Halloween, a time to delight in all things gross, creepy, scary and spooky – and then lace that with a gallon of sugar. What’s not to love? Kids and adults alike come together in costume. Some may even call this a party, and do you know what every party needs? Cupcakes! Here are some of the best Halloween cupcakes to keep your guests scary and sweet.

1. Gruesome Zombie Finger Cupcakes

They may want to eat our brains, but jokes on them, because we’re gonna devour their fingers! I hear they’re made of fondant.

2. Grave Digger Cupcakes

Hey, these skeletons look like they want to join the festivities too! What’s a little cupcake graveyard without some creepy high fivers?

3. Spider Cupcakes

These are a little tamer by not being so ridden with death and gore, but frig sakes I hate spiders. Bleh bleh bleh! Creep factor, 9/10! But they sure are pretty and made of sugar, so exceptions will be made.

4. Marshmallow Web Cupcakes

I’m just gonna wrap this one up real quick so we can move beyond spiders and regain some mental peace…however, these sticky marshmallow web cupcakes are way too cool not to try out at home!

5. Bloody Eyeball Cupcakes

Nothing says home-baked love quite like bloody eyeballs.

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6. Black Cat Cupcakes

Poor black kitties get such a bad rap for being part of some superstitious rumors for decades now! But now it’s Halloween season and it’s the black cat’s time to shine (or you know…be spooky in the dark). Whatever the reason, they’ve become a token image for Halloween and one cute/spooky/superstitious cupcake indulgence.

7. Monster Cupcakes

There’s a few different ways to go about “monsters”. Yes, I realize it’s Halloween and guts and gore are super cool, but personally – I’m still a sucker for the cute stuff. Candy floss hair? Yeah, that’s freaking adorable.

8. Brain Cupcakes

Body parts are just a weird part of Halloween because brains and guts are creepy (unless you’re a neurologist, in which case – you do you). These are as simple as they get, with just basic icing technique. If you’re short on time and cupcake decorating skills, then brains away!

9. Vampire Bite Cupcakes

If Buffy The Vampire Slayer taught us anything, it’s that vampires are scary and bad, and must be stopped. Then the Twilight Saga happened and suddenly everyone thought vampires were sweet, misunderstood romantics stuck in teen angst forever. Well, lets go with the classic take on vampires where they suck your blood and kill you and celebrate those creeps with cupcakes. It’s called tradition.

10. Broken Glass Cupcakes

Don’t you love food with a story? Ones that allude to so much more than you’re seeing? Like “why’s the glass broken?” “Oh my gosh there’s blood everywhere!” and undoubtedly a murder scene to follow. Now who doesn’t want to celebrate that with a cupcake?

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11. Dug Up Skeleton Cupcakes

Created with craft store skeletons and of course, cake and frosting – these are creepy as heck, yet they couldn’t be easier!

Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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