If you want to go all in for Halloween but lack time—and inspiration—here are some simple decorating tricks plus a few treats.
CUTE PAINTED PUMPKINS
Give small pumpkins a Halloween makeover with acrylic paint.
Just swipe on paint frosting and add paint sprinkles and you’ve got adorable baby pumpkin doughnuts!
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These little sweeties are the exact opposite of a scary jack-o’-lantern. To make, simply use a black marker to draw half-moon eyelashes, a tiny smile and some freckles on white pumpkins.
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Did your inner artist go out for coffee? Then go for the easiest painted pumpkin yet. Paint the entire pumpkin a single color, then splatter a contrasting color on top—done!
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EASY CARVED JACK O’LANTERN
If you can carve a straight line, you can make this fierce guy. Scary hands optional.
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QUICK MONSTER COOKIES
Use your own sugar cookie recipe or premade store-bought dough to make these fun Halloween treats.
Mix in monstrous food coloring and stick on candy eyes and you’ve got vivid cookie monsters that won’t stop staring (a good reason to eat them up immediately).
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CANDY CORN SWIRLIES
Candy corn inspires these easy cookies. Recipe steps follow.
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How to make
- Divide sugar cookie dough in 3 parts.
- Color one layer orange, the other, yellow. Leave one part uncolored.
- Roll each portion into rectangles.
- Layer rectangles in a stack.
- Roll into a log, then roll in yellow & orange sprinkles or colored sugar, if desired.
- Slice and bake as directed.
Fill a lantern or 2 with fall objects such as mini pumpkins, colored leaves, acorns, and pine cones. You can use this decoration for Thanksgiving, too.
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