Slideshow: Share Your Sweets: Homemade Halloween Treats

Natalie's Chocolate + Pumpkin Spider Cupcakes
Natalie's Chocolate + Pumpkin Spider Cupcakes
"I used a lightened-up recipe that replaces all the oil and eggs with pumpkin, which means, according to me, these cupcakes are actually GOOD for you (since pumpkin is good for you)."—Natalie P.
Kailley's Walking Dead Cupcakes
Kailley's Walking Dead Cupcakes
"These Walking Dead/Halloween inspired cupcakes include a ghastly pale almond base infused with a vein of red, American [horror] buttercream, sinister black sprinkles (yes, this may be only time you see “sinister” and “sprinkles” in the same sentence), bloody decorating gel, and candy knives and “toxic” signs stabbed straight through the top."—Kailley L.
Tipsykit37's Decorated Cookies
Tipsykit37's Decorated Cookies
"These are some Halloween cookies I made to mail to my niece. They are a basic cutout sugar cookie recipe, and the cookies and icing are flavored with almond extract. The little faces are piped on with melted chocolate chips. I think I rolled them out a little too thin this time, because only the pumpkins arrived intact!"—Tipsykit37.
Sonya's Ghost Meringues
Sonya's Ghost Meringues
"These sweet and spooky ghost meringues are a great addition to any Halloween get together."—Sonya K.
Emily's Pumpkin Double Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Muffins
Emily's Pumpkin Double Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Muffins
"The title’s a mouthful but this recipe has enough flavor to excuse all those adjectives! It’s a little time-consuming - you have to make three separate batters and layer them together – but the end result is totally worth it. These are muffins and not cupcakes, no frosting and the texture is more muffin than cakey, but they still work perfectly for dessert. Plus, who isn't a sucker for an orange and "black" treat on Halloween?"—Emily W.
Gordon's Spooky Cookies
Gordon's Spooky Cookies
"I was looking for some kind cookie that incorporated pumpkin as an ingredient, but when Google turned up a picture of some professionally-done pumpkin & ghost cut-outs I couldn't resist. I used a basic sugar cookie recipe my mom found in the local newspaper over 30 years ago. It calls for lemon extract, which gives the cookie a really nice flavor. My boyfriend helped with the decorating; our favorite part was coming up with different faces for the ghosts (craftily shaped from a Christmas bell cutter!). The icing is simply confectioner’s sugar, butter and a little milk."—Gordon U.
Ella's Halloween Cookies
Ella's Halloween Cookies
"Halloween sugar cookies, for spooky batty fun. Iced with a mix of powdered sugar, corn syrup, food coloring, and milk, which beats royal icing any day in my book!"—Ella F.
Robyn's Gingersnaps
Robyn's Gingersnaps
"Gingersnaps just mean Halloween to me, I guess because that's when those huge stacks of orange and brown boxes filled with spice cookies show up at the market. These cookies are very similar. They're snappy around the edges and chewy inside. The mix of ginger, cinnamon and cardamom impart a pleasing warmth, more bark than bite."—Robyn F.