37 Scarily Cute Halloween Sweets
Don't let all your Halloween sugar highs come from prepackaged candy. We found 37 awesome, creative desserts, all sure to inspire you to create your own spooky cookies, cakes, and more. From the elaborate — we're loving the Dracula-esque cookie sandwich with marshmallow teeth — to the simple (you can make Nutter Butter ghosts in just a few minutes), these treats might be scary, but they're also supersweet.
Trick or Treat Cookies
Not Martha's trick-or-treat cookies are twice the fun. Outside, they look like simple Halloween cookies shaped like pumpkins, coffins, gravestones, and ghosts, but inside they're stuffed with treats (mini chocolate candies) or tricks (small sugar ants).
Boo Cake Pops
Bakerella always makes the cutest cake pops, and these trick-or-treating ghosts are no exception. Get the full tutorial here.
Spider Peanut Butter Blossoms
Black liquorice legs and candy eyes turn a peanut butter cup into a cute spider, made even yummier sitting on top of a peanut butter cookie. This creation from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen is guaranteed to impress your kiddos! Get the full recipe here.
Black Velvet Halloween Trifle
Bluebonnets + Brownies's black velvet Halloween trifle uses red velvet cake turned black, candy corn, butterscotch pudding turned orange, and whipped cream. Delicious!
Gooey Monster Eye Cookies
Lil' Luna's gooey monster eye cookies are with delicious butter cookies laced with green food coloring and candy eyes. Creepy, but delicious!
Candy Corn Rice Krispies Treats
Martha Stewart's candy corn Rice Krispies Treats are spiked with citrus zest to add some bright, unexpected flavor.
Eighteen 25's monster munch mixes popcorn, orange and black candy melts, candy corn M&M's, candy corn, and edible monster eyes to create an addictive Halloween treat.
Haunted Owl Pretzels
Better Homes and Gardens' haunted hooting owl pretzels aren't that hard to make (they do require quite a few ingredients), but the results are utterly owl-tastic!
Candy Corn Pudding Pops
If Fall weather hasn't hit your area, these candy corn pudding pops from Eighteen 25 will cool your little trick-or-treaters right off.
Orange gelatin, Cool Whip, and chocolate chips are the only ingredients you need to make these sweet and simple boo cups.
If you're not a fan of frosting, try Ambrosia Baking's ghost cupcakes. Fondant draped over a lollipop makes a scary, floating ghost.
Pumpkin Pie Bites
What could be cuter than a mini pumpkin pie with a jack-o'-lantern face? Bakerella's pumpkin pie bites are a unique, bite-size Halloween treat.
More cute than creepy, Martha Stewart's scaredy-cat brownies have a peppermint surprise!
Painted Pumpkin Cookies
Glory from Glorious Treats created these almost-too-pretty-to-eat pumpkin cookies using sugar cookies, royal icing, and a lot of creativity. Get the instructions here.
These Dracula dentures look elaborate, but they only take a few ingredients: chocolate chip cookies, tinted vanilla frosting, miniature marshmallows, and slivered almonds for those scary fangs. Get the full instructions here.
Frankenstein Fruit Snacks
If you prefer to keep your Halloween treats on the healthy side, try this Frankenstein fruit snack, created by Jill of Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons with green apples, black grapes, and mini marshmallows.
Candy Corn Cake
Created by Diane's candy corn cake is an homage to Halloween's most classic candy. Get the recipe here.
Candy Corn Cake Pops
Bakerella's candy corn cake pops pay homage to the holiday's most iconic candy.
Spider Web Cake Pops
These spider web cake pops from Bakerella have candy-coating webs, making these pops sweet from top to bottom.
Candy Corn Jell-O
We recently discovered Jelly Shot Test Kitchen, and while there are quite a few grown-up recipes on the site we'd like to try, these Candy Corn Jell-O bites are nonalcoholic and perfect for a pre-trick-or-treating snack.
Sparky Cake Pops
Frankenweenie's Sparky gets his own cake pop with these amazing Bakerella creations.
Bat and Cobweb Cookies
Martha Stewart's bat and cobweb cookies are made with gingerbread and lemony royal icing. Spooky and sweet!
Candy Corn Cupcakes
Treats SF added a little food coloring to a white cake mix to make a cupcake reminiscent of the classic Halloween candy corn.
Love the Day's Spooktacular Halloween party has lots of cute treats, but we are especially partial to these adorable (and easy-to-re-create) Frankenstein marshmallows. Love the sprinkle hair!
Mummy Chocolate Pretzel Rods
Amy Huntley of The Idea Room threw a mummy-inspired birthday party with tons of creative ideas you can use for Halloween, but these mummy pretzel rods — dip pretzel rods in chocolate, add eyes once they harden, then drizzle them with white chocolate — are the perfect sweet-and-salty addition to your Halloween sweet supply.
Creepy Cupcake Cones
Colored ice cream cones, cake mix, frosting, and assorted candies turn a simple cupcake cone into the Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein, and Wolf Man. Get the full instructions here.
One Charming Party turned simple chocolate cupcakes, Oreo cookies, and Reese's Pieces into the cutest owl cupcakes ever.
A simple white cake wrapped in fondant and topped with cookie-cutter fondant bats makes a big impact. Get the instructions for this graphic cake here.
Country Living's chocolate cupcakes have white-chocolate spiderwebs floating on top.
Low-Fat Mummy Cupcakes
Not only are these chocolate mummy cupcakes from Skinny Taste supercute, but they only have 165 calories and less than four grams of fat each.
Nutter Butter Ghosts
Nutter Butters are naturally ghost-shaped, so dip them in white chocolate, add some mini chocolate chips for eyes, and you're done. The only thing to be scared of: how addictive these can be!
Bat and Spider Pops
Meaghan Mountford of The Decorated Cookie claims these Oreo Cakester bat and spider pops are way too easy to make. Little work — big payoff? That's the kind of Halloween dessert we like!
Dulce de Leche Bat Cookies
Think of Martha Stewart's bat cookie — crisp chocolate cookies sandwich a caramel center — as the grown-up, scary version of an Oreo. Get the recipe here.