No Halloween party can be declared a success without an excessive amount of candy. I'll be strategically placing bowls filled with my favorite candies — Reese's Pieces, Nerds, and peanut M&Ms — around the two rooms that will house the party. The cupcake tier my sister gave to me for my birthday will make its debut at the party, since I'll be baking one batch of Halloween cupcakes to fill the stand. A few lucky guests can indulge in these homemade treats. For the recipe,

Halloween Cupcakes
From Kraft Foods

1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
1/4 cup Kool-Aid orange flavor sugar-sweetened soft drink mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
4-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp. Kool-Aid lemonade flavor sugar-sweetened soft drink mix

  1. Prepare and bake cake mix as directed on package for cupcakes, adding dry orange drink mix before beating all ingredients together.
  2. Make frosting by beating the butter, powdered sugar, milk, and lemonade kool aid mix. with electric mixer on low speed until well blended.
  3. Frost cooled cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles or candies or sprinkle with additional soft drink mix, if desired.