocolates on each boot for the buckles, using frosting to secure. Dye coconut green with food coloring; top a frosted cupcake with the coconut. Insert peppermint sticks into the cupcake.

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Orange-and-Blue Monster Cupcake

orange monster with blue hands cupcake
Jay Wilde

No scary cupcakes here! With his blue spiked 'do—created with a closed-star icing tip—this cute Halloween cupcake has both style and personality.

To make the monster cupcakes, frost them with orange icing and use a piping tip to add teal spikes. Then cut eyes from white fondant and pipe on black pupils and a mouth with a small round decorating tip. Cut teeth and nails from fondant, and attach the fondant features with a small damp brush.

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Green Monster Cupcake

green monster with teeth and sucker arms cupcake
Jay Wilde

Fondant, icing, and round decorating tips are the basics you'll need to turn ordinary cupcakes into Halloween treats for a party.

Follow these decorating tips to make this Halloween cupcake topper:

1. Tint frosting green and ice the cupcake.

2. Tint fondant green; shape into six curved and tapered arms.

3. Use white icing and a small round decorating tip to pipe on suckers.

4. For the bows, tint fondant pink and roll 1/16 inch thick. Cut two 1-1/2x1/4-inch strips. Fold ends toward the center and pinch together. Cut a 1/4-inch strip and wrap the center, flattening the ends on the back. To make this one, use green fondant to shape the features for whatever kind of monster you can dream up. When you're ready, attach the fondant features with a damp brush.

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Halloween Ghost Cupcake

Halloween Ghost Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

You can pick from a variety of Halloween cupcake recipes for the base of this dessert—the real magic comes from the ghostly design on top. Marshmallow creme is the secret behind this spooky Halloween treat, and the orange frosting on the cupcake helps make the spooky ghoul pop.

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Peeking Monster Cupcake

Peeking Monster Cupcakes
Marty Baldwin

This spooky cupcake is sure to be a monster hit as Halloween treats for a party. Big eyes and spiky hair (made from rainbow candy corn) transform a plain cupcake into a special Halloween dessert.

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Green Goblin Cupcake

Green Goblin Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

Take extra candy and turn it into Halloween cupcake toppers! This chocolaty goblin cupcake, made with sour candy and jelly beans, will be gobbled up in a flash at your next Halloween party.

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Sweet Scarecrow Cupcake

Sweet Scarecrow Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

With an ice cream cone hat and a candy corn nose, this tasty scarecrow Halloween cupcake is better suited for eating than for protecting fields from scary birds. To make it, snip green fruit leather into thin, short strips, and place on top of the cupcake for hair. Place a piece of candy corn in the center of the cupcake for the nose, then put a jelly bean on each side of the nose and attach a mini candy-coated chocolate to each jelly bean using a dab of frosting to secure.

Curve a piece of black string licorice into a smile below the nose and place small pieces of licorice across the smile for teeth. Attach a wafer ice cream cone to the cupcake for a hat.

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Icing-Wrapped Mummy Cupcakes

Icing-Wrapped Mummy Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

Transform an ordinary cupcake into a scary peekaboo creation with candy pieces and eerie green frosting. You won't be able to keep these Halloween-theme cupcakes under wraps for long. To make them, place two candy-coated chocolate pieces on top of a frosted cupcake for eyes and decorate the eyes using white frosting and mini chocolate chips. Crisscross the cupcake with green icing.

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Flying Bat Cupcakes

Flying Bat Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

Everyone will go batty for this chocolaty Halloween cupcake recipe. A cookie, a candy, and some creativity are all it takes to make these swooping Halloween cupcake toppers. To make the wings, break a chocolate cookie wafer in half and use purchased green icing to create wing designs on each piece of the cookie wafer.

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Masked Monkey Cupcake Toppers

Masked Monkey Cupcake Toppers
Adam Albright

Encourage monkey business at your party with these Halloween cupcake decorations. Kids will love the super-easy grinning monkey design topping these cute cupcakes. The disguise hides none of the fun! To make them, print our free masked-monkey design, available below, on heavy paper. Use a scalloped circle punch to cut out the cupcake toppers. Cut an orange straw to desired length and adhere to the back of the topper, then press into your favorite frosted cupcake.

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Spooky Eyes Cupcake

Spooky Eyes Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

For an easy Halloween cupcake recipe, try this spooky idea. Basic cupcakes embellished with eyes become a Halloween-themed treat in almost an instant. To make it, place two white candy-coated almonds on the chocolate-frosted cupcake for eyes. Stick two pieces of puffed cocoa cereal on top of the candy-coated almonds for pupils, using frosting to secure.

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Graham Cracker Frankenstein Cupcake

Graham Cracker Frankenstein Cupcakes
Marty Baldwin

Freak out the crowd with this spooky Halloween cupcake decorated to look like Frankenstein. A graham cracker face and marshmallow accents turn it into a tasty experiment gone right!

To make these Halloween-theme cupcakes, ice a chocolate graham cracker square with green-tinted frosting, leaving room at the top for hair. Place cracker on top of a frosted cupcake. Use chocolate frosting to make spiky hair and mouth, then cut a small marshmallow in half for the eyes. Dot chocolate frosting onto each marshmallow for pupils and place a dyed marshmallow on both sides of the cupcake for bolts.

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Chocolate Spidey Cupcakes

Chocolate Spidey Cupcakes
Jason Donnelly

Inspire guests to bug out. Chocolate-covered marshmallow cookies make goofy (and great-tasting) spider "bodies. Licorice "legs" tucked into the chocolate frosting will help these crawl off the Halloween dessert tray crazy-fast.

Test Kitchen Tip: To drive the spider theme home, make a "web" of drizzled white candy melts atop your serving platter.

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Zombie Brain Cupcakes

halloween cupcakes with zombie-brain icing
Matthew Clark

Seeking a semi-homemade solution to round out your Halloween menu? You won't have any second thoughts about serving these scary Halloween cupcakes at any holiday party for adults and older kiddos. Boxed cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, and jam make these a cinch to create.

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Monster Mash Macaroon Cupcakes

Monster Mash Cupcakes
Anthony Masterson

Twice the sweet in one monster treat, thanks to a macaroon and a cupcake. Purchase or make royal icing eyeballs (you'll find edible eyeball decorations at hobby stores and some grocery stores). Create the eyelashes by piping the shape onto waxed paper. Place an eyeball and set of eyelashes onto a macaroon cookie. Attach the cookie to a lollipop stick and place the stick into a cupcake that's been frosted with a multi-opening tip.

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