15 Halloween Cupcake Ideas For When You Want Something Other Than Candy

As much as Halloween may be about getting spooked and scared watching horror films and going into haunted houses, it’s also about the food. Sure, the candy may be an important aspect of the holiday, but Halloween cupcake ideas will always have a special place in our hearts as well. Even if you’re past your trick-or-treating prime, there’s nothing like a sweet treat to help you celebrate All Hallow’s Eve the right way.

Whether you’re looking for a delightfully spooky dessert recipe, or you just want to add even more pumpkin to your diet, you can’t go wrong with a seasonal and festive cupcake. Stock up on all the best Halloween candy for sure — but don’t just limit your holiday treat selection to what you can buy in bulk at your local drugstore. Homemade goods are never the same as store-bought — but hey, you can still use that candy to top some freshly baked cupcakes as well.

Spiders, skeletons, and more aren’t so scary when they’re edible (or topping a tasty treat), and pumpkin-flavored baked goods never seem to go out of style (at least for the month of October, anyway). Give these 15 cupcake recipes a shot — you’re in for more treat than trick.

1. Witches' Brew Cupcakes

Skip the stereotypical witch's hat cupcakes, and opt for something different. House of Yumm uses gum balls to mimic a witch's cauldron.

2. Candy-Topped Cupcakes

Put that festively colored candy to good use with The Kitchn's Halloween cupcake recipe.

3. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes With Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

Marshmallow butter cream is the perfect match for pumpkin spice. We could eat Averie Cooks' cupcakes any day.

4. Itty-Bitty Bat Cupcakes

Sometimes there's just nothing better than a cute dessert, like Bakerella's batty cupcakes.

5. Chocolate Cupcakes With Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Filling

We're all about A Farmgirl's Dabbles' pumpkin spice marshmallow filling instead.

6. Spider Web Cupcakes

Ari's Menu shows that making a cool spiderweb design on your cupcakes really doesn't have to be hard at all.

7. Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting has a special place in our hearts, and this version by Brown Eyed Baker takes the cake. Tip: to give your cupcakes some spooky flair, use chocolate chips to make ghost eyes with your frosting.

8. Candy Corn Cupcakes

Even if you're dubious of candy corn itself, Damn Delicious' simple vanilla cupcakes are sure to please.

9. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

The only thing that would make Table for Two's PSL cupcakes taste better would be eating them with a PSL.

10. Quick And Easy Creepy Cupcakes

Have fun with your toppings! Bakerella proves that baking up some scary treats isn't hard with these orange frosting-topped cupcakes.

11. Black Velvet Cupcakes

Red velvet is really just chocolate anyway, but calling Simmer & Boyle's Halloween cupcakes "black velvet" just makes them sound so much cooler.

12. Skeleton Cupcakes

If you're one for presentation, then it's simply irresistible to make Your Cup of Cake's skeleton treats.

13. Halloween Cauldron Cupcakes

Some frosting magic makes Cookies and Cups' mini red velvet cupcakes even cuter.

14. Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Latte Cupcakes

Cinnamon and sugar do wonders to make A Farmgirl's Dabbles' pumpkin latte cupcakes divine.

15. Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

A touch of cinnamon evokes images of crisp autumn days. Pair that with cream cheese in Damn Delicious' frosting recipe, and you're in for something truly delicious.

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