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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Halloween Ideas: Last Minute Round Up

In case you are still trying to decide what sorts of spooky treats you want to make for Halloween, I thought I would share some of my favorite ideas both from my own blog as well as other websites.  This may actually make the decision even more difficult – there are just too many awesome ideas out there!

These brain with blood clot cupcakes are probably the grossest thing I have ever posted, and I still love them dearly for all their disgustingness.  So perfect for a Halloween party, though people may be a little creeped out about eating them!

The Halloween sugar cookies I made last year were fun and festive.  They would make wonderful favors for a Halloween party.

I originally made these vampire cupcakes for a die-hard Twilight fan, but they are equally suitable for Halloween.  If you really want to make them Twilight-esque, you could sprinkle with some shimmer dust ;)

Of course, if you’re more on the werewolf side of things, you might enjoy these werewolf cupcakes instead.  They are time-consuming, but the end result is pretty spectacular.

Another stomach-turning sweet treat is these eyeball cupcakes.  If you can bring yourself to take a bite, they are actually delicious – red velvet cupcakes dressed up to look icky.

Every year I can’t resist buying at least one bag of candy corn.  And then inevitably I eat a few pieces, and sort of forget about it (how can you blame me with all these mini Twix bars around?)  I always love the look of layered desserts and these candy corn parfaits from Baked Bree are not only gorgeous, they are a great solution to the problem of left over candy corn.

These dead ladies’ finger cookies are so awesomely creepy.  It seems dismembered body parts are integral to Halloween decor.  I’ve seen these cookies all over the web but I particularly like this presentation from Martha Stewart.  This year I went a little more on the cutesy side of things with my treats, but these are just too cool to miss.  I think I’ll go back to gross next year.

Most everyone loves devil’s food cupcakes, but what I really love is this clever little decorative spin from What the Fruitcake? making them even more devilish just in time for Halloween.

These graveyard pots de creme from lol foodie are a creative variation on the old childhood favorite dessert dirt pudding.  I think kids and adults alike would really enjoy these, and they would be a lovely yet morbid ending to a Halloween meal.

I think these wicked witch cupcakes from Martha Stewart are waaay too cute.  I almost made them this year and just didn’t get around to it.  Maybe next year!

Finally, here is a quick recap of the other Halloween treats I have posted this week:

Boo-tiful Ghost Cake

(more) Halloween Sugar Cookies

Halloween Candy Bark

Monster Cupcakes

Have a creepy fun weekend everyone!

  • WOW! If I had the time, ingredients and skill needed to make all of these, I’d spend the day baking! :)

  • who knew there were so many fun halloween ideas? those warewolf cupcakes are so impressive

  • The Candy Corn parfaits are my favorites! Great job!

  • Your Halloween recipes are stellar! Also, your kitty looks like mine!!

  • Oh my goodness! These look delicious and adorable – er, I mean scary. I can’t pick a favorite. It’s a toss up between the brain blood clot or the monster cupcakes.
    This is a great post with so many ideas – I had to tweet about it, too!

  • Lisa

    Awesome round up! What is your little pumpkin being this year?

  • Shannon

    Your cat looks like our Micky! I love black cats. :)

  • Jo H.

    Annie – You are one talented lady! Have a SPOOKY Halloween!!!!

  • Wow, great job! So impressive.

  • Annie

    We have a monkey costume but he doesn’t like to wear the head part, so then he just looks like a brown creature with a tail. He does have a witch hat from Target that he LOVES, so he might just wear that :)

  • Cheryl

    I love you blog !! LOVE LOVE all the Halloween stuff. Can’t wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas. My grandkids think I am so cool when I make fun desserts. Thank you for all the ideas.

  • awesome round-up! For some reason I just don’t get into halloween baking that much. But after seeing these treats, I think that will change next year :)

  • All these ideas are fabulous! You do an amazing job with all of your decorating. A true inspiration!!! :-)

  • That Bootiful Cake looks just like the one on I Am Baker!

  • Thank you so much for posting these awesome ideas! I LOVE visiting your blog and have made almost all of your Fall foods! You ROCK! :)

  • Great round up! I don’t think I’m skilled enough for most of these, but they are awesome and getting me in the spirit for the upcoming Halloween weekend of fun!

  • im a neuroscience grad student and I can’t tell you how excited i am about those brain cupcakes!!!!! i can’t wait to make them for my lab!!

  • I like the ghost cake the best! :)

  • These are all really adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  • I love the sugar cookies!! my son likes the cherry filled one..Happy Halloween!!

  • these are some awesome ideas! i’m still trying to decide on what to bake for halloween, so thanks for the inspiration!

  • My mom and I made red velvet cupcakes w/ cream cheese icing and the vampire bite marks for the True Blood finale… they were awesome! And the bite marks just made them better. :) We loves us some Eric. Hee hee.

  • I totally had all the stuff for the wicked witch cupcakes too and didn’t get around to it! Great post with tons of adorable options.

  • So fun! My husband had brain surgery a few years back, and when he came home we had a “Brain and Birthday Bash” to celebrate his health & our daughter’s 1st birthday. I ordered a brain-shaped cookie cutter online and made brain cookies. There’s a photo here: http://cbethblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/countdown-part-4-cookies-cake.html

  • Great round up!

  • the brain frosting is genius, it looks great.
    Amazing finds.

  • I am so wishing I had checked your blog just three days ago as I was trying to think up cute things to do for my son’s birthday party. I love all of your ideas!!! I’ll bookmark it for next year :). Thanks!!!

  • I googled pumpkin spice pancakes (I had some last week and desperately need a recipe!) and found you! I am so happy! What great treats on your blog for Halloween! I will keep reading!
    PS- I love candy corn– found some caramel-flavored ones this year… none left for the trick or treaters, I am afraid.

  • These all look so great Annie. I love them all and yes you have made it very hard for everyone with all these gorgeous choices…. :)
    I opted for cupcakes with sprinkles and sugar designs…. Happy halloween.

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  • Heather

    Is that your cat? So cute! (I have a black cat too ;) )

  • Annie

    Yep, my sweet Zoe :)

  • Jessie

    I made the brain clot cupcakes for the youth group Halloween event at our church and they were thoroughly grossed out! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Oh my goodness – I love all of your Halloween dessert ideas!