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As the church can’t host their annual trick or treat event, the Duck Dynasty cast offer to hold the Halloween event at Duck Commander.

The Robertsons all come together to decorate the Duck Commander warehouse and transform it into a “scarehouse.”

Duck Dynasty Season Finale Quack O’Lanterns will air Wednesday, October 23

Duck Dynasty Season Finale Quack O’Lanterns will air Wednesday, October 23

Everyone dresses up and Willie Robertson desperately tries to be the scariest, but none of the kids are afraid of him.

Meanwhile, Miss Kay Robertson is decorating her house for Halloween and enlists the youngest kids to help her. When they try to get Phil into the Halloween spirit, he puts his own twist on Halloween decorating by making a Jack-o-lantern with a shotgun.

Duck Dynasty Season Finale Quack O’Lanterns will air Wednesday, October 23, at 10/9C on A&E.


Miley Cyrus VMA outfits are one of the most popular Halloween costumes in 2013.

While a lot of people are going out and buying Miley Cyrus’ teddy bear leotard, others are thinking about making their boyfriends or husbands dress up as Robin Thicke to really get the point across.

Miley Cyrus VMA outfits are one of the most popular Halloween costumes in 2013

Miley Cyrus VMA outfits are one of the most popular Halloween costumes in 2013

The other most popular Halloween costumes include Duck Dynasty outfits – with beards, bandanas, and “redneck chic”.

Also, foxes (inspired by the What Does the Fox Say YouTube video), characters from Breaking Bad and minions from Despicable Me have rounded out the top 5 most searched for Halloween costumes on Google.

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Breaking Bad and Duck Dynasty Halloween costumes are the most popular in 2013 and quickly selling out, according to recent reports.

Breaking Bad recently ended its fifth season, but people still can’t get enough of Walt and Jesse.

According to Google, Breaking Bad and Duck Dynasty costume searches are up 30% this Halloween.

The Breaking Bad store offered a hazmat suit for $49.99, but now it’s completely sold out.

Duck Dynasty Halloween costumes are among the most popular in 2013

Duck Dynasty Halloween costumes are among the most popular in 2013

For more family-certified, redneck approved Halloween looks, A&E Networks Consumer Products and In Character Costumes are selling three new costumes from Duck Dynasty.

The “Willie” and “Phil” adult costumes (one size fits most, ages 14+) includes a special Duck Dynasty camouflage vest, a beard and patriotic bandana with an attached wig. The “Uncle Si” (one size fits most, ages 14+) includes a Duck Dynasty camouflage vest and cap with an attached wig, beard and glasses. The costumes are currently available nationally at Wal-Mart and Party City and online at Buycostumes.com. Prices range from $29.98 to $39.98.

The Robertson family will celebrate Halloween with a costume party on a new episode that airs on October 23. The Duck Commander warehouse is transformed into a haunted house and everyone dresses up in costumes.

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2 pounds ground beef

1/2 onion, chopped

1 egg, beaten

1 cup dry bread crumbs

1 (1.25 ounce) packet meatloaf seasoning mix

1 cup cubed Cheddar cheese

3 (10 ounce) cans tomato sauce

Halloween Bloody Baked Rats

Halloween Bloody Baked Rats

1 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 ounce uncooked spaghetti, broken into fourths

1/2 carrot, cut into 1/8-inch thick slices

1 tablespoon frozen green peas


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, egg, bread crumbs, and meatloaf seasoning. Use your hands to mix until well blended. Measure out 1/3 cupfuls of the meat mixture and mold around a cube of cheese like a meatball. Shape into a point at one end and lengthen the body a bit by rolling between your hands. Place your ”rat” into a shallow baking dish, and continue with the remaining meat. Insert pieces of uncooked spaghetti into the rounded end of the rats to make tails.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the rats in the dish and cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Uncover the dish and continue to bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, basting occasionally with the sauce to glaze the rats.
  5. While the rats finish baking, heat the peas and carrots in a small bowl in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
  6. Carefully transfer the rats to a serving platter so that their delicate tails don’t fall off. Press peas into the pointy end to make eyes, and insert carrot slices to make ears. Spoon some of the tomato sauce around them and serve.

Make your Halloween funny. Hang this spooky cheesecloth ghost from a tree or the rafters, and wait for a breeze to send it flying.

