Let鈥檚 face it: No matter what your age, Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays of the year. You know you鈥檙e already planning your squad鈥檚 costume (Pok茅mon characters, perhaps?), and it won鈥檛 be long until Halloween baking is completely taking over your Pinterest feed. So, to give you a jump-start on your ghoulish party desserts, we found 16 spooky cupcakes that you *need* to make alongside the rest of your sweet and savory treats. Stock up on your edible fake blood and practice your best piping skills, because these Halloween cupcake recipe ideas are going to keep you busy baking from now until the end of October.

Black Magic Bat Halloween Cupcake Recipe Ideas

1. Black Magic Bat Cupcakes: We already know that Oreos are the most crave-worthy cookie out there, but they鈥檙e also the most versatile. Who knew that they make such perfect bat wings? Add a pair of candy eyes and instantly turn your dessert into a creature of the night. (via Simply Beautiful Eating)

Bloody Halloween Cupcakes Recipe Idea

2. Bloody Halloween Cupcakes: Fake blood (AKA strawberry jam) drips down the sides of these cupcakes like a fresh fruit murder scene. There鈥檚 no telling what could be buried beneath that dark chocolate soil, so you鈥檒l have to dig in to find out! (via Cinnamon Girl)

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3. Candy Corn Cupcakes: You can鈥檛 have a Halloween cupcake spread without a little candy corn. These cupcakes have yellow and orange layered batter with a bright white frosting to give them a striking resemblance to the classic Halloween sweet. (via The Starving Musician)

Halloween Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe

4. Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes: You don鈥檛 have to go over the top to make a showstopping Halloween cupcake. This minimal dessert is simply topped with an elegant pumpkin candy to give it a festive feel. (via Le Receta de la Felicidad)

Dixie Crystal Cauldron Halloween Cupcakes Recipe

5. Cauldron聽Cupcakes: Double, double, toil and trouble. These witches brew cupcakes are sure to cast a delicious spell on whoever eats them, but it鈥檚 a risk we鈥檙e willing to take. (via Big Bear鈥檚 Wife)

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6. Gluten-Free Vegan Ghost Cupcakes: If you鈥檙e in a pinch and don鈥檛 have time to load up on crafting baking decor, no worries! You can make the cutest ghost cupcakes just by piping white frosting in a ghoulish swirl and using chocolate chips for the eyes. Your guests will think it took a lot more planning than it did. (via Sarah Bakes Gluten Free)

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7. Headless Horseman Cupcakes: Let your artistic abilities shine with these hand-painted sugary treats. Using a steady hand and a template to trace your masterpiece, you can easily transform your royal icing moons into a spooky landscape. (via The Simple Sweet Life)

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8. Halloween Wicked Witch of the East Chili Chocolate Cupcakes: It鈥檚 true that a house killed the Wicked Witch of the East, but if you ask us, death by cupcake seems way more tolerable. The fun part is molding her stockings and feet out of fondant like a kid playing with Play-Doh. (via Bake to the Roots)

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9. Marshmallow Web Cupcake Topper: As long as you鈥檙e not afraid to get your hands a little dirty, these cupcakes are a blast to make. All it takes is a handful of mini marshmallows and willing sticky fingers to create the most delicious spider web there ever was. (via Handmade Charlotte)

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10. Scary Broken Glass Cupcakes: You don鈥檛 have to be afraid of eating this glass. It鈥檚 made by boiling sugar and cornstarch and pouring onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Take out your aggressions on the solidified product and you鈥檒l have shards of candy glass to decorate your cupcakes. (via The Supper Boss Chronicles)

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11. Halloween Cupcakes: Holiday desserts don鈥檛 have to be complicated to be effective. Just by adding a few drops of orange food coloring to your batter and icing you can create a cupcake that is worthy of any Halloween bake sale. (via Good Food, Shared)

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12. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes: If you have a few restless kiddos you need to occupy, then set them up to decorate these cupcakes. Just don鈥檛 be surprised if you have a few pieces of licorice missing when they鈥檙e finished, though. (via Taste and Tell)

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13. Pumpkin Snickers Cupcakes With Chocolate Buttercream and Edible Spiderwebs: Sure, the chocolate spider webs are adorable, but the true star of these cupcakes is the amazing flavor. Once you鈥檝e put Snickers in your cupcakes, you鈥檒l never want to go back. (via Cooking for Keeps)

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14. Double Chocolate Reese鈥檚 Pieces Cupcakes: Thank goodness Reese鈥檚 Pieces are already Halloween colors, which make them perfect for these cupcakes. Their classic flavor is echoed in the dark chocolate cupcakes and velvety chocolate peanut butter frosting. YUM. (via Your Cup of Cake)

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15. Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar Halloween Cupcakes: All it takes is a simple cookie headstone to take your cupcakes from ordinary to creepy AF. If they weren鈥檛 so darn delicious we *might* be frightened. (via The Sweet and Simple Kitchen)

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16. Spider Egg Cupcakes: Store-bought white chocolate truffles serve as the creepy-crawly spider egg sac decorating these cupcakes. Adorn the tops with a chocolate piped spider and you鈥檙e going to seriously skeeve people out. (via Easy Baked)

17. Witches鈥 Brew Cupcakes: The secret to these cute little cupcakes are gum balls. Of course, you *can* decorate them with whatever you like. (via Cupcakes & Kale Chips)

18. Walking Dead Cupcakes: These festive treats are reminiscent of zombies, murder, and intrigue. The candy knives on top are optional, but totally cool. (via Cutefetti)

19. Bewitched Cupcakes: A tri-toned look really makes these bad boys stand apart. Another color combo that would be *amazing* for the Halloween season: orange, black, and yellow. (via Two Sisters Crafting)

20. Dirt Cupcakes: Nothing says Halloween quite like worms, spiders, and decomposing soil. As a bonus, these gummy-topped treats are a perfect DIY for kids. (via Like Mother Like Daughter)

21. Devilish Devil鈥檚 Food Cupcakes: Dark chocolate lovers will adore these sinfully yummy cupcakes. (via Ambrosia Baking)

22. Cauldron Cupcakes: These super cute cupcakes may look intricate, but they鈥檙e made from all prepared ingredients. Just invest in some silicone cauldrons, add your favorite baking mix and frosting, and top with edible bones, eyeballs, sprinkles, and anything else you see fit. (via A Pumpkin and a Princess)

23. Witch Hat Cupcakes: These desserts combine a bunch of our favorite things. Think chocolate cake, Oreos, cream cheese frosting, and Hershey鈥檚 Kisses. (via Tastes Better from Scratch)

24. Brownie Cupcakes: Can鈥檛 choose between brownies and cupcakes? Then spring for these brownie cupcakes, which combine the best of both worlds (plus tons of festival color). (via Two Sisters Crafting)

25. Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting: These *adorable* pumpkin patch cupcakes somehow manage to be both festive and elegant. And yes, that IS a pretzel you see sticking out the top, masquerading as a pumpkin stem. (via Just a Taste)

Additional reporting by Maggie McCracken.

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