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11 Creative Pumpkin Ideas: Halloween Projects for Crafters and Cooks

By: Audrey Huggett, Editor,

Pumpkins and Jack 'o Lanterns are nearly synonymous with Halloween. Try putting some of that pumpkin into your cooking this year with these healthy pumpkin recipes. You'll find yourself getting into the spirit of Halloween as the smell of pumpkin fills your house. So run to the store and stock up on cans of pumpkin puree. Once you try one of these recipes you 'll want to go right through the entire list! If the smell of spiced pumpkin makes you feel creative, try your hand at Halloween craft.


Our friends at have shared a couple of spooky afghan patterns that are sure to chill and thrill you. Throwing a Halloween-themed afghan over the back of your couch is a great way to decorate for the holiday without having to build a graveyard in your lawn. Put a scary movie on and curl up with an afghan and a pumpkin dish of your choice. That's got to be the best way to prepare for October 31st.


11 Creative Pumpkin Ideas:
Halloween Projects for Crafters and Cooks

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The Best Pumpkin Recipes of the Season

We've collected some of our favorite pumpkin recipes in this list.  Use them to make your Halloween a success in every way possible.  You don't have to celebrate the holiday only on October 31st.  Make everyday a tribute to the season and indulge in these savory pumpkin recipes.


Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Granola     Quinoa Pumpkin Muffins     Chewy Pumpkin Cookies


Paleo Pumpkin Pie - Pumpkin pie is a classic pumpkin dessert. The fall season wouldn't be the same without at least one delicious pumpkin pie. 


Chewy Pumpkin Cookies - (above right) If you're in the mood for something sweet, but don't want to splurge on candy, try out these gluten free cookies. 


Homemade Pumpkin Butter - Slather some of this delicious spread on a piece of fresh bread or toast any time you want a bit of pumpkin spice in your life.


Vegan Pumpkin Raisin Scones - Impress everyone with these delicious and healthy pastries.  Your friends will catch the taste for pumpkin as soon as they take a bite.


Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Granola - (above right) Need a snack to keep you going through the day?  Pack a baggie of this healthy vegan granola and carry the spirit of Halloween with you.


Chocolate Pumpkin Overnight Oats - Wake up with this easy to make, delicious breakfast.


Quinoa Pumpkin Muffins  - (above center) This is the perfect pick-me-up for the middle of a long walk.  Pack a couple of these in a lunch box and take time to fuel up when you're trick-or-treating.



Easy Crochet Afghan Patterns for the Beginning Crafter

A Halloween afghan is the perfect thing to wrap yourself in when you're watching a scary move.  These crochet patterns are sure to amaze and amuse your friends and family.  Halloween afghans make decorating a snap.  Just throw one over the back of your couch and you're done!  You'll have a delightful time creating these spooky patterns. 


Pumpkin Afghan    Pirate Granny Squares Crochet Patterns   Trick or Treat Afghan



Pumpkin Afghan - (above left) This pattern is a creative pumpkin idea for Halloween.  Instead of getting messy and carving a Jack 'o Lantern, try making this afghan. 


Trick or Treat Afghan- (above right) This Halloween inspired afgan will be sure to delight people of all ages. 


Pirate Granny Squares Crochet Patterns - (above center) Exercise your Halloween spirit and whip up this creative granny square.


Wicked Halloweenie Crochet Pattern- This homemade Halloween craft might frighten the neighbors.


How do you celebrate Halloween?


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