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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Your Best Photos: Outdoor Decorations for Harvest Season & Halloween

You've haunted your yards with witches and put on a fall display of mums, pumpkins, and hay bales. We've compiled our readers' favorites -- all showcasing the best of Halloween and the harvest season.


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    • Grinning Scarecrow

      Submitted by: four_nichols

      This is one of the most interesting scarecrows we've seen -- its pumpkin face and bright grin enlivens the corner of this garden.

    • Harvest Yard

      Submitted by: judy.scalf

      Grab your jacket -- it looks like a lovely day for an autumn hayride.

    • Fall Wreath

      Submitted by: Angelslonging

      An earthy wreath welcomes harvest, while black flowers and a miniature pumpkin dress it up for Halloween.

    • Standout Scarecrow

      Submitted by: one800nayda

      The scarecrow stands ready to keep annoying flying creatures out of this fall landscape.

    • Hay Bales & More

      Submitted by: ErikaW31469

      This yard displays the bounty of autumn with pretty mums, gourds, and hay bales.

    • Twin Wreaths

      Submitted by: ejredder

      A pair of wreaths offers a harvest welcome and dresses up double doors with the bounty of the season.

    • Mum's the Word

      Submitted by: ErikaW31469

      With miniature ghosts, spiderwebs, mums, and pumpkins, this yard accents the scary of Halloween in the splendor of autumn.

    • Pretty Pomanders

      Submitted by: lmmc3

      The autumn-hue pomander balls hanging from the porch ceiling look beautiful against the home's berry-red trim.

    • Exterior Swag

      Submitted by: kelliekuberski

      The rich fall colors of the swag really pop against the chocolate-brown front door.

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      Double-Duty Decor

      Submitted by: whittens

      Pops of color and hidden horrifying touches (such as a witch in the porch corner) ready this yard for both the fall season and for Halloween.

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      Pumpkins on Parade

      Submitted by: thehurstbunch

      Cartoonlike ghosts and jack-o'-lanterns offer a reprieve from the typical chilling decorations.

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      Skeleton Swagger

      Submitted by: thehurstbunch

      This cleverly staged skeleton appears to be crawling out of the grave right before your very eyes.

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      Graveyard March

      Submitted by: thehurstbunch

      With zombies crawling out of the ground and gangs of ghouls stalking the grounds, you definitely wouldn't want to be caught here after dark.

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      Terrifying Tree Hugger

      Submitted by: thehurstbunch

      This creepy creature is trying to blend in with the tree to catch you off guard.

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      Swatched in Spiderwebs

      Submitted by: nana96789

      A crowded graveyard, loads of sticky spiderwebs, and life-size ghouls all add up to one frightening scene.

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      Chilling Chef

      Submitted by: nana96789

      What a terrifying tableau: Tall, spooky witch; bubbling cauldron; and life-size casket. Do you think any trick-or-treaters actually made it to the front door?

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      Haunted Front Yard

      Submitted by: Squintero

      We love the Gothic look created with ornate, carved tombstones and lots of dark details.

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      Keeping a "Witchful" Eye

      Submitted by: pjd15301

      Trick-or-treaters might mistake this witch for the real thing, especially with the black cat keeping a watchful eye on the place.

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      Haunted Yards

      Submitted by: rhaller

      And we thought witches only rode on broomsticks. Maybe it's the Wicked Witch of the West out looking for Dorothy.

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      Groovy Graveyard

      Submitted by: nana96789

      Twilight shadows cast an eerie vibe over this graveyard display.

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      Stylish Cemetery

      Submitted by: nana96789

      This is a well-groomed cemetery -- no spiderwebs in sight -- and the purple rope lights give it fun flair.

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      Pirate Theme

      Submitted by: milnerdr

      The scary pirate theme is an unexpected alternative to the standard monsters and ghouls of Halloween.

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      Creative Gravestone

      Submitted by: nana96789

      Creative inscriptions are a tombstone must-have. We like the ingenuity here, especially: Robin D. Grave. We also dig the fake (we hope!) snake.

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      Tombstone Gathering

      Submitted by: artzy38

      Piles of beautiful fall leaves surround a grouping of fake tombstones. (Or are they real?)

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      Friendly Trio

      Submitted by: jhnby770

      This reader's friends look like they waited too long for the cows to come home. See the next slide for an overall view.

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      Frightening Yard Art

      Submitted by: jhnby770

      The rickety fence sets the stage for the haunting decorations in this yard.

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      Glow for It

      Submitted by: sonosis2002

      Everything -- from the windows to the front stairs -- is orange and glowing. Check out all those carved jack-o'-lanterns on the porch!

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      Cemetery Display

      Submitted by: lionskitty

      We found another great tombstone inscription: Noah More.

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      Enter If You Dare

      Submitted by: tnunez1679301

      Swirling gray paint makes the perfect backdrop for a Halloween caution sign.

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      More Photos of Readers' Decorations

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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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