With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year there’s sure to be more creepy houses in your area, bigger bags of candy and lots of parties to attend. Whether you’re old or young you’re sure to be excited about the big spooky day. From cute costumes to scary date night ideas, we’ve gathered everything you need to have your best Halloween yet.
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What’s Halloween without a wicked pumpkin? This year’s carving trends include everything from eerie dioramas to flamboyant pink flamingos. Can’t hack it? Opt for a no-carve pumpkin. We recommend the thumb tack designs, they look really chic and take no time at all.
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All hail the Queen of Halloween! Christine McConnell has set the bar high for haunted houses, transforming her parent’s home into a six-eyed monster complete with gnarly fangs. Get the look with these nine easy DIY projects for a spooky front door.
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Here’s one for the Halloween hostess: create a table setting for a Halloween dinner party that’s equal parts gorgeous and ghoulish. Using your everyday dinnerware, layer in black and red table linens, candles and flowers, and top it all off with this genius napkin ring.
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When you have kids, Halloween is a major annual event. If they’re old enough, they look forward to trick or treating and their costumes months in advance, and if they aren’t, you’ve probably been thinking about it since before they were born. Make sure you’re prepared with these incredibly easy and amazing DIY costumes, including an adorable gumball machine and a baby zombie.
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Little kids aren’t the only small set who like to get dressed up for Halloween. (Though “like” might be a bit of a stretch.) Get your furry friends in the festive spirit by whipping together an easy and inexpensive costume. Try a “Pugkin Spice Latte” or channel the Star Wars force, and turn your pup into an Ewok.
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When it comes to costumes for adults, sometimes a solid makeup job is all you need to wow a crowd at a Halloween party or impress trick-or-treaters at the door. Take a cue from some of the best Halloween makeup transformations on the web, and turn yourself into a walking optical illusion or a terrifying creepy clown.
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If you’re spending this All Hallows’ Eve as a twosome, you may want to skip the awkward couples costumes and find another fun way to celebrate. Try having a scary movie marathon or a picnic at a graveyard; both are sure to get you in the holiday spirit (and guarantee some extra snuggling time with your SO).
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