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It’s the first day of October! Time for the best month of the year.

I thought we would kick things off right here at Funtober by joining the SPOOKtacular Giveaway Hop hosted by The Review Wire. From October 1st to October 15th, you can enter the SPOOKtacular Giveaways at more than fifty blogs. The minimum prize value at each website is $25, so start entering! The complete list is below our entry form.

Here at Funtober, we are giving away a coupon code that will take $75 off your Halloween costume purchase at our costume store. If your total order comes to less than $75, then you pay nothing. If you already have your costume for this year and you win, don’t worry. We’ve made the code good until Halloween 2013. We haven’t yet implemented a gift certificate system here, so it’s only good for one order. If you spend $72 for example, then you can’t save the last $3 for your next purchase. If you order more than $75, you have to pay the extra amount! And after thinking about it, we’ve decided to throw in shipping as well. So that’s $75 of Halloween costumes/accessories and our $6 shipping.

Entry is for US Residents only (sorry everyone in other countries):

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don’t forget to enter the Grand Prize at The Review Wire, a $100 Gift Certificate to Halloween Express, and see the list of the other participating blogs below.



This is our first giveaway. If people enter, we'll hold more in the future. We're also thinking about holding a Halloween costume photo contest later this month. Let us know if you have any other ideas that you think would be fun to put together.

And I hope you are enjoying Fall so far!

The Evil Terms and Conditions for the Giveaway:

Entry to the giveaway is open from 12:01 AM EST on 10/01/12 to midnight on 10/15/12. No purchase is necessary to enter. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter and win. Immediate family members and Funtober employees and independent contractors may not enter. The winner will be selected through Rafflecopter at random and be notified by email as well as announced on the Funtober blog. We will only use your email for important information related to your entry in this contest (such as notifying you that you won!). The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. The winner will need to enter a U.S. shipping address or post office box on our checkout page to receive delivery of their order. The coupon code is not redeemable for cash value. Here's how the coupon code works. The coupon will take $75 off your Halloween costume or accessories purchase and you get our $6 shipping for free. If your costume order comes to less than $75, then you pay nothing. It is only good for one order. If you spend $72 for example, then you can't save the last $3 for your next purchase. If you order more than $75, you have to pay the extra amount. The coupon code expires 10/31/2012. This promotion is not sponsored, endorsed or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, or Google and complies with current Facebook policies. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Funtober reserves the right to change the terms, conditions, and notices of contests/giveaways offered here at any time without notice.

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Googly-Eyed Monster Cupcakes

 

As I write, my husband, six-month-old daughter, and I are hunkered down in our living room with an air mattress and travel crib, emergency bags packed — just in case — flashlights handy, and a wary eye on the 30-foot tree that is (still!) standing just a few feet from the front of our house: ready to face the worst of yet another hurricane.

Since work and daycare are closed until Sandy passes, and we’re still lucky enough to have power (except for about 20 minutes there a little earlier), it was a good day to whip up a last-minute Halloween treat: cupcakes! They’re the perfect dessert for a power outage: they require no refrigeration and no fussy utensils that need to be washed. Plus, with so many leaky places and trees and power lines nearby, this little legion of confectionery monsters with colorful coconut fur and candy googly-eyes helps us keep watch over every corner of our little fort. And it just goes to show that it’ll take more than a hurricane to put a total damper on our Halloween fun.

Googly-Eyed Monster Cupcakes - Ingredients

What you need:

  • Cupcakes (any flavor), baked and frosted (24 regular-sized cupcakes)
  • Coconut flakes, 1 lb.
  • Food coloring
  • Candy melts — black and white

Googly-Eyed Monster Cupcakes - Make the fur

Make the fur:

1. Mix 1 teaspoon of water with food coloring. If using more than one color, divide the coconut into separate food storage bags, depending on the number of colors you are using. Pour food coloring over coconut in bag, 1/2 teaspoon at a time. Seal the bag and shake until coconut is colored evenly. Add more food coloring to achieve desired color saturation.

2. Spread the coconut on a paper towel and let it dry for a few minutes.

3. Grab a cupcake and a large pinch of coconut flakes. Cover the top of the cupcake with coconut until it looks good and furry.

Store any leftover coconut in an airtight bag.

Googly-Eyed Monster Cupcakes - Make the eyes

Make the eyes:

1. Place about 1/4–1/2 cup of candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. (You’ll need less of the black.) Microwave at full power for one minute, then stir. Continue to microwave in 30-second increments until fully melted and smooth.

