Halloween Countdown: Helping You Put Your Plans in Action

It’s hard to believe Halloween is less than a month away. Early October is when neighborhoods start to get into the holiday spirit, turning front yards into spooky graveyards and front porches into haunted Halloween tributes. If you haven’t yet, it’s time to start the timer on your Halloween countdown. From conjuring up your perfect costume to decorating your home for fright night, LTD has you covered with these fun tips and tricks.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween
In an age where greeting cards and retailers seem to be the experts on holidays, it’s natural to wonder how or why the celebrated days of the year even started in the first place, not to mention why certain traditions are passed down year-after-year. Check out these five things you may not have known about Halloween.

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Halloween Makeup Advice to Bring Your Costume to Life
Makeup makes it possible to add unique details to your Halloween costume that will help give you an edge over store-bought solutions. And knowing how to use makeup for your kid’s costume will help them stand out while trick-or-treating. Assemble a makeup kit and learn some tricks with these Halloween makeup tips.

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Ghosts, goblins and ghouls are preparing for their favorite night of the year. Halloween is here! Costumes, candy and pumpkins occupy our minds as the holiday approaches. While we have a special safety plan in place for the kids, we also need a plan for our pets. Here are some Halloween pet safety tips to think about.

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5 Must-Haves for Creating a Hair-Raising Halloween Room
Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like trying to find new and unique ways to transform a warm and welcoming home into an eerie abode. If you want to add some serious scare into your Halloween decor, take a quick look at these key elements that will help ensure an authentic, blood-curdling ambiance.

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Halloween Trick-or-Treating Alternatives
Candy and costume-wearing is what Halloween is all about! But trick-or-treating isn’t always a reasonable activity: the weather isn’t always perfect, kids might not be the right age, and safety can be a concern. There are ways to celebrate Halloween without going door-to-door. Here are five alternatives to trick-or-treating.

Find the Perfect Pumpkin for Your Home this Fall

Pumpkins are the perfect fall decoration because they can be used for the entire harvest season, from early weeks leading up to Halloween to the scary holiday itself and all the way to Thanksgiving. LTD has a pretty big assortment of pumpkins for all your autumn needs. Discover the perfect pumpkin for your home this fall.

Warm Fall Welcome
Greet your guests with these fashionable front porch pumpkins for fall.
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Country Lighted Welcome Pumpkin
The perfect way to greet guests throughout fall, this stylish pumpkin has stars, a warm welcome and a rustic look. The LED light inside simulates real candlelight without the danger of an open flame.
Metal Polka Dot Pumpkins
Add a unique addition to your outdoor harvest decor. Metal tabs attach the leaves to the pumpkin, and the scroll-work stem doubles as a hanger so you can display each pumpkin from a hook.
Harvest Porch Decor Pumpkins
These cool wooden pumpkins bring a fresh design to your front porch. They’re connected and feature three different designs and sizes for decorating porch steps and more.

Interior Accents
Celebrate the autumn season throughout your home with fresh interior accents.
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Set of 3 Harvest Pumpkins
Each pumpkin in this set is inscribed with a different phrase that’s perfect for fall. Its rustic, wood-carved look is accented with colorful leaves decorating the front and top of each.
Pumpkin Spice Mason Jar Candle
Fill any room with a delightful aroma using this pumpkin spice candle. The 12-oz. Mason jar is packed with a wonderful scent. Its metal top keeps the candle fresh when not in use.
Festive Burlap Pumpkin Set
Place this festive set of pumpkins among your fall decorations for an enchanting look. To bring them to life, simply fill them with dry leaves or newspaper and tie them up with the jute cords.

