Halloween

3 Last-Minute Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

If decorating a pumpkin has gotten buried in your to-do list between whipping up dinner, baking Halloween treats and–dare we say it–starting to plan for Thanksgiving, have no fear. These three pumpkin ideas are easier than making a ghost costume out of a sheet. All you need are a few inexpensive items you may already have at home. You stoop has never looked more festive… for less!

 

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Get Ready for a Scary-Good Weeknight Meal Planner!

Halloween’s less than a week away, and your front stoop isn’t the only thing that should be getting into the spooky royal treatment. Make dinner super thrilling and exciting this week with five recipes that are sure to put your family in the mood for some tricks and some treats.

 

Monday, October 27th

When you’re done carving, save those pumpkin seeds for Pepita Pesto Pasta with Roasted Squash

 
 

Tuesday, October 28th

Garlic Shrimp is sure to ward off any vampires

 
 

Wednesday, October 29th

Spell out fun messages like “Boo!” in Alphabet Stew

 
 

Thursday, October 30th

Sweet and Lemony Wings will satisfy your candy-craving sweet tooth

 
 

Friday, October 31st

Slow-Cooker Paella is perfect for a Halloween dinner party. It’s nice and warm and will feed the masses!

 

Have a happy, safe, trick- and treat-filled Halloween!

 
 

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The Year’s Easiest Halloween Decorating Idea

For this year’s Halloween party, brew up some tabletop fun: Spray-paint plastic trick-or-treat buckets black, inside and out (flat-finish paint looks spookiest), to transform them into cauldrons. Coat flat-top wooden candle holders (available unfinished at craft stores) with the same paint and attach the cauldrons to their tops with hot glue. Now all that’s left to do is choose witch, er, which snacks to serve. (Not recommended: eye of newt.)

 

 

 

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Make the Most of Your Halloween Candy

Happy Halloween! We know you’re probably prepping for a night full of tricks and treats, but we’re already thinking ahead to the following days, when you’re left with more Halloween candy than you can ever possibly eat. No worries; we have some fantastic recipes that recycle your favorite goodie bag treats into something even more delicious–and homemade, to boot!

 

Here’s what you should do with that leftover…

 

Candy Corn

Melt some chocolate and sprinkle the candy corn on top for homemade Candy Corn Boo Bark.

Apples

Chop ‘em up and add them to a delicious batter for Apple Fritters.

Candy Bars

Throw them into this simple 4-ingredient recipe for Candy Bar Fudge.

Raisins

(because, let’s be honest, who is eating raisins on the sweetest, most candy-filled day of the year?)

Add them to Oatmeal-Raisin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting to satisfy your sweet tooth.

We hope you have a happy, safe, food- and fun-filled evening!

 

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Play Matchmaker with Foodpairing

Cookies and cream? Clearly. PB&J? As natural as breathing. But caramel and squid? Not the first things you’d think to pair for dinner. Yet a new app from Foodpairing (from free to $18 per month) says the combo works on the basis of compatible flavor components. In fact, the company has had a global science team analyze hundreds of ingredients and their chemical compounds, and now chefs use the tool to inspire new recipes. With civilian foodies taking to the technology, too, we decided to plug everyone’s fave fall ingredient into a search.

Photo by Sam Kaplan

 

 

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