Halloween Door Decorations

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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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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3-Step Halloween Decorations

One, two, three, done! Get ready for Halloween in no time with our easy three-step decorating ideas. Including flying bats, playful pumpkins, and scaredy black cats, these Halloween crafts will be ready in no time. Try one of our easy Halloween decorations to get your home ready for the spooky season.

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Easy No-Carve Pumpkins

Create quick no-carve Halloween pumpkins with a creative eye and some decorative tape. We share our technique!

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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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Long-Lasting Halloween Wreath

This easy-to-make Halloween wreath can be used year after year. A few cheap supplies and some creativity result in a pretty fall wreath that's ready to display on your front door all season long. See how to make it!

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Long-Lasting Halloween Decorations

Looking for sleek fall decorating ideas that last all the way through Halloween? You've come to the right spot. Our collection of eclectic autumn displays and spookily stylish Halloween decor is sure to bring a little magic to your home all season long.

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Help for Thanksgiving Kitchen Emergencies

Avoid a recipe nightmare with our Kitchen-Tested problem solvers.

The Thanksgiving kitchen can be a bit chaotic, and mistakes are bound to crop up. Here are some surefire turkey-time tips that will come to the rescue when disaster seems imminent. Print this article and post it on your refrigerator just in case something goes awry.

The Bird

Got a stubbornly frozen bird on your hands? Place it in a clean sink full of cold water and change the water every 30 minutes. Don't be tempted to thaw at room temperature, in warm water, or in the microwave, all of which are invitations to harmful bacteria.

If the turkey breast is cooking faster than the thighs and is beginning overbrown, cover the breast of the turkey lightly with aluminum foil and continue roasting.


If the stuffing you've baked outside the bird in a casserole dish isn't crisp on top when it's done baking, put it under the broiler for a minute or two. You can do the same thing with the stuffing that's been baked inside the turkey; after it's done, just transfer it to a large oiled baking dish. Bake it at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes or so, and then broil it for a minute or two. It will be crisp on top and moist inside.

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The Gravy

Gravy looking a little pale and tasting a little flat? Enrich the color and flavor with a few shakes of soy sauce, or add a teaspoon or two of instant coffee powder or unsweetened cocoa powder.

If your gravy has burned, stir in a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter to smooth out the rough edges and soften the smoky taste.

Don't salt your gravy until right before you serve it, as its flavor intensifies as it cooks. If you find that it is too salty, you can fix it a couple different ways:

  1. Peel a raw potato and cut it into large chunks and add it to the gravy. Cook it for 5 or 10 minutes then remove the potatoes.
  2. You can stir in 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vinegar.

If your gravy has separated, whirl it in a blender at low speed until it's smooth. Pour it into a clean pan and cook over very low heat.

If your gravy is too thick and pasty, whisk in a little chicken broth or dry white wine over low heat and cook until bubbly.

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Cranberry Sauce

Is your homemade cranberry sauce boiling over no matter how low you turn the heat? Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to the pot for every 12-ounce package of cranberries you're using. And remember, cook cranberries only until they pop. If you cook them any longer, they'll turn bitter and mushy.


If white potatoes that you've peeled and cut ahead of time have started to darken, cook them in milk (don't let the milk boil) to brighten them.

Large, fresh sweet potatoes can be very stringy and fibrous. If you've used a hand-masher and the strings are bothersome to you, use an electric mixer to beat the cooked potatoes. The strings will wind themselves around the beaters and your potatoes will be creamy and smooth.

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Lost track of time and overcooked your vegetables? Put them in the food processor with a little butter, cream, fresh-ground pepper, and salt and puree them until smooth. Don't tell a soul that isn't how you intended them to be served in the first place, and no one will be the wiser.


If your cream-based soup has curdled, strain the soup into a blender jar (fill it only two-thirds full) and blend until it's smooth. Make sure the lid is on tight and that you hold it while wearing an oven mitt. Return it to a clean pan and heat over low heat.

If a soup seems to have an excessive amount of fat floating in it, add a few lettuce leaves to the pot of finished soup and let it stand a few minutes. Lettuce leaves soak up fat.

Get a little overzealous with the salt? Fix it similarly to the way you fix an oversalted gravy: Peel and thinly slice a raw potato and simmer it in the soup for 10 minutes or so. It will absorb some of the excess salt. Scoop out the slices with a slotted spoon before serving.


If your dinner rolls are a little dried out, wrap them loosely in aluminum foil and heat in a 300 degree F oven for 15 minutes. The last 4 or 5 minutes of reheating, unwrap the rolls slightly so the outside will crisp up just a bit. Serve immediately.


If your pie dough has too much added liquid and is too wet to roll out, wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it just until firm (but not hard as a rock) before you roll it out.

If your beautifully fluted pie crust is starting to burn before the pie is done baking, cut the bottom out of a disposable aluminum pie plate that is the same size as the pie you're baking. Turn it upside-down over the pie to cover the edges. The center will continue to bake and the crust won't burn.

If you've overwhipped the cream for the pumpkin pie, simply fold in a few tablespoons of milk or unwhipped cream.

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