19 Halloween Cupcakes to Make in October

Updated: Mar. 19, 2024

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

During the Halloween season, we all look forward to plastic pumpkins full of trick-or-treat candy. But if you’re looking for something a bit more substantial (but still sweet), you can’t do better than Halloween cupcakes.

Scary sweet Halloween treats are just what fits the bill after carving pumpkins, picking apples or putting the finishing touches on your costume. So get your piping bags, sprinkles and cat ears ready! It’s time to make room in the kitchen for Halloween snacks.

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Ghost Cupcake Cones

Ghost Cupcake Cones

We’ve all seen cupcakes baked in ice cream cones before; they make for a great handheld treats for kiddos. But when temperatures drop and Halloween creeps closer, it’s time to top this kid-friendly classic with friendly ghost frosting!
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Sugar Ghost Cupcakes

Get into the spooky spirit with these ghostly Halloween cupcakes. The ghosts are made by shaping white fondant. You can make faces on these ghouls the easy way by using a food-safe marker with food coloring ink.
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Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes

Pumpkin is the flavor of the season. Pair a can of pumpkin with chocolate chips to create the batter for these autumnal cupcakes.
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Sour Candy Cupcakes

If you love the pucker of sour candies, then these sour candy cupcakes will be right up your alley. The sour dust sprinkled on top gives you an instant pucker when you first take a bite, but the sweetness soon follows. Don’t forget to top with a few extra Sour Patch Kids!
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Eyes On You Cupcakes

Watch out! These Halloween cupcakes will creep up on you! Use melted chocolate and candies to create the ghoulish (and gleeful) googly eyes.
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Cream-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

Why do we love these cream-filled cupcakes so much? Because that tiny pumpkin on top is just the section of the cupcake you remove to make room for the filling! There’s no waste and it looks pumpkin patch-perfect when nestled on top with an edible stem.
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Spider Cupcakes

What’s lurking underneath this spider? A marshmallow! Cover the cupcake in frosting, top with a marshmallow, then coat with the remaining icing. Roll the treat in chocolate jimmies to give these tantalizing tarantulas their signature look.
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Chocolate Candy Corn Cupcakes

These candy corn-inspired cupcakes start with a box mix which makes them so easy to bring to the classroom Halloween party or your neighbor’s costume bash.
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Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

After you’ve made applesauce, transform some of it into spiced applesauce cupcakes. These handheld treats get topped with cream cheese frosting.
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Candy Cupcake Creatures

It’s time get creative and decorate your own cupcake monster! Use all colors of frosting, candies and sprinkles to make scary and silly faces.
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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

Grab your favorite baking apples! They’ll be used to make the spiced filling for these impressive treats perfect for Halloween—or any day in fall.
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Frankie Cupcakes

Frankenstein’s monster is a whole lot sweeter when he’s made from marshmallows! Coat your favorite marshmallows in green sugar and decorate the faces to look cheerful or creepy—your choice!
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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Frosting

A whisper of cinnamon is all it takes to transform a classic cupcake icing into a spiced frosting that befits the Halloween season. Top these treats with candy pumpkins and candy corns for an extra festive touch.
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Alien Cupcakes

We’ve detected signs of alien life coming from our Test Kitchen! These extraterrestrials are made with gelatin and look great when landed on top of a bed of green frosting.
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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Are caramel apples your favorite fall treat? You can use those same flavors to create these Halloween cupcakes. Chopped apples folded into a spice cake form the foundation and then sticky caramel tops these treats. Don’t forget the stick!
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Bat Cupcakes

We’re batty for these Halloween cupcakes! The bat wings are made by slicing cookies or chocolate candies in half; fudge-dipped cookies or peppermint patties work well. Then use a Rolo or chocolate kiss as the face.
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Pumpkin Streusel Cupcakes

A delicious crumbly streusel filling becomes the center of attention inside these yummy cupcakes that taste so much like pumpkin bread.
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Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes

These Halloween cupcakes are a cinch to bake—and even more fun to decorate! Save the decorating fun for a party activity, and let the kids top their cakes any way they want.