ALL POSTS TAGGED "halloween"

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Update 10/15/12:  Congratulations to this month’s winner, Donna, who says she likes to make her Halloween decorations “as scary as skeletons, but my 4-year-old twins have always been around those at Halloween time so they don’t see them as scary.” Congratulations, Donna! Check back next month for another great freebie.

There are two types of Halloween folk: The ones who deck their yard out in fake blood, life-sized zombies and motion-activated vampires and the ones who stick to jolly pumpkins and mildly creepy ghosts.

Since I can’t watch a horror movie without developing a new irrational fear, you can probably guess which camp I fall into. But whether you go for the blood and guts or would rather keep it PG, you’ll love this month’s giveaway: a collection of outdoor Halloween decorations from Grandin Road.

Halloween Reversible Pumpkin - Grandin Road
First on the giveaway list: This creepy animated pumpkin. Sure, it looks innocent enough, but flip on the switch and it turns “evil” — complete with a diabolical laugh — when unsuspecting folks walk by.

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Shorter days and a crisp chill in the air certify that summer truly has come to an end.  Now’s a great time to break out the cozy throws and warm up your home’s decor with a few fall touches.

Take a cue from designer Sarah Richardson and fill vintage vases with autumn-hued flowers:Sarah Richardson's fall floral arrangements

For many of us, fall also signals the beginning of the holiday entertaining season — Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations are coming up fast. Get ready for the impending arrival of holiday guests by sprucing up areas of your home where guests gather, like the foyer
traditional foyer by Thibaut

Image courtesy of Thibaut.

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Featuring 8,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by more than 30 artisans, The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch in Palo Alto, California recently held its 17th annual fall event and sale. These glass pumpkins are perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving (yet beautiful enough to display year-round).

Glass Pumpkins

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Who doesn’t love a slimy worm in their Halloween punch? This creepy drink was created for entertaining children, so the recipe doesn’t call for alcohol. But in a season ripe with tricks and treats, nothing says you can’t add a few splashes of your favorite liquor to turn this into an adults-only sip.

Cemetery Punch

Cemetery Punch

Want more spooky cocktails? From a zombie gut cocktail to a bloody brain shooter, keep your guests entertained with spirited Halloween cocktails and party drinks.

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Does it get more gory than this? Impress (or disgust) your guests by serving Bloody Brain Shooters at your Halloween party this year. Channel your inner mad scientist to create this creepy-looking shooter. Add chilled vodka and lime juice to a shot glass, then use a straw to drip Irish cream on top. The acidic lime juice will cause the cream to curdle, creating realistic blobs of “brain.”

Bloody Brain Shooter

Bloody Brain Shooter

If you want to display a bit more sophistication at your haunted gathering, try the fruity version of this cocktail which can be served in a champagne glass.

The Brain Cocktail

The Brain Cocktail

Want more spooky cocktails? From a zombie gut cocktail to a bloody brain shooter, keep your guests entertained with spirited Halloween cocktails and party drinks.

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One of the really great things about my job is the chance to preview new products before they make it to stores. Usually it’s a candle or pillow but every now and again it’s something unexpected but totally fun — like these pet costumes from Target!

While I don’t exactly plan on taking my pups trick-or-treating, I couldn’t resist dressing them up for fun. Target’s expanded their already (super!) adorable selection for 2012 so if you haven’t considered decking out your dog before – this may be the year.

Here’s my little girl, Sophie, modeling one of the new costumes that just hit the shelves. She’s a 3-year old Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle) and, as you can tell, she’s pretty jazzed to be mommy’s little piggy:Sophie in her pig Halloween costume

 Not to be outdone, Madeline, my 9-year-old Bichon Frise, strutted her stuff as a cheerleader: Madeline in cheerleader costume

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Halloween is just a few short weeks away. Now is the perfect time to start planning which libations you’ll serve on the spookiest day of the year. The Black Devil Martini has a sophisticated look that is perfect for an adults-only Halloween bash; the bright orange sugar on the rim finishes the drink with a kick of fun.

