If you're the type to go all out on Halloween, we'd guess your Halloween costume is picked out, the house is decked out in its spooky best, and you've got bags of candy ready for the dozens of masked and face-painted trick-or-treaters. The only thing that's missing from your Halloween spread is a cupcake design that will scare the socks off your party guests.
Whether you need to whip up a batch of baked goods for your kids' Halloween party at school, or you're looking for a centerpiece at your own monster mash, these spooky cupcakes will be enough to grab anyone's attention. The best part is that they come together in a flash so you can focus on enjoying the fun festivities this season instead of slaving away alone in the kitchen.
This Halloween — just like every other Halloween — you'll no doubt be busier than normal chaperoning your kids for trick-or-treating or playing host at your scary party. (And of course, no one's going to stick around to help you clean up the mess!) You deserve that cupcake, lady — so go ahead and treat yourself!
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Courtesy of Kendall Rayburn
Black Cat Cupcakes
Cats have unfairly earned a bad rap for being unfriendly, antisocial creatures, and black cats get it even worse because they're supposed to be a sign of misfortune. Well, we're here to say there's officially no bad luck here! These "pawsitively" adorable feline-inspired cupcake are truly the cat's meow. Plus, they're the perfect alternative to dog-o-lanterns. Doting dog owners can carve their pup's face into a pumpkin, and you can ice your kitty's features into a delicious Halloween cupcake. Your guests won't be able to keep their paws off these delicious holiday sweets. Get the full recipe from Kendall Rayburn.
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Candy Corn Cupcakes
Halloween's most divisive candy is always candy corn. To some, it's a quintessential Halloween treat, while others find it waxy and over-the-top sweet. No matter which camp you fall in, you'll agree that these candy con cupcakes will appeal to all. With the distinctive colors of candy corn, these cupcakes will blend right in with your orange-and-black Halloween party decor. There's a reason candy corn is a traditional part of Halloween, after all! Get the full recipe from The Semisweet Sisters.
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Courtesy of Kara's Couture Cakes
Blackout Chocolate Cupcakes and Blackout Frosting
If you're a mom whose wardrobe only consists of black clothes, you'll appreciate the darkness of these Blackout Chocolate Cupcakes with matching frosting. Halloween is the perfect opportunity to get away with wearing all black while avoiding annoying fashion advice from your mother-in-law that "you shouldn't wear such dark colors all the time, dear." The pitch-black frosting and cupcake base will save you the trouble of cleaning up after dirtying the kitchen with messy food dyes. Plus, you can't go wrong with chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Is there a such thing as too much chocolate? We think not! Get the full recipe from Kara's Couture Cakes.
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Courtesy of The Comfort of Cooking
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes With Meringue Ghosts
Come Halloween, ghost decorations are everywhere. In fact, it can be hard to make this staple Halloween decoration feel fun and new again — which is why it's time to incorporate Halloween ghosts as adorable cupcake toppers. These "boo-tiful" Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts playfully include all the colors of Halloween while still feeling like a fresh take on an old Halloween classic! Get the full recipe from The Comfort of Cooking.
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Courtesy of Your Cup of Cake
If you've been tasked with throwing together a last-minute Halloween treat for your son's school bake sale, save yourself from a late night full of baking by picking up a box of store-bought cupcakes and a package of yogurt-covered pretzels. Then, carefully break apart the pretzels to form a cute little skeleton. Even if you're not a whiz in the kitchen, the other middle school parents will be blown away by your festive treats. Get the full recipe from Your Cup of Cake.
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Courtesy of The Soccer Mom Blog
Creamsicle-Flavored Mini Orange Halloween Cupcakes
Halloween is the one time of year it's OK to go a little overboard with the candy, even if you're on a diet. But if you're getting tired of chocolate-frosting galore, treat your tastebuds to these Creamsicle-flavored cupcakes. (Who else remembers sitting on the front porch during summer with a Creamsicle at hand?) One bite and you'll be transported straight back to your childhood. Get the full recipe from The Soccer Mom Blog.
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Courtesy of Kleinworth & Co.
Ghoulish Monster Halloween Cupcakes
Yes, Halloween is about the scares, but us cry babies can't handle all the guts and gore sometimes! That said, we're usually OK with fake blood, although it can be a real pain in the patoot to clean. Thankfully, this blood is totally edible and especially delicious. The bright red sheen of this fake blood paired with teeny-tiny eyeballs makes for one super realistic Halloween cupcake that will give any unsuspecting guest a bit of a fright when they go to grab one. Get the full recipe from Kleinworth & Co.
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Courtesy of Two Sisters Crafting
Harvest Marble Cupcakes
One of our favorite things about the fall season is getting to watch all the leaves morph into stunning shades of red, orange, yellow, purple, and anything in between. To bring that same beauty to a Halloween cupcake, swirl a few drops of food dye in your batter and wait for the magic to occur. You can add as many fall colors as you'd like, but three different hues seems to be enough to take these mini cakes from hum-drum to holy yum! Find matching sprinkles at the craft store to really make them celebrate the season! Get the full recipe from Two Sisters Crafting.
