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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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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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Super-Speedy Halloween Treats

If you need a Halloween snack in a flash, these recipes fit the bill: They're easy to make and scarily fun.

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    • Wicked-Easy Trail Mix

      Nothing scary about this hauntingly easy snack. Cereal, peanuts, yogurt-covered raisins, and banana chips combine for a tasty treat. Add candy corn for extra Halloween attitude.

      Editor's Tip: For a Halloween party display, layer black and white cupcake liners, and machine-stitch through both layers to craft tiny snack baskets. Thread a length of black-and-white covered wire or pipe cleaner through opposite sides of the baskets to serve as handles.

    • Haunted Owl Pretzel

      Everyone will hoot with delight at this owl's haunting appearance. Dip large soft pretzels in melted white candy coating. Layer sandwich cookies, white candies, and chocolate chips for wide-open eyes. Use leftover candy coating to attach bits of black licorice for eyebrows. Dust with black sugar, add a black jelly bean nose, and use black licorice candies to make feet.

    • Sandwich Spooks

      Conjure some welcome spirits for Halloween snacks. Start with a basic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Cut it into a ghost shape using a cookie cutter. Press two raisin eyes into bread. Use peanut butter to attach eyes, if necessary. Use small cookie cutters to make snack-size treats or a large cutter for a haunted lunch centerpiece.

      Editor's Tip: To feed lots of hungry ghouls, cut out sandwiches using Halloween-theme cookie cutters in shapes such as pumpkins, witch hats, and cats to make an eerie and fun sandwich platter.

    • Monster Mouths

      These mouthy monsters have a real bite -- a delicious one. Apples and peanut butter form mouths gaping with crooked candy corn teeth for a monstrously fun snack in minutes.

    • Moldy Popcorn Balls

      Argh! These Halloween treats look like they've been decaying in a deep, dark cavern, but they're a real treasure. Dress up favorite popcorn balls with a dose of green food coloring for a gruesome gem your little pirates will search for.

    • Bet-Your-Life Marshmallow Dice

      A roll of the dice can decide who survives your haunted party, but these treats are always a winner. Cut homemade or store-bought marshmallows into large cubes. Make the dots on each side using edible cake-decorating markers. Stack the dice in favor of fun!

      Editor's Tip: Homemade marshmallows require significant chilling time. If you don't have time to wait, online confectioners offer a wide assortment of the gourmet treats. Some are already cut into the cube shape.

    • Jack-o'-Lantern Sandwiches

      Carve a little fun into snack time. Open-face bologna-and-cheese sandwiches are easier to carve than a pumpkin. Use small cookie cutters to cut jack-o'-lantern features into cheese slices. Remove crusts from bread slices, and trim bologna slices to fit the bread. Layer the cheese face on top, and complete the pumpkin with a bread-crust stem and basil leaf.

    • Graveyard Dip

      Crooked pretzel walls define a mysterious graveyard, while tombstone-shape dippers hint at what's beneath the surface. But there's no mystery about how much you'll love this delicious dip with it's buried layers of hummus, honeyed onion, and garlic-seasoned yogurt.

    • Mad Scientist Mix

      This experiment always succeeds! Popcorn, nuts, and cereal make ideal test subjects, and a kicky honey-mustard potion ensures the results are always positive.

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      Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

      Grow a little Halloween fun at snack time. Cupcakes take on Halloween charm with some quick decorating magic. Mound bright orange frosting on cupcakes then gently roll the entire top or just the edge in orange decorating sugar, alternating fine and coarse sugars for the look you prefer. To make indentations that resemble the lines of a pumpkin, press a wooden skewer on top of sugared cupcakes, spacing evenly. Finish with pretzel-stick stems.

      Editor's Tip: Bake or buy mini, regular, and jumbo cupcakes to create three sizes for your pumpkin patch.

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      Pretzel Skeletons

      Eek! There's a skeleton on that plate! He's made with pretzel sticks and cheese spread, and sure to tickle a child's funny bone.

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      Bat Cookies

      With loads of chocolate and yummy ingredients, these winged bats will fly right off the plate.

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      Graveyard Gravel Fudge

      Shape "stones" from an easy shortcut fudge, and roll them in cocoa powder dust. They look frighteningly like the real thing.

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      Mice Cookies

      You won't have to set a trap for these mice. Hungry kids will get rid of these spice cookie mice in no time.

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      Handy Pretzels

      Hand these fingerlike treats over to guests as an eerie party buffet offering. Dip large pretzel sticks into melted white candy coating and add nails of sliced almonds. Display the fingers in a jar covered with an old shirt cuff.

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      White-as-a-Ghost Pops

      Food always tastes better when served on a stick. These cereal ghosts are dipped in melted candy coating.

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      Wicked Witch's Popcorn Hat

      Decorate this treat witch-ever way you want. To summon up an oddball spirit, go wacky with crazy colors. For something a little more wicked, choose traditional black and orange food coloring pastes. Either way, the popcorn-and-candy snack hints that a wayward crone has passed these parts, casting a colorfully crazy spell on your party.

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      Cocoa Cat Cookies

      Bake and decorate a litter of these witch's cats. The dough is a brew of orange and chocolate flavors.

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      Chocolate Witch Hats

      Sandwich a layer of chocolate frosting between purchased chocolate cookies for a hat brim. Top with a chocolate ice cream cone, held in place with more frosting. Use frosting bags with decorative tips to embellish the witch hats.

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      Halloween Cake Decorating Ideas

      Halloween is one of the best times to put your spooky and creative side to work. Get inspired by these frightful -- and delightful -- Halloween cakes decorated with frosting, candies, and even cookies.
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