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Easy Cupcakes for Kids to Make at Halloween - Candy Googly Eyed Monsters - a Demo

Updated on September 9, 2014

Cupcake not so scary spider

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Fun is the main ingredient.

Halloween is such a wonderful way to kick off the holidays, especially for children. I know it sure appeals to the kid in me.

Follow along for some super easy decorating ideas for the little ones to use on their very own home baked cupcakes. Baking is a great activity for children and it's never too early to start, even if it's just helping to mix the batter, set the dials and then decorating.

The main thing is to keep it fun and keep everyone engaged. It doesn't have to cost much or be fancy at all for the little ones to have an awesome time.

Parents, teachers and care givers can use baking to help children practice many skills from measuring liquid and dry ingredients to basic kitchen safety and hand washing skills.

What goes better at parties than cupcakes?

Kids love parties. With little kids, they have to be engaged for the party to be a successful do and not rapidly deteriorate into a screaming zoo.

To keep things simple, use a mix and canned frosting. For larger groups or the really little ones, bake ahead of time and have the cakes cooled but let the kids do the decorating for themselves.

Children love to be involved in cooking. For the slightly older ones, if time permits, allow them to do the baking as well. It's great real world experience in a super fun setting.

Squidmund the cupcake monster in all his glory.

Squidmund, may he rest in peace.  He was good while he lasted.
Squidmund, may he rest in peace. He was good while he lasted. | Source

Don't worry about them messing up.

I promise, they will eat the mistakes with smiles every bit as big as they do the good looking ones.

Just be sure to supervise! They are kids and you want your kitchen standing upon completion, after all.

With just some candy and sprinkles, there is no limit to what the kids can cook up. After the directions for the cupcakes in the upcoming gallery, you will find videos of even more monsterfied scary treats and eats for the whole gang.

Watching is so much better than reading about it.

Click through the photo gallery to see exactly how to decorate each cupcake. Tips and tricks are in the captions.

Be it for a class party in the morning you just found out about tonight, or a spontaneous slumber party for five, cupcakes willl work.