What you need:

• Wire cutters

• Bailing wire

• 3′ tall vase

• 8″ diameter Styrofoam ball

• Drop cloth

• Measuring tape

• 6 yards cheesecloth

• Scissors

• 1 16-oz. bottle Aleene’s fabric stiffener

Halloween Cheesecloth Ghost

Halloween Cheesecloth Ghost

• Bucket

• Black felt

• Hot-glue gun

• Fishing line

• Needle

How to do it:

1. Start by making a form to mold cheesecloth over. Cut a 3′ piece of bailing wire. Fold in half, then shape each half into a downward curve. Fold ends upward to form hands. Tape wire to vase, which will serve as a form for the body, so arms wrap around to front.

2. Place vase on drop cloth, then put the Styrofoam head on top.

3. Measure from bottom of vase to top of head. Double that measurement, then add 8″. Cut 4 lengths of cheesecloth to that size.

4. Pour fabric stiffener into bucket. Dip cheesecloth, one piece at a time into liquid, following manufacturer’s instructions. Drape first piece over form, arranging it until you’re happy with the look. (There should be roughly the same amount of extra fabric in front and back.) Repeat with each length of fabric. Let dry completely.

5. Cut 2 small and 1 large oval out of black felt. Glue small ovals to face for eyes; glue on large oval as mouth. Lift cheesecloth off form.


Basic pumpkin-carving tips to help you carve the perfect pumpkin for Halloween:

  1. Be sure to cover your work area (a countertop, table, or floor) with newspapers or a sheet of heavy plastic. If you plan to carve lots of pumpkins, you might want to work outside where any debris can be hosed off or swept away.
  2. Decide whether you will be cutting the top or the bottom off of the pumpkin in order to remove the seeds. If you cut a hole in the top, you’ll have an easy way to vent the heat from a candle. If you cut off the bottom, you’ll have easier access for an electric light cord.
  3. Before cutting into the pumpkin, determine how wide to cut the access hole. The hole should be large enough to fit your hand through, as well as accommodate a spoon or other scraping tool. If you’re not quite sure how large a hole to cut, try a hole about 6 inches in diameter.
  4. You can draw your jack-o-lantern design on a piece of paper and transfer the design to the pumpkin. You can also draw right on the pumpkin. Be aware, however, that a pencil or pen can dent the flesh of the pumpkin and a permanent marker may not wash off. If you’re drawing directly on the pumpkin, use washable markers or waxy china pencils instead.
  5. Once you have drawn the circular area for the lid (or bottom), begin cutting with a knife or pumpkin saw. Knives will cut faster, but not quite as accurately. Saws are fairly delicate and it may take longer to patiently saw out the opening. If you use too much pressure on a pumpkin saw, (sold in kits) the blade may snap off.
  6. Be sure to cut the top out holding the knife at a 45 degree angle, with the tip of the knife pointing toward the center of the pumpkin. Why? So the lid has a surface to sit on and it won’t slip through the opening into the pumpkin.
  7. Choose which side of the pumpkin will be the “front”. Then on the back side make a mark with a pen or cut a slit in both the lid and the adjoining pumpkin edge to mark how the lid should be realigned after carving.
    Halloween pumpkin

    Halloween pumpkin

  8. Next, get your hands slimy by reaching in to pull out the strings and seeds. Scrape this material away from the sides and the bottom with a heavy serving spoon (don’t use your best silver!) or another kitchen utensil such as an ice cream paddle.
  9. Continue scraping until all of the strings have been dislodged then reach in to remove everything that is loose. You should end up with a clean inside, free from pumpkin seeds or strings.
  10. For easier carving, keep scraping the areas of the pumpkin where you plan to carve. Scraping the inner walls down to a thickness of about an inch will allow knives and carving tools to more easily pierce the pumpkin’s flesh. (Test the depth of the skin by inserting a pin or small knife into an area that will be cut away.)
  11. Remove all of these additional scrapings so the interior of the pumpkin is clean.
  12. Draw a face or other design onto the pumpkin. Do a casual pumpkin with a freehand design or trace a pattern especially designed for pumpkins. Use a combination of non-permanent markers, china pencil, or pin pricks to mark the design. Make sure that the design does not start too low on the pumpkin or some if it may be hidden when you set it on the porch.
  13. Carve your pumpkin where you will be comfortable — sitting at table, standing over it, or holding it in your lap. Begin carving the design. Use tools you have including paring knives, utility blades, exacto knives, wood carving tools, or pumpkin saws and tools that are readily available in pumpkin carving sets sold in grocery stores during October.
  14. Keep carving until the design is complete. If you cut too much out by mistake, you might be able to repair the pumpkin by reattaching a piece using toothpicks or straight pins.
  15. Test the look of your design by inserting a votive candle or flashlight into the pumpkin. Dim the room’s lights to get the full effect. You’ll be able to see where additional areas may need to be carved away or expanded to better showcase the design.


