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13 of the Best Places to Celebrate Halloween Around the World

For more than a century, Halloween has been heralded as a major holiday in the United States, as people celebrate all things that go bump in the night. Initially a pagan holiday, All Hallows' Eve will find children trick-or-treating in their spookiest costumes and adults attending parties in homes and clubs lit by jack-o'-lanterns and orange bulbs shining through a fog of cobwebs. The United States, however, isn't the only place to celebrate the season. Continue reading to find out how people observe Halloween and other Fall holidays all around the world.

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50+ Free Stencils That Will Take Your Pumpkin Carving to the Next Level

During the season of all things pumpkin, you can't go anywhere without seeing patches of orange. Time to pick out your perfect pumpkin - or five - and get it ready for Halloween.

Traditional pumpkin carving has its charm, but this year, you can take your skills to a whole new level with these unique stencils that can show off your style. Check out all these options that you can download and print at home.

Once you pick your perfect design, here are some tips for making your stencil:

  1. After printing it, cut out the shape of your stencil with a sharp X-Acto knife.
  2. To attach it to your pumpkin, either use tape or stencil adhesive spray.
  3. Use a stencil brush to paint over the stencil and let it dry for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, you can cut the lid off the circular lid of the pumpkin and remove all the pulp from inside.
  5. Peel off the stencil and get to carving that pumpkin. Consider investing in a pumpkin carving kit to make the process smoother.

Check out the stencils ahead!

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I Went to a Life Coach and My Dreams Actually Came True

After my wedding, I hit an emotional slump. I had heard this might happen from recently married friends who "missed" wedding planning. That wasn't the case for me. I was thrilled to break my diet and have my free time back.

But I did feel blah - like I was in a funk. Saying "I do" in front of everyone I love and going on a honeymoon to Southeast Asia was such a natural high. And you know what they say: what goes up must come down. So I found myself feeling a bit lost, and I tend to be a focused person (I'm a Sagittarius - we point and shoot arrows at targets).

To help me refocus on my goals and kick my attitude into a more positive place, I decided to work with a life coach. I met Laurie Gerber of the Handel Group during a workshop for a handful of women. We discussed our intentions, setbacks, fears, and more. We also wrote out dreams - the kind that make you feel warm and gooey inside. And it felt so good to do this! When's the last time you let yourself dream anything you wanted? And believed that it could happen? I left inspired and feeling lighter. This seemed like one way to to move forward and start getting what I want.

So I worked with Laurie during three private...

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16 Genius Gifts For People Who Love to Cook . . . and Eat

For the person in your life that's always in the kitchen, it only makes sense to get them something they'll love and get use out of. Whether they could use a new cookbook for some fresh recipe ideas or an intense mixer to make their lives that much easier, everyone can benefit from these fun kitchen gifts. They'll be so excited to cook, and you'll be so excited to eat!

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The 18 Creepiest Haunted Houses in America Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine

If you're easily spooked, stop reading; there's still time to save yourself! But if you're a fan of haunted horrors, gruesome ghouls, and murderous mysteries, you've come to the right place. Delve into the creepiest of the creepy - haunted houses.

Though only a few centuries old, America has amassed an impressive number of eerie residences, each deemed haunted due to paranormal activity or a frightful past. From spooky hotels to murder mansions, these ghostly dwellings span from coast to coast. Read on to see the list of America's creepiest haunted houses . . . if you dare.

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The 10 Best Travel Products From Amazon - All Under $20

Whether you're going on a work trip, vacation, or big backpacking adventure, you need to be prepared. There's nothing worse than being far away from home without the necessities. Luckily, stocking up on what you need doesn't have to burn a hole in your pocket. Amazon offers a variety of travel products for reasonable prices. Plus, if you have Amazon Prime, many of these items can arrive at your door in as little as two days. If you don't know where to start, we rounded up the most important (and genius) products you need for your next journey. Consider this your ultimate checklist. Waste no time and get to shopping.

