Chocolate apples, heaps of candy and smiling jack-o'-lanterns set the scene for a fun Halloween.
By Suzonne Stirling
Conjure a holiday spread with a line-up of patterned pumpkins and delicious eats.
• A Festive Banner
Fold bottom ends of printed bags to form a point and tape at back. Repeat with as many bags as needed. Arrange bags in a row facedown and tape together. Fold the flap at the top of each bag down and run a piece of string or baker's twine under the flaps. Tape flaps and attach banner to table edge with double-sided tape. Place pumpkins on cake stands trimmed with licorice circles.
• Embellished Platters
Adhere pieces of candy to serving dishes by using an icing pen full of stiff royal icing or glue dots.
• Sugary Surprise
For party favors, fill patterned craft bags with candy. Fold bottom corners in, taping to secure. Twist the top of each bag into a stem and cover with green washi tape. Twist extra tape into a tendril, wrapping it around your finger until it curls.
Tempt revelers with a display of devilishly delectable confections.
• Posh Pumpkin
Paint pumpkin with acrylic paint, if desired, and let dry. Glue candy in patterns using Magna-Tac or Beacon's 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue.
• Gum Ball Garland
Poke holes in center of gum balls using a needle tool. Double a length of string or baker's twine and make a knot at one end. String gum balls onto twine using a long, heavy needle (such as a tapestry needle). When garland is desired length, knot the ends and hang.
• Dotted Delights
Turn one corner of a dot-printed bag down in a diagonal to meet the other side; roll bag around to form a cone and glue or tape to secure. For ribbon embellishment, fold a length of ribbon in half to form two tails; glue a piece of candy over the point where tails meet. When dry, glue to front of paper cone.
To assemble display, place a foam block inside a serving dish and stick thin wooden skewers into foam at even intervals. Slide a paper cone over each skewer and fill with caramel popcorn. Cover foam with candy corn.
• Wicked Wreath
Wrap a beveled Styrofoam form with strips of cheesecloth and secure with pins on reverse side. Starting with the flat side of the wreath, glue candies in a circle. Repeat with next row, working to the outside edge. Let dry completely, then glue candies in rows along the interior and exterior surfaces of wreath form. Hang with ribbon.
Using our downloadable templates and instructions (below), decorate large candy-filled jars and decorative baking cups (on cake stand) with tags and toppers.
Download wrappers and print onto presentation paper; cut out as directed. Secure wrapper to the back of each chocolate bar with double-sided tape.
A trio of toothy pumpkins presides over a drink station stocked with pumpkin nog and orange sodas.
Paint pumpkin, if desired, and let dry. Apply candy with Magna-Tac glue or Beacon's 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue. Use sewing pins to hold larger pieces like licorice rounds in place while drying. TIP: For a bold, bright white, use two or three coats of acrylic paint. Let dry thoroughly before decorating.
Using our downloadable templates as a guide, cut facial features out of black Con-Tact paper or vinyl. Mix and match the pieces to create different jack-o'-lantern looks and apply to glass bottles.