Home Spooky Home: Easy Halloween Crafts

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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Irish Recipes

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these fresh takes on traditional Irish dishes, including shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish soda bread. We've also included a few nontraditional recipes to add a bit o' festive green to your meal!

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    • Smoky Cheese and Potato Soup

      Add a festive topper to this easy-to-make potato soup by smearing a dab of pesto on shamrock-shape pieces of toast. The basil-flavored blend pairs perfectly with the warm paprika, curry powder, and smoked cheese highlighted in the dish.

       

      Test Kitchen Tip: For a vegetarian version of this potato soup recipe, replace the ham with 1 cup of cooked cannellini beans.

    • Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots, and New Potatoes

      The quintessential Irish recipe, corned beef and cabbage gain tangy flavor from a spicy-sweet honey and brown mustard dressing. Add new potatoes and carrots to the dish for a full-bodied meal.

    • Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread

      Traditionally, Irish soda bread was made from just flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. Our recipe adds a bit of sugar, fresh currants, and orange peel to elevate the flavor.

    • Salmon Potato Cakes

      The coastal country of Ireland boasts an array of fresh seafood, and any Irish menu is incomplete without salmon. Combine the flaky fish with chive-flavored mashed potatoes, bread crumbs, and dill for irresistible salmon potato cakes that are ready in 30 minutes.

    • Beef, Mushroom, and Onion Tart

      This open-face take on steak and Guinness pie features fresh mushrooms, red onion, and lean ground beef all stuffed into a crisp packaged pizza dough. Blue cheese crumbles add tang to the savory tart that is sure to please the entire family.

    • Secrets to Perfectly Cooked Cabbage

      Cabbage is a nutritious and versatile vegetable that can be boiled, steamed, or cooked in the microwave. Watch as we show you four no-fail ways to cook cabbage for a quick and easy side dish.

    • Sweet Potato Hash with Hollandaise

      Include the Irish cook's staple -- potatoes -- for your St. Patrick's Day feast with this irresistible sweet potato hash recipe. A spicy chipotle pepper hollandaise sauce complements the sweet maple syrup that blankets juicy chunks of sweet potato, onion, poached eggs, and crispy bacon.

    • Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

      We all know the Irish love their greens, and Brussels sprouts are no exception. With a little sherry, garlic, and fresh herbs, you can transform basic Brussels sprouts into a mouthwatering side dish that's ready in minutes. Pair them with corned beef for a twist on the classic St. Patrick's Day recipe.

    • Mustard-Herb Beef Stew

      You don't have to wait until St. Patrick's Day to enjoy this Irish beef stew. Boneless beef chuck, cipolini onions, carrots, cremini mushrooms, and Yukon gold potatoes cook together in the hearty and warming dinner stew.

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      Braised Greens

      While not traditionally Irish, this bowl of assorted greens (we used collard, kale, mustard, beet, and turnip) is sure to bring you a bit of luck on St. Patrick's Day. Accent the side dish with ham, garlic, and jalapeno pepper.

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      Beer-Glazed Sausage and Apples

      Inspired by Dublin coddle -- a traditional Irish dinner recipe of sausage, onion, and potatoes -- this dish features juicy smoked sausage, fresh green beans, and tender apple slices boiled in your favorite wheat beer. Shredded orange peel and cider vinegar add tang to the 410-calorie dinner.

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      Dill and Cheese Beer Bread

      Self-rising flour makes this yummy beer bread super easy. Monterey Jack cheese, dill seeds, and dill weed flavor the hearty bread, which is perfect for dipping in a stick-to-your-bones lamb stew.

       

      Beer Bread Tip: When choosing a beer for your bread, pick a brand with similar flavors to your recipe. For heavier rye beer bread, use a dark ale such as Guinness. For bread with fruity notes or a recipe that calls for white flour only, try a lighter lager or pilsner.

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      Braised Beef Shanks with Mushrooms and Olives

      When cooked low and slow, beef shanks provide tender, moist meat and a rich-bodied stew. Pair them with root vegetables, earthy mushrooms, and gnocchi to soak up every drop of the tomato-mushroom broth that flavors this dish.

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      Squash and Sausage Shepherd's Pie

      This flavorful variation on the traditional Irish dish uses mashed butternut squash in place of mashed potatoes and sweet Italian sausage instead of ground beef. If you prefer to keep your shepherd's pie traditional, check out another recipe below.

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      Two-Pea Soup

      Peas are an Irish mainstay, and this recipe gets its name from both the frozen peas used in the broth and the dried split peas that dot the soup. Smoked pork and roasted vegetables keep the soup extra hearty, while lemon juice adds freshness.

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      Garlicky Steamed Mussels and Littleneck Clams with Pesto Toasts

      Ireland's vast coastline harbors an abundance of fresh seafood that makes for delicious, protein-packed dinners. Pair mussels and clams with fresh herbs, chopped tomato, and a buttery white wine sauce that can be soaked up with our tasty pesto toasts.

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      Potato Salad with Sausage and Grainy Mustard

      A top-rated recipe, this potato salad gets its spunk from a vinegar-mustard dressing, fresh herbs, and dry cured sausage. Green onions and parsley give the side dish bright flavor and a bit o' green.

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      Corned Beef and Cabbage

      An Americanized take on traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage, this one-pot meal requires just 10 minutes of prep time. Serve with a mug of cold beer for St. Patrick's Day.

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      Creamy Potato Casserole

      Loosely inspired by the Irish dish called champ, this creamy potato dish incorporates spring onions, cream cheese, butter, and milk. We added cooked ham and Dijon-style mustard to amp up the flavors in this comforting dish.

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      Colcannon Chowder

      With all the potatoes and cabbage of classic colcannon, this warm and hearty chowder incorporates onion, smoked chicken, and carrot for a creative twist on the traditional Irish recipe. The stew is especially delicious when paired with crusty beer bread.

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      Delicious St. Patrick's Day Desserts

      Satisfy your sweet tooth with festive St. Patrick's Day desserts, including darling shamrock cookies, Irish creme cheesecake, and colorful rainbow cupcakes. Make 'em green, minty, or infused with creme de menthe -- no matter what recipe you choose, this charming lineup of Irish desserts guarantees a lucky day.
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