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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Fall Outdoor Decorating

Add to the natural autumn beauty of your yard with harvest-inspired fall outdoor decorations. Featuring natural elements such as pumpkins, leaves, and more, our versatile fall outdoor decorating ideas will span the season from September through Thanksgiving.


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    • Pumpkin Planter

      Pumpkins in various colors and sizes make a beautiful fall decoration when piled in a planter and placed on your porch. If your planter is too big for your pumpkins, use a block of florist's foam to keep your gourds at the top.

    • Fall Outdoor Terrarium

      A bell jar and a shallow terra-cotta bulb dish easily transform into a fall-inspired terrarium perfect for spotlighting your favorite natural elements. Pumpkins, pinecones, Spanish moss, and leaves fill this harvest outdoor decoration.

    • Fall Cornucopia Centerpiece

      Transform a traditional cornucopia into an outdoor table centerpiece that's absolutely wow-worthy. Shop the supermarket for squash, shallots, onions, nuts, and pears. Pile them in a woven basket that's treated to withstand autumn weather, along with a few dried naturals from a crafts store, and place the display on any outdoor surface.

    • Pumpkin and Milkweed Outdoor Decoration

      Let nature set the table this fall with this rustic centerpiece. Fill a woven tray with small gourds, white and golden mini pumpkins, and a glass vase filled with downy milkweed seeds. Accent your outdoor centerpiece with calming shades of brown, gold, and orange.

    • How to Make An Outdoor Window Box

      Transform a forgotten space into a stunning window box with the season's best blooms. Here's how.

    • Fall Squash and Foilage

      Mix bright orange squash with earthy pottery for an autumn-hue display that will impress any guest. Fill the vase with beautiful crabapple branches full of ripe fruits and lush leaves, and place it on a small table near your front door.

    • Decorative Fall Urn

      Guests will ooh and aah over this gorgeous fall doorway decoration. To make it, cut a square of florist's foam and place inside a plastic urn. Cover with Spanish moss (available at crafts stores), keeping the moss in place with green pins. Make a collar of burlap around the urn, and build your arrangement with artificial leaves, berries, Chinese lanterns, dried lotus pods, and other fall favorites from the floral section of your local crafts store.

    • Harvest Pumpkin Basket

      Fall gourds easily come together to make a simple outdoor decoration. Fill a wicker or woven basket with your favorite colorful fall pumpkins, squash, and other gourds, and place it on your doorstep, back porch, or patio.

    • Outdoor Pumpkin with Maple Leaf Design

      Decorate your doorstep with a pumpkin designed to fit any sophisticated Halloween or Thanksgiving decor. Trace a maple leaf onto the pumpkin, then use a linoleum cutter or potter's ribbon tool to scrape out the design of the leaf. Be careful not to cut completely through to keep your design fresh.

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      Backyard Holiday Getaway

      Deocrate your back patio in a mix of warm and bright fall colors -- the theme will last from Halloween through Thanksgiving. Buy fall mums and other seasonal plants that fit your color scheme, but don't stop there! Make your patio furniture and pillows match your plants and pots for a seasonal look that's both fun and cohesive.

    • 3 Tips for Your Fall Front Door Display
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      Front Door, Made Beautiful

      Follow these three steps for your most gorgeous front door display yet.

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      Gourd Candleholders

      Gourds easily transform into candleholders by simply cutting off the tops and hollowing out the centers. Set them alongside other natural fall elements in a tray for a beautiful outdoor decoration.

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      Autumn Raffia Wreath

      Take the simple approach to fall outdoor decorating with our autumn-inspired wreath. All you need is orange-color raffia and an unadorned twig wreath for this easy, eye-catching creation. Bundle strands of raffia and pinch in the middle. Twist thin-gauge wire around the pinched center and attach to the wreath. Continue all the way around the wreath, being sure to fluff both sides of the raffia bundles so they flow in the same direction as the twigs.

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      Fall Backyard Porch Decor

      Decorative lights aren't just for Christmas anymore. Add a string of outdoor lights to porch railings to illuminate your backyard decorations and landscaping on any crisp fall night.

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      Welcoming Pumpkin Wheelbarrow

      A wooden wheelbarrow filled with gourds, pumpkins, dried leaves, and berry sprigs makes a beautiful entryway decoration. Work with a variety of shapes and colors to achieve a vibrant look that captures the essence of fall. Paint a "welcome friends" message on two large pumpkins, and place them on top of the wheelbarrow. Weave artificial berry vines around the wheelbarrow for a splash of stunning red.

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      Quick and Easy Painted Pumpkins

      This Halloween, create artistic pumpkins with paint, fun embellishments, and little (to no!) carving.
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