32 Cute & Spooky Halloween Cupcake Recipes

Make this Halloween extra sweet.

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Halloween is all about candy, but that's not the only sweet we'll be eating come October 31. These Halloween cupcakes are just as tasty and way cuter than Halloween candy alone. And with recipes for Almond Joy cupcakes and Reese's stuffed cupcakes, you truly get the best of both worlds.

For all the thrill-seeking bakers out there, you'll love our recipes for glowing cupcakes and blood drip cupcakes. They might just be too spooky to eat (emphasis on the word "might"). No matter your party theme, we've got tons of fun cupcake decorating ideas, like our Cinderella cupcakes, Belle cupcakes, and even apple cupcakes for all you Snow Whites. If you're all caught up on Stranger Things, our Christmas light cupcakes will turn your get-together upside down.

And if you're baking boozy treats for the 21+ crowd, we've got you more than covered. Try our Baileys cupcakes, Moscow Mule cupcakes, and Kahlúa cupcakes to really liven things up.

Looking to scare up more goodies? Check out our Halloween cookies, grown-up Halloween party food, and Halloween cocktails. If you need help with your Halloween decorations, we've also got plenty of tips on how to decorate your car for trunk-or-treating, pumpkin carving ideas, and Halloween party decorations that will turn any house into a haunted house. And if you'll be celebrating the Day of the Dead (Día de Los Muertos), check out all of our favorite Day of the Dead recipes!

sorting hat cupcakes
Parker Feierbach
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Sorting Hat Cupcakes

The Sorting Hat knows all, and now it can even put us mere muggles into a Hogwarts house. Grab yourself a Butterbeer hot cocoa and take a bite of your cupcake to discover what house you belong in!

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candy corn cupcakes
Naomi Robinson
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Candy Corn Ghost Cupcakes

Mimic the layers of candy corn you love so much with these adorable cupcakes. Even candy corn-haters will love these guys.

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sweet potato pie cupcakes
Parker Feierbach
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Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes

Sweet potato pie is a given at Thanksgiving, and it can feel a little weird baking it the rest of the year. Not so when you turn it into cupcakes! This easy recipe uses boxed cake mix to make some of the tastiest cupcakes we've ever had, and we're enjoying them all year long.

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blood drip cupcakes
Naomi Robinson
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Blood Drip Cupcakes

Channel your inner vampire with these deliciously gory cupcakes. The secret? Glass candy and red food-dyed corn syrup!

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cinderella cupcakes
Chelsea Lupkin
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Cinderella Cupcakes

These cupcakes are simply magical. All the princesses at your Halloween party will love these and our Belle cupcakes.

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almond joy cupcakes
Jonathan Boulton
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Almond Joy Cupcakes

Candy-inspired cupcakes are the way to go this Halloween. Take any and all of your favorite leftover candies and let them inspire all your cupcake creations!

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pumpkin spice cupcakes
Parker Feierbach
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

If you're looking for a perfect pumpkin cupcake, look no further. These easy sweets are full of pumpkin spice and topped with a simple cream cheese frosting. We love it topped with some cinnamon sugar, but more pumpkin spice would also be delicious.

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kahlua cupcakes
Parker Feierbach
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Kahlua Cupcakes

Sure, Kahlúa is great in coffee, but it's even better in cupcakes. We added both coffee and Kahlúa to a boxed cake mix for a true triple threat. Top them off with a chocolate-covered espresso bean.

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rainbow swirl cupcakes
John Komar
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Rainbow Swirl Cupcakes

Taste the rainbow with showstopper cupcake recipe. Check out our video to see how we made the swirl!

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frappucino cupcakes
Parker Feierbach
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Frappuccino Cupcakes

If you're obsessed with Frappuccinos like we are, then you will absolutely love this cupcake. Coffee goes into both the cupcake and the frosting. If you skip your morning joe and reach for one of these, we won't tell 😉.

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glowing mini cupcakes
Ethan calabrese
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Glowing Mini Cupcakes

You can use any cupcake recipe for the cake portion here; the key is really the frosting glaze. The secret to their eery glow? A Jell-O-tonic water glaze gives these treats their spooky look.

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Jonathan Boulton
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Christmas Lights Cupcakes

Having a Stranger Things-themed party? You need to make these cupcakes. And if you're hungry for more, try our Stranger Things-inspired sheet cake!

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Boozy Pecan Pie Cupcakes

We looove pecan pie, but we gotta admit, it's not the easiest to make. These cupcakes have all the pecan pie flavors we love (plus whiskey!), and they're a total cinch to make. Smell ya later, pie crust.

