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12 Spooky and Sweet Halloween Cupcakes

It's time to eat, drink and be scary! These frighteningly easy bakes are the perfect fuel for a Halloween movie marathon.

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Pumpkin Caramel CupcakesTaste of Home

Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes

Cozy pumpkin flavour? 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 pre-made caramel apple dip and decorating with store-bought icing.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes.

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Owl Cupcake 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).

Get the recipe for Owl Cupcake Tree.

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Chocolate Candy Corn Cupcakes

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

Get the recipe for Chocolate Candy Corn Cupcakes.

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Spooky Gelatin Bubble Cupcakes

These alien cupcakes are out of this world! Giant gelatin bubbles—coloured 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.

Get the recipe for Spooky Gelatin Bubble Cupcakes.

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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 more dense than traditional cupcakes, and instead of frosting they’re topped with a brown sugar sauce. Yum!

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding Cupcakes.

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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!

Get the recipe for Truffle-Filled Cupcakes.

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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.

Get the recipe for Mini Pumpkin Cakes.

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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.

Get the recipe for Caramel Apple Cupcakes.

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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!

Get the recipe for Giant Cupcake Pumpkin.

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Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Chocolaty FrostingTaste of Home

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?

Get the recipe for Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Chocolaty Frosting.

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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.

Get the recipe for Sour Candy Cupcakes.

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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 favourite cupcakes, then embellish with neon frosting, sprinkles and candy-created eyes.

Get the recipe for Eyes On You.

Next, check out 10 Halloween candy recipes you can conjure up at home.

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