Sure, they roll around at the same time every year, but somehow it’s still easy to be caught off-guard. Never again! Whether you’re planning ahead or at the very last minute, these handy holiday guides will help you make the most of your celebrations all year long.

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Spooktacular Halloween Lanterns

Sure, you may have set out traditional luminarias — small paper bags weighted with sand with lit votive candles —

Hilarious Halloween Humor

Horrifically hilarious reader submissions.

Simple Halloween Recipes for Kids

These delicious and spooky recipes will be a hit.

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Halloween Decoration: Creepy Cauldron

The combination of dry ice and water in a witch’s cauldron is an inexpensive way to create an air of

Halloween Napkin Rings

All sorts of bits and pieces adaptable to crafting happily haunt Nancy Valentine’s home in Paupack, Pennsylvania. “Oftentimes, I’ll find

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Great Pumpkin Sandwiches

Need an easy entrée for your fall bash? Try these stacked quesadillas.

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Black Cat Cupcakes

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”15 min” cook_time=”20 min” serves=”24″ details=”” ] If a black cat crosses your path, we hope it’s one of

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Bat Wing Soup

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”10 min” cook_time=”15 min” serves=”6″ details=”” ] Convenient stewed tomatoes are the base for this spooky soup that gets

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Festive Pumpkin Dip

Everybody loves edible bread bowls. This one is hard to resist when filled with creamy, spicy pumpkin dip [ingredients-list title=”Ingredients”

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Orange Witches’ Brew Punch

Add a festive touch with this tasty drink by serving it in a glass pumpkin bowl.

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Mousse-Filled Witches’ Hats

These rich snacks are filled with a creamy homemade mousse. Prepare them for your little goblins this Halloween. [ingredients-list title=”Ingredients”

Black Cat Cookies

Perched on Popsicle sticks, these unique cat cookies are sure to please.

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Halloween Cat Patrol Craft

Guard your windowsill with a Cat Patrol of acorn squash. All you need is some black paint, cardboard scraps, felt

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Halloween Cookies

Cookies are a favorite for any occasion. Make these for trick-or-treaters, take them to a school or church bazaar or

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Brown Bread Pumpkins

Try serving these brown bread pumpkins with stew or soup (pumpkin, of course) ladled into a small hollowed-out pumpkin or

The Best Thriller Books of All Time

What makes a thriller thrilling? Nonstop action, precarious situations, hair-raising suspense, and heroic characters all exemplify the best thrillers on

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The Essential Halloween Safety Checklist

Halloween is a time for fun and treats, but it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. Falls are

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Pumpkin Patch Party Mix

[ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””] [ingredients-left] 4 cups air-popped popcorn Toasted fresh pumpkin seeds or 3 cups shelled sunflower nuts 2 cups

Pumpkin Carving Made Easy

New tools make pumpkin carving easier than ever before.

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Mini Pumpkin Sandwiches

Sure to be a crowd-pleaser at parties, these mini-buns perk up any sandwich fillings, even bite-size burgers for kids. [ingredients-list

Buzzy Bumble Bee

A fun and playful costume.


The bottoms of this and the Buzzy Bumble Bee fleece costumes are gathered with elastic and the tops are tied...

Top Dog Costume

This adorable costume is a blessing for busy moms who don't sew.

Siegfried the Sorcerer

No special magic is required to stitch up this striking outfit, which is bound to be a hit with Harry...