Congratulations to our winner Josh, who loves to mix up pumpkin martinis with a cinnamon and sugar rim. Come back on November 1 for another great giveaway.
I tend to go a little overboard with Halloween party preparations. Partly because I’m a lifestyle editor and partly because Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, I’ve been thinking about pumpkins, DIY costumes and creepy food for months. But you can still have a low-stress Halloween gathering even if you haven’t planned a thing until this very minute. Yes, really.
Here’s your game plan: Make a sweet and a savory snack (say, maple nut popcorn and creepy chips with guacamole) and both kid- and adult-friendly punches. Kids will love our cemetery slime punch (complete with gummy worms!), and adults will be crazy for this Pumpkin Spice Sangria served inside a pumpkin. For a large group, ask guests to bring an additional appetizer or drink to share.
To help you out with last-minute decorations, we’ve partnered with Target to give one lucky Design Happens reader a free party pack complete with plates, napkins, straws, decorations and more. Read on for the full Pumpkin Spice Sangria recipe, plus enter for a chance to win this party pack.
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Need an easy idea for your next fall party or get-together? This chalkboard word find pumpkin makes the perfect centerpiece or decoration. Have guests try to find words or create their own pumpkin with stickers and chalk.
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Keep an eye on trick-or-treaters with a googly-eyed wreath. To make it, pick up two to three bags of white Ping-Pong balls online or at a sports store. Use hot glue to attach them, in layers, to a foam wreath form with hot glue. Once all visible parts of the wreath form have been covered, attach small and large googly eyes. Tip: It’s best to hang the wreath with a door hanger, rather than wrapping ribbon around, so the layers of Ping-Pong balls remain undisturbed.
I feel like I’m a little behind this year (maybe because it still feels like summer here in Knoxville, Tenn.?!), but I just picked up my first pumpkin of the season. It’s a smaller pumpkin since I’m lacking in both square footage and outdoor space and is the perfect colorful addition to my windowsill. Now comes the annual question: do I want to carve, paint or both? I’m prone to picking up a paintbrush and going to town, but I have plenty of friends that enjoy the mess and tradition that comes with carving. What’s your favorite way to decorate pumpkins?
Well, for all you traditionalists out there, we have some modern “carving” ideas, plus beginner and advanced templates you can print right from home for free.
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Let tiny crafters create glowing pumpkin patterns with ease. Simply use cookie cutters and a rubber mallet to carve out fun shapes. Get the step-by-step instructions >>
Still not positive you want to take on traditional pumpkin carving? Give this technique a try. Use two different-sized drill bits to add a modern design to your pumpkin. Get the step-by-step instructions >>
Halloween has gone country over at our sister site, Great American Country (GAC). Ready to show off your skills? Try carving one of 25 singing superstars from Dolly Parton and Elvis to Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton.
Try your hand at one of these 22 templates created specifically for beginning pumpkin carvers. Printable Templates >>
Think you’re ready for something a little more advanced? These patterns are ideal for more skilled carvers. Printable Templates >>
Never carved a pumpkin before? That’s OK! We’re here to help:
These little mummies are not only cute, they’re functional, too. Filled with candy, the upcycled tin cans wrapped in cheesecloth make a great Halloween party favor or surprise for your favorite trick-or-treater.
Let’s see, where did I leave off? Last week I confessed that I’m scared of my sewing machine and all about the no-sew Halloween costumes for my kids. Hugo is all set to blast off in his rocket costume, so this week I’m turning my four-year-old Lulu into a giant pink frosted doughnut. It’s pretty sweet, check it out:
I have to say, I never thought a neon pink pool float and some giant pipe cleaners could turn into something quite so adorable. What do you think? Would you dress your kid (or yourself) up as a giant pastry?
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Turn your little one into a roaring lion for Halloween with our easy-to-follow makeup tutorial.
When I spotted this hilarious and totally adorable oompa loompa costume on Pinterest, I knew I had to share it. I love Halloween, and one of my favorite parts of the holiday is coming up with a creative costume. It’s all about thinking outside of the box and figuring out a fun look that no one else will have. I think that’s exactly what has happened here, and I applaud loft3 for making what may possibly be the costume to beat this Halloween. Head on over to loft3 photography to learn how to make this sweet outfit for your little munchkin.
Inexpensive elements, like vintage art, can add a creepy effect to any room. Shop your local flea market or thrift store to pick up a grouping of portraits and pop art featuring faces. Hang them together gallery-style to give guests the feeling they’re being watched.
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We’ve covered Mason jars. Really. We’ve got chandeliers, vases, planters and more. What we have not covered is the covers themselves. These poor neglected Mason jar lids have a lot to give, too. I was blown away by the craft ideas people have come up with, so I picked my top five faves to share with you. Happy reading, MacGyvers!
Maybe it’s because I’m so excited that fall is finally here, but this Mason jar lid pumpkin is the most delightful craft I’ve seen in a while. Just look at that cute cinnamon stick stem! And Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road says it took less than two minutes to complete, so I envision covering the whole house with these cuties.
Though this sweet “Be Mine” Mason jar lid garland was created for Valentine’s Day, the look would be great year round. Maybe a “Trick or Treat” garland for Halloween? I think yes. Visit Ginger at Ginger Snap Crafts for her simple instructions.
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