13 Tricks to Treat Your Halloween Guests

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Haunt your own house this Halloween season. From drinks and desserts to decorations and glass decals, eHow Food is here here to help you create an event your guests will just die for.

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Here’s Lookin’ at You Kid

Take your Boo-Tini to the next level (or just spook the kiddies sipping apple cider) by whipping up some eyeball ice cubes. Just stuff a maraschino cherry into a lychee and freeze the duo overnight before popping these lookers into your unsuspecting guest's glasses.

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A Candy Apple a Day Keeps the Zombies Away

The season of the sweet tooth is upon us, so while the young ones grab their pillow cases and munch on tootsie pops, here's an adult-alternative for your own candy cravings. Sure to satiate the most sophisticated sweet tooth, pastry chef Heather Berntinetti's chocolaty, carmely, candy-covered apples are much more satisfying than anything "fun size." - in association with Rachael Ray

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Squash Creature Cravings with Squash Bread

Most likely, your costumed guests will collectively have a hard-to-please palate. (Some may be used to feasting on human flesh, while others may be used to food only found on the Jersey Shore.) But everyone, dead or alive, au courante or outdated, likes a good squash bread. So walk past the prepackaged pumpkin bread and head on over to the vegetable aisle with Louisa Shafia, because, though she's no witch, she can turn an ordinary gourd into extraordinary spice bread. - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Cinnamon Spice Squash Bread in HD

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Dip It, Dip It Good

Dip, dry and go – chocolate pretzeles easy to make, fun to decorate and too delicious to give to trick or treatorstreaters. Half sweet, half savory, this dessert is entirely emblematic of the company you'll be keeping, come Halloween. - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Sweet and Salty Chocolate-Covered Pretzels in HD

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Things You Can Do with Candles

Whether you're hosting humans or the walking dead, you'll need some light to fend off any unwelcome lurkers. Using only a carving knife, silver spray paint and some inspiration from Evette Rios, you can make elegant candle holders and festive luminaries out of little mini pumpkins. - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Fall Decorating: 3 Ways to Use Pumpkins in HD

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Light

Dig out the coffee that got relegated behind your new single-cup coffee pods and give those old beans new life (and add instant ambiance) atop the dinner table in a candle-lit display. - in association with Rachael Ray

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“Dah-ling, That’s Just Gourd-geous!”

Something still lurking in the shadows? Shed some light and take your party decorations from gourd to gorgeous with a carving knife and a tea light. - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Fall Decorating: 3 Ways to Use Pumpkins in HD

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Gettin’ Twiggy With It

Help your tombstone lurkers feel more at home by inviting some of their ghost-friends to the party too. With the help of a dusty vase and some wiry, dead twigs, you can bring the graveyard to your back yard -- without disturbing any uninvited spectres. - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Ghoulish Halloween Centerpiece in HD

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Jill O’ Lantern

You're not too old to go carve-crazy this Halloween season. Forgo the missing teeth and triangular nose, and give Mr. Jack-O-Lantern a break from his usual toothy grin and front porch post by making him the center of attention as your newest eco-friendly flower-holder. - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Pumpkin Fall Centerpiece in HD

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Inklings of Evil

Let the undead infiltrate every corner of your newly haunted house with these DIY stickers. With a little tape and a laser jet printer, you can turn skulls and spiders into decorative decals. - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Spooky Stickers in HD

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Sticking Together

Don't know where to put your new spooky stickers? We like adding them to mason jars or drinking glasses but they'd work just as well on the bathroom mirror or entryway windows. - in association with Rachael Ray

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