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20 Halloween Cupcakes to Make in October

Spooky and sweet, we're baking these fun Halloween cupcakes all October. Serve them at a Halloween party, after trick-or-treating or during a scary movie night.

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Ghostly Cupcake Cones

Boo! These scary-good peanut butter Halloween cupcakes are as fun to make as they are to eat. To make the signature ghost swirl, use a piping bag fitted with a round tip. Or, fill a plastic bag with frosting and snip off one of the corners.

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Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes

Cozy pumpkin flavor? Yes, please. Delicious caramel? Mhmm. Spooky design? You got it! These easy Halloween cupcakes check off all of our boxes. Save time by using a premade caramel apple dip and decorating with store-bought icing.
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Sour Candy Cupcakes

Put that trick-or-treat haul to work! These puckery cupcakes are reminiscent of Sour Patch Kids, thanks to the sweet-and-sour dust sprinkled atop each bite. We love that this Halloween cupcake recipe utilizes time-saving ingredients, too—like lemon cake mix and gelatin powder.
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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

We can’t decide what we love most about these apple pie cupcakes. Every component—from the chunky apple filling to the cinnamon-spiced frosting—creates a tantalizing tasting experience. Serve these sweet bites during a scary movie night, after a trip to the pumpkin patch or any other time you need some cozy warmth.
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Chocolate Candy Corn Cupcakes

Hack a marble cake mix to create these spirited Halloween cupcakes. They add a colorful twist to traditional sweets, and a candy corn topper adds a sweet finishing touch. For more flair, bake them in some spooky cupcake liners.

By the way, here’s why Halloween colors are black and orange.

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Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes

While we still wouldn’t call these pumpkin chip Halloween cupcakes a health food, they certainly boast some better-for-you ingredients. This recipe packs in whole wheat flour, honey and chopped nuts.
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Spooky Gelatin Bubble Cupcakes

These Halloween alien cupcakes are out of this world! Giant gelatin bubbles—colored green and given eyes with black decorating gel—look just like visitors from outer space. Plus, the bubbles can be made weeks in advance for easy party prep.
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Pumpkin Bread Pudding Cupcakes

Draw inspiration from another fall treat and make bread pudding cupcakes. These pumpkin-packed morsels are much denser than traditional cupcakes, and instead of frosting they’re topped with a brown sugar sauce. Yum!
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Truffle-Filled Cupcakes

Your creativity knows no bounds when it comes to these monster-inspired Halloween cupcakes. Go wild with candies, cookies, sprinkles, pretzels, marshmallows and edible pens. Try creating eyes with sandwich cookies and M&M’s, or create candy corn “horns”—the decorating options are endless!

It’s time to do the Monster Mash! Check out these other monster-themed recipes.

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Mini Pumpkin Cakes

You don’t need to be a professional baker to make wow-worthy treats. These cute cakes rely on a miniature Bundt pan and an orange-hued glaze to achieve that signature pumpkin look. Small details, like piped-on leaves and a Tootsie Roll stem, complete the sweet eats.
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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

No one will ever guess that these adorable Halloween cupcakes have only five ingredients. A boxed cake mix gets dressed up with apple chunks, while a decadent caramel-nut topping completes the theme.

Bonus: These cakes are much easier to eat than a traditional caramel apple!

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Giant Cupcake Pumpkin

Instead of arranging them on a platter, take your Halloween cupcakes to the next level by creating a pull-apart Jack o’Lantern cake! Start by grouping baked cupcakes into a pumpkin shape, then spread on orange frosting and embellish with Reese’s Pieces. Try this technique with other simple shapes, too!
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Chai Cupcakes

Order up! You’ll get a double dose of the spicy blend that’s frequently used to flavor tea in these moist cakes. Both the cupcake and frosting use the blend, which combines some of the best flavors of the season.
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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Frosting

Take a trip to the pumpkin patch with these seasonal cupcakes. The homemade batter features comforting fall flavors, like cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Plus, the miniature mallow pumpkin topper adds the perfect pop of color.
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Maple Carrot Cupcakes

While carrot may not be a traditional fall flavor, the added touch of maple syrup gives these cupcakes a cozy flavor. We love how moist they are, too.
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Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Chocolaty Frosting

Lollipops turn these chocolaty Devil’s Food cupcakes into a fun Halloween treat. To make the eyes, trim both ends of gumdrops, then layer a chocolate chip to one end. Secure the gumdrop to a lollipop with a dab of icing, then top your cupcakes. Scary easy, right?
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Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Applesauce adds both moisture and flavor to these homemade cupcakes. Dress them up with additional apple slices or a cinnamon stick.
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Owl Tree

This owl-inspired cupcake cake only looks intimidating. It’s actually quite easy to make! You’ll need chocolate frosting, mini Oreos and M&M candies to make the owls, while black frosting creates the tree. (You could also use black licorice, if desired).

Try our Owl Cookies, too.

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Cream-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

There’s a surprise waiting inside these pretty Halloween cupcakes. Each one is filled with a creamy vanilla filling. Plus, you can use the cut-out cake scraps to make miniature pumpkins, perfect for topping. Just add a whole clove as the stem.
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Eyes On You

Is, uh, someone staring at us? You’ll have all eyes on you when these monster-inspired cupcakes hit the table. Simply prepare your favorite cupcakes, then embellish with neon frosting, sprinkles and candy-created eyes.

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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