How to Carve a Pumpkin

Learn how to carve a pumpkin! Our easy tutorial takes you through the clean-out and the carving, with time-tested tips on using pumpkin stencils.

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Halloween Cupcakes

Create a creepy cupcake creation that is sure to dazzle your Halloween party guests by decorating store-bought or homemade cupcakes. Our Halloween cupcake monsters, black cats, witches, and ghosts are all magic to make and decorate!

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Disguises for Halloween Treats

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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Halloween Drink Recipes

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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4 Incredibly Cool Halloween Ideas

These must-see ideas are super fun accessories for your Halloween party. From a vampire place setting to a fresh spin on caramel apples, you'll be inspired to start creating.

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Halloween Door Decor

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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Creative Pumpkin Crafts for Halloween

From paper pumpkin crafts to pumpkin pillows, these Halloween decorations offer a great alternative to jack-o-lanterns. Cut, sew, and glue your way through our easy pumpkin craft ideas.

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Elegant Halloween Party in Black, White & Silver

Deviate from the standard plastic masks and carved pumpkins this Halloween. Host a party that's as elegant as it is eerie -- combine a spooky blend of black and white with hints of silver.

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    • Spooky Arrival

      Halloween doesn't always have to be pumpkins and silly costumes. Take a walk on the elegant side and host a Halloween fete that's sophisticated yet suitably bone-chilling with overtures of mad science. Decoupage your house number with skeleton images onto white plates and stack in a plate rack outside your front door. Guests will know they've arrived at the correct house, and they'll get a glimpse of things to come.

    • Haunted Lair Entrance

      Welcome guests inside to a haunting vignette. Display a medical-supply skeleton near the front door as the official greeter. A spooky entry table boasts a framed tarot card and tarnished silver accessories. Gloomy black-and-white prints add to the somber mood.

    • Eerily Elegant

      Set the table with unmatched stemware, mismatched candlesticks, and unpolished silver pieces for a harried effect. A length of velvet fabric with a subtle cobweb design is draped over a white tablecloth.

    • Favorite Characters

      Slipcover dining room chairs with lab coats (we rented ours from a theatrical shop). Wrap a coat around the chair with the front facing out. Pin the arms of the coat to the front of the chair with safety pins. Make name tags for the coats using notorious Halloween character names, such as Dr. Jekyll, Morticia, and Dr. Frankenstein. Cut small rectangles of black foam-core for the tags. Type names on a computer and print out; cut to fit on the foam-core tags, and adhere them with glue.

    • Table of Intrigue

      Decoupaged chargers stand in as place mats for the spooky place settings.

    • Seasonal Linens

      Inexpensive cloth napkins get costumed for Halloween with iron-on transfers. And unlike seasonal paper napkins, they can be used year after year. For an extra chill, use ring-shape pet store bones as napkin rings.

    • Dinner Is Served

      Customize a menu of dinner favorites with names that fit the party theme. (For example, buffalo wings become BBQ Bat Wings.) Give guests a taste of what's to come by printing menus on white cardstock and cutting them into tombstone shapes. Use plastic skeleton hands to hold the menus. To get the silvered effect, apply one or two coats of gray spray primer to the hands for complete coverage; let dry. Apply two coats of metallic silver spray paint, allowing ample drying time between each coat.

    • Head on a Platter

      Invite this skull to the table to be the frightening centerpiece. Apply one or two coats of gray spray primer to a plastic skull for complete coverage; let dry. Apply two coats of metallic silver spray paint, allowing ample drying time between each coat. Place the dried skull atop a black cake stand, and coil a black feather boa (available at crafts stores) around it.

    • Elegant Favors

      Silver wire nests cradling glass eggs become fanciful party favors. Perch a beady-eye black bird atop the nest for a spooky look.

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      A Touch of Red

      These aptly named Black Magic roses evoke the color of blood and add a chill of horror to any setting at Halloween. Display the roses in silver mint julep cups.

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      Haunting Apparitions

      Sand a back corner of an old mirror until it's clear, feathering it at the edge. Print a photo of a frightened face onto translucent paper and again onto white paper. Tape the translucent print to the back of the mirror, then tape the white print behind it, slightly off-center for a ghostly image. Hang silver spray-painted bones around the mirror for a creepy frame.

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      Mix and Mingle

      After dinner, invite guests to linger near the gloomy fireplace, where frightening wares continue the table's haunting theme. The vignette is swathed in icky spiderwebs, which are actually cheap white pantyhose that have been cut, ripped, and stretched, then held in place with puttylike tacky wax.

      Editor's Tip: The key to realistic cobwebs is in the stretching. Whether you're using faux webbing or white pantyhose, keep pulling so virtually every strand is visible.

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      Set the Scene

      Create a haunted look by dressing your mantel with black candles, a faux raven, tarnished silver accessories, and a skull under a glass cloche. No fireplace? Set up your accessories on a coffee table or bookshelf.

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      Anatomy Lesson

      For a Frankenstein's lab-inspired art display, scour your basement, dollar stores, and thrift shops for old white plates and bowls. Search the Internet for free clip art images of skulls, skeletons, and other anatomical prints. (Think images from old medical textbooks.) Print your finds in black-and-white, then decoupage them onto plates and bowls. For this seasonal display, use removable adhesive picture-hanging strips to avoid making nail holes in the wall.

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      Creative Ideas for Halloween Party Themes

      Want to host a Halloween party but aren't sure where to start? Browse our creative Halloween party themes -- for both kids and adults - -to get inspired by decorating ideas and delicious menus and recipes. Bonus: We have free downloads to make everything extra easy!
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