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This 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe Actually Works

When I first saw this video for Southern Living's four-ingredient peanut butter cookies, I couldn't conceal my skepticism. How could you possibly make cookies from peanut butter, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract alone?! It seemed suspiciously too easy, but I had to try it out! With so many friends and family members on gluten-free and dairy-free diets, I figured if the recipe did work, I could make a lot of people happy.

Unlike other fussier cookie recipes, all the ingredients are dumped and mixed together, and due to the high fat content in the peanut butter, the dough balls can be shaped in a hot second without sticking to your fingers (or a spring-form scooper). As promised, the cookies bake up in 15 minutes tops. Allow them to cool before attempting to eat, or else you may end up eating a bunch of crumbs. I sprinkled a few with flake salt and topped a few others with peanut butter cups . . . and people didn't hate it. I used all-natural, no-stir, no-sugar peanut butter, because I love the gritty texture, but any PB will work with this recipe. Next time, I plan to try it out with crunchy peanut butter and chocolate chips.

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Your Phone Is 18x Dirtier Than a Toilet - This Device From Amazon Will Clean It in 10 Minutes

We've all heard the scary statistics that your phone is dirtier (18 times to be exact) than a public toilet - and it's frightening. If like me and you're a total germaphobe who wants a solution, you've come to the right place. A few weeks ago I tested this PhoneSoap 3 UV Cell Phone Sanitizer and Dual Universal Cell Phone Charger ($60) and am hopelessly addicted to it.

The life-changing device first gained attention on the ABC show Shark Tank, and is now available for purchase. The double-duty cleaner features a convenient USB port so you also charge while using it. The brand boasts that the UV light kills 99.9 percent of bacteria, which is also great for your skin and can help prevent pesky breakouts. The large device fits any phone model, big or small. It even goes beyond cleaning just your phone; anything that can fit can be cleaned, from your credit cards to a smart watch.

I tested it out a few weeks ago and couldn't believe I lived so long without one. The peace of mind from having a clean phone was so nice, plus the device is beyond easy to use. Simply put your phone inside and 10 minutes later, it's clean. A light will turn off so you know when it's ready. It has...

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This Tiny Puppy Purrs Just Like a Cat, and I Think I'm in Love

A faux Frenchie named Penelope appears to have trouble figuring out how to dog. The pup's owner shared an adorable video of the pooch struggling to bark on Instagram, and obviously, the sweet clip went viral instantly. Penelope's mom gave her followers a rundown of what's going on in the video, captioning it: "I'm getting bigger and finding my voice." And we have to agree, based on the purring sound she's making, Penelope has a little bit of work to do. All we can say is A for effort!

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18 Adorable Gifts For Your Cat, Because They Deserve Something Special Too

As you shop for the perfect gifts for your friends and family this holiday season, there's one other loved one on your list you shouldn't forget: the cat. If you want to treat your fluffy friend to something special this year, we did the hard work for you. Ahead, you'll find 18 fun and cute gifts you will get a kick out of too. Take a look.

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Nordstrom Launched a Halloween Shop and It's Boo-tiful - See For Yourself!

When we think of Nordstrom, seasonal decor is not always the first thing that comes to mind. But you would be surprised by the retailer's expansive Halloween options this year - consider us impressed. We're talking embroidered pillows, gilded pumpkins, festive glassware, and more. We created a list of our favorite products from the department store so you can shop the highlights. Get them now before everyone swoops them up next month.

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Bow Down to Target, Because We’ve Never Seen Pet Costumes This Good

If you've been guilty of throwing an old bed sheet with two eyes cut out over your Golden Retriever and calling it a Halloween costume, your floppy best friend deserves better. Not that the DIY pet ghost you created previously wasn't adorable, but there are so many cute costumes available now, we implore you to take a look. Whether you want to transform your cat into a slice of pizza, or your dog into a bright rainbow, Target has the best pet Halloween costumes we have ever seen.

