The Essentials of Halloween Parties

Throwing a Halloween party doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are tips for everything you need to create a memorable Halloween party, from how to decorate on a budget to how to create cakes that look like spooky haunted mansions or jolly jack o’lanterns.

How to Make a Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Cake

Let this festive jack-o-lantern cake be the center piece of your Halloween party. A fluted bundt pan creates a realistic look, and the Brown Sugar Cake fits the tenor of October . . . but is delicious [more…]

How to Make Buttercream Frosting

This is a versatile buttercream that you can use to decorate your Halloween jack o’lantern or skating rink cake, but keep this recipe on hand for other cakes as well! It spreads and pipes wonderfully, [more…]

Halloween Decorating Safety Tips

Decorating for Halloween can bring out creativity in everyone, but many elements of Halloween decorating can pose hazards to unsuspecting visitors. Here are a few safety tips to keep handy when preparing [more…]

How to Make a Chocolate Cocoa Cake

This fudgy chocolate cake is the base for spooky haunted mansion cake that is perfect for a child’s Halloween party. Although you have to stack up a few cakes for this creation, you don’t have to worry [more…]

How to Make Stiff Decorator Frosting

If you have a lot of ground to cover decorating-wise on your cake, or if the intricacy of the design will require time and patience, this frosting is an excellent choice because it holds its shape for [more…]

How to Decorate Your Halloween Haunted Mansion Cake

This cake is a fun centerpiece to any Halloween party. After you bake 2 recipes of the Chocolate Cocoa Cake and whip up three batches of stiff decorator frosting, follow these steps to finish a ghostly [more…]

How to Make a Brown Sugar Cake

The caramel flavor of this cake always makes it a hit. It pairs well with milk chocolate frosting. If you are baking this to assemble a jack o’lantern cake for a Halloween celebration, you will need to [more…]

Ten Budget Halloween Decorating Ideas

Halloween decorations can look fabulous, even if you're on a budget. Create a stunning Halloween display with these money-saving decorating tips, whether you're using only a few intricately carved jack-o’-lanterns [more…]

How to Carve a Pumpkin for Halloween

Carving a pumpkin is a fun and inexpensive Halloween tradition. For your jack-o’-lantern, carve a Halloween image that's funny, scary, or pretty into pumpkins that are green, white, pale orange, or even [more…]

Halloween Budget Tip: Carve Pumpkins with Household Tools

Pumpkin-carving kits are convenient, but if you don't have one, then use household tools. Carving Halloween pumpkins with tools you have at home is budget-smart. It's just as fun, and you'll get the same [more…]

How to Build a Fire for Roasting Marshmallows

To make s’mores, you need to build a fire for roasting those marshmallows. The teepee fire is an easy fire to build. It puts out a tremendous amount of heat, even with a relatively small fire, but is quite [more…]

How to Make S’mores for Halloween Fun

Everybody loves the gooey sweetness of melted marshmallows and chocolate. Since you already have your campfire glowing so you can trade spooky ghost stories at your Halloween party, you might as well grab [more…]

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