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Make life easy. Use a mix. Kids aren't that picky and I have yet to meet one that didn't like chocolate cupcakes straight out of a box.1 chocolate cake mix, three eggs, 1/2 a cup of oil and 1 cup of water.I used a hand mixer but have found in numerous classes letting folks take turns with a whisk can be a constructive use for large amounts of energy.Fill you cupcake liners and bake at 350 for 22 minutes. They always say between this time and that baking time. I'm telling you, it's 22 minutes.While the cupcakes bake, mix up your frosting if not using plain canned. Fluffy white works well because you can add any color food coloring.I used an orange and a chocolate flavored. The color is also a flavor packet. I went with these for the colors. My favorite is actually bubblegum.Twizzlers were cut up for faces, spider legs and squidly type tentacles. Licorice or taffy would work well and be easier for children.I found the pizza cutter worked much more easily than a knife. For very small children, pre-cut your candies.1 package of candy google eyes.I frosted a cupcake. Made a ring of cut Twizzlers around it. Applied a frosted cookie and 2 gummy candies over that.All of it was covered in chocolaty goodness and google eyes were squished in. Voila! One squid!.Another done in orange.Small children love to make faces. Chocolate shavings make hair while Twizzlers go for mouth and a tooth.Eye ball monster! It sees all. You can't hide.The spider is just four cut Twizzlers on each side for legs and a sliver for the mouth. Eyes are applied and chocolate shavings make it hairy!Orange frosted cupcake.Cut Twizzlers and ring the cake. 2 cookies covered in frosting and shavings with eyes round him out.Another squid, Squidmund.
Make life easy. Use a mix. Kids aren't that picky and I have yet to meet one that didn't like chocolate cupcakes straight out of a box.
Make life easy. Use a mix. Kids aren't that picky and I have yet to meet one that didn't like chocolate cupcakes straight out of a box. | Source
1 chocolate cake mix, three eggs, 1/2 a cup of oil and 1 cup of water.
1 chocolate cake mix, three eggs, 1/2 a cup of oil and 1 cup of water. | Source
I used a hand mixer but have found in numerous classes letting folks take turns with a whisk can be a constructive use for large amounts of energy.
I used a hand mixer but have found in numerous classes letting folks take turns with a whisk can be a constructive use for large amounts of energy. | Source
Fill you cupcake liners and bake at 350 for 22 minutes. They always say between this time and that baking time. I'm telling you, it's 22 minutes.
Fill you cupcake liners and bake at 350 for 22 minutes. They always say between this time and that baking time. I'm telling you, it's 22 minutes. | Source
While the cupcakes bake, mix up your frosting if not using plain canned. Fluffy white works well because you can add any color food coloring.
While the cupcakes bake, mix up your frosting if not using plain canned. Fluffy white works well because you can add any color food coloring. | Source
I used an orange and a chocolate flavored. The color is also a flavor packet. I went with these for the colors. My favorite is actually bubblegum.
I used an orange and a chocolate flavored. The color is also a flavor packet. I went with these for the colors. My favorite is actually bubblegum. | Source
Twizzlers were cut up for faces, spider legs and squidly type tentacles. Licorice or taffy would work well and be easier for children.
Twizzlers were cut up for faces, spider legs and squidly type tentacles. Licorice or taffy would work well and be easier for children. | Source
I found the pizza cutter worked much more easily than a knife. For very small children, pre-cut your candies.
I found the pizza cutter worked much more easily than a knife. For very small children, pre-cut your candies. | Source
1 package of candy google eyes.
1 package of candy google eyes. | Source
I frosted a cupcake. Made a ring of cut Twizzlers around it. Applied a frosted cookie and 2 gummy candies over that.
I frosted a cupcake. Made a ring of cut Twizzlers around it. Applied a frosted cookie and 2 gummy candies over that. | Source
All of it was covered in chocolaty goodness and google eyes were squished in. Voila! One squid!.
All of it was covered in chocolaty goodness and google eyes were squished in. Voila! One squid!. | Source
Another done in orange.
Another done in orange. | Source
Small children love to make faces. Chocolate shavings make hair while Twizzlers go for mouth and a tooth.
Small children love to make faces. Chocolate shavings make hair while Twizzlers go for mouth and a tooth. | Source
Eye ball monster! It sees all. You can't hide.
Eye ball monster! It sees all. You can't hide. | Source
The spider is just four cut Twizzlers on each side for legs and a sliver for the mouth. Eyes are applied and chocolate shavings make it hairy!
The spider is just four cut Twizzlers on each side for legs and a sliver for the mouth. Eyes are applied and chocolate shavings make it hairy! | Source
Orange frosted cupcake.
Orange frosted cupcake. | Source
Cut Twizzlers and ring the cake. 2 cookies covered in frosting and shavings with eyes round him out.
Cut Twizzlers and ring the cake. 2 cookies covered in frosting and shavings with eyes round him out. | Source
Another squid, Squidmund.
Another squid, Squidmund. | Source

For tons of killer cupcake capers, try these on for size.

Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make
Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make

I own "Hello Cupcake" and have seen the two sequel books. My classes did several from that book with good results. The pictures are high quality and large enough to view details. The directions are easy to follow.

Some of the ingredients are common, some not so much. It depends on the cupcake in question.

The alien cupcakes are always a hit. My students loved this book. Just from the pictures they got so many cool ideas.

 

Kids can make all manner of cupcake monsters with just a little imagination, even a squid!

Squid Monster Cupcake
Squid Monster Cupcake | Source

This is a great cupcake maker for children to use. It would work well for an off to college gift, too.

I'm all for kids learning to cook on the stove and in the oven, but this is a great transitional piece before they are ready for that. Further, I like how it works so fast and it doesn't heat up the whole kitchen.

Smart Planet MCM-1 Mini Cupcake Maker
Smart Planet MCM-1 Mini Cupcake Maker

It's safe for children. This particular unit makes mini cupcakes and muffins. Minis are great for everyday and slumber parties where you might not want to deny sugar, but you would like to lessen it shall we say.

