17 last-minute ways to safely celebrate Halloween at home with decorations and games

Emilee Geist

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Here's how to throw the perfect last-minute Halloween bash at home.
Here’s how to throw the perfect last-minute Halloween bash at home.

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Halloween is approaching quickly and we can’t wait to celebrate the spookiest time of year as safely as possible.

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While most plans for parties and trick-or-treating have been changed this year due to COVID-19, many people are opting to make the most of Halloween at home. Thanks to costumes, decorations, pumpkin carving and candy hunts, there are tons of fun and creative ways to have a Happy Halloween with those within your

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How to Make Your Home a Happy Place in the Winter

Emilee Geist

As soon as September hits each year, I start to pacify my symptoms of seasonal affective disorder with interior design choices to brighten my space, and hope that, in turn, brightens my mood (hello, evergreen Christmas decorations). And given the looming pandemic winter, which poses to keep many confined to their house, knowing how to make your home a happy place is absolutely a self-care move.

So with days literally getting darker, let’s brighten things up with simple decor tweaks, shall we? Below, interior designers share strategic ways to cultivate a cheerful, warm environment that can get you through frosty times and beyond.

How to make your home a happy place when the world is cold

1. Get fresh plants (and make them look bright)

“No matter what language you speak or what country you’re from, flowers are a universal symbol of happiness,” says interior designer Gabrielle Santiago of

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Making the most of Halloween at home | Teen

Emilee Geist

Be a cookie monster

This is the holiday for sweet teeth, right? So, rather than gorge yourself on candies, why not take to the oven and bake some fresh treats on this cold October night. Create ghost and witch shapes with homemade dough, or buy premade Halloween-themed cookies already shaped into goblins and ghouls. Pillsbury has a great ready-to-bake, pumpkin-shaped cookie option that’s available at most grocery stores. If you’re not a cookie person, consider brownie mix or cupcakes. Whatever route you take, be sure to top them off with some icing and black, purple and orange sprinkles.

Have a movie night

Whether it’s with your family or a few friends from your quartanteam, gather round the fire for a Halloween movie night. The selection can be scary — The Exorcist (1973) or The Blair Witch Project (1999) — or more lighthearted — Hocus Pocus (1993) or Beetlejuice (1988) —

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Patricia Altschul Is Adding Some Southern Charm to Your Home – E! Online

Emilee Geist

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When watching Bravo’s long running series Southern Charm, there one house that stands above the rest. Oh yes, we’re talking about the home of Patricia Altschul.

With help from her friendly butler Michael, the reality star consistently showcases her inviting space filled with unique items. Now, she’s sharing her love for decor with a new HSN collection launching online today. “I would best describe my home decor collection as high end, luxurious, and unique while also accessible and affordable,” she exclusively shared with E! News. 

And with the holiday season quickly approaching, there’s never been a better time to launch a fresh line. “One could do their entire holiday shopping from my

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How to get the modern country look in your home

Emilee Geist

Whether it’s a modern update for a rural retreat or added rustic charm for an inner-city space, country chic has emerged as a key trend this year. Here’s how Next can help you get the look at home

Homely, country-inspired interiors offer exactly what we desire when it comes to darkening autumnal evenings spent wrapped up on the sofa: natural wood accents, soft, warming lighting, cosy furnishings and plenty of textured blankets to hunker down in.

But this year there’s a subtle twist. Enter ‘modern country’, an interior trend that encapsulates all the comforts of easy rural style with clever design details and a fresh, simple aesthetic. Featuring multifunctional, elegant, clean designs with warm hues, natural textiles and a timeless neutral colour palette, modern country gives an instant, timely update that will never go out of style, for furnishings that feel both fresh and for ever.

The neutral pale

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Traders pin hope on festive season sales, focus on cars, home appliances, low-value gold

Emilee Geist

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New Delhi: After a dismal year characterised by plunging sales, companies and traders are pinning their hopes on the festive season for a revival in demand.

Firms have ramped up production levels, traders and dealers are increasing inventory and online platforms are announcing long festive season sales in anticipation of higher consumer spend.

However, from shift in purchase patterns to missing Chinese goods, this festival season will be unlike the previous years. Traders expect changes in spending patterns and are gearing up to meet the demands of the risk averse as well as home-bound consumers.

Automakers have ramped up production and dealers are stocking up anticipating a pick-up in sales. Traders are also hopeful of improvement in sales of white goods due to pent-up demand as well as some of the announcements by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to stimulate demand this week.

“The sales have

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Work from home crowd and office hardcore try to make the best of both worlds

Emilee Geist

Joining video calls from an open plan office is “bloody difficult”, complains one senior auditor.

“[With] virtual, we really do know what we’re doing now …The hybrid thing is far, far more complex,” says Mark Williams, a partner at KPMG.

“The historical tendency has been to design events for the people who are in the room … and then treat everybody else as almost second class citizens. You’ve got to spin that the other way around now.”

New role for the office

Computer-based tasks such as emailing can be carried out easily from home but a strong consensus is emerging that offices still have a role.

“While working from home can be very effective, some things are better suited to the office, typically those involving lots of interaction with others such as training and team building,” says Kevin Ellis, chairman and senior partner at PwC.

The firm is considering focusing

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Hip Home Counties: 20 chic places to stay for some Green Belt glamour

Emilee Geist

Kent, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Essex make up the Home Counties; the girdle that rings London, nipped in by the M25. Increasingly, there are some serious bits of Green Belt glamour tucked into the oft-stereotyped commuter-land, including the brand new Birch in Hertfordshire with its rescue chickens and gong baths. On the other side of London is Beaverbrook in Leatherhead. It’s lavishly, diametrically opposed to Birch in every stylistic way, but just as interesting and enjoyable, with its swimming pool tiled in a diamond pattern and 1920s decor with a touch of sashimi chic.

Even before Covid, London chefs were heading out to the coast to open smaller places with cheaper rents that allow them to experiment along with access to the freshest of ingredients; many, such as The Rose in Deal, also have hotel rooms. Margate has seen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat of The Libertines

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31 Things From Walmart That’ll Help Get Your Home In The Spooky Spirit

Emilee Geist

All the festive decor and treats to make your home a spooky oasis.

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An eerie yet festive wreath you can place on your front door. It features classic orange and black colors with additional skeleton details that are majorly spooky.


An inflatable Mickey Mouse who looks like he just carved the most perfect pumpkin and wants to show it off to people driving by.


Promising review: “Great value for this cute 5-ft tall Mickey! I can’t wait to set this up!” —SuperToy

Price: $60


A light up pumpkin trio of perfectly carved jack-o’-lanterns so

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The 12-foot-tall tall skeleton Home Depot is selling for Halloween, explained by its creator.

Emilee Geist

The giant skeleton towering over a house, with several clones and shrubbery on a front lawn, and standing in front of a different house.
Photos by Mac Cole, Diego Narvaez, and Alexander Johnson

There’s one guy out there who’s having a great 2020. Naturally, he is a giant skeleton. Home Depot’s 12-foot-tall giant skeleton, to be more specific, has become the most coveted Halloween decoration of the season as well as a metaphorically irresistible object of viral delight. To find out how a retailer best known for selling nails and lumber ended up hawking $300 sets of supersize bones, Slate spoke to Lance Allen, a merchant based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta. Our conversation has been condensed and edited.

Heather Schwedel: First of all, are there any giant skeletons left? Is there still time to get one?

Lance Allen: We are completely sold out for the year.

How many did you sell?

I can’t share that one with you, but I can tell you I wish I would have brought

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