  1. Running short of time? Plan to clean out your pumpkin one day and carve it a day or two later.
  2. Patience and care may result in the most beautiful designs, however even haphazardly cut pumpkins can look happy and festive.
  3. It can help to insert a tool in the center of an area to be cut away, working your way out to the actual cutting line. It may also help to begin with shallow cuts, retracing them more deeply until the pieces are removed.
  4. Keep cut pumpkins in a cool place whenever possible. Setting them inside large plastic bags may also help keep pumpkins from drying out.
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Jimmy Kimmel Live had a great trick for parents this Halloween.

Tell your kids you ate all their Halloween candy, then film the reaction.

Kids expressed shock, rage, and stunned confusion when their parents told them they’d eaten this year’s haul.

Jimmy Kimmel Halloween prank 2012

Jimmy Kimmel Halloween prank 2012

“You told me I had to have it later,” screams one outraged boy in his underwear before attacking his mother with a flurry of slaps.

But some stayed sweet even convinced their candy was gone.

“I just want you to be happy,” one boy told his mother.

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While the rest of the nation dressed as Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson for Halloween, the reality starlet put that same flair for pageantry into her pink pirate wench costume on Wednesday.

In a photo obtained by TMZ, precocious 7-year-old Honey Boo Boo smiles cherubically while wearing a pink and black pigtail wig, lashes and red lips, and a pink and black pirate dress fastened with a skull-and-crossbones belt.

The Toddlers & Tiaras star finished her trick or treat look off with a festive purple jack- o’-lantern basket.

On Halloween, Honey Bo Boo was seen playing in her McIntyre home’s front yard alongside a similarly costumed friend sporting a two-tone wig, blue dress and Frankenstein stitches on her arms and legs.

According to TMZ, Honey Boo Boo had a great time and ate delicious candy, including her favorite – lollipops.

Alana Thompson has been known to ingest a junk food and “Go-Go-Juice”, a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull, that her mother June Shannon provides for her before pageant shows.

TV Guide recently confirmed that Alana Thompson’s hit TLC spin-off series, Here Comes Honey Boo, was renewed and three specials are due to air for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

The popular show follows Honey Boo Boo, along with her mother, father Mike Thompson, and her three older sisters in their rural Georgia hometown.

Honey Boo Boo dressed as pink pirate for Halloween

Honey Boo Boo dressed as pink pirate for Halloween

In a special Halloween clip released by TLC, the street-smart star told viewers that her favorite costume for the holiday was actually her “bride costume”.

“I love that costume and then you can get married in your costume,” Honey Boo Boo told cameras.

Meanwhile, her stay-at-home mother waxed lyrical about some of her favorite kids’ costumes.

“My cutest costume I’ve had for my kids would be… Alana would be a princess because she’s a princess diva,” said June Shannon.

“Jessica has been… last year when she dressed up as a kind of Madonna issue, I thought that was kinda like crazy.”

And she added of her oldest daughter who has just given birth to a six-fingered baby girl: “Anna has never been into trick or treating so she never like dressed up as a kid.”

Honey Boo Boo and her mother just returned from Los Angeles where they promoted their series on Dr. Drew, Access Hollywood, and the Jimmy Kimmel show where the tiny diva officially endorsed President Barack Obama.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo airs Wednesdays on TLC.



Tips for Halloween safety:

  • Children should be accompanied by adults at all times. Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks, never cross the street between parked vehicles, never go into a stranger’s house, watch out for cars backing or turning, wear bright colored clothing and use a flashlight.
  • Drivers should keep an eye open for children who forget the rules, use caution when traveling and obey posted traffic signs especially in neighborhoods.
  • Parents should instruct children not to open candy until they return home, inspect ALL candy for tampering, discuss the route their children should be taking and most important, explain the difference between tricks and vandalism  (especially cemeteries).
  • Check their neighborhoods for known sex offenders by visiting www.familywatchdog.us
  • Homeowners should have a well-lit home both inside and out to prevent vandalism and injuries, remove all obstacles from their lawns to avoid injuries and don’t use candles in ornaments that could set a fire.
Tips for Halloween safety

Tips for Halloween safety


Pink, real name Alecia Moore, celebrated Halloween’s Eve by tweeting a series of shots from her fancy dressing past, which show the youngster dressed in various spooky standards.

