61 Halloween Cupcake Ideas for the Spookiest Treat of the Season

These frightening desserts will attract all the goblins and ghouls.

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Mike Garten

October 31st is basically an open invitation to eat Halloween desserts and Halloween candy all day, right? When it comes time to host a Halloween party, festive and fun Halloween cupcakes should always be on the menu. Looking for some spooky inspiration? You're in luck: Any one of these adorable ideas will easily add some fright (and sugar!) to your holiday festivities. Best of all? Decorating these cute (and creepy) treats will be the perfect Halloween activity to keep you and your little monsters preoccupied before the trick-or treating begins.

These easy recipes are not only scary good, but can be adorable Halloween decorations at your bash. With decorative mummies, creepy spiders and flying bats, these treats will bring the ‘wow’ factor to your Halloween party. Our recipes include beloved fall flavors like pumpkin spice, devilish dark chocolate and sweet maple. But, we didn’t forget classic favorites like best-ever chocolate cupcakes and rich red velvet, which can be the perfect base for any festive toppings (googly eyes, creepy crawlies, etc.). Need a way to use up all that Halloween candy? Pile up your bite-size cakes with any extra candy for a doubly sweet dessert.

Make two (or three) of your favorite frightening recipes, and load up your dessert table with Halloween cakes and Halloween cookie recipes for an eerily delicious Halloween night. Don’t forget to wash down all of these adorable desserts with our Halloween cocktails for a creative, creepy holiday!

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Spiderweb Cupcakes

These creepy crawly cupcakes will stand out on any desserts table.

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Witch Cupcakes

Hats off to these witchy Halloween chocolate cupcakes topped with buttercream frosting and crafty cupcake liners.

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Pecan Cupcakes With Spiced Vanilla Frosting

Made with finely ground pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg, these spiced cupcakes are perfect for any fall holiday.

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green and black mummy halloween cupcakes with candied eyes
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Mummy Cupcakes

Your guests will be dying to unwrap one of these ghoulish treats.

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Cookie Bat Cupcakes

For an easy (and edible!) craft idea, make cute bats out of Oreos and peanut butter cups.

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RELATED: 70 Spooky Halloween Crafts Kids Can Easily DIY for Fun

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Chocolate Skeleton Cookie Cupcakes

Putting cookies on cupcakes is definitely a good idea, especially when the cookies are as cute as these skeletons.

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White Chocolate Ghost Cupcakes

Boo! Scarily cute ghosts are the perfect toppers for decadent chocolate cupcakes.

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Graveyard Cupcakes

Set a spooky scene on top of deep dark chocolate cupcakes.

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RELATED: 33 Easy and Spooky Halloween Cakes That'll Sweeten Up Your Party

pumpkin spice cupcakes with white frosting on top
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

They may look simple on the outside but there's a whole lotta spice on the inside.

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RELATED: 44 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes to Make This Fall

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Sugared Lavender Cupcakes

Turn these pretty cupcakes into terrifying treats with a little black icing to paint on bats, spiders or cats.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Witch Cupcakes

The decadent hazelnut cream cheese frosting on these spooky treats makes them pretty sweet.

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Vanilla Cupcakes

What better base for frighteningly fun toppings than our best-ever vanilla cupcakes? Whip these treats up for endless festive possibilities!

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Carrot-Pineapple Cupcakes

Carrot, ginger and pineapple cupcakes are perfect for the season —top them with gummy googly eyes instead of dried pineapple for extra spook.

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Lemon Cupcakes With Strawberry Frosting

Add a few extra freeze-dried strawberries to the buttercream frosting to turn it blood-thirsty red.

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Berry-Stuffed Cupcakes

Use chocolate instead of vanilla cupcakes for a scarier effect.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes

Use a pastry bag to easily pipe the luscious peanut butter filling to simple chocolate cupcakes. It's like your favorite Halloween candy in cupcake form!

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vanilla and chocolate ice cream cupcakes with oreo on top
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Ice Cream Cupcakes

It's the no-bake dessert of your dreams: Three layers of softened ice cream combined with your favorite add-ins (try leftover Halloween candy!) and a silky chocolate topping.

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Mouse Cupcakes

It's a mouse ... duh! Give your cupcakes a cute costume with tinted coconut for the mice and flattened circus peanuts for the cheese.

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RELATED: 45 Delicious Cupcake Ideas That Are Perfect for Any Time of Year

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Boston Cream Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes stuffed with vanilla pudding and topped with a silky chocolate glaze make the most delicious base to add spooky shapes and terrifying toppers.

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes With Orange Sour Cream Frosting

For the ultimate easy Halloween dessert, take a can of pure pumpkin and turn it into a batch of moist and creamy cupcakes.

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Frankenstein and His Bride Cupcakes

Pile on the buttercream frosting to transform these chocolate cupcakes into Halloween's greenest monster.

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Spider Cupcakes

This eek-worthy dessert crawls to life with spun-sugar webs.

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Candy Corn Cupcakes

The ultimate Halloween sweet, in cupcake form! Don't tell, but we might prefer that marshmallow frosting-topped version over the original candy.

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Ghost Cupcakes

These sweet treats are deliciously spooky — and easy to make! Just use store-bought cake mix and whisk together a quick, creamy marshmallow frosting.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Top the mascarpone cream cheese icing with googly eyes or edible blood to turn these delicious cupcakes into spooky sweets.

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20 Best Red Velvet Recipes That Will Become Your New Favorite Desserts

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Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes With Swirled Frosting

Use two separate piping bags (one chocolate, one vanilla) to create the stunning swirl on top of these chocolatey cupcakes.

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Owl Cupcakes

Oreos create the huge eyes in these adorable owl cupcakes.

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Best-Ever Chocolate Cupcakes

The addition of espresso enhances the rich chocolate flavor in these elevated classic cupcakes.

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RELATED: 25 Easy and Creative Chocolate Desserts That You Haven't Tried Yet

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Apple Cupcakes

Here's what happens when cupcakes dress up like apples for Halloween! Top homemade or store-bought cupcakes with mini donuts and cover with frosting for cutest-ever treat.

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RELATED: 40 Apple Desserts That Are Delicious to the Core

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Wicked Witch Cupcake

A fondant Wicked Witch of the East dangles deliciously from her perch: A cupcake topped with chocolate frosting and a dusting of crushed chocolate wafer cookies.

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