Black Devil Martini Recipe

Black Devil Martini Recipe

Want more spooky cocktails? From a zombie gut cocktail to a bloody brain shooter, keep your guests entertained with spirited Halloween cocktails and party drinks.

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Alright, it’s countdown time people. Just 8 weeks until Halloween; it’s time to get a jump on making outdoor decorations. You’re in luck because I’ve gathered 4 killer projects, with accompanying printable templates, so you can haunt your home in style.

You could let your yard go to the birds with our Giant Raven Cut-Out:
Giant Raven Outdoor Halloween Decoration

Or give trick-or-treaters a fright with our Life-Size (Well, at least Afterlife-Size) Gauzy Ghost:Life-Size Gauzy Ghost

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Happy Halloween, design lovers! I couldn’t get my act together this year, so no costume for me, but perhaps an evening of spooky TV shows and movies is in order. Top of the list? My ’90s favorite, The X-Files, as inspired by the out-of-this-world UFO room of Sweden’s Treehotel in Harads, near the Lule River.

ufo room

Each treehouse room of Treehotel has a unique look and theme, but I especially appreciate the eerie shape and spotlight of The UFO against the tall forest trees. (Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but it looks oddly familiar. Exhibit A: Fox Mulder’s iconic poster.) Gorgeous other-worldly design and man-made creature comforts in the middle of nature? Is Treehotel too good to be true? As the X-Files’ title sequence famously stated, “The truth is out there.”

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It’s National Candy Corn Day, and while the tiny triangles tend to get a bad rap in the flavor department, as far as design goes, it’s hard to beat their geometric shape and tri-color stripes. That’s why I love these DIY candy corn treat bags from The Purl Bee.

candy corn bag

They’re cute, festive, and the flavor’s not even a factor. You know, there’s still time to whip one of these up before the kids go trick or treating tomorrow. They won’t miss that old plastic pumpkin or their pillowcase, promise.

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When we’re not out trendspotting or dreaming up spooky Halloween decor, the team here at HGTV.com likes to put the ideas we’ve been tacking on our pinboards (real and virtual) to the test.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin photos by Jeff Romaniuk.

Since there’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than with a bedazzled pumpkin, we stockpiled some craft supplies and procured as many pumpkins as we could carry (both real and faux) and got to work. Halloween candy, of course, was the fuel for our creativity.

HGTV Staffers

The team at work during Pumpkin-palooza.

After hot-gluing, painting and pinning all afternoon, here’s some of our best work. There’s still time to try ‘em before October 31!

Spiderweb Pumpkins

Spider Webs:  Halloween and spider webs go together like milk and cookies — that’s why so many of us ended up with webbed pumpkins. Make a spider web pattern along the grooves of your pumpkin with glass beads, sequins or stick-on jewels, or make a bold statement on the front of your pumpkin with a nail head (or thumb tack) pattern.

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Call me old-fashioned, but I never thought of Halloween as a very mantel-y holiday. Christmas, natch. New Year’s Eve, or perhaps a romantic Valentine’s Day, sure. But Halloween? Not so much, until I saw this darling fireplace on Blue Eyed Yonder.

halloween mantel

I see my new favorite Halloween element, silhouettes, in a prominent place, and the bunting is bang on-trend, too. But filling the fireplace up with wood is an especially nifty trick that turns the whole thing into a real treat for me.

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If you’re a regular reader of The Bloggess (aka Jenny Lawson), you know she’s capable of turning ordinary things into pure gold with her irreverent words. But check out what she can do with her hands: Turn an ordinary dollhouse into pure haunted Halloween gold.

bloggess haunted dollhouse

She’s been outfitting this dollhouse for ten years with creepy miniatures inspired by horror and fantasy books. The details are all very crafty, as Jenny “built, sculpted, or antiqued most of the stuff” that fills the rooms. For my favorite piece, the Ouija board (top left), she reduced a photo she had taken of a real Ouija board, and painted it to make it look appropriately worn. What literary allusions can you spot in the house? I saw some spot-on Harry Potter references, Neil Gaiman nods and Hitchcock props. Check out all of the spectacular photos here.