The terrifying top picture Pink accompanied with the following: “Not sure what I was going for here…. Started out as Glinda the good witch and went straight to the dark side.”

Another where she wears a black leotard and holds an exotic looking bird is explained thusly: “Me and my childhood bestie Lane:) I was Mademoiselle Moore.”

Pink celebrated Halloween by tweeting a series of shots from her fancy dressing past

Pink celebrated Halloween by tweeting a series of shots from her fancy dressing past

In another, Pink, now 33, was dressed as a not too spooky clown, and there read a note: “It wasn’t Bob Mackie, but it was pretty fabulous. I was always a clown!!!!”

Pink will be looking forward to dressing her 16-month-old daughter Willow for her new few Halloweens.



Fergie has given her 476,000 band of followers on Twitter a sneak preview of what she will bear wearing for Halloween.

Fergie posted a link to the risque photo, and said: “Getting excited 4 Halloween! HEEeeRE naughty kitty kitty, HEEeeRE naughty kitty kitty.”

She certainly looked as good as ever in the revealing outfit, which seemed to have been made from skintight latex.

No doubt her Transformers actor husband Josh Duhamel will be smiling ear-to-ear when he sees the delightfully racy photograph.

The dynamic duo hit the headlines again after they opened their hearts about cheating claims that rocked their marriage on Oprah’s Next Chapter.

The rumors Josh Duhamel had an affair with a stripper hit the headlines nine months after they tied the knot on January 10, 2009, but they say the ordeal has made them stronger.

Fergie has given her followers on Twitter a sneak preview of what she will bear wearing for Halloween

Fergie has given her followers on Twitter a sneak preview of what she will bear wearing for Halloween

Fergie said: “We went to therapy. The whole thing just became a positive for us … Our marriage today, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Josh Duhamel, who admitted visiting the strip club but denied the cheating claims, also said he was delighted that they were presented with such a difficult challenge later in the interview.

He said: “Now, I’m actually happy that all that happened, because we wouldn’t be as strong as we are now.

“As much anger as a carried about it before, I’m actually thankful that it did happen, because in a lot of ways it made me straighten my ass out.”



Bones & Blood Halloween cookies

Preparation: 45 min. Bake: 25 min./batch + cooling

Yield: 40 Servings


• 5 egg whites

• 1/2 cup cake flour

• 1/2 cup ground almonds

• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

• 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

• Dash salt

• 4 drops yellow food coloring, optional

• 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar


• 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream

• 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

• 1/2 cup strawberry jelly

• Red food coloring, optional

Bones and Blood Halloween cookies

Bones and Blood Halloween cookies


• Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the flour, almonds, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

• Add the vanilla, cream of tartar, salt and food coloring, if desired, to the egg whites. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in flour mixture.

• Cut a 1/2-in. hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag. Fill bag with egg white mixture. Pipe 4-in. logs onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Pipe two 1/2-in. balls at both ends of each log. Bake at 300° for 25-30 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.

• In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the cream, chocolate chips and jelly. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals until melted; stir until smooth. Tint red if desired. Cool to room temperature and serve with bones. Refrigerate leftover sauce.

Yield: 40 cookies (2 cups sauce).

Nutritional Facts: 1 bone with 2 teaspoons sauce equals 78 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 14 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


Hurricane Sandy, which left 21 people dead as it barreled through the Caribbean, could likely metamorphose into frightening storm that could cause $1 billion in damages.

Experts say the tempest – dubbed Frankenstorm – has a 90% chance of hitting the East Coast of the U.S., having the potential to wreak havoc with heavy winds, rain, flooding, and downed trees and power lines.

In fact, longtime weatherman Chad Myers, who works for the NOAA, wrote: “After 26 years in TV weather and two years with NOAA, Sandy may pose the greatest risk to human life that I have seen.”

The projected course of Hurricane Sandy is difficult to guess at this time, though.

Experts from the Weather Channel are cautioning residents in the eastern states, including North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

Residents in coastal areas are advised to take precaution as the deadly storm barrels its way up the U.S. shoreline. Early forecasting by NOAA reveals that the storm could hit somewhere between Pennsylvania and Long Island, putting central New Jersey at the greatest risk thus far.