Happy Halloween
Don’t forget about pumpkins for one of the best holidays of the year!
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Lighted Halloween Scenes
Welcome trick-or-treaters and party guests with a fun lighted scene for Halloween. It’s the perfect decorative prop for your covered porch or front entryway. The pumpkin eyes light up in purple.
Set of 3 LED Trick or Treat Pumpkins
Dress up your home with a traditional accent this Halloween using these trick-or-treat pumpkins. They have a classic phrase, cutout star shapes and amber light that shines through the cutout stars.
Halloween Decor
Celebrate the season with spooky Halloween decor like the Set of 3 Pumpkins. The tabletop style pumpkins spell out “BOO’ and feature an overall black design that’s perfect for Halloween.

Halloween Home Decorating, Fictional Facts & Football Fun

Halloween is almost here! There’s so much to get done on our to-do lists, but there’s also a lot of fun to look forward to. Check out some of these Halloween home decorating tips to help you spruce up your home with the entire holiday season in mind, learn about the origins of a couple of the most famous fictional Halloween characters and prepare for a fun, frightening night of NFL football with these interesting articles from LTD.

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How to Transition Your Home from Halloween to Harvest to Holiday
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close together. Anyone can get exhausted trying to plan out new decorations month after month. However, there are ways to make the transition easier so you can focus on other important holiday preparations. Switching from Halloween to Harvest to Christmas doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out these time-saving transition tips before your start shopping for seasonal decorations.

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Villa Diodati: The Origins of Frankenstein, Vampires & Gothic Horror
It’s been exactly 200 years since Lord Byron, John William Polidori, Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley spent a fateful summer near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, crafting ghost and horror stories as a way to get through a stretch of rainy days. Two centuries have passed since a simple writing challenge between friends changed the world of horror fiction forever. Learn about the origins of Frankenstein, the modern Vampire and more.

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Haunting Losses: The History of NFL Games on Halloween
This year Halloween falls on a Monday, meaning many Halloween parties will be featuring the game of the week. Halloween is a treat for those who don’t mind enduring a few tricks from kids they’re ignoring on 4th quarter third-and-tens. There’s been more than a handful of NFL games played on Halloween night. We’ve assembled the most haunting losses from Halloween match-ups in this historical fright night-NFL recap.

Halloween Decorations: Create Your Haunted House

It’s time to start getting ready for Halloween! Time for creepy costumes, ghoulish party gear and frightening kids from around the neighborhood. The decorations keep getting better year after year, making the friendly competition for most haunting house on the block even more difficult to win. Get the right stuff to make trick-or-treaters tremble and the Halloween decorations to create an unforgettable haunted house for your party.

Terrify Trick-or-Treaters

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Life-Size Climbing Zombies will make trick-or-treaters think twice about tiptoeing to your doorbell. Its freaky frame has metal hooks on the hand and foot for hanging. It can bend into different positions to fit your needs.

With sound and touch-activated sayings, creepy noises and flashing red eyes, a 71″ Hanging Talking Witch is the surprise factor your front porch needs to make it the spookiest on the block. Arms pose in any position.

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The Interactive Skeleton in Hammock stretches your Halloween decor onto the lawn. The sound-activated design comes to life when trick-or-treaters pass with bone-chilling snoring and lifelike breathing movement.

Make your house the creepiest on the block when you hang the 7-Ft. Hanging Creature on your porch. The larger-than-life decoration is easy to install on the eaves of your house or in the branches of a large tree.

Haunted House Must-Haves

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The Creepy Hand Wall Hanger is guaranteed to send shivers down the spines of your party guests. Its life-sized hands feature dark fingernails and veins that make it look like it’s coming straight from the graveyard.

Terrify party guests or the trick-or-treaters daring to venture onto your porch with the Barking Skeleton Dog. Sound and touch-activated, it unleashes a terrifying bark and its eyes light up when people get too close.

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Haunting Halloween Decor is perfect for creating a spooky atmosphere. The Pumpkin Figure has posable legs. Lighted Haunted House adds a scary accent and the Halloween Wreath provides the finishing touch.

Finally, celebrate the funnier side of Halloween with the Sound & Motion Crashing Witch. Sound-activated, she screams and her legs start kicking as she says a number of phrases to liven and lighten up the party.