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Why Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Is Better With The Nightmare Before Christmas Theme

Halloween has officially arrived at Disneyland, and one of the best parts about the park at this time of year is the major transformation of the Haunted Mansion ride into its Nightmare Before Christmas theme. This may be a controversial opinion, but, personally, I love how festive and fun the Haunted Mansion becomes for the Halloween and holiday season, much more than when it's just a standard spooky ride.

It's vibrantly and creatively decorated (seriously, Disney doesn't miss a single detail), puts you in a happy Halloween and holiday mood, and has you humming the catchy songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas for the rest of the day. How could you choose the classic over that? Once you've been on Haunted Mansion holiday, the original ride just feels . . . boring. To prove my point, here are the best things about the themed version!

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The Pioneer Woman's Most Popular Casseroles Will Inspire You to Cook

You know you can always count on the Pioneer Woman for easy and delicious recipes. Some of Ree Drummond's most popular recipes are her casseroles, and it's easy to see why: these one-pan wonders are layered with flavor and guarantee that dinner gets on the table fast. If you're looking to get out of your dinner rut or desperately need some inspiration to cook, look no further than Ree Drummond's top 14 most popular casserole recipes from Food Network, including hash brown casserole, cheesy turkey tetrazzini, broccoli wild rice casserole, and chicken tortilla casserole. The rave reviews don't lie!

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How to Make Pie Crust, in Pictures

Have a hankering for cherry pie, but find yourself intimidated by the process of making crust from scratch? Look no further! Not only do we have a near-foolproof pie crust recipe to share, but we've broken the procedure down into a few simple steps sure to elucidate the process for visual learners. So stop fretting (it's easy, we swear!) and start baking.

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17 Sweet Desserts You Can Make in Your Instant Pot

OK, we're calling it: the Instant Pot can truly do it all. Obviously it can make some super soups and delicious dinners, but this little machine can also "bake" dessert. Can we talk about all of our cheesecake options? Yes, you can make a cheesecake in your Instant Pot, but you can also make other cakes and fruit crisps, and so much more. So if you thought you couldn't make a meal from beginning to end in your Instant Pot, you thought wrong, because you really can. Keep reading for 17 sweet finishes for any meal.

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14 Grocery Staples I Always Have as a 20-Something on a Budget

As a 26-year-old who started out in the professional world a few years ago, I know how hard it can be to get your life together. You're supposed to find a job, live on your own, cook for yourself, and find the time to exercise, which, unfortunately, I don't think includes walking to the kitchen for snack breaks in between TV episodes. When you have so much going on - especially when you're on a budget - one thing that some people dread is grocery shopping. I personally love it, but it took a little practice to figure out a routine and a grocery list that worked for me. As someone who loves to cook, there are certain things I like to have on hand all the time. These are 14 budget-approved staples I always have stocked in my kitchen.

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Sparkling, Seltzer, Soda: A Primer on Carbonated Water

Soda water, seltzer, club soda, sparkling water, mineral water: there are so many different fizzy waters out there. Are they all the same thing?

Carbonated water - water into which carbon dioxide has been dissolved - is a broad term that encompasses all fizzy waters; it's used interchangeably with sparkling water and soda water (a prewar term for the same thing). Within this category, there are several distinctions: seltzer, club soda, and mineral water.

Seltzer and club soda have both been artificially produced by passing pressurized carbon dioxide through water, but while seltzer contains no added ingredients or flavorings, club soda contains additives such as table salt, sodium bicarbonate, or potassium bicarbonate to add a slightly salty flavor.

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In contrast, an effervescent mineral water such as Perrier or San Pellegrino is water that contains naturally occurring carbonation and minerals. Since it's bottled directly from a natural source, it...