Those in the tri-state area are no strangers to deadly super storm threats. Only last year, Hurricane Irene ploughed through the greater New York City area, causing extensive damage. However, the overall impact was less than expected.

The Frankenstorm could also deposit snowfall as far south as North Carolina, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis blog.

Government meteorologists are giving the storm a 70% chance of hitting land next week, ruining Halloween celebrations for millions of children who have dressed up for trick or treating door knocks.

“The potential is there,” said National Weather Service scientist Charlie Foley.

The horrific storm could happen if Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean, an early winter storm in the West, and a blast of arctic air from the North collide, sloshing and parking over the country’s most populous coastal corridor starting Sunday.

The worst of it should peak early Tuesday, but it will stretch into midweek, forecasters say.

“It’ll be a rough couple days from Hatteras up to Cape Cod,” said forecaster Jim Cisco of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) prediction center in College Park, Maryland.

“We don’t have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting.”

It is likely to hit during a full moon when tides are near their highest, increasing coastal flooding potential, NOAA forecasts warn. And with some trees still leafy and the potential for snow, power outages could last to Election Day, some meteorologists fear. They say it has all the earmarks of a billion-dollar storm.

Currently, Hurricane Sandy is moving through the Caribbean with high winds and heavy rain.

It made landfall in southeastern Jamaica yesterday with a wind speed of 80 mph and has already been responsible for the death of one person in Haiti and two in Jamaica.

Some have compared it to the so-called Perfect Storm that struck off the coast of New England in 1991, but Jim Cisco said that one didn’t hit as populated an area and is not comparable to what the East Coast may be facing. Nor is it like last year’s Halloween storm, which was merely an early snowstorm in the Northeast.

Multiple elements must come together for Hurricane Sandy to become a repeat or match the Perfect Storm of 1991.

The worst-case scenario occurs as Sandy, in the form of a Category 1 hurricane or hybrid storm traveling north to be captured by chilly air coming down from Canada to be met by strong high level winds off the North Atlantic coast.

This nightmare outcome is referred to by meteorologists as an atmospheric “bomb” according to Accuweather.

Fearing this, people from North Carolina to Maine and Nova Scotia have been told to keep watching weather forecasts in case the Halloween storm does hit with full force.

This has much more mess potential because it is a combination of different storm types that could produce a real whopper of weather problems, meteorologists say.

“The Perfect Storm only did $200 million of damage and I’m thinking a billion,” said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private service Weather Underground.

“Yeah, it will be worse.”

But this is several days in advance, when weather forecasts are far less accurate. The National Hurricane Center only predicts five days in advance, and on Wednesday their forecasts had what’s left of Sandy off the North Carolina coast on Monday.

But the hurricane center’s chief hurricane specialist, James Franklin, said the threat keeps increasing for a major impact in the Northeast, New York area.

“In fact it would be such a big storm that it would affect all of the Northeast.”

Late Thursday, the hurricane’s center was about 185 miles (300 kilometers) east-southeast of Freeport, Bahamas. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 km/h) and was moving north-northwest at 13 mph (20 km/h).

Sandy, which crossed Cuba and reached the Bahamas as a category 2 hurricane, was expected to maintain its category 1 storm status for the next several days.

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Ten easy tips for storing pumpkins before carving, simple carving tips, jack-o’-lantern ideas and more…

1. Never carry your pumpkin by the stem. It’s part of the visual allure, and if it snaps, it can accelerate the pumpkin’s rotting. Always carry the pumpkin from the bottom.

2. Store your uncut pumpkin in a cool, dry place. Once pumpkins ripen, they will deteriorate fast – heat and light speed up the process.

3. Wash the exterior of the pumpkin before carving. Use a solution of 1 gallon water and 1 teaspoon chlorine bleach. This will help prevent mold.

4. Draw your pattern on paper or use a pumpkin-carving template. This is easier and cleaner than drawing right on the pumpkin and makes revisions a snap.

5. To transfer a template to the pumpkin, enlarge it, cut it out and adhere it to the pumpkin with masking tape. Then either use pinpricks to mark the shapes and lines on the pumpkin or use a craft or utility knife and cut through the design to score it on the surface.

Ten easy tips for storing pumpkins before carving, simple carving tips, jack-o'-lantern ideas and more

Ten easy tips for storing pumpkins before carving, simple carving tips, jack-o’-lantern ideas and more

6. Don’t just think of face designs. Moons, stars, cats and witches are all fun and easy to do. You can even use a drill to make patterned light holes.

