Halloween Cupcakes & Halloween Cupcake Ideas

How to Make Halloween Cupcakes

October 15th, 2022

How to Make Halloween Cupcakes with 5 easy and fun decorating ideas! I have included a step-by-step video, lists of all the equipment you’ll need, as well as all my best tips and tricks, for the most adorable, fun Halloween Cupcakes ever.

These are SO MUCH fun and surprisingly easy! She shows you exactly how to do it and what you'll need!

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With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to learn How to Make Halloween Cupcakes that are simple, fun, and so adorable!

I love sharing fun yet easy decorating ideas for cupcakes, cakes, and cookies.

Decorating can be intimidating, between the level of skill or equipment involved – so I have broken these spooky Halloween Cupcakes down into easy-to-follow steps, as well as a video showing each step – because I don’t know about you, but that’s always the best way I learn something new!

These cupcakes are so fun for your Halloween party dessert table – or set up all the equipment and buttercream, and let your guests decorate their own. So fun, and you know the kids would love it.

I hope you’ll give these spooktacular treats a try this Halloween!

a collection of five fun Halloween cupcakes, all decorated differently

How to Make Halloween Cupcakes

The Best Buttercream for Halloween Cupcakes

I used my Best Buttercream Recipe for each of these cupcakes. You can alternatively use my Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting if you’re making a darker-colored cupcake (like the Spiderweb option below). For ALL of my best tips, tricks, and advice on buttercream, I highly recommend you download my FREE guide here. 

What Cupcake Recipe Should I Use for Halloween Cupcakes? 

Halloween Cupcake Decoration Ideas

Candy Corn Swirl Cupcakes

a cupcake frosted to look like candy corn

A super simple approach to Halloween Cupcakes! Simply split a batch of buttercream between three mixing bowls, leaving one bowl white, and coloring one yellow and one orange. Spoon each into one side of a piping bag, like I do in method 3 of this Swirled Cupcake Frosting tutorial. Squeeze the buttercream back out into a mixing bowl until all three colors appear before piping onto the cupcakes.

What you’ll need:

Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes

cupcake frosted to look like a spiderweb it on top
This one is a super pretty Halloween Cupcake, in the spookiest way! To get really dark buttercream, start with a chocolate buttercream, then add black gel food coloring. Melt down white candy melts and transfer to a squeeze bottle with a small hole, or a piping bag with a tiny hole snipped. On a piece of parchment, pipe out small spiderweb designs. Let them set in the fridge for about 10 minutes before peeling off and placing on the buttercream. Add a few plastic spiders for extra effect.

What you’ll need:

Spooky Ghost Cupcakes

a cupcake with buttercream piped to resemble a ghost
This is a ridiculously quick and simple Halloween Cupcake, and you might even have everything you need on hand! Simply pipe a swirl of white buttercream using a round piping tip, and add mini chocolate chips for eyes, and a regular-sized chocolate chip for the mouth. So fun!

What you’ll need:

Frankenstein Cupcakes

a cupcake with frosting and decorations to look like Frankenstein's monster
These are SO fun and festive I can’t get over it. Unfortunately, I can’t take the credit for this Halloween Cupcake idea; I first saw it on Pinterest via Your Cup of Cake and knew I had to include this method in this post. I found large candy eyes at my local baking supply store, but I’ve also linked below to Wilton’s version, which you can find at most craft stores and some supermarkets during this time of year. If you can’t find them, feel free to use chocolate chips or M&Ms. I also cheated a little and used Wilton’s Red Decorator Gel for the scar, which ended up being a little goopy but was super easy.

What you’ll need:

Mummy Cupcakes

halloween cupcake frosted to look like a mummy
These are super fun Halloween Cupcakes, too! I ended up using a petal decorating tip to get the mummy cloth-wrapped effect. For this, I actually added extra vanilla extract to the plain buttercream to tint it a little, so the color looked more “worn” like a mummy’s cloth. This one takes a little practice to get the cloth strips right, so try it out a few times on parchment paper then scrape the frosting back into the bowl before actually frosting the cupcakes.

What you’ll need:

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Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Maria — March 23, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I made these cupcakes for my friends children and they were a big hit. They were so easy to make and decorate.
    Thanks for these ideas.

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    Amy — November 16, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Just had to tell you that these were ADORABLE! I’d never truly *decorated* a cupcake before (just slapped some canned frosting on and maybe stuck a candy or pick in ’em)… but decided to make the effort and just SEE if I could do some fun ones for our 7-year-old’s baseball team’s Halloween Party. I decided to do the Mummy, Frankenstein and Spider ones. It was quite the ordeal for me, a new baker, but I survived… and had fun doing it! Word of caution: do NOT try decorating these in the morning with *too* much coffee if you’re already a little nervous about it – HA! They really turned out cute, and I’d do them again (maybe not make quite as many, though…)! Thank you for having the idea, the pictures and the step-by-step how-to on your website!!

    (I’m going to try your Sweet Potato Rolls for Thanksgiving with the family… fingers crossed!)

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      Tessa — November 17, 2016 at 9:46 am

      I’m so happy to hear that, Amy!! Thanks so much for your comment. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving xo

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    Lynne — October 27, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Frankenstein is my favorite.

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    Mollie — October 16, 2016 at 10:52 am

    These Halloween cupcakes are adorable. Can’t wait to make them for a Halloween potluck. Was wondering what to bring and these are perfect. Thanks for sharing

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      Tessa — October 16, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Yay!! Let me know how they turn out! If you take a photo tag me on Instagram or Facebook so I can see 🙂

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    Ethan — October 16, 2016 at 7:09 am

    The Frankenstein cupcake is my favorite! I am six years old

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    Heather @ Boston Girl Bakes — October 15, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Oh Tessa love all of them! And I have a Halloween party I am throwing so totally making them all!

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