Unlike some units this allows for using any mix or recipe you want.

Personally, I think it's great for college because it's small, plugs in, portable and allows for healthy muffins. Cafeteria food gets old!

 

All squids need friends.

Squidmund Squid
Squidmund Squid | Source

One good squid deserves another. No squid should swim alone.

Don't have googly eyes or feel up to painting in icing?

Give olives or grapes a go. For larger eyes, how about M&M's squished into marshmallows... Yum!

Halloween punches, brews and concoctions You've got to have something to wash all those cupcakes down with.

Scope on some scary punches and drinks for all of your guests, little and large.

Halloween Punch Recipe from the Worlds Premier Culinary College by The Culinary Institute of America.

Scary Halloween Party Food - Prosciutto Head on a Platter Appetizer Recipe by CookingwithSugarTV

You're going to need some eats that aren't just treats. Kids can't live on sugar alone, even at Halloween.

Candy companies across the nation will be plotting my demise for what I'm about to say, but every kid's party needs some food that isn't just sweet and salt.

I know. That's what they like but it's just not healthy. Here are some great Halloween themed foods to add to all that sugar for a more healthy balance.

These recipes are not your typical sugary snacking overdose associated with Halloween, but still too cool and scary looking.

Easy Halloween Recipes - Brain Chicken Salad by Victoria Paikin

Does it have to be all sugar? Is totally healthy going overboard?

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Seemore Spider cupcake says,

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Have a whole lot of Halloween fun this year with the kids. They don't stay little for long. Bake, broil, brown and be merry to kick off the holiday season. Remember, a little chocolate is great fun for all kids, even us big ones.

A word about safety

For any kid's party or event, always ask about food allergies. It's a safe bet if having large numbers there will be some allergies and children are often loath to mention them before eating the offending cupcake.

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    • josietook profile image

      josietook 

      4 years ago

      Seemore's fab!!

    • SavioC profile image

      SavioC 

      4 years ago

      It's a good idea . At times this can help kids overcoming fear. Nice one.

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      PriyabrataSingh 

      4 years ago

      The idea is good and the video is interesting to watch.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Lovely, sure the kids would have a lot of fun making these and that's what halloween should be about happy children not scaring them.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @ChristyZ: Thank you :) God bless and a most happy Halloween.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Margaret Schindel: Thank you so much. It was a lot of fun. I don't think scaring kids does anyone any good especially them. Cute is better for the tiny ones I think too. God bless and most happy squidding.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @sierradawn lm: Thank you :)

    • sierradawn lm profile image

      sierradawn lm 

      4 years ago

      Very creatively yummy ideas!

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      DebW07 

      4 years ago

      Your "Seemore Spider" is so cute! It also looks yummy!!

    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are wonderful ideas! I wasn't able to post in the poll module for some reason, so I'll share my thoughts here: I'm not a big fan of scary, but transforming scary into cute is a great way to help kids get over their fears of "what's under the bed or inside the closet." So cute monsters that they create themselves is a perfect party activity! Thanks for this well thought out, wonderfully photographed lens. :D

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      ChristyZ 

      4 years ago

      Excellent article (and cupcakes). Your photos are terrific!

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @LluviaDeArte: Me too! I think it would be great for a science class or health class party :) God bless and most happy squidding!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      That brain just scared the hell out of me. lol. I love the cupcake though. So easy to make and fun!

    • LluviaDeArte profile image

      LluviaDeArte 

      5 years ago

      The brain is adorable. I think this is a good one year round, just for fun.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @smine27: I want to try the brain! :) My most favorite thing about cupcakes is not matter how the decorations come out, eating them is still fun! God bless!

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @girlfriendfactory: Thank you :). I'm actually going to make the brain. Since it uses grapes, I can't resist doing the old stand by peeled grape eyeballs too. God bless and most happy squidding.

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      girlfriendfactory 

      5 years ago

      Great cupcake and party ideas! I loved the brain! lol

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