2. Lay out a sheet of wax paper. Spoon the melted candy into a squeeze bottle. Gently shake the bottle upside down to eliminate air bubbles.

3. Squeeze out white candy to make a circle with a stick — like an upside down exclamation point. Make as many as you want. Be sure to make the stick thick enough — about 1/4 inch.

You can also use the candy melt to draw other features, such as mouths, hands, or ears. Use the black to create pupils.

Googly-Eyed Monster Cupcakes - Make eyelashes

To create details such as eyelashes, pull out a little bit of the still-warm candy with a toothpick.

Allow the candy to cool and harden completely before inserting into the cupcakes. Be sure to work quickly when handling the candy eyes, as the warmth from your fingers will cause the candy to soften; if the sticks are too thin, they’ll break. (The candy melts go a long way, so I like to make more eyes than I think I’ll need.)

And as simple as that, you’ve got a sweet, happy family of googly-eyed monsters!

If you’re also in Hurricane Sandy’s path, I hope that you’re safe and well. And wherever you are, here’s to a safe and happy Halloween!

Googly-Eyed Monster Cupcakes - Happy Halloween!

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My last Saturday in October started with a trip to the grocery store. Frankenstorm (aka Hurricane Sandy) is bearing down on the East Coast and it pays to be prepared. So I’m now the proud owner of 30 bottles of water. It eerily reminds me of last year, when a nor’easter deposited snow for Halloween 2011. With Philadelphia (and much of the East Coast) under a state of emergency until Tuesday evening, I expect that a number of Halloween events will be cancelled. The weather is supposed to clear up by Wednesday evening. Hopefully the various power companies can keep the lights on and Halloween will be salvaged.

While at the store buying supplies, we discovered $1.99 pumpkins. The result was that I spent Saturday night carving Jack O’Lanterns. I thought about making my own templates, but after surveying the available pumpkin carving patterns, I decided that a $5 membership at Zombie Pumpkins was worth it. I quickly destroyed both saws from my pumpkin carving kit though, and settled in to finish the pumpkin carvings with a knife. They turned out great:

I thought about carving the Funtober logo on one of the pumpkins. But I decided to save that for another night. I settled for something else instead:

We spent a while trying to figure out how to get the letters to line up properly across the three pumpkins. I had an idea this morning that might work better, so I’ll try to get another photo of them lit later. As I was downloading the photos of the pumpkins, I also found the photos of my Dracula costume from a few years back. I’ve been meaning to put up the photo of it here so that I’m not just a faceless monster. So here’s a sneak preview of someone you should avoid on Halloween:

If the power goes out, things will be pretty quiet here at Funtober. So in that event:

Happy Halloween!

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In the Woods Paper Lantern

Every year on the Saturday before Halloween, costumed revelers line up and illuminate Baltimore in the Halloween Lantern Parade. Yet, in all the years since I learned that it even existed, I’ve never managed to join in the fun myself.

But until the day when I can finally become part of the shining spectacle, I can get to work on my lantern-making skills. Today, I’m starting with a simple luminary constructed from wooden craft sticks and tissue paper. And since I won’t be going on any walks through a haunted forest either, hand drawn branches help set a Halloweeny mood.

In the Woods Paper Lantern - Materials

MATERIALS

  • Tissue paper
  • 12 craft sticks (or popsicle sticks)
  • Hot glue gun
  • White glue
  • Black permanent marker
  • Craft knife and/or scissors
  • Battery-operated tea light

In the Woods Paper Lantern

1. Cut 4 of the craft sticks in half, so that you have 8 short sticks and 8 long sticks. Arrange the sticks into four rectangles, each with two long sides and two short sides.

2. Attach one short stick to each end of a long stick using a dab of hot glue at each end. Attach the other long stick to the opposite ends of the short sticks. Make sure that the short sticks are attached on top of both long sticks (or underneath both — just make sure both ends of the short sticks are on the same side of each long stick):

In the Woods Paper Lantern - Frame Assembly

When the glue is completely cool, use a craft knife to carefully trim excess glue.

3. Fold a sheet of tissue paper into fourths. Lay one of your stick frames on top of the folded tissue paper and trace around the outer edge. Cut the rectangle out with scissors or a craft knife, cutting through all four layers so that you end up with four rectangles.

4. If you wish to paint your frames black (or any other color) now is a good time to do it. This will allow them time to dry while you complete the next part of the project!

