Halloween cupcake decorating ideas give you a chance to create a spooky assortment of Halloween cupcakes that you can share with trick-or-treaters, your children’s classmates, family, friends, and yourself (of course!).
With these Halloween cupcake decorating ideas, you will design the most unique Halloween cupcakes that feature stunning artistic elements consisting of ghosts, bats, black cats, witches, spiders, spider webs, graveyard themes, and more.
Not only will these cupcakes look spooktacular, but you also have the opportunity to indulge in moist and delicious sweets. Now who said that you can’t have your “cupcake” and eat it too?
You can use a variety of edible or non-edible decorative touches to create expert artistry. From fondant to gum paste to sprinkles to toppers – it’s all covered here.
Although some of these Halloween cupcake decorating ideas may appear too sophisticated, don’t worry because even a beginner can handle these tips and techniques.
With these Halloween cupcake designs, you are sure to dazzle everyone.
Be creative and don’t be afraid to mix and match different themes. For instance, you may combine a ghost with a graveyard theme.
That’s the beauty about decorating – it’s a form of expression and you can come up with new ideas on how to decorate Halloween cupcakes to project an eerie glow.
Happy Halloween and enjoy these boo-tiful Halloween cupcake decorating ideas that are absolutely spellbinding.
Before getting started on creating your wickedly delicious Halloween cupcakes, here are some Halloween themes to choose from.
Halloween Cupcake Decorating Themes
- Black Cat
- Black Roses
- Boiling Cauldron
- Creepy Crawler Worms
- Ghost in the Graveyard
- Haunted House
- Jack O’ Lantern
- Severed Finger
- Skeleton Hand
- Spider Webs
- Tombstone featuring RIP
- Witch’s Hat
- Witch Legs
Halloween Cupcake Making Supplies
- Ready-to-Use Icing by Wilton in white or chocolate.
- Ready-to-Decorate Icings by Wilton – Available in black, blue, green, orange, pink, red, violet, white, and yellow.
- Dusting Powders – Powdered sugar or cocoa powder.
- Edible Decorations – Please see detailed list down below.
- Wilton 12 Icing Colors Set – Consists of the following colors in ½ ounce jars: Kelly Green, Violet, Pink, Brown, Lemon Yellow, Black, No-Taste Red, Royal Blue, Golden Yellow, Burgundy, Teal, and Copper (Light Skintone). Simply add to fondant to create the desired color.
- Fondant – Fondant is used to decorate or sculpt pastries. Wilton carries a Ready-to-Use White Rolled Fondant product.
- Gum Paste – Gum paste is essentially sugar dough made from powdered sugar, egg whites, and vegetable gum. Gum paste can be used to make flowers, bows, ribbons, and figurines. It is available through Wilton.
- Kopykake Frosting Sheets – Kopykake frosting sheets may be used to put edible pictures on your cupcakes. For cupcakes, consider purchasing 2″ circle frosting sheets. Make sure you use edible ink when printing. The edible ink is basically a food coloring ink. You can download images from the internet for free. Print the image on the frosting sheets and cut out each image using scissors. First, you’ll frost the cupcakes.
Next, place a 2″ circle frosting sheet circle image on top of each cupcake. It almost melts right into it and the details stay intact. You can’t taste the frosting paper, which is a bonus. You can do custom Halloween messages, such as “Beware” or “Boo.” Keep the frosting sheets in plastic wrap until you’re ready to use them so they remain fresh. The cupcakes will look professionally made and this is worth the investment because you can use these frosting sheets to decorate cupcakes and other sweets for every holiday. Please note that the edible ink cartridges are compatible with Epson and Canon printers.
- Edible Rice Paper Sheets – If you are on a budget and want an alternative to Kopykake Frosting Sheets, you may use rice paper sheets.However, keep in mind that frosting sheets look better than rice paper sheets in terms of how the design appears on the cupcakes.
- Halloween Cookie Shapes Pan – This pan may be used to make Halloween cookies in the following designs: pumpkin, spider, cat, boiling pot, tombstone, bat, monster, haunted house, candy corn, and ghost.After making the cookies, you may frost them and insert them into the cupcake for that extra special decorative touch.
