Easy kid friendly Halloween treats : Ghost Cupcakes

Halloween and cupcakes….pretty much two things that make me deliriously happy. Themed treats and punny sayings, costumes, decorations and parties…what is not to love about this time of year?  I am so excited to be sharing one of our favorite cupcake recipes, along with this simple idea to turn them into the perfect easy kid friendly Halloween treats.  There are tons of cute seasonal ideas being shared today as part of a fun blogger halloween and fall themed cupcake recipe hop, so be sure to check out all the talented bloggers that are participating. There is a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post. 

Kid friendly halloween treats


This time of year, between neighborhood get-togethers, Halloween carnivals, classroom parties and church Trunk or treating events, it is ALWAYS a good idea to have some easy kid friendly Halloween treats on hand.  I’ve made a few in my day…these pretzel spider webs are a favorite, as are these chocolate chip pumpkin ice cream sandwichesand today we’re adding these adorable ghost cupcakes to the mix.  (Affiliate links are included in this post)

Chocolate cupcakes

We have had a bit of a hard time adjusting to baking here in a higher altitude.  That has unfortunately resulted in many deflated batched of cupcakes (at least they still tasted good!).  After several trial rounds we have a new favorite, one that is super duper chocolatey and tastes like a million bucks…and also cooperates with our altitude issues.  We like to use this recipe…it is SO good!!

These cute and kid friendly Halloween treats are SO easy to make!  All you need is frosting, these icing tips and couplers, a piping bag like this and some cute candy eyes and you’re all set.  If you want to make them even cuter you can use fun cupcake cups like these waxy baking cups or these black and white paper polka dot ones like I used, but regular old cupcake cups from the grocery store will do the trick too! 😉

Kid friendly halloween snacks

The secret to making these cupcake ghosts, is to use frosting that is super fluffy.  You want it to be able to stand up nice and tall, but also have that creamy, light and airy feel, and of course, taste delicious!  We like to use this buttercream recipe to frost our cakes and cupcakes.  I think the addition of the whipping cream is key.  I always used to make my buttercream with milk, until it occurred to me that making it with whipping cream gives it added incentive to fluff up.  This recipe turns out pretty perfect every time, so give it a try and see what you think.  So much creamier and better than with milk!

Easy kid friendly halloween treats

Once your cupcakes are cool, using your piping bag fitted with the correct tip, simply frost the cupcakes with an upside down cone-like shape.  Wider at the base on top of the cupcake and getting a bit smaller as it goes up.  It’s super easy…just three or four times around with the frosting.  Stick two eyes on each frosting ghost and you are all set!  These do NOT have to be perfect!  As a matter of fact it’s a fun if they are all a bit different because then they all have their own little personalities! 😉

Cute kid friendly halloween treats

Now how is that for an easy kid friendly Halloween treat?  You can whip these up in under an hour and you are all set to party and feed a crowd.  Anything with a cute ghost on it makes a great kid friendly halloween treat.  Have you seen these adorable and delicious pumpkin pancakes with whipped cream ghosts?  Or how about these darling ghost meringues?  So fun!

We have TONS of free Halloween Printables and DIY Halloween Ideas for you here on the site!  Here’s a sampling of some of the most popular.

free halloween printables

Krispy Skreme | We’ve Got Our Eyes On You | Rest In Pieces | Bone Appetit | Bugs & Kisses

DIY Halloween Ideas

Halloween Candy Buffet | Halloween Home Decor | Mummy Treat Bowl | Pumpkin Pancakes | Halloween Dinner Party

DIY Halloween Ideas

DIY Spider Wreath | Halloween Dinner Ideas | Spiderweb Snacks | Spider Headband | Spiderweb Drink Bottles

Fall and Halloween Cupcake Ideas

Be sure to check out some of my favorite bloggers in this fun fall themed blog hop. Click the links below to visit more fun fall and Halloween cupcake ideas!

cupcake ideas

Easy Halloween Cupcakes / Modern Glam

Best Cupcake Recipes / My 100 Year Old Home

How to Host a Cupcake Decorating Party / My Sweet Savannah

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes / Zevy Joy

Caramel Apple Cupcakes / The Happy Housie

Caramel Corn Cupcakes / Town and Country Living


cupcake ideas

Mini Cauldron Cakes / Tatertots & Jello

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing / Twelve on Main

Jack ‘O Lantern Halloween Cupcakes / Finding Lovely

Easy Kid-Friendly Halloween Treats / Pink Peppermint Design

Banana Ginger Teacakes / Life Is Better At Home

Looking for more fun DIY Crafts and printables?  You can find TONS of fun Halloween ideas in our Halloween DIY Gallery.

I hope these fun halloween cupcake ideas and free printable halloween cupcake toppers have you all excited for the season!  




Creative Director at Pink Peppermint Design
Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog pinkpeppermintdesign.com. Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. On Pink Peppermint Design, she shares creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.

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