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FamilyFun Big Book of Halloween

FamilyFun Big Book of Halloween

FamilyFun Big Book of Halloween

This issue features fun, can-do Halloween ideas that parents will love creating for and with their kids. Easy recipes, costumes, party ideas, favors, and outdoor decor combine to create the ultimate how-to guide for the season.

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United States
Meredith Corporation
R 142,60

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1 min
prep pumpkins

REAL LOOKERS What to do Empty your pumpkin. Paint it with white acrylic; let dry. Use permanent markers to draw an iris, pupil, and veins onto a press-on closet light. Trace the light on the pumpkin, carve out the hole, and set the light into hole. (Be sure to hold the light from the inside when you turn it on.) GLO-SAIC What to do Paint pumpkin black; let dry. Adhere strips of glow-in-the-dark duct tape to parchment paper. Draw 1-inch-tall X’s spaced 1 inch apart along the length of the tape; cut out to create hexagons (about 80 total). Stick them to the pumpkin as shown, starting in the middle. NEO-NEON What to do Empty your pumpkin. Paint it black; let dry. Draw a word on paper. Curve 12-gauge armature wire to match the word, leaving 3 inches…

1 min
emoji the possibilities

something to smile about Trick-or-treaters will get a chuckle out of custom funny-face wrappers on all kinds of candy. Print our silly designs on heavy paper or cardstock; attach with double-stick tape. THE TREATS 1 Regular-size candy bars2 Mini candy bars3 Mints silly sayings Give trick-or-treaters something to chew on with fun treats that take a bit more time to tackle. Fill tubes with your choice of gummies, label rolls of caramels, and pop lollipop sticks into colorful paper straws, adding a dot of hot glue to hold. THE TREATS 1 Sour gummy candies2 Ball lollipops3 Caramel-and-chocolate candies face time Tag your goodies with printed designs to set them apart. No foods are touched in the completely kid-safe transformations. Toss in glow sticks (not edible) to light their path. THE TREATS 1 Cans of chips, cereal, or crackers2 Bundles of glow…

1 min
from the editors

Halloween fun is for everyone. Whether your kids are chomping at the bit to perfect their costume for a night of trick-or-treating or more interested in a game of peekaboo, Halloween offers family fun opportunities for all ages. To help you kick off the season, we created the “Ultimate Halloween Countdown” (page 6), packed with crafty ideas for decorating and making your own costumes. For the haunted host with the most, get recipe ideas for kids and grown-ups in “No Tricks, So Many Treats” (page 24). Grab goofy game ideas (with free downloadable printables) and silly snacks for your littlest partygoers in “The Monster Bash” (page 86). No party is complete without a great costume, but there’s no need to fret about having to spend hours sewing. “Kids in the Hood” (page…

3 min
deck the howls

masked menagerie Let your pumpkins go incognito with these cute felt disguises, opposite. Cut a mask shape from stiff felt. To create eyeholes, fold the felt at what will be the center of each eye and cut a half circle through both layers. Add decorative touches, such as the dog’s spots and the cat’s nose, using adhesive-backed felt. Stick two adhesive-backed Velcro coins to the back of each mask on either side of the eyes. Place the corresponding coins on top and peel off the backing. Press the masks onto the pumpkins. Use Glue Dots to add googly eyes, a pom-pom dog nose, and knotted perle-cotton or embroidery-floss whiskers. monster bowling You won’t strike out with this fiendishly simple game, above. To make the targets, wrap 10 toilet paper rolls in strips of…

1 min
what do you do with excess halloween candy?

help the homeless Take small favor bags to a homeless shelter. –JESSICA WEATHERHEAD, HOPKINTON, MA bake a batch of goodies I keep leftover chocolate candy for baking desserts. –SHANNON HOLMES, SOMERS, CT use the scientific method Starting when he was 3, my son, now 10, has performed experiments with extra candy. –PAMELA J. MILLER, NEW YORK, NY donate to kids in need For Operation Christmas Child, we fill shoeboxes with little gifts and treats. –ERICA KNIGHTS, RUCKERSVILLE, VA design with gingerbread My son decorated a gingerbread house with most of his treats. –PAM COX JUTTE, CHARLESTON, SC turn candy into art Using just candy and toothpicks, our family has an annual art competition. –MICHELLE KADERA, PLACENTIA, CA support our troops We take it to a dentist who buys it and ships it to troops overseas. –AMY LEACH, MENOMONIE, WI…

2 min
party time

Serve up a meal that kids will love so there’s a chance they won’t go overboard on the candy this year. PASTA PIE INGREDIENTS 1 (16 oz.) package rigatoni2 Tbs. olive oil1 cup grated Parmesan, divided2 (24 oz.) jars pasta sauce1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese2 to 3 mozzarella cheese sticks, sliced into ¼-inch roundsBlack olives 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain. Mix in 1 Tbs. of the olive oil and let cool. 2. While the pasta is boiling, brush the inside of a 9-inch springform pan with olive oil. In a separate bowl, mix ½ cup of the Parmesan with the sauce. 3. Add remaining Parmesan to the rigatoni and toss until the pasta is coated. 4. Tilt the pan and layer the pasta until the pan is filled. Adjust…