7. Consider buying a pumpkin-carving kit. Often they can be found for just a few dollars. Kits usually contain small scoops and serrated saws that aren’t commonly found in the typical toolbox. They’re great for detailed carving work.

8. When cutting out your shapes, always use a sawing motion. Go slowly and gently. A small serrated saw is best for the detail work. Never try to forcefully cut your pumpkin with a straight-edge razor – you’ll damage the pumpkin, hurt the knife and possibly cut yourself!

9. The more pumpkins in your display, the better. Four or five small pumpkins have much more visual impact than one large one.

10. If scraping out a pumpkin is too much hassle for you, consider buying a hollow acrylic or craft pumpkin. These are becoming increasingly popular, thanks to their realistic appearance and their ease in carving. Yes, you carve these soft plastic pumpkins just like a real one; most are made to be about 1/4 inch thick with inside colors that match a real pumpkin. And they last forever, meaning instant jack-o’-lanterns for next year!


Halloween ghost

Step 1: Tie pillowcase

Tie string about 4 inches from each corner on the closed end of pillowcase to make the “ears.”

Step 2: Cut a slit

Cut a small slit in the center of pillowcase between “ears” for hanging loop.

Step 3: Add hanger

Tie monofilament to hoop or ring for a hanger. Place hoop or ring inside pillowcase and thread hanger through the hole in the pillowcase.

Halloween ghost

Halloween ghost

Step 4: Cut slits

Cut slits along bottom edge of pillowcase as shown.

Step 5: Make eyes and mouth

Trace three ovals (two smaller, one larger) onto tracing paper with pencil. Cut two eyes and a mouth from black felt. Glue the eyes and mouth to the front of ghost.

Step 6: Add accessories

Tie ribbon into a small bow for bow tie. Glue bow tie below the mouth.


Pumpkin carving:

What you need:

• Pumpkin

• Pumpkin-carving tools

• Flat-edged ice-cream scoop or scraper scoop

• Paring knife

• Masking tape

• Ballpoint pen

• Pushpins, corsage pins, or straight pins

• Petroleum jelly

• Candle

• Tracing paper or tissue paper

• Pencil

• Scissors

What to do:

1. Choose a pumpkin that is an appropriate size and shape for the design you wish to carve. Tall pumpkins may lend themselves better to faces. For designs with lots of cutouts, look for large, round pumpkins with smooth surfaces. Look for a pumpkin with a flat bottom that will sit upright.

2. Wipe the pumpkin clean with a soft damp cloth and dry.

3. For a lid: Draw a 6-sided lid with a V-shaped notch at the back. This notch will serve as a guide to replace the lid. For a bottom: Draw an opening on the bottom of your pumpkin if you want to sit it over a candle. Be sure to draw the opening large enough so that it will be easy to reach inside and scoop out the contents when cut.

4. Only grownups should do the actual cutting. To do so, cut along the drawn lines for the lid or bottom opening with a sharp paring knife. If cutting a lid, angle the blade toward the center of the pumpkin to create a ledge that supports the lid. If cutting a bottom, cut straight into the pumpkin.

1. Scoop out the seeds and strings from inside the pumpkin. Use a large spoon or ice-cream scoop or the plastic scraper scoop that is made for this purpose.

2. Scrape the inner pulp away from the area of the pumpkin that you plan to carve until the pumpkin wall is approximately 1 inch thick. To check the thickness, insert a straight pin into the wall.

Pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving

Stenciling a pumpkin

1. Decide which patterns you want to use, and trace the design onto tracing paper.

2. Tape the patterns to the pumpkin.

3. To transfer the patterns to the pumpkin, use a pushpin, corsage pin or the tip of the poker tool to poke holes through the paper and into the pumpkin along the design lines about 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch apart. Make sure that all of the lines have been transferred. Remove paper, and use a pen or dull-point pencil to connect the dots. Save the paper patterns to refer to while carving.

4. Cradle the pumpkin in your lap, and keep the pumpkin saw or small paring knife at a 90-degree angle to the pumpkin while carving. Carve from dot to dot to cut out the pattern shapes. If an older child wants to help, the saw is much safer than a knife but still requires adult supervision. Push the cut pieces into the pumpkin with your fingers. If a large piece becomes wedged, cut it into smaller pieces.

