From creepy, crawly spiders to spooky ghosts, there's plenty of creative ways to doctor up your next batch of cupcakes to get in that Halloween spirit. Start with one of our delicious from-scratch cupcake recipes, and have some fun when it comes time to decorate. From scream-worthy sprinkles to clever frosting techniques, here are some of our favorite cute, seasonal ways to decorate your Hallowen cupcakes.

By Sara Tane and Sara Tane
Updated May 16, 2017
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Sometimes the best Halloween treats are simply the ones that are decorated the best. When it comes to cupcakes, it's all about the finishing touches and toppings, and we've gathered some of our favorite fun ways to doll up your next batch to get your spooky Halloween spirit on. Black icing, creepy eyes, crumbled candy bars... there's no saying as to what we won't put on a cupcake in the name of Halloween deliciousness. Before your (or your kids') next Halloween party, choose from one of our top-rated cupcake recipes, and get craftin' with some of our best Halloween-ready decorating ideas.

Mini Ghost Cupcakes

So adorable it actually hurts. And better yet, these darling one-bite, ghost-topped mini cupcakes could not be easier to whip up. Just make your miniature cupcakes (you can use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe or go for a box of cake mix), let them cool, pipe on tall peaks of whipped topping, and then finish your ghosts with chocolate chip eyes and mouths. If you're looking for a last-minute Halloween treat, these little ghostly chocolate cakes are where it's at.

Little Monster Cupcakes

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All the right candies, assembled in a not-too-scary formation for the wee ones. These playful cupcakes are a great kitchen activity to let the kids get in on a little Halloween fun. Bake the cupcakes, and while they cool, put out bowls of various colored frostings and candies so that everyone can craft their own funny monster faces.

Chocolate Spider Cupcakes

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The decoration looks super intricate, but it's actually way easier than it lets on. Simply frost in white icing, then pipe black icing in concentric circles and drag a toothpick through them to create the webbed effect. These spooky cupcakes are a perfect addition for a grown-up Halloween spread, but to keep them kid-friendly, just leave the bourbon out of the frosting.

Black Kitty Cat Cupcakes

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This might be one of the few times you won't mind a black cat crossing your path. These Hallow-kitty inspired cupcakes are the cutest way to put those sometimes hard-to-love jellybeans and black licorice to good use.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts

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Did somebody say "boo?" This is another, slightly more advanced, way to give your cakes a ghostly topper. But save your fear for Halloween, these towering meringue ghosts are actually quite simple to make. Finish them off with candy eyes or a couple dots of black icing, and they will be costume party-ready.