Halloween Peeps topiaries you can whip up in under an hour

I’m wrapping up this week’s candy crafts with a Halloween riff on my Marshmallow Peeps Easter Topiary Trees. And why not – the Halloween Marshmallow Peeps Topiaries are just as cute, and they’re a super easy idea for Halloween decorating. Really, you can have a pair of these displayed on your Halloween mantel in less than an hour. In fact, I debated about whether I needed to include instructions to make these, they’re that easy.

how to make Halloween candy trees

Halloween Marshmallow Peeps Topiary Trees.

To make a Halloween Marshmallow Peeps Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam™: 12” x 4” and 9” x 4” cones
  • Marshmallow Peeps:
    • The 12” x 4” cone uses about 18 ghosts & 18 pumpkins
    • The 9” x 4” cone uses about 18 ghosts
  • Black & orange peanut butter taffy, or other Halloween candies
  • Low temp glue gun

 To make a Halloween Marshmallow Peeps Topiary:

how to make Halloween candy trees

Top off your tree with a ghost and/or pumpkin.

1. Work out your design on a tabletop, so you know how you would like to arrange the rows of candy before you start gluing.

2. Glue the candy in rows around the cone, starting at the bottom. Continue working up and around the cone till it’s covered. Add a ghost and/or pumpkin to the top. That’s it!

Now, how easy is that?

To make this week even sweeter, I am giving away a book I love, Glitterville’s Handmade Halloween: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting!  You might recognize the author, Stephen Brown, who was a judge on the TV series Craft Wars. He’s also the designer behind the giftware line Glitterville. His new, 200+ page book shows you how to create your own sweet & sparkling Halloween crafts and decorations from basic materials, like paper clay, glitter (of course), chenille stems and STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Glitterville by Stephen Brown

You could win a copy of Glitterville!

Here’s how you can win a copy of the book – tell me which Halloween candy is your favorite. Candy corn?  Snickers? Marshmallow Peeps? Leave your answer below by Tuesday, October 30, and I’ll announce the winner on Halloween.


Happy crafting.


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85 Responses to Halloween Peeps topiaries you can whip up in under an hour

  1. Jennie Smith says:

    We always headed to my aunts house first. She always had popcorn balls or candied apples. Those were the days we made our own costumes. Such good memories.

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  6. The topiaries are adorable! Bummed I missed the give-away, but have a great week:@)

  7. oh my….lets see. I love the mini-Snickers. Since they are mini, i can eat a lot more of them!!

  8. mary ann kemper says:


  9. bonnie says:

    M & Ms

  10. rosebudinnh says:

    anything Chocolate and Candy corn, thanks for sharing and a chance to win the Glitterville book.

  11. heidi says:

    Your book, blog, and posts have inspired my haunting creativity to a new level! Unforunately I am not able to have anything chocolate so my favorites tend to be the simply sugar treats like caramel apples. Okay, I will admit I am a sucker for sugar babies as those are my favorites! I would love to win a copy of your book. Fabulous!!

  12. Charlene says:

    My favorite candy is Hot Tamales.

  13. mary lou says:

    peanut butter pumpkins!! love your peeps topiary i am definitely making one to send to school with my granddaughter!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Mary Lou, and have fun with your PEEPS topiary. We’re going to make another one today, too. They’re so easy, I have a few extra PEEPS, and it’s a rainy day, so why not. Happy crafting to you. Sharon

  14. sondra bailey says:

    Reece’s Pieces! Thank you for a chance! Happy Halloween

  15. Robie Coleman says:

    At our house, we have a new halloween favorite. Halloween Bark. You can google it and find many versions and recipes. Basically anything covered with white almond bark. We especially love the orange and black oreo cookie version. Happy Haunting. P.S. Love the Peep trees!

  16. Meg says:

    Could you do this with toothpicks instead of glue? That way you could make it the day of a party and eat it! I would hate to see all those yummy peeps go to waste!

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Meg, Yes, I think toothpicks would work. I would first cover the cone with foil or plastic wrap, so that the PEEPS don’t pick up foam crumbs. Another reader was going to try candy melts as a glue, and a stiff frosting might work, too. Please let me know how this goes, as I have more PEEPS plans in the works, and I’d like to experiment with an edible glue, too. Thanks! Sharon

  17. Lynette says:

    Snickers has to be my favorite! Loved the Peeps tree.

  18. Jeanette says:

    I always loved those sugar cream mini pumpkins since many years ago. Don’t know if they still make them or not. I hope so.

  19. Eli says:

    My favorite is candy corn and mini Twix bars.

  20. handimom says:

    SNICKERS! ooey gooey, crunchy, salty, sweet – my favorite for trick or treat!

  21. Kathy H says:

    My favorite Halloween treats are popcorn balls and candy corn! When I was a child (so long ago!) there was a lady in our neighborhood who made the most delish popcorn balls ever and served them with hot mulled cider. What a treat!!! Be especially blessed, Kathy

  22. Sandy Kelly says:

    Every Halloween, the first thing I get is a bag of candy corn. Just wouldn’t be the same w/o it! I love your peeps craft, but I can’t stands peeps! ha ha

  23. Ande says:

    Candy corn and milk duds!!! Yum!