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carrot cake cupcakes
Parker feierbach
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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot cake is great. But carrot cake cupcakes? Even better. Every bite is filled with warm spice and sweet carrots. And the cupcakes are topped with delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

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Churro Cupcakes

These cinnamon-sugar cupcakes use melted butter, which makes them taste more like the fried treat they are topped with. If you can't find frozen or premade churros, you can always make our easy churro recipe!

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cheesecake stuffed cupcakes
Parker feierbach
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Cheesecake Stuffed Cupcakes

Never again will we have to choose between a cheesecake or a cupcake. Adding cubes of a frozen store-bought cheesecake makes stuffing these cupcakes before baking easy and impressive.

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belle cupcakes
Jonathan Boulton
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Belle Cupcakes

Every Halloween party always has its fair share of princesses. So why not show off your favorite princess with these and our Cinderella cupcakes?

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Ice Cream Stuffed Cupcakes

We can't stop stuffing cupcakes with all our favorite fillings, and ice cream had to be next on our list. The flavor combos are truly endless here: chocolate cupcakes with vanilla ice cream is classic, but we can't wait to stuff some red velvet cupcakes with red velvet ice cream.

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Mike Garten
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Ice Cream Cupcakes

This easy, chill treat only requires three ingredients: your favorite cookie, ice cream, and magic shell. We use Oreos, but get creative with pretzels, sugar cones, graham crackers, vanilla wafers—you decide!

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campfire cupcakes
Chelsea lupkin
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Campfire Cupcakes

We opted for using a boxed devil's food cake mix so we could really focus on these adorable toppings, but feel free to use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe. Ghost stories not included.

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cinnamon toast crunch cupcakes
Parker feierbach
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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

Any time we can bring a nostalgic childhood cereal flavor to our baked goods, we are going to do it. We triple down on the favorite cereal by crushing it into the batter, the frosting, and packing in plenty of cinnamon and cinnamon sugar.

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moscow mule cupcakes
Parker feierbach
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Moscow Mule Cupcakes

To make these cupcakes really feel like a Moscow mule in dessert form, we pour ginger beer straight into the cupcake batter—a hack that lets you skip the eggs, oil, and water that the boxed cake mix calls for, while packing in plenty of gingery flavor. Don't worry, we didn't forget the vodka—it's in the frosting!

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cannoli cupcakes
Parker feierbach
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Cannoli Cupcakes

Let's be the real: The filling of the cannoli is the best part, and that's why these cupcakes are so amazing. If you love stuffed cupcakes, then you really need to try these ice cream stuffed cupcakes.

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neapolitan cupcakes
Parker feierbach
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Neapolitan Cupcakes

The classic ice cream flavor combination of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate is now in cupcake form. These are perfect for when you can't decide which flavor cupcake to make. Want more Neapolitan fun? Try our Neapolitan Bundt cake.

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s'mores cupcakes
Parker feierbach
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S'mores Cupcakes

Fact: S'mores are the best; there's no denying it. And now you can have everything you love about s'mores—buttery graham crackers, melty chocolate, and toasted marshmallow—in a cupcake!

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apple cupcakes
Alexa Payesko
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Apple Cupcakes

We'll bob for these babies any day! We use a vanilla cake mix for these precious cupcakes, but feel free to go all the way with our apple pie cupcake recipe as the base.

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Brittany Conerly
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Red Velvet Cupcakes

The best part about these is the cream cheese and mascarpone frosting. As with most baked goods, room temperature ingredients will go a long way. Set your eggs and buttermilk on the counter before you preheat your oven to ensure your batter comes together nicely.

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reeses stuffed cupcakes
Jon Boulton
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Reese's Stuffed Cupcakes

Everyone loves a surprise, especially when that surprise is a Reese's. Save some mini Reese's from their candy bowl fate and put 'em in cupcakes instead.

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coffee cupcakes with condensed milk frosting
Chelsea Lupkin
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Coffee Cupcakes with Condensed Milk Frosting

These cupcakes remind us of a Vietnamese coffee and are *the* perfect afternoon treat. With the addition of both brewed coffee and instant espresso, they certainly don't lack in the coffee flavor department. The condensed milk frosting is a great (less sweet!) alternative to the classic American buttercream.

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Tres Leches Coconut Cupcakes

We love a classic tres leches cake, so we added in some coconut milk to make these cupcakes extra decadent. They're not overly sweet and the perfect light bite to end a day on!

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