Halloween

3 Ways to Keep Your Pet Happy in a Halloween Costume

Dogs in costumes? Cute. Getting your dog into a costume? Ruff. But this advice from Sylvia Reutens, whose 10-year-old corgi has beat out hundreds of other dogs for the Best in Show title at the famed Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City, will fetch some results.

1. Learn his style. Maybe you break into a sweat whenever you have to wear a turtleneck. Well, your four-legged friend also has likes and dislikes when it comes to clothing. “My dog, Harry, doesn’t like to have things under his body or between his legs,” says Reutens. “Placing a super-light box on top of him—with his head and ears completely free—doesn’t bother him at all.” As much as you want your pet to look adorable, it’s more important that he’s comfortable. Help him try on a few outfits to see what he’s cool with. Read more

DIY Spooky Mood Lighting for your Halloween Party

Kill it at this year’s Halloween bash with kooky, creepy mood lighting you can make yourself!

The eyes have it

Let guests know you’re keeping an eye on them! Use a craft knife to cut a half-inch X into a Ping-Pong ball. Slide the “flame” of a battery-powered tea light into the slit. With fine-point markers, draw an eye (preferably bloodshot!) on the opposite side of the ball. Make several pairs and plant them in dark corners.

 Facing your fears

Let a creepy guy scare guests who pass by. Choose a lightweight mask with relatively flat sides. Then buy a wood plaque slightly larger than the mask from the crafts store and stain or paint it. Working from the inside of the mask, tape sheets of colored tissue paper over the eye and mouth openings, so that light shines through. Attach two battery-powered tea lights to the center of the plaque with glue dots (also from a crafts store). Use more glue dots to mount the mask to the plaque, then hang.

Flying flames

Candles can mysteriously levitate with a little bit of black magic—in the form of thin, clear fishing line. Tie a length of it around the bottom of a battery-operated candle’s “flame” (look for a metal loop or simply tie it around the base of the fake flame) and use clear packing tape or hooks to attach the other end to the ceiling.

Uncharming snakes

Slithering snakes on a candle! Use straight pins to attach rubber snakes to wax pillar candles. You can even make it look like one is about to chomp down on the wick. (If you’re having trouble getting it just right, snip the head off the body and pin it to the back of the candle.) Brush acrylic paint on the snakes and pinheads and let dry.

Jarring science jars

In the right setting, white asparagus pieces look like amputated fingers, knotty ginger doubles as mummified bones, and lychees appear to be eyeballs. Fill jars with your creepy body parts of choice, insert cracked glow sticks, and top off with water dyed with yellow food color for added glow. Also try cauliflower (to resemble tiny brains), gummy worms (ground-up flesh!) and more. You’ll never look at food the same way!

– By Taryn Williford; Photography by Aaron Dyer

3 Tricks and Treats to Scare Up Your Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone! It wouldn’t truly be All Hallows’ Eve without some spooky snacks to dig your vampire teeth into. These recipes are super quick and easy, so you won’t even have to take a break between face painting and candy distributing. Just watch out for any extra-hungry ghosts and goblins!

 

Lobotomy Loaf

 

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The Spookiest Four-Ingredient Cocktail

Don’t even think about throwing a Halloween party without a stiff drink (pun intended). Here’s a cocktail that’s as creepy as it is tasty (and is sure to get you pickled): The Embalmer

 

Ingredients

1 15 ounce can pitted dark cherries in light syrup, drained, syrup reserved

8 ounces vodka

4 ounces triple sec

1 bottle sparkling white wine, chilled

 

Directions

Drop 1 cherry in each of 8 champagne flutes. Divide the cherry syrup, vodka and triple sec among the glasses. Top with the sparkling wine. Serves 8.

 

Have a happy Halloween!

 

 

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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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