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Creative Director Michael Natiello Dishes on the 2013 Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze

Creative Director Michael Natiello Dishes on the 2013 Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze

Michael Natiello of Garrison has served as the creative director of Westchester's famous Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze for the past nine years. Here, he tells us what we can expect at the 2013 Blaze, which will feature more than 5,000 jack-o'-lanterns.

Pumpkin Carving 101: Tips from Master Carver Michael Natiello

Pumpkin Carving 101: Tips from Master Carver Michael Natiello

Planning to carve a jack-o'-lantern for Halloween but not sure where to start? Follow these easy pumpkin-carving tips from Michael Natiello, master carver and creative director of The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze in Westchester.

Maybe Just a Treat

Maybe Just a Treat

Halloween tricks can be fun for adults, but unless parents teach appreciation and empathy, their kids might not understand the spirit of the season’s trickery. Dr. Susan Bartell provides tips to remind children how to be gracious and focus on the holiday's treats.

Make Your Own Yummy Mummy Finger Franks

Make Your Own Yummy Mummy Finger Franks

The Halloween Creativity book from Barren's Educational Series is full of fun Halloween activities including games, crafts, and creepy party snacks.

13 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

13 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Have some pumpkin left over after carving your jack-o-lanterns, or just itching to make a pumpkin-flavored treat to celebrate fall? Try one of these 13 delicious recipes, including sweet breakfast ideas, savory dinners, and of course, some decadent pumpkin desserts.

Duck Brand's Stick or Treat Jack-O-Lantern Contest Offers Cash Prize

Duck Brand's Stick or Treat Jack-O-Lantern Contest Offers Cash Prize

Duck Tape® brand duct tape shares some ideas for decorating for Halloween with duct tape, including adding flair to costumes and home décor. Duck Tape® is also hosting a Stick or Treat® Jack-O-Lantern contest, so start decorating pumpkins with duct tape and enter for a chance to win the cash prize!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake

This festive fall-inspired cake pairs fresh pumpkin with decadent chocolate. Add a simple cinnamon-infused glaze over top and you have a perfect dessert for your next holiday get-together.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze

Mini Pumpkin Pie Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze

Add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to this basic donut recipe to make a fall-flavored treat. For some extra sweetness, top the mini donuts with maple, vanilla, or mocha glaze.

Make a Boo-tiful DIY Ghost Costume and No-Sew Tutu

Make a Boo-tiful DIY Ghost Costume and No-Sew Tutu

Follow this easy step-by-step guide for a DIY toddler Halloween costume. A no-sew tulle tutu and a sweatshirt with iron-on appliqués will ensure your child is both festive and warm in her ghost outfit.

Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds

Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds

This recipe for baked apples features crunchy pumpkin seeds and warm notes of honey, cinnamon, and orange zest. Add some dried cranberries, and you have the perfect dessert for fall. It's also an easy dessert for a crowd, as it can be served warm or cold.

Pumpkin Seed and Panko-Crusted Chicken

Pumpkin Seed and Panko-Crusted Chicken

This easy recipe for chicken breasts crusted in panko and whole pumpkin seeds makes a great family dinner in the fall. You can also try this recipe with your favorite fish filet in place of the chicken.

Scary Stories Can Help Prepare Kids For Real World

Scary Stories Can Help Prepare Kids For Real World

With it's ghost and ghouls, goblins and witches, Halloween can be scary for kids. But experts say facing childhood fears, even through ghost stories, can help kids prepare for life.

FunBites Makes Mealtime Easier with Freaky Fun

FunBites Makes Mealtime Easier with Freaky Fun

FunBites is an easy kitchen tool that cuts sandwiches, fruit, and more into fun shapes for toddlers and kids. Assemble the pieces into holiday-themed masterpieces your kids will love to admire and eat.

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in New Jersey

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in New Jersey

Find out where to go pumpkin picking in New Jersey this fall. Our guide includes pick-your-own pumpkin farms throughout NJ that, in addition to pumpkin patches, offer bonuses for fall visitors, like corn mazes, hayrides, haunted houses, and harvest festivals.

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in Rockland County NY

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in Rockland County NY

These two pick-your-own farms in Rockland County, New York, offer visitors the full fall experience, complete with pumpkin and apple picking. Tramp through the pumpkin patch with your little ones, then enjoy seasonal activities like hayrides and a haunted house.

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in Fairfield County CT

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in Fairfield County CT

Find out where to go pumpkin picking in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Our guide includes pumpkin patches and farms throughout the area that offer pick-your-own pumpkins in the fall, plus fun autumn activities like hayrides, pumpkin carving, haunted houses for Halloween, corn mazes, and cider pressing.

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms on Long Island

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms on Long Island

Find out where to go pumpkin picking on Long Island. Our guide includes pumpkin patches and farms throughout the area that offer pick-your-own pumpkins in the fall, plus fun autumn activities like hayrides, haunted houses for Halloween, corn mazes, and cider pressing.

Oven-Roasted Butternut Squash With Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Oven-Roasted Butternut Squash With Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

This recipe pairs butternut squash with another fall favorite: pumpkin seeds. After you've carved your pumpkin, toast up the leftover seeds and add them to this delicious side dish that also features kale and dried cranberries.

Tofu Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Tofu Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This recipe for tofu pumpkin bread results in a fragrant loaf loaded with cinnamon and ginger. The secret ingredient is soft tofu, which lowers the saturated fat content but keeps the bread moist.

Take Pumpkin Carving Lessons Among Dinos at Field Station

Take Pumpkin Carving Lessons Among Dinos at Field Station

Learn how to carve a pumpkin for free with expert Robert Carr at Field Station: Dinosaurs in New Jersey and create a spooktacular jack-o-lantern to display at home this Halloween.

Safe and Fun Pumpkin Decorating with Mr. Potato Head

Safe and Fun Pumpkin Decorating with Mr. Potato Head

Safety and fun are key with this Mr. Potato Head pumpkin decorating kit that takes sharp blades out of the equation and puts all of the fun into Halloween decorating with the whole family.

Cater Your Very Own Graveyard Bash

Cater Your Very Own Graveyard Bash

Be the ghostess with the mostess this Halloween and throw a wickedly wonderful spooky celebration. The entertaining experts from the Wilton Test Kitchen know all the tricks and give some expert advice and kid-approved recipes here so you can make plenty of treats for hosting a bone-chilling blast that will have friends and family shrieking with delight.

Fun and Funky UNICEF Trick-Or-Treat Boxes for a Cause

Fun and Funky UNICEF Trick-Or-Treat Boxes for a Cause

Each year UNICEF partakes in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, a program which encourages kids to give back to those less fortunate on Halloween. Learn more about their new box designs, a fun contest, and the UNICEF Halloween initiatives below.

Kiwi Crate Brings Creativity To Your Doorstep

Kiwi Crate Brings Creativity To Your Doorstep

Kiwi Crate drops ready-to-create projects at your doorstep, providing a month's worth of exciting DIY fun for you and your kids.

Monster High's New DVD Ghouls Rule Is Spooktacular

Monster High's New DVD Ghouls Rule Is Spooktacular

Hitting stores nationwide on Oct. 9, this brand new DVD from Monster High will encourage kids to be themselves, even as they dress up in costume for Halloween.




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