If you’re hosting a Halloween party this year you simply must have cupcakes! Cupcakes with orange or brown frosting, or cupcakes made to look like eyeballs or monsters, these are classic traditions for the spooky holiday. If you’re going to have cupcakes you’ll need a cupcake stand. Well, you could just set the cupcakes on a plate but where’s the fun in that? It’s almost as easy to build a tiered cupcake stand that can be used as the table centerpiece as well.
Although you can use three same-size plates to make the Halloween cupcake stand it will have more of a tree shape if you use three different sizes. Lightweight plates work best; you can even use plastic disposable plates for the stand. In addition to the plates you’ll need something to separate them.
One way to tier the plates is to use small cardboard boxes. The boxes can be wrapped with Halloween gift wrap or scrapbook paper. The boxes should be sturdy and much smaller than the plates themselves. Instead of wrapping the boxes you can paint them and decorate them to look like haunted houses. Stickers and similar craft supplies can help you create the look.
Another way to make the separators for the plates is to use popsicle sticks. Cut a wide, long piece of cardboard and fold it into a square shape. Tape the ends together to make a box. Make two of these. Cover the cardboard with popsicle sticks, aligning them side-by-side, and gluing them in place. The sticks can be painted black or orange then decorated to look like haunted houses. Glue on tiny, fake spiders or bugs, glue on bat stickers, or otherwise create the design you want on each house. If you’re using plates that are all the same size the haunted houses can be all the same size. If you’re using plates that get smaller as the tray gets higher each box should be smaller than the previous one.
Glue dots or strips make it easy to assemble the tiered Halloween tree. They’re available at most any store that sells picture-hanging hardware. The dots are simply peeled off the paper and positioned where needed. The stand can be disassembled without damage since the glue dots simply peel off most any object.
The tiered Halloween cupcake stand is perfect for creating that eerie look for special party foods. They don’t absolutely have to be used for cupcakes; they can hold finger foods, chips and much more!