  24. Terry says:

    Spooktacular tree! Going to make one except use white candy melts for glue so we can eat the whole thing! Thanks ! By the way snickers rule

    • Sharon says:

      Good idea to use the white candy melts as your edible glue — please let me know how that works. I’d love to see photos of your PEEPS tree, too. Thank you! Sharon

  25. GINGER CHILD says:

    mini snickers I was not allowed to trick or treat as a child, so as a mom and gramma, I have had my share of stealing the little candy bars from the childrenns’ bags! hahahaha!

  26. Sheila Burkett says:

    Reese’s Pumpkins AND candy corn!

  27. studiorose says:

    Glitterville! OMGosh, I MUST have that book! I love love love Glitterville and love Halloween!

    I haven’t been trick-or-treating in many years (!), but my favorite candies were banana-flavored caramels. I only remember the waxy yellow wrappers, not the name of them. They were rare and special to get! 🙂

  28. Connie Kline says:

    Popcorn balls!

  29. mary selby says:

    snickers is my flavor candy bar

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  31. Denise Gallwitz says:

    peanut butter kisses ! always !!

  32. Donna O'Neil says:

    I love Candy Corn. Don’t tell my hubby I am going to get a stash for the office,

  33. joygross says:

    Oh goodness Candy Corn for sure 🙂

  34. Jeanne Mayes says:

    Have not seen the peeps yet–will have to go find them. Love candy corn in different colors.

  35. Shannon says:

    Reese’s Cups or Reese’s Sticks 🙂

  36. Hilda says:

    Peeps Rule! Perhaps you could wrap the cone in foil first and then attach the Peeps with frilly toothpicks so you could still eat them after Halloween? Slightly stale Peeps are the best for roasting over a fire or putting on top of Peeps Casserole!

  37. Terry Young says:

    I love anything made out of chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Yum!

  38. Candy Corn, unfortunately I have already went through a bag of them. 🙂

  39. Jennifer W says:

    MMMM, kit kats!!! But chocolate dipped peeps sound very tasty!

  40. Ellen M. says:

    Definitely the chocolate-dipped Peeps. Peeps alone are great, but dipped in chocolate…! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  41. amy dodaro says:

    Really cute /my fav is snickers bar yum .Ho[e to win your book thanks Amy

  42. Love, love, love this book and hope to win! My favorite Halloween Candy is definitely Reese’s PB pumpkins!!

  43. Jackie says:

    Oh I love peanut butter cups
    Thank you for offering the book
    Happy Halloween

  44. Cookie17 says:

    Mine is anything that has peanut butter in it .Hope I win book…Thank’s Sharon you have great blog Love it…..Cookie17

  45. I don’t think Kit Kat’s are really officially Halloween candy, but I can never seem to get enough of them! :’) What a lovely, creative book! Love the peep topiary’s. Can’t wait to give them a try. Some Christmas peeps of some kind would be awesome.

  46. Ruth says:

    Oh dear, how to choose just one. . . . .mmm probably marshmallow and jelly shapes

  47. Katiria says:

    Wow I love Craft Wars. It was sad to read about Tori Spelling’s ordeal with her recent pregnancy. I hope she’ll be back on as host. My favorite Halloween candy is Reese’s Pieces. They taste soooo good and they’re the perfect orange and black color for the season.

  48. Lynn says:

    Snickers is my favorite because it has everything wrapped up in one nice package.
    It has gooey caramel that I can stretch, Airy yummy marshmallow, and nuts. Crunchy nuts all covered and twisted with caramel = crunchy caramel and marshmallow.
    That is the ultimate happiness for my mouth.

  49. Sarah Bowe says:

    candy corn

  50. Birgit says:

    If I had to pick an American chocolate bar, I would say Butterfinger. Once again this candy isn’t available in Germany though. Lately, I discovered a peanut butter-flavored candy though — KitKat Chunky Peanut Butter. I declare that to be my favorite Halloween candy. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win this awesome Halloween crafts book — the winner will really be lucky.

    • Sharon says:

      Wow, that KitKat bar sounds fabulous! I don’t think I’ve seen those, but I will have to look for them now. Thanks for the tip, Birgit. Sharon,

  51. Geri Johnson says:

    Hi Sharon! I’m loving all these Halloween crafty things! And I’d love to have this book in my crafty library!

  52. Suzie says:

    My favorite candy for this Halloween are the Peeps!! Those look great!!

  53. Violet says:

    My favorite Halloween candy is marshmallow peeps.

    • Sharon says:

      Glad you came by today, Violet. I’ve seen several votes for marshmallow peeps so far. I wonder if there will be Christmas peeps for a Christmas topiary?? I’ll have to check the stores. Thanks!

  54. LisaM says:

    Those look so yummy.
    My favorite treat is pumpkin peeps.
    What fun ideas you have shown so far. 🙂

  55. Breathtaking! Thanks for idea and tutorial!

  56. Rebecca Disher says:

    I just love topiary’s and I have all the candy for this as of yesterday. lolol I’ve always love dthose peanut butter taffy’s. My mom and I would take walks and share those. 🙂 However my favorite candy is Reese’s and frozen Snickers bars. When my Mom would take me trick or treating she would have me look in my bag for say a Musketeers bar. She would say give me one then open it and start eating it. I would say hey that’s my candy and she would say “Well I have to taste it to see if it’s poison. lololololol I love my Mom. lolol

  57. michelle says:

    haribo – happy hariween

  58. linda says:


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