Whether you dream of a wedding cake that is subtly spooktacular or one that screams Halloween, there are plenty of ways to evoke the spirit of October 31 on your big day.

By Kristen Finello
Updated May 25, 2017
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When it comes to your wedding, you’ll want to carry your Halloween theme through every detail, and your cake—which will likely be on display at your reception and featured in many of your photos—is one of the most important and fun ways to do it. Whether you prefer something that’s downright creepy, elegant and Gothic, or simply traditional black and orange, you can work with your baker to personalize your cake both inside and out. Treat your guests to seasonally-inspired cake and filling flavors such as pumpkin, apple, maple, caramel, dark chocolate, cream cheese, and red velvet (an especially apt choice if you love the idea of a “bleeding” dessert!). But first, let these memorable Halloween wedding cakes inspire you.

Looking for a ghoulishly gorgeous cake? This is it. The simple yet striking black and white color palette is perfect for showing off details such as the intricate spider web, swirly accents, and “dripping” effect. The Mexican Day of the Dead-inspired skulls—complete with a fascinator for the bride and a top hat for the groom—make for the ideal topper.

Asymmetrical layers give this cake its charming, slightly off-kilter feel. Climbing vines, edible maple leaves, sugar pumpkins, and the rustic “Just Married” sign add an outdoorsy, autumnal feeling. If the blue dots and stripes don’t work with your wedding palette, choose a different hue to coordinate with your own colors of choice.

Three tiers of cake covered in smooth black and red fondant with edible spider webs set the stage for this dapper skeleton couple as they stand side by side at the altar. Lest you be tempted to forget your vows, remember that you too will be together until death do you part!

If a full-on Halloween theme is not the look you’re after, opt for a simple, elegant confection like this one. White-on-white piped on skeletons give this traditional two-tiered white wedding cake a subtly spooky twist. A small selection of petite pumpkins and fall-hued foliage add seasonal flair without being over-the-top.

Nothing says Halloween like the color combination of orange, black, and purple. A fun way to personalize this palette is to mimic a detail of your dress—look to details like the corset, bow, or beads to provide inspiration. On the bottom layer, more traditional symbols of the season—in this case, bats and a full moon—reflect the Halloween spirit.

If you are going for more of a kitschy Halloween vibe, consider this three-tiered cake topped with a hauntingly happy couple inspired by the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. The purple and black stripes are a classic Halloween color pairing and the stitching detail adds a whimsical touch.

This tombstone-topped cake shares a sweet sentiment: Love never dies. Solid black frosted layers with red flowers are elegant while Mr. and Mrs. skulls add an eerie element. (It’s a good sign that they’re smiling though, right?) Ask your baker for a red velvet cake for a thrilling surprise when it’s cut.