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DIY Moon Phase Pumpkins

Paint these cute white pumpkins with phases of the moon for a spooky but chic front-porch display.
Painting pumpkins is far superior to carving them, in my opinion. There’s virtually no mess, and there’s no danger of cutting one’s finger on those stupid little serrated blades that come in pumpkin-carving kits. Plus, the possibilities are endless.

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Blood-Red Cinnamon Pomegranate Shots

Get the recipe for these blood-red cinnamon pomegranate shots—perfect for serving at your Halloween party. Halloween isn’t really my jam. I love how excited other people get about the holiday, but as someone who generally enjoys whimsy and charm much more than haunt and horror, I usually spend October looking beyond the 31st and into the holiday season to come.

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Spooky Black-and-White Russian

halloween-white-russian-recipe-5halloween-white-russian-recipe-2In my experience, the White Russian is a drink everyone loves but few remember to order. As it happens, it was the first mixed drink I ever truly enjoyed—perhaps it was the velvety swirl of cream that softened the boozy punch of vodka just enough for my unseasoned palate—so I like to revisit it every year when the weather starts to cool. This year I opted to modify the classic recipe with a sprinkle of activated charcoal. This tasteless powder (all the rage right now due to its purifying properties) instantly turns the mixture of Kahlua and vodka from dark brown to the blackest of black. All that’s left to do is swirl in some heavy cream for a spooky, ghostlike finish.

And for extra Halloween flair, top this tipple off with a edible skull drink stirrer made from white chocolate. It’s a super-easy DIY that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth—because if you’re old enough to drink this drink, you’re too old to go trick-or-treating. We all have our crosses to bear.

• 1 part Kahlua
• 2 parts vodka
• 1 part heavy cream
• 1 activated charcoal pill

1. Fill glass with ice. Add Kahlua, vodka and charcoal (just pop open the pill and tip the powder in) and stir.

2. Top with heavy cream. Pro tip: to get the swirled, layered look, slowly pour the cream down the back of a spoon.


halloween-white-russian-recipe-1To make the skull-topped drink stirrers:

1. Melt white chocolate in the microwave and pour into a skull mold. I used this one. Refrigerate until solid.

2. Using a paring knife, chisel out a little channel in the base of each side of the skull (this sounds weirdly medical, no?). Make sure your drink stirrer fits nicely into the channels.

3. Melt a little more white chocolate and spread some on the skull halves. Place the drink stirrer between halves and press together until the two sides meet. Use your finger to smooth out any chocolate that may have oozed out. Refrigerate before serving.



Glitter Star Pumpkins

glitter-star-pumpkin-DIY-1I really just don’t enjoy carving pumpkins. For so long I tried to like it, I really did, but I’m finally saying it out loud. It’s messy, it takes too long, and my carved pumpkins never turn out how I want them to. And so, with that admission, I’ve turned this year to the art form of surface decoration, namely that which involves glitter.

I was inspired by these star-embellished Valentino booties, which I want very badly but cannot have so I decided to turn them into a pumpkin. Sort of like a reverse Cinderalla-type thing. All you need are some pretty pumpkins, a swipe of glue, a dusting of glitter and it’s bibbidibobbidiboo. You’re left sans-pumpkin slime and with an armful of pretty, sparkling pumpkins. Win-win.

glitter-star-pumpkin-DIY-3For this project, you’ll need the following:
• pumpkins, obviously
• star stencils
• glitter
• glue
• paint brush

glitter-star-pumpkin-DIY-21. Pour a good-sized dollop of glue onto a paper plate. Position your star stencil where you want it atop the pumpkin, and stipple the glue onto the stencil. Be careful not to use too much glue—you don’t want it to leak beneath the edges of the stencil.

2. Remove the stencil and sprinkle glitter onto the glue. It’s helpful to place some butcher paper under your pumpkin for this step, but you’ll still probably wind up with glitter everywhere.

3. Once the glue has dried, gently blow/tap all the excess glitter off your pumpkin so that the points of the star look nice and sharp.

P.S. How cute is my little sister/pumpkin picker/expert tractor percher Genevieve?!