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Halloween Decorating and Entertaining Tricks

How to get ready for the holiday season with last-minute party ideas and simple, stylish shortcuts.

Get In the Spirit

Top 10 Halloween Movies
A scary movie aficionado reveals what to watch to set the mood for October 31.

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Creative Halloween Party Ideas

Throw a festive bash without all the fuss.
Photo: Photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Elizabeth MacLennan

8 No-Carve Pumpkins

Transform fall's classic all-star with one of these creative ideas.
Photo: Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

8 Ideas for an Apple-Picking Party

Organize a trip to the local orchards to take advantage of the crisp weather and fall folliage.
Photo:  Ken Kochey

What’s Haunting Your House?

Odd noises? Creepy voices? Scary visions? This Halloween, learn what’s behind them.
Photo: Edwin Fotheringham
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Pumpkins, Costumes, Décor, and More

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6 Ideas for a Pumpkin-Carving Party
Carve some fun into fall with a day of pumpkin picking, jack-o’-lanterns, and treats.

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9 Tips for Hosting a Sleepover Party

When your child is old enough for an overnight (typically age six and up is appropriate), here's how to get the party started.

  • Make a guest list. Begin planning the party with your child.
  • Send or e-mail invitations. Distribute invitations, requesting parents’ contact info and a heads-up about the child’s allergies with an RSVP.
  • Enlist help. Ask a friend or relative to help you out on the day of the party—especially with younger kids.

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