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Dress up everyday packaged candy in silly disguises for trick-or-treat night or to use as Halloween party favors. Our sweet candy embellishments and party-favor costumes transform chocolate bars, popcorn, and more into creepy-crawly spiders, ghostly treat bags, and batty boxes. Get started with these fun and easy projects today!

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No goblin or ghoul will go thirsty at your Halloween party with these delightful party drinks and punch recipes. Concoct a kid-friendly beverage, or experiment with adults-only cocktail creations.

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Welcome trick-or-treaters and party guests this Halloween with front-door accents that cast just the right spell. Our ideas for wreaths, door decorations, and entryway accents are sure to give your porch spook-tastic flair for Halloween.

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Haunting Halloween Home Makeover

Merri Lemcke, a wife and mother of three children, never dreamed that she would win the grand prize of our X-Scream Makeover Sweepstakes. See our slide show of the home's transformation!


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    • The Lemcke's Home... "Before"

      Merri Lemcke's suburban home the day before Party City's X-Scream Team Invasion. She entered the contest while looking for cookie recipes on the Web site!

    • Early Friday, October 13th

      Merri and her 12-year-old son, Cassidy, being greeted by the X-Scream Team before sunrise on the morning of Friday, October 13th.

    • Party City's Team Starts the Transformation

      Despite below-freezing temperatures, high winds, and snow and ice showers, the team gets to work on creating the haunted transformation designed by Party City's team of professionals.

    • Weatherproofed Ghouls

      An X-Scream Team member weatherproofs one of the frightening ghouls who will be greeting the Lemckes' guests this Halloween.

    • Coffin Preparations

      Crew members prepare a coffin to withstand the cruel elements of the windy and wet graveyard in the front yard.

    • The Tall 12-Foot Ghoul

      No one in the neighborhood will be able to miss this 12-foot ghoul that is the centerpiece of the gruesome makeover.

    • Beware the Graveyard

      A skeleton perched on the fence surrounding the graveyard reminds visitors to beware.

    • One-Day Makeover

      Work continues on the one-day makeover, which required a crew of eight Halloween specialists to travel from Los Angeles, New York City, New Jersey, and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    • Pumpkin Placement

      Well-placed pumpkins that were locally grown by Merri Lemcke's brother add some color and a lighter element to the dark makeover and the dreary day.

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      Careful with the Cobwebs

      Almost complete, cobwebbing has been carefully placed in every crack and crevice to further enhance the haunted feeling of the ghastly graveyard.

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      Hauntingly Spooky Weather

      Merri, Cassidy, and Merri's daughter Courtney come out to inspect the progress of the makeover and are surprised at how much has been done in such a short time and in such difficult weather conditions.

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      Open Casket

      The occupant of the open coffin, a skeleton, warns visitors that the Lemcke residence is no ordinary house.

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      Fog, Lights, Action!

      At dusk the Party City X-Scream team puts the finishing touches on the makeover. A fog machine, black light, and red light bulbs are added to make sure that visitors can see the chilling transformation whether they visit at night or during the day.

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      Dusk Falls...

      With the sun down, all the ghouls are out and ready to play. Local residents are already driving by to witness the results of the horrifying makeover.

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      Welcome Little Goblins

      The transformation is complete and a terrifying success. The Lemckes, who normally get about 600 trick-or-treaters, are expecting over 1,000 ghouls, goblins, witches, and vampires to grace their welcoming doorstep this Halloween.

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      Pretty Front Entry Decorating Ideas for Fall

      Use these pretty fall decorating ideas to add pizzazz to your porch this autumn. Whether it's a gourd, wreath, or full porch display, you're sure to find beautiful fall inspiration for your front entry.
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