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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Home Spooky Home: Easy Halloween Crafts

Create a spooky look for your home -- inside and out -- with our easy Halloween crafts. You'll find plenty of creative crafts ideas for a fun Halloween. Including spooky ghosts, smiling pumpkins, and a few other eerie friends, our Halloween crafts will help you set the scene for a frightful evening.


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    • Paper Lanterns and Bats

      A cute and clever collection of crafts and party basics lends this front porch an enviable sense of Halloween style.

      Make the Halloween craft: Paper lanterns -- black, silver, and white -- hung at alternating heights offer visual interest and a backdrop to a few "sleeping" cut-out paper bats. Plastic spiders scatter across a trio of simple pillows with the aid of hot glue.

    • Skeleton Hands Wreath

      Prep a literal round of applause for trick-or-treaters to see on Halloween.

      Make the Halloween craft: Apply a few even layers of silver spray paint to nine plastic skeleton hands (available at dollar stores). Add a liberal amount of hot glue to the back of the hands and affix in place around a small chalkboard circle. Write a spooky phrase with chalk and hang the wreath with string.

    • Pumpkins Decorated with Tape

      No knives needed. These kid-friendly decorative pumpkins use tape instead.

    • Glittering Pumpkins

      Stack a sparkling scene by coating faux pumpkins with iridescent glitter.

      Make the Halloween craft: Tape off the stem of your pumpkin to protect it. In a ventilated area, coat the pumpkin with spray adhesive. Tap iridescent glitter all over the pumpkin; let dry. Prop a group of coated pumpkins with books, moss, and glittered leaves for a fall display that can stay put all season.

    • Webbed Walkway

      Even if you don’t have paving stones, you can re-create this simple Halloween theme pathway to your front door.

      Make the Halloween craft: Purchase new pieces of stone in various sizes; piece them together and “draw” a spiderweb using black electrician’s tape. Spread the pieces apart and lay on the ground for an “eek” entrance to your home.

    • Witch's Cauldron Craft

      Off-the-shelf crafts supplies make a big impact when gathered together in spooky ways.

      Make the Halloween craft: Choose sticker or die-cut letters in a style or size to your liking and hot-glue to a plastic bucket. Pull apart some polyfill and drape inside and to the side of the bucket to imitate bubbly witch's brew.

    • Raven Wreath

      Give guests a fright with an ominous raven wreath covered in feathers.

      Make the Halloween craft: Watch the video for the complete tutorial!

    • Painted and Stacked Pumpkins

      If your decor tends toward the less-scary side, try this clever craft to repurpose ordinary pumpkins.

      Make the Halloween craft: Purchase real or crafts white pumpkins; trace a design imitating lights on the pumpkins. Using yellow and black crafts paint, fill in the designs. Stack the pumpkins on flea market or new balustrades painted glossy black.

    • Vintage Magnifying Glasses

      Magnify the fun on your beverage table or buffet with this spellbinding centerpiece.

      Make the Halloween craft: Adhere our downloadable vintage images to magnifying glasses. Place the magnifying glasses on a newspaper or book page for a more believable trick.

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      Silhouette Hands and Feet

      Equal parts humorous and Halloween-themed, this ingenious Halloween craft is great for a shed or a garage, or even a series of front yard windows.

      Make the Halloween craft: You'll need bright colored cardstock or tissue paper and black cardstock. Cut out the bright color to fit the windows; set aside. Cut outlines of hands and feet from the black cardstock. Attach the hands to the bright cardstock and adhere to the windows using removable tape. Attach the feet to the base of the door or house.

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      Propped Halloween Ladder

      The great thing about Halloween is that you can lower or boost your scary decor based on your own preferences -- or your kids’ ages. Here, the vibe is decidedly friendly, thanks to the collection of smiley-faced carved pumpkins and gourds, stacked cleverly on half of an old ladder.

      Make the Halloween craft: Select carvable elements that vary in shape and size for visual interest, and tuck in other seasonal accents -- here, crows -- around the pumpkins.

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      Framed Spider

      An inexpensive frame and plastic spider make a creepy combination in this done-in-minutes Halloween craft.

      Make the Halloween craft: Remove and discard the glass from the frame; insert a piece of web-pattern paper cut to size. Using crafts glue, add decorative stripes on an oversize plastic spider. Attach to the paper with a dab of hot glue.

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      Skeleton Figure

      Pieces of a plastic skeleton make a creepy entrance in this simple outdoor Halloween decor idea.

      Make the Halloween craft: Prop up an odd-shape piece of hardscape material at an angle. (In place of heavy rock, use a piece of foam core, painted and streaked gray.) Tuck skeleton hands and skull, and feet if desired, in a pose and scatter fallen leaves around the scene.

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      Bug Plates

      Use orphaned plates and platters to create dishes with ginormous insects.

      Make the Halloween craft: Download our free images, below, then use them to create custom decals that work on smooth, nonpourous surfaces. Follow the decal-paper manufacturer's instructions to transfer the images. Then stick the decals to the dishes and spray on a coat of clear high-gloss acrylic finish. Hang your infested dishes in a swarm for intimidating impact.

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      Skeleton Wreath

      Its just-right scary aesthetic belies the simple construction of this spooky-theme wreath.

      Make the Halloween craft: Purchase a premade wreath -- this one is made of grapevine. Using acrylic spray paint, lightly cover with paint; when almost dry, rub off bits of the paint with sandpaper for a rough look. Tuck in a bit of grown moss as well as a few Halloween-theme accents -- here, a miniature crow, a small skeleton, some spiders, and a sign. You also can change the accents to make them more or less scary depending on the rest of your decor.