5. Using a black permanent marker, draw branches on each of the tissue paper rectangles. Don’t fret about your drawing skills here — the more scrawly and scraggly the better, in my opinion!

(Of course, you can leave the paper plain if you prefer, or you can draw other shapes, figures, or faces.)

In the Woods Paper Lantern

6. Flip the frames so that the back sides face up (it doesn’t really matter which is front and which is back, so long as it’s the same for all four). Apply a very thin line of white glue to all four sides. Take one of the tissue paper rectangles and turn it wrong-side up. Line the paper up with the frame and gently press along the outer edge to adhere the paper to the frame, making sure to keep the paper from buckling or wrinkling. I find it’s easiest to start by lining up the top edge and working my way down. Repeat for all four frames.

7. Using a dab of hot glue at each corner, attach two frames at a 90-degree angle along the long side. Add a third frame at a 90-degree angle to one of the attached frames. Add the fourth frame to create a tall box shape (with open top and bottom). When the glue is completely cool, trim any excess with a craft knife.

8. Place a battery operated candle inside the lantern.

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With Halloween parties starting next weekend, there’s been a lot of coverage recently from retailers, search engines and reporters on the most popular Halloween costumes for 2013. It seems like everyone wants to weigh in on what you should be for Halloween. I’ve been asked a few times what trends I’m seeing. It’s still a little early for me to draw conclusions based on the numbers here at Funtober since this is my first year of sales. There have been a few clear winners, but they probably aren’t indicative of what people are wearing overall. So let’s take a look at more scientifically developed information to determine what you are likely to see a lot of at Halloween.

The National Retail Federation surveys individuals in September of every year asking them what Halloween costume they will wear. They then compile the information to determine the top 10 Halloween costumes for the year for adults, kids and pets. They put together this awesome infographic of the 2012 results:

Top Halloween costumes for adults, kids and pets in 2012 – Infographic
So there have been a number of recent ideas that the NRF survey doesn’t encompass. The top Halloween costumes generally relate to movie or television characters, the Presidential election, celebrities or popular 2013 memes. So Psy’s Gangnam Style and unemployed Big Bird from the first Presidential debate gained steam after people were polled by the NRF, for example. But these late breaking Halloween costume ideas have been more than adequately covered in the links below. If you are still looking for a good Halloween costume idea, perusing these links could spark an idea for you. Or, if you want to wear something unique, you’ll know the best Halloween costumes to avoid.

For 2013 the hot movies were the Avengers Iron Man followed by Superman.  Expect to see lots of Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Superman costumes on trick or treating Halloween night.

2012 Halloween Costumes – Good Morning America
Top Halloween Costumes Include Monster High, Avengers – Evening Sun
15 Best Halloween Costume Ideas for 2012 – International Business Times
Yahoo!’s 2012 Halloween Search Trends – Fosters.com
How to Dress as 2012s Popular Memes – Washington Post
Election-Style Costumes for Halloween 2012 – ABC News
Top 5 Do It Yourself Celebrity Halloween Costumes – Us Weekly

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One of the main reasons why I like to make my own pumpkin puree is so that I can make my own pumpkin butter. It’s right at home on a slice of toasted homemade bread, next to a cup of apple cider or hot chocolate or a crisp autumn beer. It’s just a little bit sweet with a little bit of spice, and you can rest easy knowing that it’s more wholesome than jams, jellies, and preserves. Which naturally means you can eat more.

And it’s so incredibly, unbelievably, deliciously easy to make.

Do you have a saucepan? Yes. Can you put stuff in it? Yes. Can you stir? Yes! Can you turn on the burner? Why are we still talking?!

This recipe is based on homemade pumpkin puree, which contains more liquid than canned puree — but that doesn’t mean you have to roast your own pumpkin before you can enjoy homemade pumpkin butter. Canned pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix) will work just as well if you add a little water.

Sugar and spices can be adjusted to taste.

Pumpkin Butter
(25–30 minutes || Makes 2 cups)

  • 2 c homemade pumpkin puree*
  • 1/4 c apple cider or apple juice
  • 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves

*Substitute homemade puree with one 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree, plus 1/2 cup water.

1. Combine pumpkin puree, apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a small saucepan and stir together until evenly mixed. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.

2. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking, stirring often, until mixture has thickened slightly, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

3. Refrigerate in a tightly covered container.

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Jack O'Candy Jars

At this festive time of year, one of the most important decisions we all face is what to do with all the candy. You could hide it away in a drawer in a plastic bag, dust off that fancy dish, or plop it in a plastic pumpkin. Or, you can use it to turn glass jars into colorful little totes for your Halloween sweets.

