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With autumn in full swing, you can not only infuse your food but your cocktails with everything from apples and cranberries to pumpkins and pears. Bring the season’s most abundant flavors into your Halloween, Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings by mixing these fruits with a bottle of bubbly and other yummy ingredients. Troy Sidle, master mixologist from NYC hotspot Pouring Ribbons, shares his favorite seasonal cocktails you’ll want to try, too.

Ruffino Atunno

Fall Cocktail

Ingredients

6 ounces Ruffino Prosecco
1/2 ounce apple brandy
small scoop cranberry puree
cranberry skewer, for garnish

Instructions

Stir the apple brandy and cranberry puree over ice. Strain into a serving glass. Top with Ruffino Prosecco. Serve in a coupe or champagne flute, and garnish with a cranberry skewer.

Ruffino Elisir Magico

Fall Cocktail

Ingredients

6 ounces Ruffino Moscato d’Asti
1/2 ounce black walnut liqueur
dash angostura bitters
orange twist, for garnish

Instructions

Add black walnut liqueur and bitters into a wine glass over ice. Top with Ruffino Moscato d’Asti. Serve in a wine glass with an orange twist.

Give trick-or-treaters a fright with a crime scene-inspired window or clear glass front door. To create this temporary effect, pick up a bottle of red glass paint at the craft store (Gallery Glass brand is particularly effective). Because this type of paint plasticizes, it essentially creates a mess-free decal you can just peel off after Halloween. For a bloody dripping effect, squeeze some along the top of the window; apply splatters with a paintbrush and dip your hands in the paint for gruesome handprints.

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 Crime-Scene Front Door or Windows

With Halloween only days away, I felt like spooking up today’s Mood Board Monday with one of the holiday’s favorite creatures. What’s your favorite creepy Halloween character to decorate with? Ghosts? Spiders? Ravens? Mummies?

Mood Board Monday: Halloween BatsBat Decor | Dress | Manicure | Silhouette | Entry | Cake | Sweater | Batman | Cookies | Kitten

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

Decorate with bats for Halloween:

Halloween is only three days away, and you know what that means. Soon, your little trick-or-treaters will scatter dozens of candy wrappers around your once-beautiful home. But this Halloween, you’ll know that those wrappers are more than just colorful candy clothes, because I’ve got some sweet craft ideas that will have you wishing your kids would hurry up and finish all those holiday goodies.

candy wrapper buckets

Do you decoupage? These colorful buckets would be great to store kids’ art supplies or other knickknacks. And if you act now, they could even make great last-minute candy buckets for Halloween!

candy wrapper vase

Remember Allie’s inspiring ideas for crafting with old magazines? Well, I hope you haven’t thrown your extras away (and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you haven’t). This time, let’s add a few candy wrappers into the mix for an unexpected design. Visit Saved by Love Creations to learn how to make this impressive vase.

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BRIANA: Move over, orange – there’s a new color in town. White pumpkins were once novel, but now they threaten to usurp the Halloween pumpkin throne. So, what do you think? Do white pumpkins look smashing or would you like to smash them?

Do you like the white pumpkin trend for Halloween? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

MARIANNE: I love all of the non-traditional pumpkins right now, white included. My mom just made this motley gourd tower and I’m digging it.

Do you like the white pumpkin trend for Halloween? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

HANNAH SLAUGHTER: Kelly Smith Trimble is single-handedly responsible for me embracing the white pumpkins. They  just seem so elegant!

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Dribble glue from a hot-glue gun all over a piece of PVC pipe and a foam cup to make what looks like a long-burning candle. Insert a much-safer battery-operated tealight in the middle to make the candle glow. If the candles are placed under a black light, they will glow in the dark – perfect for any haunted house.

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More Halloween DIYs:
Snake Eyes
Hanging Bats
Creepy Raven
Life-Size Ghost

Halloween is just eight days away! Have you stocked up on sweets? Planned out costumes? Decked out the porch for trick-or-treaters? If not, have no fear. There’s still a weekend in between to get everything done, and we have lots of easy-to-make ideas you can knock out before your Sunday primetime shows (hello, The Walking Dead!). Or, throw in one of your favorite Halloween flicks and craft up your little one’s costume. Check out some of our favorite ideas for kids of all ages:

Baby Bull Costume

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Homemade Ladybug Costume

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More Easy-to-Make Costumes for Kids

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