October 2018

Laura Emery, Field Editor

There’s something so delightful about October. Cooler temperatures are ushered in and it’s the perfect time to get outside and spend time with family and friends. October also includes a popular holiday filled with costumes and candy. Whether you’re looking for fun activities to do with your children this fall or for help in bringing the beautiful fall season or Halloween holiday spirit inside your home, the internet is overflowing with great websites to help you usher in everything that comes with the cozy and comforting month of October.

From Halloween décor to festive treat bags, Martha Stewart has your spectacularly spooky Halloween covered. There are so many interesting craft ideas on this site, it’s scary. While you’re there, check out how to make a bat mobile. All you need is some black card stock (or construction paper), a branch from out in the yard, and some thread or string. The end product is sure to impress.

Bring the beauty of fall into your home with Southern Living’s simple decorating projects that help bring autumnal dazzle to your décor. Here you’ll find ideas on everything from how to create harvest-inspired mantels and tablescapes, etched pumpkins, fragrant pomanders, and even pumpkin topiaries.

For fun, festive snacks that are sure to delight your youngsters, check out this website. The Food Network features a variety of sophisticated but spooky treats perfect for the whole family. Some of these treats include crispy phyllo-wrapped hot dog mummies, ghostinis with bloody sundried-tomato tapenade, caramel apple monster munch, wormy weenie sandwiches and tempura octopus hot dog bites.

Costumes aren’t cheap, especially if you have an entire clan to clothe. At parenting.com, you’ll find some fun, cheap costumes for kids that you can make on your own. For the no-sew piggy costume, for example, all you need is a sweatshirt two sizes bigger than your child’s size, a hot-glue gun, an empty toilet paper roll, batting, pink pipe cleaner and a pair of scissors. After a little cutting, folding, poly-filling and gluing, your child will be the cutest little oinklet on the block.

For the days you just want a quick treat that still says “October,” here’s the place to go. No peeling apples, roasting pumpkins or rolling out pie crusts required for these recipes. Pumpkin spice Rice Krispie treats, pumpkin spice cookies, cheddar olives, Vidalia onion dip with bacon crumbles, and milk and honey peanut butter balls will help you usher in the fall season with a smile on your face and fullness in your belly. Also, be sure and check out tasteofhome.com/recipes/holiday-celebration-recipes/halloween-recipes, where you will find hundreds more tricks to make the tastiest and spookiest Halloween-inspired treats.

When it comes to home decorating, HGTV.com is a very popular place to go. For tips on how to update your home with fresh accessories and hues inspired by the season and get your home ready for cool autumn weather with simple interior and exterior decorating ideas, HGTV gives you plenty of options. Halloween-specific décor ideas to spook up the house, inside and out, are also covered. Head on over to hgtv.com/handmade/our-favorite-indoor-and-outdoor-halloween-decorating-ideas/pictures/index.html to be inspired (and possibly spooked) this Halloween.