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Halloween may still be months away but that doesn’t mean I can’t tempt you with a few of the devilishly delicious treats we’re cooking up now. Our entertaining pros are busy whipping up both sweet and savory party snacks your Halloween guests won’t be able to resist!

Here’s a small sampling; I’ll share the actual recipes when we get closer to All Hallows Eve. In the meantime, check out our Halloween feature for more spooky inspiration: HGTV.com's Halloween Party Recipes

MORE HALLOWEEN IDEAS:
Halloween Sneak Peek: Outdoor Decorating Ideas
Halloween Sneak Peek: Kids’ Costumes
4 Halloween Crafts to Make Now
Halloween Cut-Outs: Spook Up Your Yard
Crafty Indoor Halloween Decorations
Free! Halloween Printables
Home Survival Skills: Prepare Your Home for Halloween
How to Make a Fall Felt Leaf Wreath

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Halloween may officially be more than 3 months away but here at the HGTV offices (or in my cube, at least) the countdown to All Hallows Eve has begun. Our talented designers have been hard at work coming up with fresh ideas for all things Halloween — from party food and games to kids’ costumes, pumpkins and, of course, spooktacular indoor and outdoor decorations.

I know that Halloween die-hards like to get a head start on outdoor decorations, in particular, so I thought I’d share a sneak peek of a few of the projects we’re currently working on. No links yet, but be on the lookout for our new Halloween feature in early September:  Outdoor Halloween Decorating Ideas

MORE HALLOWEEN IDEAS:
Halloween Sneak Peek: Kids’ Costumes
4 Halloween Crafts to Make Now
Halloween Cut-Outs: Spook Up Your Yard
Crafty Indoor Halloween Decorations
Free! Halloween Printables
Home Survival Skills: Prepare Your Home for Halloween
How to Make a Fall Felt Leaf Wreath

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Even as the rest of the country is gearing up for July 4th celebrations, we’re hard at work on original recipes, crafts and decorating ideas for the fall and winter holidays. To be honest, we’re pretty much always working on holiday content around here but early summer is when the pace really picks up.

I don’t want to give away too many surprises but thought you’d like a sample of the (many!) Halloween treats we have in store. From mommy-and-me costumes (seriously, how cute is the milk and cookie!) to budget-friendly costumes you can make out of felt and a hoodie (like a rampaging dinosaur) to professional-quality Halloween makeup tricks — we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a sneak peek of the costume-y goodness headed your way and be on the lookout for our new Halloween feature in early September! HGTV Halloween Costume Sneak Peek

MORE HALLOWEEN IDEAS:
4 Halloween Crafts to Make Now
Halloween Cut-Outs: Spook Up Your Yard
Crafty Indoor Halloween Decorations
Free! Halloween Printables
Home Survival Skills: Prepare Your Home for Halloween
How to Make a Fall Felt Leaf Wreath

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Halloween is finally here. It’s only a short time before trick-or-treaters will fill the streets on a never-ending candy quest. Well, at least until bedtime.

Whether you’re planning on passing out candy or not, you should take some precautions to make sure any kids wandering your neighborhood have a safe Halloween. No one wants to be the house on the block responsible for mini-Effie Trinket’s tears when your over-friendly dog gets loose or baby-Incredible Hulk’s scraped knee (you won’t like him when he’s angry).

Clear a path. The morning or afternoon of Halloween, take a walk around the outside of your home. Put away hoses, bikes and garden equipment and clear away rocks, sticks and debris to prevent tripping.  Make sure Halloween decor on the ground is either brightly lit or out of the way.

Watch out for your pumpkins. Keep lit jack-o’-lanterns in a high place or consider getting a battery-powered candle instead of the real thing. Loose-fitting or flowing Halloween costumes can easily catch fire.

Put away your animals. Yes, you did a lot of work getting Spot into that Batman costume, but all the excitement Halloween brings can rile up your pet for better or worse. Hours of shrieking children can stress out even the best-behaved dog. Do your four-legged friends a favor and keep them in a quiet place until the party’s over.

Leave the lights on (or off). Whether to leave the lights on or off if you’re not handing out treats is a common question. If you live in a high-traffic area where your neighbors are all expecting trick-or-treaters, it’s a good idea to leave a porch light on. Kids running between houses might trip or fall in front of your dark home. Try putting up a sign that says “No candy here, sorry!”

Think carefully about candy. Individually-wrapped candies are best. If you are thinking about passing out homemade treats, consider adding a tag with your name and phone number on it to give parents some reassurance.

If you’re taking the kids out, remember to let them eat a big meal so they don’t get hungry before the night is over. This will also prevent hungry children from tearing into their treats right before bedtime.  Don’t forget to inspect all sweets – be on the lookout for unwrapped items and candy your child might be allergic to.

Make sure to travel in groups. Parents usually don’t mind people joining their group – parents will feel safer with a big group and trick-or-treaters will enjoy the company of other children.

Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!  Check out the links below for last-minute Halloween ideas:
Our Favorite Costume Ideas From HGTV Fans
Halloween Party Favor and Treat Bag Ideas
Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for the Entire Family
13 To-Die-For Halloween Cocktails
Spooky Halloween Table Settings and Decorations
FREE DOWNLOAD: Easy Pumpkin Carving Templates
More Halloween Inspiration From Design Happens

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So, tomorrow’s Halloween and you’re still struggling to decide what ghostly (or adorable) character you’re going to transform into, amiright? Don’t let the pressure of creating a knock-out costume stress you out. You still have plenty of time to gather some materials and put your DIY skills to use to make a fun, homemade costume just in time for nightfall. And even if you aren’t handy with a needle and thread, many of these will look just as good with a hot glue gun substitute. So, I’ve picked my top 11 (I just couldn’t stop at 10) DIY costumes from around the blogosphere that you can make TONIGHT. Plus, there’s something for every person in your family, from babies to grown-ups. Go ahead and dive in.

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR DOGS

FOR GIRLS:

DIY Halloween Costumes - Rag DollsRag Dolls :: A Beautiful Mess

This rag doll costume is too cute. It’s perfect on its own or as a mother-daughter set. Get the Tutorial at A Beautiful Mess >>

DIY Halloween Costumes - BumblebeeBumblebee :: Fiskars

Becoming a bumblebee is easy as can be(e). Sew strips of black tee onto a yellow shirt, and turn a regular headband into whimsical antennae. Get the Tutorial at Fiskars >>

More Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

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On Halloween night, go trick-or-treating with your little ones, then come home and spend the evening with HGTV’s Property Brothers. Drew and Jonathan will be going head-to-head in our prime-time special, Pumpkin Wars.

The bros are helping two towns battle to see which one can carve and display the most jack-o’-lanterns (both attempting to set a new Guinness World Record). Watch the Brother vs. Brother showdown Wednesday at 9pm/8c.

Want to see Jonathan help eat the pies? Or see more of Drew in Keene? Check out behind-the-scenes videos from the episode.

Sneak Peek: Check out Facebook-exclusive photos from Pumpkin Wars right now. What’s that? You haven’t liked HGTV on Facebook, you say? Well, let’s take care of that first.

Pumpkin Wars

Warring Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott

HGTV Pumpkin Wars

How do you plan on spending your Halloween? Tell me below.

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Halloween is sneaking up on you fast (only 1 week left!) but don’t worry, we’ve got 23 printable (and free!) templates to make throwing a party, spooking up your front yard, treating your favorite ghouls and ghosties and perfecting your pumpkin relatively painless.

Start with our templates and instructions for creepy outdoor cut-outs:Halloween Outdoor Decoration Template

Get the party started with our printable party favors, like this princess crown: 
Halloween Party Crowns

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Readers, I am super excited to share this new video series with you. Take a look at your new crafty best friend: Weekday Crafternoon. Every week, I will be walking you through a different craft project, ranging from handmade gifts, to centerpieces, and more. This week I have three last minute pumpkin crafts that pull double duty: they look as good on your front porch come trick-or-treating time as they do as part of your Thanksgiving tablescape.

So please take a moment and watch the video above. And then tell me: what craft would you like to see featured on Weekday Crafternoon? I love a crafty challenge!

Pumpkin Stack

 

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With Halloween just over a week away,  it’s peak pumpkin-carving season. While some pumpkin artists go minimal with a basic eyes, nose and mouth and others carve out more intricate designs, we all end up with a big pile of scooped-out pumpkin seeds. So it’s no wonder that searches for “cooking pumpkin seeds” are up a whopping 219 percent this week, according to Yahoo!.

So, what should you do with all those leftover pumpkin seeds? You should eat them, of course! Here’s how to roast them, plus new ways to mix them into fall fare.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds 3 Ways From 101 Cookbooks

Prep Your Fresh Pumpkin Seeds
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Separate the seeds from the pulp, then rinse them in a mesh strainer or fine colander. Shake dry, then spread in a single layer on a baking sheet (you may need to use multiple sheets depending on the size of the pumpkin.) Bake for about 30 minutes to dry out the seeds. Remove from the oven and add a few drizzles of olive oil and salt.  Keep them basic, or season the seeds to make them sweet or savory. Then, roast for another 20 minutes, or until crisp and lightly brown.

Here are some great seasoning options:

Let cool and keep in an airtight container for up to one week. If you don’t gobble them up immediately (seriously…these things are addictive!), try these creative recipes to use up your seed stash. Opting for faux pumpkins this year? You can make any of these recipes with store-bought roasted, hulled pumpkin seeds (also known as “pepitas.”)

Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Most recipes for pumpkin seed brittle called for pre-shelled pumpkin seeds, which is time consuming to do at home. This recipe from Pitch Fork Diaries lets you use your fresh pumpkin seeds as-is to create crisp, salty-sweet brittle.

Pumpkin Seed Brittle Recipe

Pumpkin Seed Brittle From Pitch Fork Diaries

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