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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Elegant Evening Halloween Party in Black and White

Set the stage for an easy and elegant Halloween party with sophisticated black-and-white decorations, intriguing invitations, and delicious recipes.


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    • Throw an Elegant Halloween Party

      With an assortment of candy, colorful costumes, and spooky TV specials, Halloween is is full of fun for kids. But don't forget, adults can celebrate Halloween, too! If you've outgrown cauldron punch, fake spider webs, and gross-out candy, host a sophisticated Halloween party for your friends and family. This Halloween party is full of intrigue and mystery, inspired by carnival masks and crescent moons of New Orleans. Read on for decorating ideas, invitations, recipes, and more.

    • Halloween Party Invitations

      Impress your guests with these old-fashioned Halloween party invitations. Print the invitation (available below) onto cardstock, trim the design as shown, and mount on a shimmery piece of cardstock. A few special effects give the invitation its twinkle. Cut out the cardstock moon, coat it in glass glitter, and attach it with a pop-up glue dot.

    • Halloween Porch Display

      Ravens perched on branches in a black urn ominously greet party guests. Simply fill a black urn with decorative branches and bittersweet. Attach plastic ravens to the branches using wire. Incorporate fall color by setting colorful pumpkins and gourds around the base.

    • Spanish Moss Wreath with Raven

      Extend sophisticatedly spooky Halloween decorations to the entryway to invite party guests inside. Bits of bittersweet pop against an ash-color Spanish moss wreath. Cover a straw wreath form with bunches of Spanish moss, using greenery pins or T-pins to secure. Make this wreath part of your Halloween scene by adding bittersweet and a plastic raven.

    • Planter of Pumpkins Halloween Display

      A planter filled with painted and decoupaged pumpkins provides an interesting and mature alternative to the jack-o'-lantern. To craft decoupaged pumpkins, tear strips from old book pages and apply them to a craft pumpkin using decoupage medium and a foam brush (we used Mod Podge in a matte finish). When the pumpkin is fully covered, seal it with one to two coats of decoupage medium, smoothing out any wrinkles with fingertips while wet.

      To craft the painted pumpkins, apply glossy black spray paint. Cut leaves from silver crepe paper and old book pages, and attach to pumpkins using double-sided tape or a hot-glue gun set on low.

    • Halloween Party Buffet

      Paper lantern "moons" hang above the dessert table where black-and-white candies in apothecary jars become edible decorations.

      Editor's Tip: Claim old brass candlesticks and trays from thrift stores and coat them with glossy black spray paint, chalkboard paint, or matte black primer to serve as buffet anchors.

    • Spooky Halloween Silhouettes

      Silhouettes work their graphic magic, turning any backdrop into a spellbinding focal point. Print the silhouettes (available below), and trace onto the back side of self-adhesive shelf liner or vinyl; cut out figures. Adhere the cutouts to white plates or a black tray lined with pages from an old book.

      Note: Our silhouettes are the mirror version of what you see in the picture. Print and trace them onto the backside of the shelf liner as described in the caption. When you cut out the figures they'll face the correct way.

    • Lantern Silhouettes

      A crescent moon silhouetted against the night sky inspired this moody display. Shadowy silhouettes embellish plain glass lanterns filled with candles sitting in moss and miniature gourds. Print the silhouettes (available below), and trace onto the back side of self-adhesive shelf liner or vinyl. Cut out figures and adhere to lanterns.

    • Halloween Punch Marker

      An ornate sign attached to a classy silver tray easily identifies the party potion. Tie the theme from your invitation into these handy table markers. Get the pattern below.

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      Harvest Moon Punch Recipe

      Bottoms up! A refreshing Halloween punch serves a crowd without bewitching your wallet. Even better, Harvest Moon Punch pairs perfectly with party appetizers and desserts.

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      Mustache Disguise

      At Carnival, revelers veil themselves with elaborate masks so suitors don't discover their true identities. While donning a fake mustache won't fool anyone, it makes for a fun, noncommittal Halloween costume -- or as in this gentleman's case, adds years to a youthful face.

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      Elegant Halloween Party Poster

      Posters are an easy and inexpensive way to decorate to theme. Here, a poster reciting an old Creole expression is taped over a mirror. Print our downloadable banner (available below) to the desired size, and temporarily attach it to a mirror using double-sided tape, or place it in a frame.

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      Hanging Paper Bats

      Paper bats "flying" from fishing line festoon the table where guests can dip into the party libations. Print bat silhouettes in various sizes (available below) onto cardstock. To hang the bats, make a tiny hole at the end of each bat and string monofilament through, knotting at the end. Fold along the middle of the body and at each wing to add a dimensional feel.

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      Black Velvet Cake and Cake Toppers

      Shiny flourishes finish off the dessert table. Rich Black Velvet Cake looks celestial topped with a moon and star attached to a skewer. Scatter spray-painted leaves on the table to add luster. As for the cake, imagination is everything. We transformed a black velvet cake and added a hint of orange to the frosting.

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      Ghoulish Gothic Halloween Party

      Love Halloween parties? Continue with a Ghoulish Gothic Halloween Party.

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      Fall Cocktails: Reasons to Love the Season

      Say farewell to the shandys and margaritas of summer and hello to the warm toddys and whiskey cocktails of fall. Raise a glass to this bountiful season with a fall cocktail recipe.
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