Perfect for Thanksgiving, Halloween, or any other party you throw this season. 

By Elisabeth Sherman
Updated September 14, 2017

As we settle into autumn, even though that means bidding farewell to sunny days, there is still plenty to be excited about. Halloween and Thanksgiving are on the horizon, which means you’ll have plenty excuses to stay home and bake batches of cookies. Lots and lots and lots of cookies. Sure, you’ll be making plenty of the orange and yellow and red leaf cookies, probably some pumpkins, and definitely a few plate-fulls of ghosts. But what about adding a scarecrow or a witch on her broomstick to your cookie line-up? Keep your holiday cookie spread looking fresh with these fall cookie cutters in both traditional shapes and several more that are a bit unexpected.

Woodland Creatures

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Featuring a fox, an owl, and a deer, among other friendly forest creatures, these cookie cutters are perfect for fall, when these cute animals are the main characters in the stories you tell kids before on bed on a windy evening.

Ann Clark Woodland Cookie Cutters, $10 at

Autumn Cookie Cutters

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This autumn-themed set of cookie cutters features all the essentials you need for the holiday season: a pumpkin, a leaf, a turkey, and even a squirrel.

Fox Run Autumn Cookie Cutter Set, $13 at

Fall and Halloween Cookie Cutter Sheet

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These more detailed cookie cutter shapes feature a smiling jack-o-lantern, a witch in mid-flight, and a very startled-looking turkey.

Nordic Ware Fall and Halloween Cookie Cutter Sheet $21 at

Fall Leaf Cookie Cutter Set

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Try experimenting with a more natural take on the fall cookies with this selection of cookie cutters that offers three different types of leaves and a simple apple, acorn, and pumpkin.

R & M International Fall Leaf Cookie Cutter Set, $12 on

Halloween Cookie Cutters

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Another witch makes an appearance in this set, but so does a broom, a bat with wings outstretched, and a hissing cat—perfect for a classic batch of spooky Halloween cookies.

R & M International Boxed Set of Halloween Cookie Cutters, $7 on

Halloween Metal Cookie Cutter Tub

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After you’ve gotten tired of classic Halloween cookies, step up your game with this set, which has a coffin, a bone, a gravestone, and a cauldron. You could even bake up your own cemetery for a Halloween party.

Wilton Halloween Metal Cookie Cutter Tub, $8 on

Scarecrow Cookie Cutter

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Want to get really specific with your fall-themed desserts? Try out this scarecrow cookie cutter, which will show people just how dedicated you are to evoking fall on your dessert table, regardless of the holidays.

CopperGifts Scarecrow Cookie Cutter, $23 on

Zombie Gingerbread Man

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Forget boring gingerbread men their cutesy little bowties. This zombie version is much more haunted house-appropriate. Though it begs the question: What happens when you bite a zombie?

Bespoked Curations Zombie Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter, $15 on

Fall Impression Cookie Cutters

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These gorgeous cookie cutters are highly detailed takes on classics: There’s a squirrel clutching his acorn, and a wide-eyed owl that add a little more character even without royal icing decorations.

Williams-Sonoma Fall Impression Cookie Cutters, $20 on