Not only are they a good way to repurpose that rather large collection of empty jars that you just can’t bear to get rid of (you do that too, right?), they’d make a fun little pre-Halloween treat for somebody special. And when they’re empty? Add a tea light!

And the best part is that they’re so simple — a few twists of wire, a few strokes of the paint pen — which means you’ll be reaping the rewards (and satisfying that sweet tooth) in no time flat.

Jack O'Candy Jars - Materials

MATERIALS

  • Clear glass jar, cleaned and label removed
  • Aluminum floral wire, 12 gauge
  • Black paint pen
  • Wire cutters
  • Round pliers
  • Candy (such as candy corn, Reese’s Pieces, or M&Ms)

Jack O'Candy Jars

1. Measure the circumference of your jar just below the threaded area for the lid. Cut two pieces of wire whose length is equal to half the circumference plus 3 inches.

2. Bend both pieces of wire around the neck of the jar just below the threads, so that the ends overlap. Twist the overlapping pieces together to form a collar around the neck of the jar, leaving at least 1/2 inch untwisted.

3. Bend the twists upward.

4. Use the wire cutters to trim the excess of one end. Use the round pliers to bend the other end into a loop.

5. Cut another piece of wire that is equal to about three-quarters of the jar circumference. This will become the handle. (Make this longer or shorter as you see fit.)

6. Use the round pliers to bend each end of the handle into an open loop.

7. Bend the handle into a U shape. Use the jar to help you get an even curve.

8. Hook the loops ends of the handle into the loops on the collar. Use your fingers or pliers to close the handle loops.

9. Use the paint pen to draw a jack o’lantern face on the jar. Fill with candy!

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There’s two weeks until Halloween party season kicks into high gear. So I spent yesterday building massive lists of links to recipes for pumpkin drinks and Halloween cocktails. But what good are drinks without delicious food?

I happened upon a collection of pumpkin recipes. Started organizing them into different categories. My research obsession kicked in. Pretty soon, I had fifty recipes and I hadn’t even scratched the surface. So I kept hunting and organizing. I stopped at 2 AM last night and picked it back up this morning. My last count yielded 120 recipes and 8 recipe collections. But I’ve added a few since then. It is now time to hit publish and let you benefit from my research.

There’s something for every pumpkin fan in this list. From pumpkin pancakes to pumpkin ravioli to pumpkin tiramisu. The only thing I think that I’ve missed is a traditional pumpkin pie.

Bon Appetit!

 

Breakfast
Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting – Closet Cooking
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes – New South Food Company
Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes – Daily Garnish
Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes – Girl Cooks World
Pumpkin French Toast Bake – Minimalist Baker
Pumpkin Pie French Toast – Savour Fare
Pumpkin Pie French Toast – Zestuous
Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread Waffles – Minimalist Baker
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal – The Sweet Life
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Pumpkin Cream – Healthy Happy Life
Skinny Pumpkin Granola – Skinny Taste
Pumpkin Spiced Granola – Living Lou
Baked Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal … To Go – The Curvy Carrot
Pumpkin Oatmeal – Jessie’s Kitchen Chronicles
Pumpkin Breafast Quinoa – Peanut Butter Fingers
Pumpkin Pie Biscotti – Sweet Pea’s Kitchen
Pumpkin Bagels – Honest Cooking
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls – Smitten Kitchen
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls – Une Gamine dans la Cuisine

Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin Donut Muffins – Brown Eyed Baker
Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins – The Messy Baker
Pumpkin Muffins with a Candied Walnut Streusel – Bakers Royale
Pumpkin Crumb Muffins – Eat at Allie’s
The Best Pumpkin Muffins – Trans-Planted
Pumpkin Muffins – The Spinach Spot
Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling – Stephen + Natalie
Rustic Pumpkin Pie Filled Pumpkin Muffins – Slim Pickin’s Kitchen
Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins – The Messy Baker
Pumpkin Apple Muffins with Snickerdoodle Topping – Baked by Rachel

Pumpkin Bread
Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Bread – Season with Spice
Pumpkin Spice Bread – Baking Bites
Pumpkin Bread Stuffed with Cookie Dough – Cake Spy
Delicious Pumpkin Bread – The 36th Avenue
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread – Little Blog on the Internet
Pull Apart Pumpkin Herb Bread – V.K. Rees Photography
Spiced Pumpkin Bread – The Moveable Feasts
Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread – Center Cut Cook
Spiced Honey Pumpkin Bread – The Flour Sack
Pumpkin Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread – Heather Christo Cooks

