If you’re the sort of person who enjoys an elaborate baking project, Halloween is one of the best times of the year. Once the calendar turns over to October, you’ve got a whole bunch of new flavors and styles to play around with. Apple cider donuts! Dracula cookies! Pumpkin-spiced everything! If you’re feeling frisky, maybe even some gingerbread!
But if you love baking, you also know that sometimes the end result doesn’t look anything like what you expected…especially when you were trying to recreate a Pinterest-worthy treat. And that’s why October is also the season for Halloween-themed baking fails. Luckily for all of us, amateur bakers have been brave enough to share their Halloween baking disasters, and now we share them with you. (via Bored Panda.) Good luck, Halloween bakers, and remember: if at first you don’t succeed, there’s always store-bought.
1. Vampire teeth cookies
Looks like Dracula needs braces.
2. Ghost bananas
Some nights you can still hear a voice shouting, “Who am I, Martha Stewart? Screw this!”
3. Spider cookies
Just call them “stepped-on spider cookies.”
4. Jack-o-lantern cookies
Their secret ingredient? The souls of the damned.
5. Brain cake
This was the first time a zombie ever said, “Nah, I’m good.”
6. Ghost strawberries
And that’s why you don’t apply icing with a shotgun.
7. Pumpkin cheeseballs
After making cheeseball #1: Well, that was my first one. I’ll get better.
Cheeseball #2: Uh oh.
Cheeseball #3: Honey, can we skip the Halloween party? I have a migraine.
8. Gluten-free skeleton cookie
Someone’s been hitting the Halloween candy pretty hard.
9. Hot dog mummy
It only looks 2,000 years old.
10. Frankenstein Rice Krispie treats
Did I say “Frankenstein”? I meant “The Blob.”
11. Spider-Man candy apples
Looks like Dr. Octopus won this round.
12. Surprise pumpkin pound cake
Oh, it’s a surprise all right.
13. Ghost cupcakes
Meet Casper’s lesser known cousin, Chester the Misshapen Ghost.
14. Skeleton fried egg
Also known as the “I know Mommy’s out of town, but this will cheer you up” special.
15. Pumpkin bundt cake
You know what? I’d still eat it. And all the others, probably.