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10 Scary Good Ways to Decorate Halloween Desserts


October 22, 2023

With Halloween right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about how to make your spooky celebration extra special! While costumes and decorations are a key part of the fun Halloween festivities, desserts are the perfect way to bring extra creepy vibes to the holiday.

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just want to treat your family to something special, here are 10 scary-good ways to decorate Halloween desserts that will have everyone shrieking with delight. From adorable pumpkins to creepy-crawly cupcakes, these 10 scary good dessert decorations are sure to make your Halloween even more frightfully fun and delicious.

Frosting Pumpkins

Making pumpkins out of frosting is a great way to decorate your cupcakes for Halloween. Pumpkins are a classic symbol of Halloween, and they are super easy to make out of frosting. All you need to make these pumpkins are a few basic supplies, such as an icing bag, a selection of small tips, orange, yellow, and brown food coloring, and a round container of frosting.

To make your pumpkins, start by coloring the frosting with yellow and orange food coloring. You can either use store-bought frosting or make your own! To color your frosting, divide it into 3 different bowls, and (using food coloring) color the bowls brown, orange, and green.

Then, using a round tip, pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes in a circular shape. Next, switch to a smaller round tip and pipe two curved lines up and down the center of the circle, forming the ridges of the pumpkin. Finally, use a thin tip to pipe the swirly pumpkin stem.

Overall, making pumpkins out of frosting is a fun and easy way to decorate your October desserts. It's also a great way to get creative and make decorations that are unique and eye-catching. For more tips on making pumpkin decorations out of frosting, click on the link below.

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Preztel & Oreo Spiders

Making spiders out of pretzels and Oreos is a great way to top Halloween cupcakes and it's super easy to do. Not only are these spider decorations really simple, but they provide an impressive and spooky topping to your October desserts.

To make the spiders, start by breaking pretzel sticks in half and stuffing them in the filling of your Oreos to form spider legs. Then if you want to add eyes to your Oreo spiders, melt a little bit of chocolate. Using your finger, a spoon, a toothpick, or a Q-tip place two small dots of melted chocolate on your Oreo spiders. (This is where the eyes will go.) Lastly, place two edible eye candies on top of the chocolate and place your spiders in the fridge. This will give you delicious and creepy spiders to top any Halloween cupcake.

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Gummy Bear Worms

Gummy bear worms also make a great topping for your Halloween desserts because they are colorful, fun, and have a great texture. Plus, these gummy candies are very easy to find and they're available in most checkout aisles.

To use these candies as a topping, simply cut the gummy worms into small segments and place them on top of your desserts. The bright colors of the gummy worms will bring a festive look to your desserts, and the gummy texture will add an extra layer of delicious texture to the desserts. Also, the gummy worms are chewy and flavorful, making them a great addition to any sweet dessert. If you want to add even more decoration to your Halloween dessert crush up Oreo cookies and sprinkle them on your dessert, so it looks like the worms are crawling in the dirt.

These gummy candies will serve as a gross (but delicious) topping for your Halloween-themed desserts and are sure to add even more thrills to your baked goods. For more tips on how to make these cupcake toppings, click on the link below.

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Edible Candy Eyeballs

Edible candy eyeballs are another great topping for Halloween baked goods because they not only add a spooky element to your dishes, but they also a delicious touch of sweetness!

To use these candies, first bake your dessert─whether it's a brownie, cupcake, cookie, or cake─and then let it cool. Next, using frosting, cover the dessert in a thin layer and place the candy eyeballs onto the frosting in whatever pattern you like. You could arrange them so they look like the eyes or a monster or you could put them in a circle or a grid.

They will stick to the frosting and give your cupcakes a unique and spooky look. You can also add other decorations like sprinkles or edible glitter to make your desserts stand out even more!

Edible candy eyeballs are a great way to add a fun and festive touch to your Halloween cupcakes, so why not try using edible candy eyeballs on your Halloween desserts today? Plus, click on the link below for more tips on how to decorate your desserts with edible eyeballs.

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Marshmallow Skeletons

Marshmallow skeletons make for a great Halloween cupcake topping because they are both festive and tasty. Plus, they are super easy to make!

To use marshmallow skeletons as a topping for your Halloween baked goods, you can purchase pre-made marshmallows from a store, or make them at home using gelatin, sugar, vanilla, corn syrup, and water.

Once you have your marshmallows, start cutting them in half with a kitchen knife and then draw the skeleton's features on the cut surface with edible markers. Edible markers are safe to eat and really easy to use. You can either draw full skeletons or you can just draw their faces. Once you've drawn the skeletons, you can arrange them on top of your baked goods, either individually or in groups.