Pasta
Pumpkin Mac & Cheese – Emily Bites
Pumpkin Asiago Cream Sauce Over Halloween Bowtie Pasta – Purple Chocolat Home
Baked Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo – How Sweet It Is
Pumpkin Ravioli – Eat Yourself Skinny
Pumpkin Ravioli – Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
Tortellini with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce – Handle the Heat
Pumpkin Alfredo – Pastry Affair
Pumpkin Fettucine Alfredo – Camille Styles

Pumpkin Soups
Monty’s Pumpkin Soup – From Fast Food to Fresh Food
Roasted Pumpkin Butternut Soup – Dinnervine
Curried Pumpkin Soup with Bacon and Maple Onions – The Endless Meal
Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Soup – The Lovely Pantry
Pumpkin Black Bean Soup – Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes
Warm Pumpkin Soup with Dumplings – Sensual Appeal

Other
Pumpkin Chili – The Gluten-Free Home Maker
Skinny Pumpkin Pie Dip – Back for Seconds
Pumpkin Hummus Dip – Diethood
Pumpkin Hummus – Gumshoe Gastronomy
Pumpkin Applesauce – Bakeaholic Mama
Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Queen of Quinoa
Pumpkin and Spinach Bread Cases – Baking Makes Things Better
Pumpkin Curry Risotto – Vegan Yack Attack
Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers – Fat Fighter TV
Pumpkin Sage and Spicy Sausage Pizza – Yum and Yummer

Pumpkin Desserts
Pumpkin and Chocolate Profiteroles – Foodness Gracious
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles – Gimme Some Oven
Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispie Treats – Sally’s Baking Addiction
Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Kiss Blossoms – Bakergirl
Spiced Pumpkin Tart – The Family Kitchen
Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce – Chocolate Moosey
Pumpkin Spice Kiss Blondies – Roxanna’s Home Baking
Healthy Pumpkin Pie Custard – Sugar-Free Mom
Pumpkin Spice Roll – Kitchen Simplicity
Deep Dish Pumpkin-Meringue Pie – Cupcakes and Cashmere
Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Pie – Sally’s Baking Addiction
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – What’s Gaby Cooking
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – Gluten Free on a Shoestring
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – Cooking Classy
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies – Bright Eyed Baker
Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar & Orange Glaze – Daisy’s World
Pumpkin Brownies – The Misfit Baker
Pumpkin Butterscotch Blondies – The Baker Chick
Pumpkin Spice Latte Blondies – Pink Parsley
Pumpkin-Praline Mousse Cornucopias – Pizzazzerie
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies – The Girl Who Ate Everything
Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie – Hungry Hungry Hippie
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crusts – Stephen + Natalie
Pumpkin Cheesecake Chocolate Cups – Kirbie Cravings
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Ginger Cookie Crumble Crust – The Vegetarian Ginger
5 Ingredient Pumpkin Fudge – Oatmeal with a Fork
No Bake White Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge – Texanerin Baking
Skinny Pumpkin Banana Bars – Whipped Baking
Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Bars – A Cup of Mascarpone
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars – Culinary Cool
2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies – Cookies and Cups
Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Brownies – Harried Housewife Blog
Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies – Jo Cooks
Pumpkin Kiss Brownies – Buttercream Blondie
Pumpkin Tres Leches Cake – My Love for Cooking
Pumpkin Cake with Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting – A Healthy Life for Me
Pumpkin & Orange Ice Cream – The Honeyed Almond
Pumpkin Cookie Dough Ice Cream – Chocolate-Covered Katie
Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt – A Kitchen Muse
Pumpkin Pie Sundaes – Oh, Lady Cakes
Pumpkin Hazelnut Dump Cake – Eclectic Recipes
Biscoff Pumpkin Cheesecake – Oven Adventures
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Biscoff Buttercream – Real MOM Kitchen
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes – Clockwork Lemon
Pumpkin Applesauce Cupcakes – Collecting Memories
Pumpkin Raisin Party Cupcakes – Get Cookinge Simply
Pumpkin Glazed Popcorn – Real Food Real Deals
No-Bake Pumpkin Butter Oat Bars – Healthy Food for Living
Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding – Baking in the Attic
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies – Averie Cooks
Pumpkin Yogurt Pound Cake – I Wash You Dry
Salted Pumpkin Caramels – Kitchen Vignettes
Pumpkin Roll – That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Pumpkin Pie Cups – The Curious Country Cook