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      Bright and Cheery Halloween

      Halloween crafts and decor don’t need to be scary and dark. This adorable gathering of colors and images offers a humorous hint to traditional holiday colors and images.

      Make the Halloween craft:

      Create your own silhouettes of family members (cast a light against a wall and trace the outline of their heads) or download silhouettes of your choice from the Internet. Mount on bright cardstock and add patterned tape as borders. Create another design on the wall out of more patterned tape. On the mantel, collect a few old-fashioned plastic treat buckets and other paper accents, such as an accordion fan. Drape honeycomb garland in seasonal hues, too.

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      Slithering Snake Doormat

      This screamworthy doormat is perfect for scaring trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. 

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Spray-paint rubber snakes glossy black. Cut the snakes in two, creating different lengths. Arrange the snakes along the edges of a thick plastic-foam board so some are slithering in under the mat and some are slithering out. Glue the snakes to the board's edges. Set the foam board under your doormat, and arrange the snakes to their fullest spooking potential.

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      3-Step Pumpkin Tower

      Pile faux pumpkins to make a clever Halloween display.

      Make the Halloween craft: See our step-by-step tutorial!

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      A Glittery, Scary Mantel

      A few well-chosen accents can transition from Halloween into Thanksgiving, and give you a chance to flex your crafty muscles, too.

      Make the Halloween craft: Gold makes an impact in this vignette: Using gold paper, accordion-fold half sheets and attach to sticks for a fan display. Paint a few frames -- some black, some gold -- as well as other accents of your choosing (here, a few masks). Look for gold-foil leaves or paint some faux options to glue to a ribbon for a homemade garland. Once Halloween is over, swap in some pretty bursts of color -- flowers and dried seeds, for example -- to transition to Thanksgiving.

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      Ghostly Welcome

      Welcome trick-or-treaters to your home this Halloween with an eerie trio of floating ghosts.

      Make the Halloween craft:
      Buy three white plastic bowls and predrill holes in the bottom centers. Run twine or fishing line through the holes and anchor with duct tape. Cut two large squares of white cotton cloth, snip holes in the centers, and thread onto the overturned bowl. Cut black felt facial features, adhere with hot glue, and hang ghosts on your front porch or entryway.

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      All-Eyes-on-It Wreath

      Once you get the hang of them, rolled felt flowers are easy to make and a fun way to decorate a premade wreath form.

      Make the Halloween craft: Cut a square of felt -- start with 5 inches -- and round the corners. Cut the square spirally, until you end at the center. Begin rolling at the outer edge, hot-gluing as you go, to create the flower. When you reach the center piece, glue it to the bottom to hold in place. Attach the felt flowers to a wreath form in a color pattern of your choosing. Add googly eyes as desired and a pretty patterned bow for a visual accent.

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      Spider Luminarias

      Simple, spider-theme luminarias lead the way to Halloween fun.

      Make the Halloween craft: Decorate white paper bags with spider rub-ons, stickers, or trims. Fill the bottoms of the bags with sand, and place them on stairs or along a walkway. Rather than real candles, we used battery-operated votive candles for safety. Push the candles into the sand for stability.  

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      Aluminum Candleholders

      Flickering candlelight is perfect for sharing ghost stories. We used sheets of decorative aluminum to cast spooky shadows long into the night.

      Make the Halloween craft: Cut the sheets into strips with tin snips. Use food containers, such as soup cans, to figure out your dimensions. A 10x17-inch piece makes a large lantern; a 4x10-inch strip makes a votive.

      Roll the strips into cylinders, using the food containers as molds. To secure, twist wire through the mesh at the top, middle, and bottom of the seams. Turn edges of wire to inside and trim excess. Spray surfaces with two coats of black primer; let dry between applications.

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      Spiderweb Treat Boxes

      Let guests (or even trick-or-treaters!) scoop up their favorite treats from these tantalizing boxes.

      Make the Halloween craft: Add a coat of white paint to small peat pots. Glue black trim around the top of each pot, finish with a spiderweb die cut, then fill with your favorite Halloween candies.

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      Metallic Pumpkins

      A grouping of glimmering pumpkins creates an elegant focal point -- inside or out.

      Make the Halloween craft: Use light-color pumpkins, or spray-paint pumpkins your desired pastel colors. Let them dry. Then, coat the pumpkins with an iridescent spray paint to make them shimmer. Arrange in a display on a bookshelf, side table, or front porch.

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      Spiderweb Doormat

      Set the mood for a spooky event and welcome guests to your home with this easy spiderweb doormat idea.

      Make the Halloween craft: First, cut a 3x4-foot mat into a 36-inch diameter circle with heavy shears. Using chalk, draw a spiderweb on the mat. Cut pieces of clothesline to fit your design. Singe the ends of the clothesline to keep them from fraying. Use heavy-duty white glue to adhere the pieces to the mat, covering the chalk lines.

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      Spooky No-Sew Cat Tablecloth

      This hair-raising tablecloth can be made in minutes with our scaredy-cat pattern, available below.

      Make the Halloween craft: Download our free pattern and cut out the cat shapes from black felt. Attach the shapes to a large piece of gold felt using fusible web or fabric glue to finish the tablecloth.

      Get the free pattern.
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      Spooky Lantern Silhouettes

      Light up your living room with these Halloween-inspired silhouette lanterns.

      Make the Halloween craft: Print the silhouettes and trace onto the back side of vinyl or adhesive shelf liner. Cut out the shapes and adhere to the lanterns. Fill with moss, candles, and miniature gourds to finish.

      Get the free pattern.
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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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