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Halloween Tricks & Treats

Halloween Tricks & Treats


Halloween Tricks & Treats® magazine is for readers of all ages who love Halloween. We provide inspiration and step-by-step images and instructions for all types of Halloween preparation and celebrations including parties for both kids and adults, costumes, fun food, and lastly, lots of carved and decorated pumpkins!

United States
Meredith Corporation
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in this issue

1 min.
confession time.

As a Halloween enthusiast, I tend to look at things a little differently. Maybe that explains why after seeing photos of 3-D street chalk scenes, I immediately thought of skeletons or rats crawling out of a hole. I started researching the technique, and the more I read, the more confused I became. Instead of giving up, I decided just to go for it. With my trusty 5-year-old neighbor helper, Claire, I drew an outline on my driveway and filled in part of the shape with a pastel stick. I was so impressed at how easy it was, and it looked great! But I told Claire not to get too excited. We had to see how it looked after a rain. As I arrived home the following day, Claire came running out her door…

6 min.
one porch four ways

1 GOT A SWEET TOOTH? Symmetry, sheen, and color give this candy corn-inspired scene a modern, playful vibe that appeals to kids of all ages. With vivid hues repeated throughout, the tricolor palette suggests a handful of yum is most certainly just a knock away. GET THE LOOK IT’S A WRAP MATERIALS • Permanent marker• 3 tubular foam wreath forms• Yarn: white, yellow, orange• Small plastic rings• Canvas paper• Printable Trick or Treat message (Go to BHG.com/HalloweenPorches)• Straight pins INSTRUCTIONS Measure and mark eight equal sections on each wreath form. Knot white yarn at back. Wrap yarn to cover first section. Tie on yellow yarn; wrap next section. Repeat with orange. Alternate colors until form is covered. Tie a plastic ring to back for hanging. Repeat with remaining forms. Cut banner shapes from canvas paper to fit inside…

7 min.
next stop: pumpkins

INSTRUCTIONS TWILIGHT EXPRESS MATERIALS • Train car patterns, right• 4 similar pumpkins• Black permanent marker• Acrylic paint: black and white• Pencil eraser INSTRUCTIONS Trace the Engine, Passenger Car, Coal Car, and Caboose patterns, enlarge as needed, and cut out. Trace one pattern onto each pumpkin. Cut out windows and wheels. Outline engine and train car shapes with black permanent marker. Fill in with black paint; let dry. For dimension, avoid getting paint in cutouts. Mix black and white paint to a “coal” shade of gray. Dip pencil eraser into paint and dot rock shapes on the coal car; let dry. PICASSO WOULD APPROVE MATERIALS • Cubist face patterns, below• Pumpkins• Painters tape• Spray paint: black, orange, straw yellow• Black permanent marker• Flexible ruler (optional)• Acrylic paint: orange, straw yellow, black, white• Raffia: orange and natural INSTRUCTIONS Trace Cubist face patterns, enlarging…

4 min.
black and white

ORANGE WAS NEVER MEGGIE TRUELOCK’S COLOR. To decorate her Katy, Texas, home for Halloween, she takes a darker approach. “I love the simplicity of a tight black-and-white palette,” Meggie says. “It looks good every day, and it’s easy to layer up with skulls, spiders, and bats. It’s a classy yet spooky look, and it takes very little time or investment.” A home stylist and stager (@truelockdesigns on Instagram), Meggie harmonizes everyday and Halloween decor in her preferred palette. Bold buffalo plaid fabric takes a slightly eerie turn partnered with black cheesecloth. Black pillar candles top chunky white candlesticks. Paper and plastic bats hang from walls. The mix adds surprise without going over the top. To keep the look fresh, Meggie is always on the lookout for empty frames, black-and-white pictures and tableware,…

5 min.
cauldron of spirits

SPINE CHILLERS MATERIALS • 5 cups frozen raspberries, thawed• 2 cups lemonade• 1 (12-oz.) can sparkling water, chilled• 1 cup tequila (optional)• ¼ cup agave nectar• Ice• Fresh raspberries INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a blender process thawed frozen raspberries until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard seeds. 2. In a pitcher stir together raspberry puree and lemonade. Add sparkling water, tequila (if using), and agave nectar. Serve in glasses over ice. Garnish with fresh raspberries. CINNAMON-CIDER MUMMOSAS MATERIALS • 3 Tbsp. coarse or granulated sugar• 1 tsp. ground cinnamon• 2 cups apple cider• 1 cup cream soda• 4 cups sparkling white wine INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a small shallow dish combine sugar and cinnamon. Moisten the rims of 8 champagne flutes. Dip rims of flutes into cinnamon-sugar mixture. 2. For each drink, carefully add ¼ cup apple cider and 2 Tbsp. cream…

7 min.
let’s play dress-up

INSTRUCTIONS KEY TO YOUR HEART MATERIALS • Key pattern, right• Foam-core board or cardboard• Utility knife• Empty toilet paper tube• Metallic gold acrylic paint• Hot-glue gun and glue sticks• Small hole punch• String• Dress, ruffled socks, and shoes INSTRUCTIONS Trace the key pattern onto foam-core board or cardboard; cut out using a utility knife. Paint the foam-core key and toilet paper tube using gold paint; let dry. Slide painted toilet paper tube into key slot and secure with hot glue. Punch two holes on opposite sides of the tube and thread string through the holes. Tie string around child’s waist to secure. “PLAY OFF YOUR CHILD’S PERSONALITY TO CREATE A COSTUME THAT SPARKS THE IMAGINATION.”– ANDREA HANKI, PRODUCER AND PHOTOGRAPHER INSTRUCTIONS CUTE-AS-CAN-BE CACTUS MATERIALS • Chunky yarn: white and red• Yarn needle• Olive green jumpsuit• Red felt• Hot-glue gun and glue…