- Cupcake Molds – Tovolo Halloween Spatulart silicon cupcake molds are a durable and waste-free alternative to standard cupcake pans or baking cups. They come in a set of 12 and feature six different Halloween designs consisting of a bat, witch, cauldron, black cat, ghost, and spider with spider web. It is heat resistant to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. With these molds, you do not need to use a cupcake pan and they are reusable and dish washer safe.
- Standard Cupcake Pan, Skull Cupcake Pan, and Pumpkin Cupcake Pan.
- Palette Knife – Helpful for lifting and cutting fondant.
- Rolling Pin – Preferably non-stick; used to roll out pastes.
- Dresden Tool – To help you make markings on paste. Ideal for working with fondant icing, royal icing, and marzipan to add simple details to enhance cakes, flowers, and models.
- Shears – Occasionally needed for cutting paste.
- Tooth Picks – To help with fine details, such as to fan out rose petals.
- Wire Cooling Rack – Rest your cupcake pan(s) on this rack and allow them to cool before decorating.
Halloween Cupcake Decorating Supplies
- Baking Cups
- Cupcake Wrappers (laser cut cupcake wrappers, non-laser cut cupcake wrappers, other creative cupcake wrapper ideas)
- Cupcake Boxes
- Cupcake Picks, Rings, and Toppers
- Halloween Pretzel Molds
Baking cups are available in the following designs:
- Black Cat, Ghost, and Pumpkin
- Candy Corn
- Happy Halloween
- Spider and Spider Web
- Trick or Treat
Cupcake wrappers are available in the following designs (laser cut):
- Black Skull and Crossbones
- Black Ghosts, Boo, and RIP
- Black Cat and Pumpkin Haunted Manor
- Orange Pumpkin
- Spider Web
- White Ghosts, Boo, and RIP
Cupcake wrappers are available in the following designs (non-laser cut):
- Black Cat and Pumpkin
- Black Crow
- Candy Corn
Other Creative Cupcake Wrapper Ideas:
- Halloween cupcake wrapper templates can be downloaded on the internet for free.
- If you are feeling very creative, you may create your own cupcake wrappers. Here is a sample idea of a “Happy Halloween” cupcake wrapper you can make, along with the necessary supplies and detailed instructions.
- Materials/Supplies needed to make the cupcake wrapper are a sturdy piece of purple or orange scrapbook paper (solid or pattern), a wrapper template, a pencil, sharp scissors, transparent tape, and a glue stick.
- Supplies needed to create the “Happy Halloween” embellishment are white or orange solid scrapbook paper, black scrapbook paper, zig-zag pattern scissors, black pen or a calligraphy pen to write the “Happy Halloween” message. You may also print the message using your computer in a Calligraphy font style.
- Instructions for making the wrapper:
- Step 1: using a pencil, trace the wrapper pattern onto the scrapbook paper and cut it out.
- Step 2: assemble the wrapper by fastening the ends together with tape.
- Step 3: for the embellishment, draw a 1 ½” wide x ¾” tall oval shape on the scrapbook paper and cut it out. Using a black pen or a calligraphy pen, write “Happy Halloween” in the center of the oval. If are using your computer to create this message, you may draw the oval using the drawing tools and type “Happy Halloween” in the center of the oval. Print and cut out the shape. Next, cut another oval shape slightly larger than the first using zig-zag scissors. Glue both ovals together with the larger black oval in the background.
- Step 4: Attach the glued ovals to the front of the cupcake wrapper using a glue stick.