5. If you happen to cut through a pumpkin section by mistake, reattach the pieces with straight pins or toothpicks.

6. Rub all cut pumpkin edges with petroleum jelly to keep it fresh longer.

7. Insert a short column candle, votive or battery-operated light in the pumpkin. If the candle is not in a holder, form a holder from aluminum foil and secure the candle with a few drops of melted wax.

8. If candle smoke blackens the lid, cut a chimney hole in the lid top to vent the smoke and heat and preserve your design.

Drilling a pumpkin

Step 1

Mark a dot design using a template or straight edge.

Step 2

Drill dot holes with electric screw-driver or cut out design with knife.

Step 3

Place candle inside pumpkin and secure to bottom with hot wax.

Cookie-cutter pumpkin carving

Before you begin, carefully cut a circle around the pumpkin stem, lift off the lid and remove the seeds from the lid and inside the pumpkin.

Step 1

Place a cookie cutter on the pumpkin and tap firmly with a rubber mallet until at least half of the cutter has pierced the pumpkin’s shell. (If the pumpkin shell is thin, the cutter may be pounded all the way through the shell.)

Step 2

Remove the cookie cutter, using a needle-nose pliers if needed.

Step 3

With a small serrated knife (or the serrated saw from a pumpkin carving kit), follow the pattern made from the cookie cutter to cut out the image, making sure to cut all the way through the shell.

Step 4

With one hand inside the pumpkin, push out cookie cutter image from the pumpkin and discard.

Step 5

Place candle inside pumpkin and secure to bottom with hot wax.



Kris Jenner is seen in a new Twitter image dressed up as Wonder Woman.

However, as is all too clear to see, Kris Jenner can’t quite contain her curves in the strapless corset.

As she lifts her arm and holds up her cloak, she reveals a little more than she bargained for.

A more cynical observer may even suggest there is no accident going on here at all surely nothing the attention-grabbing Kardashians do is unplanned?

Kris Jenner is seen in a new Twitter image dressed up as Wonder Woman

Kris Jenner is seen in a new Twitter image dressed up as Wonder Woman

Khloe Kardashian tweeted the picture over the weekend, along with the charming caption: “Hi nips. That’s my mom.”

Kim Kardashian donned a similar version of the sexy outfit back in 2008 when she hosted the PAMAs Halloween Masquerade at Stone Rose in Los Angeles.

And while managing an eye-catching display, Kim Kardashian did at least manage to stay contained.



Ketchup packets, Tootsie rolls and sushi are among some of the funniest and most imaginative baby costumes to go on sale for Halloween 2012.

While not to everyone’s taste, the wacky outfits will no doubt be a hit with parents who want their newborns to stand out.

This year Target has produced a whoopee cushion suit for toddlers, printed with a sketch of a woman exclaiming “Oops!”.

One review on the website reads: “This was such a cute costume. Everybody loved it! Since it was cooler at night it helped keep him warmer.”

While The Wishing Elephant suggests its California Sushi Roll ensemble is the perfect choice for toddlers this season.

The onesie, featuring flecks of orange and green, comes complete with imitation crab, carrots, avocado and rice.

Designer Carolyn Caffelle, who is based in Somersworth, New Hampshire, says: “Turn your toddler into a sushi roll for Halloween!

“Would you prefer a tuna roll? Salmon? Whatever the roll, I can accommodate.”

Halloween baby costume 2012

Halloween baby costume 2012

For parents looking for a more traditional look for their infant, there are plenty of seasonal wares to pick from. Little Bird Lucy, an independent store holder featured on etsy.com, sells a knitted pumpkin hat for newborns touted as an “instant photo prop”.

And One Step Ahead offers an eight-legged spider costume, complete with giant, jiggling legs and a velour top hat.

Foodie parents are in luck, as food-inspired wares are rife. Buycostumes.com sells giant Tootsie Roll and peanut suits for youngsters, while shop.com has an eye-catching hot dog disguise.

And on the fast-food theme, Target suggests parents squeeze their infant into a giant Heinz ketchup packet and Amazon serves up a baby taco outfit, complete with lettuce and meat shaped detailing.

As the Washington Post points out: “Dressing children up under the age of two is more for the parents and the show for friends and family than for the entertainment of the baby.”

It adds that comfort and safety are important to consider when selecting a child’s costume.

“While dressing up is fun, it can also be dangerous. Make sure that any costume you choose is appropriate for the age of your child.”