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Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

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Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one…or watched one disappear? I have. At least, I’ve seen the kind of ghost you can get your hands on. I know how to make them disappear, too.

All you have to do is go to a party dessert table and watch the kids tear into the sweets! Cupcakes—ghost-shaped or not—are easy hand-held ideas that everyone seems to appreciate. They make great take-home favors, too. And just like a ghost costume, ghost cupcakes are simple to put together.


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If you’re not hosting a Halloween party, these cupcakes would be great for sharing with your neighbors. A lot people only take their kids trick-or-treating at the homes of people they know, and these would make a special pass-out. You could have the cupcakes ready to hand out in small take-out boxes or make mini-carriers with paper or plastic cups. If you use a short, clear plastic cup, your ghost will show through. Just wrap it in cellophane and tie it closed with a ribbon.

Another easy cupcake transport idea entails using a slightly taller paper cup. Cut slits in equal distances about half-way down the cup. Use a hole punch at the top of each segment, then thread ribbon or twine through the holes. Place the cupcake in the cup and pull the cup edges together with the ribbon. Add a tag and tie a bow: boo-ti-ful!


  • Use your favorite chocolate cake box mix.
  • Prepare cupcakes according to their directions.
  • Let cool completely before adding frosting.


  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 2.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream till light and fluffy



1. Use giant marshmallows, cut in half.


2. Simply mound the frosting on each cupcake with a spoon.


3. Smooth around the marshmallow with a spoon or knife, to hold it in place.


4. The eyes are mini chocolate chips, pressed into the sticky side of the cut marshmallow.


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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.