- Candy Corn
- Ghosts, Bats, Spiders, and Black Cats
- Wilton Haunted Manor black cupcake boxes featuring Silver Bats and Scrolls, along with a sign that reads, “Warning: Eat at Your Own Risk”
Cupcake picks, rings, and toppers are available in the following designs:
- Black Cat
- Grasping Monster Hand
- Halloween Umbrella
- Haunted House
- Jack O’ Lantern
- Metallic Pumpkin
- Witch’s Finger
- Witch’s Hat
Halloween Cupcake Decorations – Edible
Cupcake sprinkles are available in the following designs:
- Bat Confetti Sprinkle Mix (black bats and orange jimmies)
- Black Cat Confetti Sprinkles
- Bone Shaped Confetti Sprinkles
- Ghosts and Bats Confetti Sprinkles
- Nonpareils and Sugar Sprinkles (in black, blue, orange, and purple colors)
- Pumpkin Sprinkle Mix (orange pumpkins, white jimmies, purple jimmies, and green jimmies)
- Skull Confetti Sprinkles
- Spider Sprinkle Mix
- Tiny Ghosts Confetti Sprinkles
Other edible decorative touches and ideas consist of the following:
- Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts – Used for making eyes on cupcakes that feature a spider, monster, mummy, or vampire design, for example.
- Black String Lace Licorice – Can be used to make a black cat’s whiskers, spider legs, or witch hair. Simply cut to desired length and add to the cupcake.
- Candy Corn – Can be used to make a black cat’s eyes or vampire fangs, for example.
- Chocolate Milano Cookies or Chocolate Graham Crackers – Can be used as a tombstone and you can write scary messages, like “Boo” or “RIP” “Turn Back” or “Buried Alive” on the cookies or crackers.
- Chocolate Shortbread Cookies and Chocolate Hershey Kisses – The cookies are perfect for making the flat part of the witch’s hat and the Hershey Kiss serves as the top pointed part of the hat. Sprinkle the hat with orange colored sugar sprinkles.
- Chocolate Wafers – Crush the wafers and sprinkle on frosted cupcakes to give the appearance that there is dirt. This is perfect for a cemetery theme and you can add a cookie tombstone on top with “RIP” written on it.
- Gummy Worms – Position them in the cupcake by poking a hole in the center and pushing the gummy worm half way in so the worm appears to be slithering out of the cupcake.
- Jellied Fruit Slices and Gum Drops – Ideal for making eyes and noses. Simply cut the jellied fruit slices or gum drops in half and press into the top of the cupcake.
- Jelly Beans – Used for making eyes.
- Life Savers Candy – You can file the hole of a piece of Life Savers candy with a small round black jelly bean and make eyes.
- M&Ms – Can be used for making eyes or a nose.
- Marshmallows – Can be used for making eyes. Use a mini marshmallow and create a pupil by painting on melted chocolate. For a large eye, push the chocolate chip (tip down) into a regular-size marshmallow and use Gummi Tape candy to make an eyelid. You can also use mini marshmallows as teeth by putting 5 along the bottom of a cupcake.
- Oreo Cookies – Oreo cookies may be used to make spiders. Open the cookie and add four pieces of black string lace licorice on each side (total of eight legs; cut in equal lengths). Close the cookie. For the eyes, add two dots of green icing. Place the cookie on top of a frosted cupcake.
- Peppermint Candy (Swirls and Sticks) – Peppermint candy swirls may be used for making eyes and the peppermint candy sticks may be used for witch legs. To make pupils, dot the peppermint swirls with a drop of dark icing. To make the boots on the witch legs, microwave a Tootsie Roll on high for about 8 seconds and mold into the shape of a boot. Allow the Tootsie Roll to slightly cool and while still soft insert the peppermint stick into the top of the boot. To draw boot laces onto each cooled Tootsie Roll boot, use yellow gel frosting. Allow it to dry and then insert two witch legs, boot side up into each cupcake.
- Pretzel Rods – Pretzel rods may be inserted into cupcakes. To make a chocolate covered Halloween design on a pretzel rod, you may use a Halloween pretzel mold in a haunted house, mummy, skeleton fingers, or witch fingers design. Making the chocolate molds is relatively easy. Place Wilton chocolate candy melts inside a microwave safe bowl. Warm it up in the microwave for 30 second increments until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir the melted chocolate. Using a food paint brush, paint the inside of each mold with chocolate making sure you fill all of the crevices. Next, fill each mold half full of melted chocolate. Place a pretzel rod into the slot designed for the pretzel. The pretzel should be floating centered in the mold, sitting on top of the half filled chocolate. Fill the rest of each mold to the top with melted chocolate. Allow the chocolate pretzel rods to cool for two or three hours until the chocolate is solid. Using care, pop each chocolate pretzel out of the mold. Insert into frosted cupcakes.
