Spooky season is upon us! And Country Living’s Halloween Magic is your playbook for fun, festive ways to celebrate the creepiest, crawliest time of the year. Inside this issue, you’ll find a haunting décor for everything for every nook and cranny of your home—plus the front yard, too. There’s also a jam-packed pumpkin section full of ways to carve, paint, and embellish the Halloween staple. You also won’t want to miss the round-up of cleverly easy do-it-yourself costumes. Last but not least, since no Halloween gathering is complete without ample treats, we've also included more than 25 recipes for spooky sweets, scary snacks and devilish drinks. Let the ghoul times roll!
HAUNTED HOUSE • Spooky season is upon us! Transform your home with devilish displays indoors and out.
Lawn Games • Fun ways to take curb appeal to the dark side!
Enter If You Dare • Help your front door shine (or scare!) on its busiest night of the year.
The Fright Stuff • What lurks beneath these Halloween decorations? The fact that they’re quick and easy to make! Get ready to scare up every nook and cranny of your home.
PUMPKIN PATCH • Whether you prefer yours carved or painted, scary or silly, we’ve got the perfect pumpkin pick for you.
A Cut Above • Take your same-old, same old jack-o’-lantern up a notch with these carved creations.
Country Cuties • From trucks to mason jars, this crop of designs is overflowing with farm-fresh fun!
THINK SWEET • Feed your creativity with county fair fare.
GET CRAFTY • Create farmhouse-inspired pumpkins with homey style.
TAKE STOCK • Get hands-on with a litter of barnyard critters.
Boo-It-Yourself • Carving not your forte? Scare up a Halloween display with everyday craft supplies—no scalpel (or pulp clearing) required.
IF YOU HAVE… YARN • Weave a little magic with sitting-around skeins.
IF YOU HAVE… RICKRACK • Let the zigzag trim add flourishes to your farm-stand finds.
IF YOU HAVE… WASHI TAPE • All you need is a little stick-to-itiveness to re-create these easy patterned pretties.
IF YOU HAVE… PAINT • A steady hand and plain old acrylic craft paint will get the job done.
CREEPY KITCHEN • Haunting sweets, snacks, and sips that you and your guests can sink your teeth into this Halloween. (Bonus: They’re eerily easy to make!)
Boo-zy Cocktails • Pour devilish drinks for your grown-up guests.
Savor the Moment • Balance the inevitable sugar overload with these party-ready, crowd-pleasing bites.
Frighteningly Delicious • Consume these sweetly sinister desserts at your own risk. (Cue the maniacal laughter.)
CLEVER CUPCAKES • Start with a basic chocolate cupcake, and whip up creations that runneth over with fun and fright.
Child’s Play • These silly snacks will delight little ones. (And they’re easy enough for them to help make them too!)
FREAKY FRUIT • Trick your kids into trying one of these healthy treats.
PARTY TIME • Let the ghoul times roll! Festive gatherings and head-turning costumes that every soul (haunted or otherwise) will enjoy.
Mystery Merriment • Let tenacious teen detective Nancy Drew help you uncover a magnificent detective-themed Halloween gathering.
Gothic Chic • Smoky cauldrons, wiry wreaths, and a few sugar-filled treats brew up a stylishly macabre Halloween fete.
Retro Revelry • This vintage-inspired gathering sets the scene for old-fashioned fun. Get ready to party like its 1959!
ALL IN THE FAMILY • Bygone accessories like cat-eye glasses and a top hat give this family of pumpkins some serious old-school style.
Costume Hall of Fame • These getups are sure to steal the show! Here, our favorite DIY...