Easy Halloween Cupcake Decorations


Halloween is almost here! Are you ready? Thanks to Sharon Zambito of SugarEd Productions, no one will be without fun and festive cupcakes this holiday — no matter how much time you have!

Read on for Sharon’s last-minute decorating ideas and advice!

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This post is for all you procrastinators out there. And I say this with the utmost love and respect. For I am a champion, card carrying, flag waving procrastinator. I feel your pain. You had all these great delusions of grandeur of all the amazing treats you were going to make for Halloween. Maybe a haunted gingerbread house. Or a topsy-turvy Tim Burton style. Or a batch of fabulously custom decorated cookies. You had it all planned in your head. You laid awake at night with excitement thinking of the joy you were going to experience while creating your incredible Halloween confections.

And here we are, just a few days before Halloween and… nothing… nada… crickets. Where did the time go? What will we do? The kids are looking up at you with those sad longing eyes, asking what you will be making for their class or neighborhood party. Crikey! Why did we wait so long? Your heart starts to race; sweat forms on your brow; the room is going white. Pure unadulterated panic.

Raise your hand if you are with me so far. I have been in this situation more times than I count. Well, have no fear. Queen Procrastinator is here to help you.

So let me share with you these super duper easy Halloween cupcakes that you can whip out in no time, but still impress even the most discerning goblins and ghouls.

Skeleton Topper

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White chocolate covered pretzels
Lollipop sticks

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Draw a face on the flat side of a marshmallow that has been cut in half with an edible food marker. Three of the pretzels need to be glued to the sucker stick with some melted chocolate to make the rib cage.
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And that was the tricky part. I spent a good 20 minutes trying to get those finicky pretzels to line up correctly on the sucker stick without flopping over or getting out of alignment. I found the above method worked the best. I used gravity to hold the back edges of the pretzels onto the stick while the chocolate hardened.  Worked great and was very easy.
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You use another pretzel cut as shown above to make the arms. You use the piece on the left, and eat the piece on the right. It’s a win/win  for everybody.
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After you pipe your icing swirl, just stick the sucker stuck in and lay the arm bones into the holes of the upper rib cage pretzel. Done. Fast. Easy. Cute. (I must give credit to Woman’s Day for  this idea. I saw it online and copied it.)

Spooky Graveyards



Wilton gumpaste skeleton heads from Walmart
Brown petal dust
Grey fondant
Luster dust
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I found these adorable sugar skulls at Walmart in the Wilton isle. They appear to me to be gumpaste, and they were a very nice shape with good details. To kick them up a notch, bring out a couple of brown petal dusts and  give them a roughing up.
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That took all of about 30 seconds, and they look awesome!
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To make the tombstone, just cut a rectangular piece of fondant (with tylose added) and impress the RIP with your favorite alphabet cutters.  The cute cupcake wrappers were also made by Wilton.
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Once the tombstones dry, hit them with a little luster dust. Pipe a swirl onto your cupcake, and slap a tombstone and skull on top. Done. How easy was that?

Crazy Easy Ghosts


Dumdum lollipop
White fondant
Black fondant or black edible ink pen

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A Dumdum lollipop.
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Drape a circle of white fondant over it.
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Add two  eyes made from either fondant or your edible ink pen. Stick into cupcake icing. Woooooooo. And you are done!
Cuteness overload.
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And you saved the day! You have created this wonderful spread of amazing cupcakes, and it was fast and easy. You can take convenient pre-made products, do a little doctoring, and turn them into a custom made and impressive result. HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY!

Comments (4)


Hello, thank you for sharing your ideas! They are very cute. I will try to make those for our Halloween party this Thursday.


Needed a cute idea that wasn't too spooky for school and you just show me how to keep it fun and not so spooky thanks. can't wait to see the kids faces. Happy Halloween to you.


And I thought I was the only procrastinator out there! Thank you for these adorably time efficient creations. I may try to get some of these accomplished in the next couple of days for some holiday office fun!

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