- Red Food Coloring – Red frosting may be used to make vein patterns for eyes on cupcakes. Using a pastry bag, pipe the red frosting on the tops of the cupcake in vein patterns. Try to make the veins radiate from the center of the cupcake to make the bloodshot appearance more realistic.
- Sugar Cones (Chocolate) – Can be used to make a witch’s hat. Place an inverted sugar cone on top of a frosted cupcake.
These are used to decorate pretzel rods and can be placed in cupcakes as a decorative touch.
They are available in the following designs:
- Haunted House
- Skeleton Fingers
- Witch Fingers
Decorating Tips for Brain, Mummy, Rat, and Witch Cupcakes
- Brain – To make the brain color pinkish gray, mix a drop of red and black food coloring into the frosting. Using a pastry bag and a large round tip, pipe the frosting in a squiggly pile on the half of a cupcake top. Do the same to the other half. The idea is to give the appearance of two hemispheres.
- Mummy – To make the basketweave design, use buttercream icing and pipe long bands using the smooth side of Wilton Decorating Basketweave Icing Tip #47. Leave a small gap in the center to make room for the eyes.
- Rat – To make chocolate rats, you will need the following ingredients: 8 strawberries (stems removed), sliced almonds, slivered almonds, 7 ounces dipping chocolate, ½ cup black sugar sprinkles, yellow and brown candy-coated chocolate covered sunflower seeds, and black string lace licorice.
- Instructions for making chocolate rats:
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Trim a small piece from one side of each strawberry to enable it to rest horizontally on the parchment paper.
- To make the ears, insert 2 sliced almonds about 1″ from the pointed end of the strawberry.
- Insert a fork into the wide end of the strawberry and spoon melted chocolate coating it entirely. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off.
- Sprinkle the chocolate coated strawberry with black sugar sprinkles and then place it on the cookie sheet.
- For the eyes, add the yellow candies.
- To make the teeth, add two slivered almonds and use the brown candies to make the nose.
- Repeat this process with the remaining strawberries. Chill until firm.
- Make a hole using a toothpick in the back side of the chocolate covered strawberry and insert one end of a 4″ piece of black string lace licorice for the tail.
- Place the finished rat on top of a frosted cupcake and serve.
- Witch – Create unique witch cupcakes by using a rubber stamp that features a silhouette of a witch. Using a round cookie cutter, cut fondant into circles and leave out overnight to allow the circles to harden a bit. Paint the rubber stamp with black food coloring and press the image onto the circles. If there are bare spots that weren’t covered in food coloring, use a small paintbrush dipped in food coloring to fill in those areas. Prior to serving, place the stamped fondant circles on top of the frosted cupcakes so it adheres.
Halloween Cupcake Stands
- Halloween Skull and Bones
- Haunted Manor
- Orange Pumpkin
- Pick Your Poison
- Trick or Treat
Transporting Baked Cupcakes
You don’t want to ruin all the great effort and care you put into making these frightful Halloween cupcakes.
If you need to transport a lot of cupcakes, consider using a cupcake carrier.
You can find tiered cupcake carriers that accommodate anywhere from 24 to 36 cupcakes and it collapses to half its original height. It’s very handy to have. The lid features a carrying handle for easy transport and it’s secured to the base with attached clips.
And now I leave you with a snippet of a Halloween poem written by Rowena Bennett:
The Witch of Willowby Wood
There once was a witch of Willowby Wood,
and a weird wild witch was she, with hair that was snarled,
and hands that were gnarled, and a kickety, rickety knee.
She could jump, they say, to the moon and back,
but this I never did see.