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Create a spooky look for your home -- inside and out -- with our easy Halloween crafts. You'll find plenty of creative crafts ideas for a fun Halloween. Including spooky ghosts, smiling pumpkins, and a few other eerie friends, our Halloween crafts will help you set the scene for a frightful evening.

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How to Make a Spooky Bat Wreath for Halloween

Watch our nifty orgami-folding technique to turn cardstock sheets into flying bats (free template included). Attach a colony of bats to a wreath and your Halloween door is all set for trick-or-treaters.

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Haunted Owl Pretzels

A soft pretzel plus some creative toppings equals an adorable owl-shape treat that will be the hit of any fall get-together. Here's how to make them.

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Halloween Drink & Punch 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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Luscious Pumpkin Desserts

There's no doubt about it: Pumpkin is the quintessential fall flavor, and we especially love it in desserts. With classic pumpkin recipes like pumpkin pie and new favorites like pumpkin bread pudding and pumpkin cupcakes, our collection of pumpkin dessert recipes will have you prepared for any fall gathering.

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Easy Wreath with a Message

A word spelled with pipe cleaners hangs from the inside of this incredibly easy wreath. Here's how to customize the look.

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How Marshmallow Peeps Are Made

Where your favorite yellow and pink Easter treats come from.

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    • Making a Peep

      Have you ever wondered which came first, the marshmallow or the Peep? Well, we've got the answer. Follow along on our tour of the Just Born, Inc., candy plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and you'll know a lot more about those cute little chick and bunny peeps that show up in your Easter basket every year.

    • Step One: Mixing and Whipping

      To start, a mixture of marshmallow, sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and a few other special ingredients are whipped into a marshmallowy goo that will become the shaped candy Peeps.

    • Step Two: Coloring the Sugar

      All sugar starts out white. Since yellow Peeps were being made the day we visited, yellow food coloring was added through that little arm outside the barrel. The barrel rotates like a cement mixer to color all the sugar.

    • Step Three: Spreading the Sugar

      Sugar is loaded into a spreader (the gray piece in the background) by hand. The spreader distributes the sugar all across the conveyor belt that the candy will ride during production.

    • Step Four: Peeps Are Made

      No photos are allowed of the machinery that actually pumps the marshmallow into the right shape. That's top secret. We can tell you that it's basically the same technology that was developed in the 1950s by the Just Born company.

    • Step Five: Peeps are Coated in Sugar

      Freshly made Peeps travel along a conveyor belt (backwards!) into a wind tunnel. This is where air will whip the sugar around so that it sticks evenly to the warm, moist marshmallows.

    • Step Six: Recycling the Sugar

      The sugar-coated candy Peeps slide off a solid conveyor belt on to a grated one that lets extra sugar fall through to be reused.

    • Step Seven: The Eyes are Dotted On

      This machine gives the Peeps their peepers, which are actually tiny dots of an edible wax. The machine can pump out 3,800 eyes per minute.

    • Step Eight: Peeps Get Packaged

      The final stage of the conveyor takes the Peeps through a very cold area so they can firm up enough to easily fall off the conveyor belt and into boxes. As you can see, chicks stick together five at a time. When it comes to bunnies, it's four per box.

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      Step Nine: Peeps Boxes are Wrapped

      The final stop for the boxes of candy is a wrapping station. Boxes are sealed with plastic wrap, either individually, two at a time, or three at a time.

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      Fun Peeps Facts

      -- Just Born, Inc, produces 1.2 billion marshmallow goodies each year for all occasions -- that's a heap of Peeps. Chicks and bunnies are the most popular shapes and are made year-round at the plant.

      -- In 1953, Peeps were made by hand with a pastry tube. Making one Peep took about 27 hours. Today, Peeps can be made in just six minutes.

      Editor's Tip: Create cute place cards or party favors by placing a skewered Peep inside a festive planter filled with tasty jelly beans. Use ribbon to tie on a bow to complete the look.

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      More Peep Facts

      -- Just Born is named for Sam Born, who grew up in Russia and came to America in 1910. He started his business with a small candy shop in New York City. The company's headquarters has been in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, since 1932.

      -- Peep chicks come in five colors, listed here in order of popularity: yellow, pink, lavender, blue, and white.

      Editor's Tips:

      -- Attach candy bunnies to the sides of a serving tray for an easy Easter touch.

      -- Place Peep chicks on top of cupcakes as simple, tasty decorations.

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      Spread Easter Cheer

      Now that you've learned how Easter Peeps are made, send a loved one a happy Easter E-card.

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      Delicious Easter Brunch Recipes

      Turn to our collection of delectable dishes while crafting your Easter brunch menu -- we've got recipes whether you're serving a small group or a big crowd. Our go-to brunch recipes include tasty quiche, fun French toast, and stacks of irresistible pancakes (just to name a few!). Each of our scrumptious Easter brunch recipes is perfect for kicking off the springtime holiday.
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