8 Spooky (and Silly!) Desserts for Halloween Night

Halloween is a particularly playful holiday — even costumes and decorations meant to spook us are all in good fun. And we like Halloween treats that strike a similar balance. These new desserts are inspired by the holiday ghouls and goblins, but they really just make us smile.

Beneath this dessert’s creepy decoration (made by pulling melted marshmallows to an impressive effect) is a deeply decadent chocolate cake that you’ll probably want to make more than once a year.

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This candy-inspired cake proves that a trick can also be a treat.

The tricks in this treat are two-fold. First, there’s the candy corn surprise in the center. And second, thanks to a clever frosting pattern, each slice actually looks like a giant piece of candy corn.

Key Words: Cupcake, Ghost, Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Vanilla Extract, Whole Milk, Chocolate Chips, Coconut Oil, Vegetable Shortening, White Chocolate Chips

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Matt Armendariz, Copyright 2015

Even novice decorators can nail these ghoulish cupcakes. Floating ghosts come in all shapes and sizes, so the white-chocolate topping will actually look better if it’s a little imprecise.

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Matt Armendariz, Copyright 2015

If you just can’t wait until Thanksgiving to whip up your favorite fall pie, dress it up for Halloween with a jack-o’-lantern pie crust.

Key Words: Malted Milk Balls, Spider, Spooky, Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Sugar, Butter, Vanilla Extract, Egg, Peanut Butter, White Cake Decorating Gel, Chocolate Chips

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Matt Armendariz, Copyright 2015

Get the kids involved in making these fun snacks (perfect for packing in lunches this time of year). They can help press the chocolate candies into the warm cookies and pipe on the spiders’ spindly legs.

With their beady eyes and lime-green sprinkles, these little guys (made out of rolled cookie butter and crushed pretzels) are trying so hard to look scary — but we think they’re pretty darn cute. Want to build a whole spread of silly treats like these? Food Network Magazine has dozens more easy ideas this year.

A crispy-cereal treat for a crowd will be the centerpiece of your Halloween buffet. We love this vintage-looking witch’s hat, but the sky’s the limit when it comes to shapes you can try — a pumpkin is another easily molded design.

Gingerbread mummies and skeleton pets

Gingerbread mummies and skeleton pets

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Jackie Alpers, 2016, Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Even gingerbread cookies want to dress up for Halloween. Use thick stripes of icing to turn them into mummies, or pipe bones onto cookie cutouts shaped like your family’s favorite animals.

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