11 Ways to Maximize Pumpkin

Can't get enough pumpkin? We're sharing 11 creative ways to get more pumpkin in your life.

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Which Halloween Character Are You?

On October 31, should you patiently wait for the Great Pumpkin, spook the house's new residents, or claim that you ain't scared of no ghosts? Take our quiz…if you dare.

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Outrageous Pumpkins You HAVE to See

These spooky pumpkins are sure to scare up laughs and fun! Get complete DIY carving instructions here.

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Hipster Pumpkin Stencils

Grab your cardigan, pause your cassette tape, and pick a pumpkin that perfectly encompasses your hipster vibe. If you're feeling nostalgic, share this with your friends.

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3-Layer Candy Corn Drink: Perfect for Halloween!

Pretty colors and fruity flavors stand out in this 3-layer drink that looks just like candy corn. Adorable!

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Lazy Girl's Halloween Cupcakes

When you'd prefer to prep for your Halloween party by styling your zombie makeup instead of piping cupcakes, look to GeorgetownCupcake.com for a dozen creepy sweets just in time for All Hallows Eve.

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How to Make Popcorn Balls

Ah, the popcorn ball. Three steps, basic ingredients, and some literal hands-on fun are at the heart of these classic treats that go just as well at a party as at low-key streaming-movie night. Now pop to it!

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3-Step Halloween Decorations

One, two, three, done! Get ready for Halloween in no time with our easy three-step decorating ideas. Including flying bats, playful pumpkins, and scaredy black cats, these Halloween crafts will be ready in no time. Try one of our easy Halloween decorations to get your home ready for the spooky season.


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    • Webbed Window Covering

      Transform your front door into a clever spiderweb in three easy steps.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Start with three long strips of black crafts tape, creating an off-center X shape with two pieces and using the third to cut across the middle of the X, dividing your glass window into six sections.

      2. Starting at the center, add tape strips to each section until a web starts to take shape.

      3. Hot-glue a suction cup to a faux spider, and attach it to the window.

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    • Paint-Dipped Pumpkins

      These two-tone tabletop gourds make for one scintillating centerpiece.

      Make the decoration:

      1. With a heavy hand, layer on white paint to the tops of miniature pumpkins using a foam paintbrush. Bonus points for drips!

      2. Let the white paint dry for several hours before moving on to the final step.

      3. Use your fingertips to add metallic gold paint to the stem of each pumpkin and let dry completely before arranging.
      (image credit:
      Cassie Bustamante)

    • Wall Skull Vignettes

      These ghoulish silhouettes put a Halloween-theme spin on traditional family portraits.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Search online for “skull clipart” and print the silhouettes onto art-quality paper.

      2. Embellish the printouts by painting gold bows using a small detail paintbrush.

      3. Put your embellished prints inside a frame and hang in your entryway or family room.
      (image credit:
      Alexis Middleton)

    • Posh Pumpkin Display

      Decorate your Halloween pumpkins this year with washi tape. Not only is is much easier than carving your pumpkin, but it eliminates the mess, too.

      Make the decoration:

      Watch the video to see how!

    • Spider-Stamped Plates

      Celebrate the Halloween season with this understated and sophisticated stamp trick.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Cover a spider-shape stamp with solvent-based ink (the type intended for nonpaper surfaces).

      2.Carefully press the stamp onto the backs of cheap glass plates, being careful to hold the stamp steady.

      3. If you make any mistakes, use nail polish remover and a cotton swab to erase; let dry.
      (image credit:
      Erin Souder)

    • Paper Straw Witch Brooms

      These pint-size brooms might not help with household chores, but they sure are a cute addition to a Halloween display!

      Make the decoration:

      1. Cut striped paper straws to about 3-1/2 inches.

      2. Attach raffia to one end of the straw, first with glue and then by wrapping with a length of green tape on the outside.

      3. Trim and fluff the raffia until you achieve a broomlike shape.
      (image credit:
      Craftaholics Anonymous)

    • Balloon Ghost

      Casper the friendly ghost has nothing on this life-size Halloween porch accessory.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Blow up a white balloon and give your ghost a facial expression with a black permanent marker.

      2. Tape a piece of string to the top of the balloon and thread it through the middle of a sheet of netting; allow the netting to fall down around the sides of the balloon.

      3. Finish by pulling the netting tight beneath the balloon and tie with more string, then hang from the top-most string.
      (image credit:
      Sabine Williams)

    • Witchy Drink Bottles

      Add a wicked-cool feel to your Hallowen party drinks with our witch silhouettes.

      Make the decoration:
      1. Print our witch patterns onto white paper, enlarging or reducing as needed to fit your drink bottles or glasses; cut out.

      2. Trace around the templates onto black self-sticking shelf liner; cut out.

      3. Peel off the paper backing and adhere the silhouettes to your drink bottles.

      Editor's Tip: Print off extra witch patterns and use them to embellish other items, such as vases or decorative plates.

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    • Ghost Book Pop-Ups

      Make a spooky centerpiece from old books and ghostly shapes.

      Make the decoration:
      1. Cut two basic ghost shapes from pages in the middle of a book, leaving the bottoms attached to the pages.

      2. Fold up each ghost and secure with tape.

      3. Use a hole punch or marker to make eyes for this haunting centerpiece.

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      Hanging Bat Pumpkins

      Even outdoor decorations can be completed in a flash. Give the illusion of flying bats with our outdoor pumpkin decoration.

