Scrumptious and adorable—kids in their costumes deserve something as cute and fun as they are. For a sweet ending to a meal of autumn chili, a school party or Halloween-themed birthday, bake and decorate Halloween cupcakes for kids and let them create something “boo-tiful.”
Pick one of our fall flavored cupcakes (listed below). Bake a batch or two (unfrosted cupcakes freeze well). Choose an icing that adheres well to the cake (and the decorations), and try these easy decorating ideas.
- For young children, keep it simple—just one or two decorating options. They’re more concerned with the sugar than the creativity. Older children may enjoy having more materials to choose from, and are likely to stick with their art projects longer before eating them.
- Supply orange frosting and chocolate frosting and let kids frost their own. (Be sure the table is fully covered with a cloth. Use a disposable table cover if you’re worried about staining.)
- A bowl of candy corn is the start of a fierce jack-o-lantern grin and eyes, or a shock of spiky hair for the cupcake.
- For black cat cupcakes, use chocolate or black-tinted frosting plus red licorice whips for whiskers and bright green Skittles for eyes.
- Alphabet-shaped cereal lets verbally-oriented kids turn each cupcake into a dialogue bubble or blackboard.
- Vienna fingers sandwich cookies or Milano cookies (or any oblong cookie) cut into halves make “tombstones.”
- Plastic spider rings make perfect cupcake toppers and take-home goodies.
- Miniature marshmallows are just right for making “ghost families.”
Some children may be so proud of their projects they won’t want to eat them, so have takeout boxes handy for sending the “artwork” home.
—By Nicki Pendleton Wood