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Bloody Eye Cupcakes
I spy with my little eye a cupcake that looks pretty darn delicious. Bloodshot eyes are not usually a welcome sight because they're a sure sign we need more sleep (of course, we could always use more sleep!). But these Bloody Eye Cupcakes deserve to be front and center in your Halloween party spread. We're warning you, though: These realistic eyeballs may terrify even the adults — especially those who don't look down before grabbing a cupcake. Get the full recipe from The Country Chic Cottage.
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Courtesy of Your Cup of Cake
Oreo Spider Cupcakes
At the first sight of a spider, we're usually out of the room immediately, screaming for the hubby to go in and get rid of it. However, these Oreo Spider Cupcakes just might be the only creepy-crawly we'd go running to. Most spider cupcake recipes call for black licorice for the legs, which can put off some partygoers. Fortunately, there's an easy way to ensure everyone enjoys your cupcakes: Pocky! These chocolate-covered crackers can be purchased at any Asian grocery store, and they're sure to please even the pickiest palate. Get the full recipe from Your Cup of Cake.
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Courtesy of The Crumby Kitchen
Spicy Little Devil's Food Cupcakes
Halloween is sweets on sweets on sweets. And we like chocolate as much as the next woman, but sometimes we could use a break from its decadent sweetness. That said, there's a way to still enjoy the taste of chocolatey goodness without going overboard — enter this Spicy Little Devil's Food Cupcake recipe. These adorable sweet treats cut through the sugar with a little bit of spice and a whole lot of attitude. Your guests will get a kick out of them — literally. Get the full recipe from The Crumby Kitchen.
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Courtesy of One Little Project
Black Cat Cupcakes
Halloween is all about scares, but that can get old pretty quick. So why not go the more traditional route with these Black Cat Cupcakes? We're not "kitten" you right now; the most frightening thing about these adorable mini cakes is how deliciously cute they are — and how you can't just have one! With sprinkles to mimic fur and yummy chocolate whiskers, these cat cupcakes are the "purr-fect" Halloween decoration for any cat lover's fall party. Get the full recipe from One Little Project.
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Courtesy of Sheri Silver
Mummy Candy Cupcakes
All the mummy without the mess! Gather your teeny-tiny taste-testers for some adorable Mummy Candy Cupcakes that are sure to please even the fussiest eater. Then, mix and match the candy eyeballs (and even eat some by "mistake" while decorating) for a truly customizable Halloween dessert you'll be proud to serve to your guests. Plus, you can easily make these cupcake recipe into a gluten-free option for those with food allergies. Get the full recipe from Sheri Silver.
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Courtesy of Cupcake Diaries
Going to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin is a fall family tradition. So why not bring the magic to your kitchen with these darling Pumpkin Cupcakes? Finding the perfect Halloween gourd usually requires a few trips up and down the rows at the pumpkin patch. Of course, that can get a little time-consuming. With these delicious pumpkin-shaped cupcakes, you won't have to choose the best one because they're all equally yummy! Get the full recipe from Cupcake Diaries.
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Courtesy of Dream a Little Bigger
Vampire Bite Cupcakes
Vampires are classic Halloween movie villains known for their extra sharp fangs and thirst for human blood. If you're not a huge fan of this quintessential Halloween character, you probably find vampire jokes to be a real pain in the neck (sorry, but we just had to!) No matter how you feel about these blood-sucking bad guys, we'd bet you wouldn't mind taking a big bite out of these creepy-cute Vampire Bite Cupcakes! Get the full recipe from Dream a Little Bigger.
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Frankenstein is another popular Halloween villain that deserves a chance to shine at your Halloween party. Crafting this adorable creature on your confections is as easy as flattening the top of the icing and grabbing some candies to stand in for eyes and bolts. Prepare to get some serious "Awwws" from your guests once they catch a glimpse of your adorable Frankenstein cupcakes. Get the full recipe from Your Cup of Cake.
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Courtesy of Jamie Cooks It Up!
Spook-Tacular Halloween Witch Cupcakes
As kids, we were always afraid of getting eaten by a witch — but as adults, we're scared of only eating one of these adorable witch cupcakes. With its adorable orange hair and chocolate cookie hat, these spook-tacular Halloween cupcakes have totally put a spell on us. Cookies, cupcakes, and chocolate kisses? Now this is better than any bouquet your husband could buy! Get the full recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!
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Courtesy of Cutefetti
Slimy Monster Cupcakes
Even though they're oozing green, these are the cutest Slimy Monster Cupcakes we've ever seen. Slime has always been popular with kids, so we're betting your little ones will enjoy getting to play with sparkly green edible slime. Even your teen will be impressed — and moms everywhere know how hard it is to impress a teenager. Get the full recipe from Cutefetti.
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Courtesy of Pink Cake Plate
Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Yes, you can eat decorative gourds, but we promise you these pumpkins taste a whole lot sweeter! In fact, you'll wish you had eyes in the back of your head while making these cupcakes because the sweet pumpkin candies always seem to disappear everytime a family member comes in to "check" on how the cupcakes are doing. Get the full recipe from Pink Cake Plate.