      Make the decoration:
      1. Print our bat patterns onto white paper, enlarging or reducing as needed to fit your pumpkin.

      2. Paint silhouettes of black bats on white pumpkins using our pattern as your template.

      3. Suspend the mini pumpkins from garden hooks with heavy rope.

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      Hanging Halloween Plates

      Add an air of eerie elegance to your home with our skeletal and anatomical hanging Halloween plates.

      Make the decoration:
      1. Print images of copyright-free clip art in black-and-white.

      2. Decoupage them onto inexpensive plates and bowls. We chose white to continue the black-and-white theme.

      3. Hang the serving pieces on the wall with removable, adhesive-backed picture-hanging strips to avoid making nail holes for this seasonal display.

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      Halloween Yarn Wreath

      Forget spooky decorations: Our yarn Halloween wreath is a cinch to make and oh, so cute.

      Make the decoration:
      1. Wrap plastic-foam balls of various sizes with orange, cream, and black yarn; hot-glue to secure.

      2. Hot-glue each ball to a wire wreath form as desired, alternating colors as you go.

      3. Add a pretty orange bow as an accent.

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      Jack-o'-Lantern Flower Vase

      Ditch the standard candle and brighten up your jack-o'-lantern with an arrangement of bold-hue harvest flowers.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Carve a friendly, smiling face into a white pumpkin (or faux pumpkin).

      2. Cut the stems of a bouquet of seasonal flowers and arrange in a small vase.

      3. Set the vase inside the carved pumpkin.

      Download the free pattern
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      Wicked Witch Boots

      Take a lesson from witches on accessorizing -- black boots are a Halloween must-have.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Place a plastic-foam ball inside the heels of two black boots.

      2. Stick stalks of wheat and other dried foliage into the foam balls so the foliage sticks out the tops of the boots.

      3. Set the boots near the front door to warn everyone that a witch is near.

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      Hanging Bat Rosettes

      Hang a cluster of colorful paper accordions decorated with bats in your entryway to celebrate this Halloween.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Accordion-fold colorful cardstock to make large paper rosettes.

      2. Use our pattern to trace and cut out bats; hot-glue to rosettes.

      3. Dangle the rosettes with clear fishing line for a floating effect.

      Download the free pattern
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      Creepy Candles

      Spread a little fright on Halloween with our E-e-k! hurricanes.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Download our free letter templates and print using a color printer.

      2. Wrap around store-bought glass hurricanes; tape in place to secure.

      3. Place candles inside hurricanes and light for a flickering effect.

      Download the free pattern
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      Candy Corn Jar with Mums

      Are those spiders jumping out of that candy jar? Not quite. A spray of chartreuse spider mums tops a jar of candy corn.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Insert a smaller, waterproof container into a short, large vase.

      2. Fill the smaller container with florist's foam and chartreuse spider mums.

      3. Fill the larger vase with candy corn.

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      Haunted Library Books

      Even regular household items, such as books, can become bewitching props for a Halloween vignette.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Cut lengths of paper to wrap around the books, and fold the edges over the insides of the front and back covers.

      2. Decorate the spines with Halloween stickers such as pumpkins, skeletons, or witches' hats.

      3. Spell out creepy book names along the spines using a stencil or letter stickers.

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      Hair-Raising Tablecloth

      This no-sew tablecloth couldn't be easier to make.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Download and print the pattern; cut out.

      2. Trace the scaredy-cat shapes onto black felt; cut out.

      3. Attach them to a large piece of gold felt using fusible web.

      Download the free pattern
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      Colorful Candy Bowl

      Transform a clear glass bowl into a Halloween-ready display with our easy construction-paper embellishments. To make, cut the paper into strips of various widths to use for stripes and trim. Trim with decorative-edge scissors if you like. Using circle punches, punch out dots in various sizes and colors. Adhere pieces to your candy bowl using double-stick tape.

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      Sequined Mask Candy Jar

      Keep a watchful eye on who is sneaking loot from the candy jar.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Adhere a sequined mask to the outside of a candy jar.

      2. Glue two flat marbles into the eyeholes of the mask for a piercing gaze.

      3. Fill the bowl with your favorite candies and set out for guests or trick-or-treaters.

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      Candy Treasure Trove

      Be ready for trick-or-treaters with this special Halloween bowl.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Cut off the top of an artificial pumpkin.

      2. Embellish the pumpkin with rickrack, and spell out the word treats in a fancy script using paint.

      3. Fill the pumpkin with an array of sweet treats for your guests or trick-or-treaters.

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      Dotted Table Runner

      With layers of brown and orange, the dotted design on this table runner conjures the image of a field of pumpkins. The brown will carry through the harvest season; use black felt for a traditional Halloween look.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Trace various-size circles on a length of dark-color felt; cut out.

      2. Layer the felt over a length of same-size orange felt.

      3. Secure the two layers with glue, if desired, and drape the runner over the table.

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      Sparkling Glass Votive Cups

      Turn everyday candles into a Gothic affair with a few simple embellishments.

      Make the decoration:

      1. Wrap black scrapbooking paper around glass votive cups.

      2. Trace spooky designs onto scrapbooking paper using a pencil.

      3. Following the designs, add some bling to the cups with adhesive sequins, jewels, and rhinestones.

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      Free Halloween Printables and Projects

      We've gathered some of the best free Halloween ideas on our site -- from pumpkin stencils to Halloween games to decorations that will help you celebrate the holiday in "spooktacular" style.
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