Not-So-Scary Halloween Ghost Cupcake Recipe

I recently followed an interesting online conversation between mothers. One mother was concerned that her seven-year-old wanted a “scary” Halloween costume. She thought he was too young for that. Other moms chimed in with their thoughts as well. Some thought that the mother should stand her ground and refuse to buy a scary costume. One mom pointed out that you can’t teach kindness and scare people at the same time. But others said that Halloween was about being scared, so it’s a great time to teach kids to start handling uncomfortable feelings, like being scared.

I can honestly see both sides of the argument. I know a lot of kids with anxiety issues, and I wonder how they deal with ghosts and skeletons and monsters coming at them all of October. On the other hand, death and sadness, and even being afraid, are part of life and we do need to teach our kids how to handle these difficult subjects.

That’s part of why I love the new book Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier.

It’s a bit of a sad story about a family that needs to move because of the health of one of their children. But, the story is told with so much humor and creativity that kids of all ages can really understand and accept what’s going on. If you haven’t read any of Telgemeier’s other graphic novels you’re in for a real treat.

Not-So-Scary Halloween Ghost Cupcake Recipe

You can see what I mean in this excerpt from the book.

Not-So-Scary Halloween Ghost Cupcake Recipe

The book’s use of ghosts and the supernatural are perfect for this Halloween season, too. I tend to take a bit of a light approach to Halloween, so for everything scary I like to include something fun! That is why I’m sharing this great ghost cupcake recipe to celebrate Ghosts this Halloween.

Not-So-Scary Halloween Ghost Cupcake Recipe

Not-So-Scary Halloween Ghost Cupcake Recipe


  • one box chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tub vanilla frosting
  • 1 bag chocolate chips


  1. Make cupcakes according to box instructions. Let cool.
  2. Place frosting into a plastic baggie, cut a large corner and squeeze onto the middle of cupcake and slowly rotate, letting the frosting spread out, then create the top of the ghost "body".
  3. Use chocolate chips to create eyes and mouth!

Aren’t they the cutest? Also, chocolate. 🙂

Not-So-Scary Halloween Ghost Cupcake Recipe

I’ve been given one copy of Ghosts to give away, too!


To enter:

  • Tweet me, @MomSpark, on Twitter with the costume your child is wearing this year! Make sure you include #RainaGhosts and #sweepstakes.

Giveaway ends November 9th at 11:59 p.m. CST. Good luck!

Learn more about Ghosts by visiting GraphixBooks.Tumblr.com. Have a happy Halloween!

This post was sponsored but all ideas are my own.


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