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Fall is officially here, and what better way to celebrate than with some festive cupcakes the whole family can help create?  Since Halloween is just around the corner, Jack-o-Lanterns and monsters are everywhere, so you might as well have some on your plate too {or in your tummy}!


You’ll need:
– 12-24 cupcakes
– assorted candies {we used jelly beans, gumdrops, and shoestring licorice, but you could substitute all kinds of other things}
– canned frosting
– food coloring

We made our Jack-o-Lanterns first, so we started by mixing red and yellow food coloring into our canned white frosting until we had a nice shade of orange.  This is a great job for little helpers, who will enjoy dropping the coloring in as well as mixing it all up!


The next step was frosting a dozen of our cupcakes…this part was a Mommy-job, but luckily I had a good supervisor to oversee my work and make sure I was doing everything just right.


Then, it was time to add the faces!  My Little Crafter loved giving each pumpkin eyes, nose, a mouth, and a stem using various pieces of candy.


To make the gumdrops into the shapes we wanted, I laid down some parchment paper, put the gumdrop on top, then rolled it flat with a rolling pin.  Then, I took a knife and cut it into a triangle or whatever shape we wanted it to be.  Little Crafter had fun choosing the colors he wanted for each part and making the pumpkins have different expressions, like happy, silly, and serious.


But of course, we couldn’t make the whole batch into Jack-o-Lanterns because how do you make cupcakes without having some chocolate?!  Since the only brown pumpkins I’ve ever seen are rotten ones, we decided to get creative and make some monsters out of these instead.


We used our same candy supplies here, but I think LC actually enjoyed making these even more because of the creative freedom he had…I mean, monsters can have one eye or four, or anything in between!  They can have antennae, ears, or whatever you like.  Noses and mouths are optional.  LC’s favorite thing was looping the licorice to make it look like a few of them were sticking out their tongues.


Seriously, now.  How fun are these?!  And they couldn’t be easier to make, even for your smallest helpers.


If you’re looking for a relatively easy fall activity, this is a great one, especially because when you’re done, you get to EAT them!  I’d love for you to stop by One Artsy Mama for more Fall Fun inspiration like our Candy Corn Treat Jars, BOO Bottles, Fall Coasters, and more!

Hugs & Glitter,



About the author 

Amy Latta

Amy Latta is the author of One Artsy Mama, where she shares a variety of project types including home decor, kids' crafts, sewing, jewelry, and more. Recently, she published her first e-book, Crochet 101, to help beginners learn basic crochet stitches and techniques. She is happiest when creating something and enjoys making all kinds of projects with her 4 year old "Little Crafter." In her spare time, Amy is a professional ballroom, latin, and swing dancer. When not on the dance floor or crafting, you can probably find her at Starbucks.

Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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