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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Eerie Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Deck out your front door, porch, sidewalk, and yard with eerie Halloween decorations that cast a spooky spell over the whole neighborhood. Each easy Halloween ideas is made for outdoor displays and can weather the cold or rain.

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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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Zany Halloween Party Planner

Follow this step-by-step guide to the spookiest bash ever.

If you'd like a creepy-crawly good time for your guests, then plan a party for your most fiendishly fun friends. We have all the ingredients needed to make such a successful Halloween party that no ghoul or goblin will ever forget.

It's a Party Countdown Planning is the secret to a successful party. Once everything is thought out, your party will not only run smoothly, but you'll have fewer pre-party jitters. To help guide you in your planning, follow this easy-to-use checklist.

One Month Ahead: Decide on the date, time, place, theme, and number of guests for your party. Plan on one guest for each year of your child's age. For a 7-year-old, invite no more than seven guests. Start by making your own invitations. They can be spellbinding or spooky -- it's all up to you. Plan the party length with your child's age in mind. Two hours is enough for your 1- to 3-year-old, and three hours is appropriate for a 10-year-old. If necessary, make arrangements for hiring entertainers, renting a party room, or planning mini-trips.

Peek-a-Boo Invitations

Two Weeks Ahead: Call your child's best friends to make sure they can make the party date before you invite the other guests. This gives you the opportunity to pick a different date so your child has his special friends at the party. Phone or mail the invitations, but if you're mailing them, be sure to ask for an R.S.V.P. so you'll know exactly how many kids will be coming. Instruct guests to wear their Halloween costumes to the party and to be ready to do a trick -- tell a joke, sing a song, or stump everyone with a riddle. Also make plans for the menu, activities, prizes, and decorations. Plan more games to play than you'll have time for. This allows you to go on to another game if your guests aren't having fun.

Decorations

One Week Ahead: Make or purchase the party favors, prizes, and decorations. If you've made any special arrangements, check on the final plans. The big night will be here before you can say "BOO" so don't forget to shop for the most important thing -- the FREAKY FOOD! See our recipes on the next page.

Two or Three Days Ahead: Double-check the final guest list and make a tentative schedule for what you'll be doing at the party.

The Party

  • Here's a fun idea: Take a Polaroid photo of each child as they arrive. Place a photo at each place setting. When you call them to the table, they'll sit down in front of their picture. The photo can go home as a party memento.
  • As kids arrive, keep them busy by having them make their own treat bag. They can color small paper bags, then staple on orange or black strips of construction paper for easy-carrying handles. If you have ever hosted a party, you know how important it is to keep your little guests busy.
  • Create a spooky sight by filling jack-o'-lanterns with dry ice and a little water -- vapor will float out of the jack-o'-lantern. Be sure that the room where you are using the dry ice is well ventilated, and protect your hands by wearing heavy gloves. Give the room an eerie glow by using a green lightbulb.
  • Parents need to remember to dress up, too. Make sure you are having fun and getting involved.
  • Use Party Wraps for prizes.

Party Wraps

Eat-'em-Up Ghosts

An all-time kids' favorite, these adorable chain rattlers have a cereal and marshmallow base and are coated with vanilla-flavored candy.

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Silly Popcorn Treats

The kids will love these treats! Just whip up a batch of popcorn balls, then add a few gummy worms, black licorice bits, candy corn, or other candies in Halloween colors.

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Haunted Pizza

A cookie pizza becomes a spooky cemetery when decorated with cookie tombstones, candy eyes, and jelly worms.

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Dracula's Eyes

Seeing is believing with this Halloween treat. Peanut butter candy is shaped and decorated to look like bloodshot eyes.

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Gumdrop Pumpkins

Use orange and green gumdrops to make candy pumpkins. Cut, press, cut, press, and you'll have these darling little pumpkins to help you celebrate at trick-or-treating time.

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Spooky Cheesecake

This mouthwatering cheesecake is topped with Halloween sprinkles and edged in orange-colored candy coating. All you need to do is decorate a frozen cheesecake for an easy dessert.

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Pumpkin Cookies

Decorate orange-colored spritz to look like pumpkins for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

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Cocoa Cats

Decorate these chocolate-and-orange-flavored cutouts with bright orange icing. Decorate the cats pictured by piping the icing, or double the icing recipe and spread it on with a knife.

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Cheesy Goblin Head

The yummy cheese spreads easily on crackers for a quick snack.

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