Also, you can draw skeletons on any leftover marshmallows and put them on sticks to be eaten like cake pops! Overall, these marshmallow skeletons are guaranteed to add a fun and spooky feel to your Halloween desserts.

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Edible Food Gel Blood

Edible food gel is also a great option for creating gross, realistic-looking blood as a topping for your Halloween desserts. Edible food gel has a thick, jelly-like consistency that closely resembles the look and texture of real blood. Also, edible food gel comes in a variety of colors, making it easy to create the perfect shade for your Halloween dessert.

Plus, it is easy to use, as it comes in a tube that you can squeeze onto cakes, cookies, and other desserts. It is also non-toxic and safe to eat. This gel can be used to create a gory, spooky topping that is sure to make your guests squirm. Edible food gel is affordable and widely available, making it a great topping for Halloween desserts!

But if you're feeling more creative, you can also make your own edible blood. To do this, simply mix together corn syrup, cornstarch, red food coloring, and (a little bit of) blue food coloring. Check out the link below for more details on making fake blood.

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Candy Corn Vampire Fangs

Although candy corn is a wildly controversial candy, it's a great way to add a spooky touch to your Halloween desserts! Not only is it a classic Halloween treat, but it can be used to make vampire fangs for your baked goods.

All you need to do is use frosting or melted chocolate to adhere the candy corn to your delicious treats. The bright orange, yellow, and white colors will stand out against your dessert and create a frighteningly fun look. Plus, you can use different shapes of candy corn pieces to make different-sized fangs. They are sure to add a festive touch to your desserts and be sure to impress your guests!

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Fondant Ghosts

Fondant is a type of icing used to decorate cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts, and it's perfect for creepy desserts. It's made from sugar, water, and sometimes gelatin. It is thick and pliable and can be rolled out with a rolling pin, cut into shapes, and used to cover cakes and cupcakes. It sets as it dries, and it is often used for a smooth, glossy finish on cakes and cupcakes.

It is also an easy and fun way to give your desserts an eerie look. You can roll out fondant and cut it into ghost shapes, which you can use to decorate your cupcakes, cakes, and other desserts. You can also use fondant to create other Halloween-themed decorations, such as pumpkins, bats, and spider webs.

To add extra details, you can use food coloring to dye the fondant and create even gorier ghosts. With a bit of imagination, you can create spooky and unique Halloween desserts with fondant.

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Hershey Kisses Witches Hat

Hershey's Kisses are a great topping for Halloween treats. Not only do they look like miniature witch hats, but they also add a delicious, warm, and comforting chocolate flavor to your baked goods.

To use them as a topping, place the Hershey Kisses in the center of each dessert with the pointed end facing up. This will give your desserts the look of miniature witch hats. The chocolate flavor of the Hershey Kisses will add a delicious sweetness to your desserts.

Plus, they are a great way to add an extra layer of flavor to any dessert. Not only do they look cute, but they will also add a festive touch to your Halloween treats.

You can also make your hats more realistically, by first placing down an Oreo on your dessert and then using melted chocolate or frosting to stick the Hershey Kiss to the Oreo.

Overall Hershey Kisses make a great topping for Halloween desserts and will help to make your treats even more enjoyable.

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Marshmallow Spiderwebs

Marshmallow spiderwebs are a simple and fun way to top Halloween desserts. To make them, you will need a baking sheet, a baking mat, a piping bag, and marshmallows. You can either make your own marshmallows or buy them from a local grocery store.

Then place your marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl or heat them in a pan on the stovetop. After 30 seconds in the microwave or once your marshmallows are pliable, use both of your hands to stretch a spoonful of marshmallow into stringy strands, creating a spiderweb effect.

Plus, to make your marshmallow spiderwebs extra creepy and magnificent, you can dye the marshmallows different colors, such as orange or black, to give them a spooky look.

Overall, marshmallow spiderwebs are a fun, creative way to decorate any dessert for Halloween!

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When it comes to Halloween desserts, you don't have to settle for just a few measly store-bought decorations. With a little creativity (and edible eyeballs), you can create some truly scary good treats. Whether you choose to use candy, cake, or cookies, you can make spooky creations that will definitely impress your friends.

With these 10 scary good ways to decorate your Halloween desserts, you’ll be sure to have a hauntingly successful night. Happy Halloween!

Cove Johnson Rabidoux
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Cove Johnson Rabidoux is a writer whose work can be found on Teen Ink, The Teen Magazine, The Spearhead Magazine, the Hot Pot Magazine, Leaders Across the World, and on her blog "Blue Pencil Writing." She serves as an editor for the Trailblazer Literary Magazine, Hot Pot Magazine, Cathartic Youth Magazine, and more. When she is not writing her novel, Cove enjoys reading, traveling, and baking.