Halloween is finally on a Saturday this year, but unfortunately, we won’t be able to make the most of it. Well, that is, we won’t be able to celebrate in the way of parties or trick-or-treating. What we can do, however, is get creative in the kitchen. Here are five easy food decorations you can use to scare your friends this weekend! 

*All of the treats shown below are homemade goodies made by the author.

1. Blood-glazed Doughnuts

What’s better to put you in the Halloween spirit than a blood-covered snack? Doughnuts are pretty time-consuming, but the effort is worth it (plus, we have all the time in the world now!). For traditional fried doughnuts, we recommend this recipe, or for a healthier, baked alternative, check out this website. To create this delicious red glaze, all you need is to mix powdered sugar, a few drops of milk in a bowl, then add red food coloring. Use a spoon to drip the glaze over the doughnuts once they’ve cooled.

2. Spooky Footprint Cupcakes

To add this simple but spooky design to your cupcakes, all you need is a stencil and some powdered sugar. You can create your own stencil right at home using any image or drawing you’d like. Once you have your design, place it right on the cupcake and sprinkle some cocoa powder or powdered sugar on top, remove the stencil and you’re done.

3. Flying Bat Cupcakes

For this beautiful bat cupcake, all you’ll need is to draw a simple bat silhouette on a piece of colored paper, cut it out, and simply tape them onto toothpicks, then place them in the cupcakes. If you’re not confident about drawing symmetrical wings, you can print out a picture and trace the outline, and now you have a beautifully decorated cupcake.

4. Scary Graveyards

Want to make an edible graveyard? No problem. Crushed Oreo cookies are the tastiest kind of dirt. Poke some holes in your cake and add a few sour worms to upgrade your munchies. For a finishing touch, stick in some paper gravestones on top of the cupcake.

5. Chocolate Spider Webs

For this decoration, spider webs are made by melting white chocolate (follow this article for tips on how to do this) and piping it onto your cupcakes. If you don’t have a piping bag, simply use a Ziploc and cut off the tip to make your own piping bag, then draw on your designs. For light-colored cupcakes, we recommend using milk or dark chocolate for contrast. Fun, right?

Tell us: What are your tips for decorating Halloween treats? Have a spooky and delicious Halloween!