Halloween History, Horror Stories and Holiday Tips

Some of the best Halloween deals are starting to pop up early, making it easier and cheaper to stock up on all your spooky decorations. Get inspired with LTD’s Halloween history, horror stories and holiday tips.

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Haunting Halloween History to Inspire Home Decorating
Halloween has deep roots in many Western cultures. During this period in history, there was an emphasis on festivals to commemorate the end of the harvest. These pagan rituals were where Halloween was born. As you decorate your home, consider the history behind common Halloween symbols with these fun facts.

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DIY Bathroom Horror Stories and How to Avoid Them
Anyone who’s undertaken a home remodeling project knows how messy, costly and frustrating the process can be. Sometimes you don’t know what costly surprises you’ll find. Before you fix up your bathroom, heed these possible horror stories so you know what to look for and how to avoid issues down the line.

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Decorating Tips to Bridge the Gap Between Halloween & Thanksgiving
The holidays are the best time of year to decorate your home, but Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close together that even the most experienced home decorators can get burned out. However, it can be easy to bridge the gap between holidays. Keep these decorating tips in mind as you brainstorm ideas.

Halloween Party Food for Adults

Halloween parties aren’t just for kids! Here are some ideas to make adult food into spooky snacks for a haunting Halloween party!

As adults we don’t crave sweets as much as kids, so dips are a go-to party favorite. From our Gooseberry patch 101 Slow Cooker Recipes book, we have a couple of dips you might want to try.

One of our favorites is the Hot Buffalo Dip (Yum!). It takes all the mess out of Buffalo wings but keeps the tastiness intact.

buffalo-dipWhat you need:

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup hot wing sauce
  • 2 packages cream cheese (8oz each), cubed and softened
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup blue cheese salad dressing

For serving:

  • 1 bag Corn chips
  • 1 package celery, cleaned and cut into sticks

In a slow cooker, mix the first five ingredients together. Cover and cook on low for three to four hours.

pumpkin-bowlsFor adult Halloween parties, it’s not so much about what you serve at a Halloween party, it’s how you serve it. To dress this up for Halloween, serve this in a pumpkin bowl or make one out of a gourd.

For something a little more spicy, try Creamy Hot Corn Dip served with bread sticks shaped like bones!

What you need:

  • 2 packages cream cheese (8oz each), softened
  • 2 cans corn (15 1/4oz), drained
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 jalapenos, diced

corn-dipCombine all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes; stir until smooth. Reduce the heat to low to keep warm.

For bone shaped bread:

  • 1 can refrigerated breadsticks

Preheat oven as indicated on the packaging. Unroll the dough. Pull the dough apart at the perforations and stretch each piece to make 12 inch ropes. Tie a loose knot at each end of the dough ropes. Bake as directed.

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(The dough can also be used to wrap around hot dogs or sausage to look like mummies.)

Of course, it’s not a Halloween party if you don’t have at least a few sweets. But, as adults, we don’t need fun size candy bars – we prefer our chocolate in the shape of spiders! These Peanutty Clusters transform into spiders with just a little garnish.

What you need:

  • 2lbs White melting chocolate, chopped
  • 4oz bittersweet baking chocolate, chopped
  • 12oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 24oz dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 package black licorice lace, trimmed to 2” pieces or pretzel sticks (for the spider legs)

Peanutty-ClustersCombine all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for one hour. Reduce the heat to low and let cook for another hour or until the chocolate is melted, stirring every 15 minutes. When it’s ready, drop chocolate one teaspoon at a time on wax paper. While it’s still warm, stick the licorice pieces or pretzels into the chocolate to look like spider legs. Let stand until set.

Halloween isn’t just about the food — the Halloween decorations have a lot to do with how spooky your snacks are perceived. We have many more ideas for holiday decorating and gifts at LTDCommodities.com where everything is #PricedForFun!