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Is it just me, or do balloons seem to be having another renaissance these days? I keep spotting happy helium-inspired objects everywhere. First there were the balloon dog bookends, then groovy balloon lights on Design Milk, stunning marbleized balloons in the new issue of House Beautiful, and balloon ice cream cones and today’s delight — these Halloween-ready spiderweb balloons — on Pinterest.

spiderweb balloons

Apparently, the web effect is created with just a few pumps of Hi-Float, and the spider is one of those rubber or plastic spiders you see a lot this time of year. (Get the instructions here.) Despite my paralyzing arachnophobia, these balloons really appeal to me. How do you plan to decorate for Halloween?

 

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Didn’t get your Missoni fix from Target’s collection? (As of this writing, I’m still waiting on the zig-zag socks I ordered to be shipped to me. Frowny face.) Well, never fear. You can make your own Missoni magic on a pumpkin, like artist/blogger Alisa Burke did here!

missoni pumpkin

Paint is a playful way to give Halloween pumpkins some flair without resorting to the hassle and mess of carving. You don’t have to stop at one pattern, either. Alisa gave one gourd a black and white ikat print, and another a colorful suzani. If you keep the color palettes similar, all the prints will look pretty together. Get more fun Halloween decorating tips and entertaining tricks from HGTV here.

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Silhouette pumpkins are spooky chic, so why stop there? Silhouette your windows for Halloween! All you need to make your house haunted are some simple supplies and these cool ideas from paper whiz Jeffery Rudell.

halloween witch silhouette

I particularly love the shape of this evil witch casting spells over her cauldron, but the only limits to this project are what you can do with your imagination and a good pair of scissors. Take a peek at the rest of the designs (zombies, and rats, and killers, oh my!) and get some free PDF templates on the Craft blog.

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After I spotted this silhouette pumpkin on Design Happens last week, I was totally inspired to find ideas for black and white Halloween decorating and entertaining. I am loving what I’ve come across and thinking I may just have to go with this striking palette for my mantle this year. Do you think you could decorate for Halloween without orange? C’mon, get crazy!

black and white halloween ideas

Shelley from The House of Smiths shows us how to create a Halloween vignette of mostly black and white on a budget. This knotted black ribbon wreath immediately caught my eye on Pinterest. I love how simple, yet glamorous is it. Donna from Party Wishes added a few inexpensive touches to her porch to get in the mood for Halloween. And here’s the silhouette pumpkin tutorial featured on HGTV that inspired this post. Isn’t it fabulous?

The white foam pumpkin embellished with a decal and jewels is an easy project with a spooktacular result. My printable cupcake toppers lend to a glam black and white color scheme. Pair with a plastic spider for a creepy look. I spotted this gauze mummy wreath on Etsy and love it. Do you see the skeleton hands hanging down from it? Spooky. Spiders are a must when choosing this black and white theme for decorating or a party. This downloadable print is part of Shelley’s Halloween shelves.

black and white halloween

These creepy plates are freaking me out! Scare your guests by covering up the illustrations with food only to reveal body parts while they’re eating. Talk about freaking out! These real scorpions mounted in a display box will gross everyone out. Living in Arizona, I’ve seen a few in real life, and it’s not pleasant. Need a party favor? How about sending your guests home with a tub of embalming cream? Good news, it’s pumpkin marshmallow scent. Yum. Greet your visitors with this life-size ghost that you can easily make yourself with this HGTV tutorial.

Have I inspired you to decorate with black and white this year or do you think orange is required for Halloween?

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