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Tricks and Treats on the Web

For the best seasonal tricks and treats on the web, check out these fall-related websites.

by Laura Emery, Field Editor


This is the time of year when it’s all about tricks and treats.

For tips and tricks on how to bring fall flair into your home décor, entertain your family with seasonal crafts, or create budget-friendly Halloween costumes, the internet has a bounty of websites to help you do just that. The web is also crawling  with sites featuring tasty treats that’ll help you usher in this cozy and comforting time of year.


As autumnal colors begin bursting forth in Mother Nature, we bid farewell to summer’s sun-drenched days. It’s a time to focus on family and friends, and enjoy the delightful transition between the extremes of summer and winter. Bring the warm colors of fall’s splendor into your home with these beautiful and simple decorating projects. Here you’ll find ideas on how to create harvest-inspired tablescapes, etched pumpkins, fragrant pomanders and even pumpkin topiaries.


If you’re more into crafty than creepy, this is the place to go. Here, you’ll find dozens of Halloween project ideas, including yard decorations, Halloween front-door décor, unique pumpkin-carving ideas, Halloween party decorations and kids’ crafts.

One such craft idea is spirit jugs — homemade lanterns that are sure to extend a ghostly greeting and goodbye to all your Halloween visitors. Simply draw ghost eyes and mouth on plastic gallon-size milk jugs. Use a craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug, and then arrange the “ghosts” near each other and string lights in between them (stuffing several bulbs into each jug). The end product is ghostly and glowing.


There’s something eternally comforting about the taste of fall — whether it is warm drinks in hand, decadent pumpkin pies slathered in whipped topping or a crisp apple streusel. But for the days you just want a quick treat that still offers comfort, here’s the place to go. No peeling apples, roasting pumpkins or rolling out pie crusts required for these recipes. Pumpkin-spice Rice Krispie treats, pumpkin-spice cookies, cheddar olives, Vidalia onion dip with bacon crumbles, and milk-and-honey peanut-butter balls will help you usher in the fall season with a smile on your face and fullness in your belly. Also, be sure and check out

www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/holiday---celebrationrecipes/halloween-recipes, where you will find hundreds more tricks to make the tastiest and spookiest Halloween-inspired treats.


Halloween is just another excuse for creating themed treats; ideally, ones that aren’t too tricky. For fun, festive snacks sure to delight your youngsters, check out this website. The Food Network features a variety of sophisticated and spooky treats perfect for the whole family. Some of these treats include crispy phyllo-wrapped hot-dog mummies, ghostinis with bloody sundried tomato tapenade, caramel apple monster munch, wormy weenie sandwiches and tempura octopus hot-dog bites.


If you’ve ever tried to costume your entire clan, you know that costumes can be quite costly. So here are some fun, cheap costumes for kids that you can make on your own. For the no-sew piggy costume, for example, all you need is a sweatshirt two sizes bigger than your child’s size, a hot-glue gun, an empty toilet-paper roll, batting, pink pipe cleaner and a pair of scissors. After a little cutting, folding, poly-filling and gluing, your child will be the cutest little oinklet on the block.


For easy ways to cozy up your home for fall, HGTV.com is the place to go. Fall is the perfect excuse to update your home with fresh accessories and hues inspired by the season. Get your home ready for cool autumn weather with simple interior and exterior decorating ideas, like creating a grand entrance, warming things up with cozy autumnal colors, adding fresh flowers, creating wall décor with fall flair, bringing the outdoors in and much more. For Halloween-specific décor ideas to spook up the house, inside and out, HGTV.com also covers that. Head on over to www.hgtv.com/handmade/our-favorite-indoor-and-outdoor-halloween-decorating-ideas/pictures/index.html to be inspired (and possibly spooked) this Halloween.


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