Halloween's focus may be on a youngster's costume and the candy he gathers as he makes his way through the neighborhood, but that doesn't mean the party can't start early with some tasty treats. From school-sponsored bashes to kiddie soirees, Halloween parties offer lil ones another opportunity to show off their costumes and indulge in some sweets to kick off the spooktacular holiday.

With some inspiration from Martha Stewart, a platter of wicked witch cupcakes is more likely to put a smile on a wee one's face than frighten him. After baking up a favorite cupcake recipe, simply mix up some green buttercream icing, add a chocolate ice cream cone hat, and dig into your Halloween candy supply for some pieces that will create a witchy face. Be sure to have a few extra on hand as these devilishly good delights are sure to entice the parents as much as the kids.