All-Time Favorite Fall and Halloween Ideas
We polled the offices and here they are -- the best-ever fall recipes we've cooked in our kitchens, crafts we've created with our kids, and decorations we've lovingly set out in September. What's your favorite?
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Decoration: Colored-Leaf Centerpiece
What it is: Trimmed branches from your fall foilage make quick work of a table display. Transition different hues in a single-file line down the table center.
Why we love it: We're never shy about bringing the outdoors in (especially when it looks this amazing)!
Craft: Cheap Halloween Wreath
What it is: Make a Halloween wreath from canning jar tops, washi tape, and ribbon.
Why we love it: This wreath looks great on the front door September 1 through October 31. Long-lasting, easy, and inexpensive? Sold!
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Decoration: Globe Display
What it is: A globe cut in half (just run an X-Acto knife along the equator) serves as a bowl for your fall finds.
Why we love it: Antique globes are cool, but they've languished on top of our dusty bookshelves for too long. Now they get the star status they've always deserved.
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Decoration: Kale in a DisplayShop planters and pots now!
What it is: A pretty fall container made sans flowers. This planter's formula:
A. Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris 'Bright Lights')
B. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Pigeon Purple')
C. Coralbells (Heuchera 'Marmalade')
Why we love it: Long before kale became our power food go-to, we discovered how pretty it looks in fall planters.
Craft: Monster Pumpkins
What it is: Party cups and foam eyes take your pumpkin displays to hilarious heights.
Why we love it: Nothing is better than hearing a crew of trick-or-treaters giggle as they come across these monsterously fun jack-o'-lanterns.
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Decoration: Clever Lantern Silhouettes
What it is: Transformed plain glass lanterns with vinyl-printed designs.
Why we love it: We designed the patterns so there's no guesswork! Print, trace, cut, attach, and your porch just became spook-tacular!
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Decoration: Bright Bittersweet Wreath
What it is: A homemade wreath you make by twisting fresh-cut bittersweet vines and stems of Chinese lanterns. Hot glue secures it all to a twig wreath form.
Why we love it: Gorgeous colors, just the way Mother Nature made ’em.
Recipe: Pumpkin Football Dessert
What it is: A whoopie pie shaped like a football with pumpkin-flavor cookies and creamy vanilla frosting.
Why we love it: Um, did you read the description? Pumpkin flavor plus a nod to the season's best sport? Touchdown!
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What it is: A way to enjoy butternut squash in its creamy, earthy fall glory.
Why we love it: The emphasis is on enhancing, not hiding, what Mother Nature made. Add butter, salt, and fresh thyme, bake, and enjoy.
- Start to Finish:
- 30 mins
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Decoration: Gourd Vases with Fall Flowers
What it is: Skip the glass vases and let hollowed out fall gourds make your centerpiece statement.
Why we love it: When it comes to letting natural elements inspire our decorating, we're all in.
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Decoration: Maple Leaf Pumpkin Carving
What it is: A skin-deep carving design that shows off two layers of your pretty gourd. Simply cut lightly around the outline with a knife, being sure not to cut all the way through the gourd. An inexpensive clayworkers' ribbon tool (check the crafts store) does the scraping job.
Why we love it: This was the cover of our October issue for a reason: It's a whole new way to carve your pumpkin!
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What it is: Chicken plus wild rice plus veggies and cheese baked into fall-casserole perfection.
Why we love it: We can't even take full credit. Readers were the ones to nominate this recipe as the best of BHG.com. It's our most-loved recipe of the year.
- Start to Finish:
- 1 hr 5 mins
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Recipe: Mummy CupcakesShop serveware on sale now!
What it is: So-simple cupcakes that get all wrapped up with a basket-weave-tipped pastry bag and white, red, and black frosting.
Why we love it: No Pinterest fails here! Adorable and doable is our favorite cupcake combo.
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