Skeleton cupcakes and ‘char spookery’ boards: Halloween treats from TikTok


Pastry chef and culinary producer Ashley Holt joined TODAY to share some of their favorite scary snacks and TikTok snacks to celebrate Halloween. She shows us how to make spider webs out of white chocolate and pretzels, sweet and savory “char spookery” platters and breakaway sugar skull cupcakes, and how to turn a pumpkin into a wine barrel.

1. Pull Apart Skeleton Cupcakes from @sugar_monsterr

These scary cupcakes are just as fun to eat as they are. The assembled cupcakes together form a sweet centerpiece on the theme of the Day of the Dead for your Halloween table.


  • Cupcakes
  • Frosting, different colors
  • Sprinkles (optional)


  • Scoreboard
  • Offset spatula
  • Piping bags and tips

Method: Bake cupcakes of the desired size. Arrange on a plate or board in the desired shape. Decorate with icing and sprinkles to look like a skull!

Spider web decorations are a must for any spooky Halloween celebration. These pretzel and white chocolate nets help set the scene and make for a delicious and easy homemade Christmas snack.


  • Small pretzel sticks
  • White chocolate, melted
  • Candy eyeballs

Equipment: Piping bag

Method: Arrange the pretzel sticks upside down. Glue together with circles of melted white chocolate. Add candy eyeballs in the middle for a sweet touch.

3. Sweet Char-Spookery Board by @modernglamhome

Add a sweet, skeletal touch to snack boards. All you need is a board, some candy, a bit of creativity, and some Halloween spirit.


  • Cookies and Cream Chocolate Kisses
  • Yogurt-coated raisins
  • Peanut butter cup
  • Powdered mini donuts
  • Wafer bars coated with white chocolate
  • Wafer bars coated with milk chocolate
  • Sugar-coated ghost-shaped marshmallows
  • Popcorn
  • White chocolate truffles
  • White chocolate pretzels


  • 1 (12 x 18 in.) Black or wooden board
  • 1 pair of skeletal hands


  1. On the board, use chocolate kisses and yogurt-coated raisins to create the skull outline.
  2. Next, place 2 peanut butter cups for the eyes in the center. Cut chocolate-coated wafer bars into 1/2-inch pieces and place them in two rows for the mouth.
  3. Fill the skull shape with your white candies, snacks and chocolates. I like to put them in groups and keep the same guy together a bit. Use smaller items like popcorn, nuts, or milk chocolate chips to fill in any gaps or gaps (if you don’t want to be cluttered with candy, any white or light-colored food can be used to fill in the skull). Place the skeletal hands on each side of the board.

Expect the unexpected on this unpredictable snack board. The variety of cheeses, olives and crackers leaves you guessing, but the creepy surprise in the middle will take your breath away – but certainly not your appetite!


  • Different types of cheese
  • A variety of olives
  • cracker
  • Prosciutto


  • 1 (12 x 18 inch) wooden board
  • 1 small full body skeleton

Method: Fill the wooden board with cheese, olives and crackers. Wrap a small skeleton in prosciutto and place it in the center of the board. Serve with additional ham.

5. “Here for the Boos” wine barrel from @thecraftaisle

this boozy pumpkin is guaranteed to get the party guests in a party mood. The secret of this festive fountain is a wine bag hidden in the pumpkin, the spout of which is easily accessible at the front.

Ingredients: Pumpkin + wine bag

Equipment: Black and white color markers


  1. Cut out a wide opening on the back of a large, oval pumpkin.
  2. Completely hollow out the inside of the pumpkin.
  3. Turn the pumpkin over on its “front” and make a hole slightly larger than a quarter down to fit into the tenon of the wine bag.
  4. Use colored pencils to write “I’m here for the boo!” On this page. Insert the wine bag!


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