Drinks
Pumpkin Cranberry Smoothie – Tessa The Domestic Diva
Pumpkin Chai Smoothie – Healthful Pursuit
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – Nancy Creative
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – Total Noms
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – Be Filled Up
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – Cannella Vita
Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie – Will Cook for Friends
Pumpkin Pie Steamer – Oatmeal after Spinning
Death by Pumpkin Cocktail – Hungry Couple NYC
Spiced Pumpkin Cocktail – The Blond Cook
Pumpkin Vodka Cocktail – David the Tornado
Pumpkin Pie Martini – Noshing with the Nolands

Recipe Collections
10 Inventive Pumpkin Recipes – Treehugger
Roundup of 25 Pumpkin Recipe – Real Mom Kitchen
20 Scrumptious Pumpkin Recipes – Creature Comforts
Top 20 Pumpkin Desserts
8 Pumpkin and Squash Recipes – Inspired Taste
Pumpkin Recipe Roundup – Java Cupcake
26 Pumpkin Recipes – Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
5 of the BEST Pumpkin Desserts – BabyCenter Blog

Your pumpkin craving hasn’t been satisfied yet? Oh my. Well, you can try out the other pumpkin recipes that I’ve collected.

And if you stumbled upon this list and have a recipe involving pumpkin that you would like included, feel free to leave a link to it in the comments.

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I’ve seen a number of advertisements lately for costume contests. Hopefully, I’ll have the time to put together a monster list of costume contests in each geography next year. That’s part of my plans to list Halloween parties in the nation’s largest cities on Funtober. In the meantime, I’ve put together the following list of 2012 Halloween costume contests online. Some of them require entry well in advance of Halloween – so don’t wait until Halloween to check them out. Others are open to entrants through Halloween, so you have plenty of time to put together your submission. Enjoy!

Halloween Costume Contests
Fujifilm Picture Perfect Halloween Contest
Chipotle Boorito Costume Contest
Coolest Homemade Costumes 2012 Contest
Big Bang Theory Halloween Costume Contest
Instructables Easy and Epic Costume Contests
Boo-tiful Baby Costume Contest
Uhaul Boo-Haul Costume Contest
Lowell Sun Halloween Costume Photo Contest
Costume Works
ComicBookMovie.com
Joeyverse

Pet Costume Photo Contests
Petco Howloween Make a Scene Photo Contest
Woman’s Day Halloween Pet Costume Photo Contest
Halloween Puplife Dog Halloween Costume Photo Contest
Pets Adviser Halloween 2012 Photo Contest
Dog Fence DIY Halloween Dog Costume Photo Contest
AmberTech Pet Costume Photo Contest
Boyd’s Flower Halloween Pet Costume Photo Contest

Online Recognition – No Prizes (that I saw)
About.com Paranormal Phenomena’s Contest for Paranormal Costumes
Diablo Magazine
Southern Living Halloween Pet Costume Contest

Are you running or promoting a photo contest related to Halloween? Leave a comment with the information about your costume contest and we’ll add it to the list! Be sure to include the website link and information about prizes and contest deadlines, of course.

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Let me make a quick plea to you right now.  There’s three weeks left until Halloween 2012.  Take a few hours out of your day and decide what costume you are going to wear.  If you do not spend the time now to figure out what you want to be when you grow dress up, it can come back to haunt you.  And I’m not just talking about the long lines that you could face at the store to pick up your last minute costume selection.

Just ask Roger Garrison, the Atlanta sheriff who was photographed in a KKK costume at a Halloween party almost thirty years ago.  The photos were released this summer by an Atlanta news station.  Big deal.  You may be thinking: I’ll never be in a public position where photos of my costume will become a controversial aspect of a re-election campaign for a political office.  But the photos can still be an embarrassment.  The internet does not forget.  There’s multiple sites on the internet where your pictures can end up.  Just ask the people in the costume fail pictures posted on Costume Fail, Costume Pop, Fail Blog and Epic Fail.

So spend some time to actually think about your Halloween costume.  Order it online to avoid waiting in long lines at the costume store.  Leave plenty of time in case there’s a problem with your costume or you need a different size.  And avoid the last minute costume decision-making process that leads to costume fails!