Wicked Good Halloween Treats

Our delicious Halloween desserts look so pro you'd think they came from a bakery -- but they're a cinch to make at home.These delicious cupcakes, cakes, and cookies will impress trick-or-treaters of all ages. Don't be surprised if everyone starts asking for your Halloween recipes!

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Paula Hible

Witch Cupcakes

You can transform cupcakes into witches in just a few steps, no magic spell required. Chocolate-flavored ice cream cones make perfect pointy hats, and Mike and Ike Tangy Twister candies make perfect pointy noses. Don't forget add few warts to finish off the look.

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Heather Weston

Mini Franken Faces Cakes

Mini monster cakes start with store-bought pound cake. Cut the cake into rectangles and then decorate with green frosting and candy. These treats are frighteningly good.

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How to Make Mummy Juice Boxes

Kids cannot live on treats alone at Halloween! See how to turn regular juice boxes into fun and spooky mummies.

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Miki Duisterhof

Frosted Pumpkin Cupcakes

Create your own edible pumpkin patch with these adorable cupcakes.You'll only need 15 minutes to prep enough delicious sweets to feed a party full of people. You can even enlist your kids to help frost and decorate.

Recipe by Karen Tack; originally published in the November 29, 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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Monster Mash-Mallow Treats

Whip up these marshmallow monsters for a scarily easy Halloween treat.The bite-size creations come on sticks to minimize messy little hands.

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Mini Monster Cupcakes

Your little goblins will go crazy for these adorable cupcakes. You'll be happy, too, when you see how easy they are to make.

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Hocus Pocus Hats

Want a delicious trick and treat experience for your party guests? These chocolate cone hats hide a cool ice-cream surprise! You'll only need six ingredients to pull off this sweet prank.

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Cat's Meow Cookies

All hands on deck! These purr-fectly spooky black cat cookies are easy enough for kids to decorate. Just make sure they aren't eating all the candy decorations (from candy corn to licorice strips) as they are designing!

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Batty Cake

A boo-tiful cake doesn't have to be difficult to design. Chocolate bats flit across a full-moon pound cake in this eerie Halloween scene. This pin-worthy treat can serve as the centerpiece for your holiday bash.

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Halloween Treat: House on Witch Cupcake

Use store-bought cupcakes and frosting to make these whimsical treats.

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Heather Weston

Slime Punch

This frothy green drink recipe is sure to delight kids of all ages. Start with lemonade mix and seltzer and add a few magic touches to create this brew. Serve in cute goblets and enjoy!

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Heather Weston

Creepy Finger Food

Don't be deceived! These eerie fingers are made of cinnamon-bread sticks and sliced almonds. Cut refrigerated breadstick dough into finger shapes, add a sweet coating and an almond as a fingernail, and then bake over a foil log for a semi-homemade spooky treat.

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Heather Weston

Bat Cookies

Sugar cookie dough is rolled out and cut into bat shapes for this Halloween dessert. A dip in chocolate gives these critters their spooky, dark appearance. Enlarge a creepy photograph to give these cookies a spot to perch.

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Paula Hible

Gummy Mummies

Scale down on the sweets with mini mummies. These chocolate cupcakes are all wrapped up in sour apple bubble gum tape. They are almost too cute to eat!

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Quick Spooky Snack

Throw together some delicious munchies for a sweet and salty treat. In just 5 minutes you've got a festive snack mix the kids will love. The bowl will be empty before you can say, "Happy Halloween!"

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Paula Hible

Creepy Creature Cake

This monstrosity will be a massive hit at your Halloween party. No need to start from scratch. Use devil's food cake mix and candy decorations to design your scary treat.

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Paula Hible

Halloween Treats on Sticks

Kids can really get their hands around these petite cookie lollipops. Turn vanilla wafers into a hauntingly good Halloween treat. Give these as party favors so guests can have a sweet way to remember your party.

Makes: 22 cookie lollipops

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Paula Hible

Green-Goblin Punch

Kids will love how gross it looks -- and how good it tastes. Apple juice and seltzer are poured over green gelatin to make this slimy-looking drink. Serve in a clear glass so your guests can see the creepy concoction.

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Paula Hible


This treat is so easy to serve! The pumpkins are made from store-bought doughnuts decorated with frosting. Add a gumdrop as a stem and a quick face with more frosting, and you're set.

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Rita Maas

M&M's Pumpkin Cake

Guests will shriek over this impressive Jack-o-lantern cake. Bake this cake in 2 mixing bowls and transform it into a pumpkin by adding frosting, M&M's, and a candy bar stem. It's not only a dessert, it's a work of art!

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Kate Mathis

Spiderweb Cookies

Beware! Little ghosts and goblins are sure to get tangled in these tasty webs. Serve these frosted cookies with a tall glass of milk.

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Vanilla Halloween Cookies

These sweet treats are perfect for your little one's classroom Halloween party. Make both the vanilla and the chocolate cookie variations and use Halloween cookie cutters to create spine-tingling motifs.

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Mark Thomas

Jack O' Muffins with Cobweb Icing

Forget the cupcakes! Ice these delectable pumpkin muffins instead. Decorate half a batch of these muffins with Halloween sprinkles and the other half with melted chocolate drizzled to make spider webs.

Originally published in the October 2008, October 2007 and October 2003 issues of Parents magazine. Copyright © 2012 Meredith Corporation.

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