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Harry Potter's Butterbeer Made With Actual Butter and Beer

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

In the Harry Potter books, Butterbeer is described as a slightly alcoholic, "foaming mug" that tastes "a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch." While there are lots of Butterbeer renditions out there - mostly consisting of heavy cream, spices, and butterscotch soda - I wanted to make one containing actual butterscotch and beer. I wanted it to have natural buttery flavor and a rich, hefty body. After all, it's Winter and we need something other than sugary soda water to keep warm!

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In the movies, the Butterbeer looks slightly orange with a slight foamy cap. Served in a clear, glass mug, it looks inviting whether cold or warm.

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

For this Butterbeer recipe, I chose a pumpkin ale. Ale itself is thick, foamy, and full of sweet, malty flavors, while the pumpkin offers the beautiful orange hue and hint of Fall spices. Combine that with homemade butterscotch sauce,...

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7 of the Most Underrated Things at Target

While everyone knows Target's home-décor and fashion collections have been fiercely on point lately, not everyone thinks of the megastore as a go-to spot for DIY supplies. Although I like to support my local hardware or craft store when I'm working on a project at home, sometimes it's just more convenient to throw sandpaper and stencils into my cart while I'm shopping for paper towels and shampoo. The fact is that Target is packed with tons of project essentials that can really come in handy when you're sprucing up your space or giving some furniture a mini-makeover. Here are some of its best hidden gems.

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An Artist's 400-Square-Foot Studio Makes Room for Color — House Call

Name: Briana McNamara
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting

My little home is a studio apartment located in a historic home just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. I live in the quaint space with my plant babes, all 10+ of them. I'm a single, city-living gal, graphic designer by day (and sometimes night) and artist from the mitten state. My decor changes frequently, but never strays from the general funky-yet-poised style.

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Tour Every Angle of Phoebe Robinson's Dope Brooklyn Apartment — House Tour

Name: Phoebe Robinson and #BritishBaekoff
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 1,139 square feet
Years Lived In: 2 months living in sin
Rent or own: Owner, baby!

You may know Phoebe Robinson as a fiercely funny, unapologetically intelligent, multi-hyphenate entertainer—she's a comedian, author (her second book, Everything's Trash, But It's Okay, comes out Tuesday), and co-host of the podcast and HBO special 2 Dope Queens—but she just added another impressive line to her resume: homeowner. And in New York City, no less.

Phoebe and her boyfriend, whom she affectionately calls #BritishBaekoff, had just moved into their new Park Slope space when Apartment Therapy stopped by for a tour. Let me tell you: one step into the apartment, you're immediately struck by its cozy, homey feel, its beautifully designed details, and the insanely impressive windows.

"We wanted to have space, we wanted to have a nice view, and we wanted it to be cozy, because he travels a lot, and I travel a lot," Phoebe says. "And so what I really liked about this place was the layout is really nice, things are kind of separated but it doesn't feel like overwhelmingly big. And the minute we...

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Buy If You’re Trying to Declutter

Decluttering is not for the faint of heart—it can take some serious self-reflection, a discerning eye, and the type of discipline not made for a world where Target exists. Author and organization expert Marie Kondo often shares her wisdom about the four biggest hurdles that keep us buried in a sea of our own stuff: space, sentimentality, guilt, and money all make the list.

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Royal Baby News: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Expecting

It's a big year for the royals. Hot off the weekend of the second star-studded royal wedding of 2018 (this one, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank), we have a pregnancy announcement from the first. Kensington Palace announced Monday morning that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child.

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6 Fresh Ways to Create a Gallery Wall

Whether you're just beginning to carefully curate your favorite pieces of art, or you already have a gallery wall that rivals your local museum, we're here to offer up some tips to mix things up a bit. Art is subjective, and the way you arrange it can vary greatly. Take a look at our ideas below to see how you can mix things up.

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10 Cozy Throw Blankets Perfect for Fall

As the temperature drops, there is no better accessory to transition your space from hot summer nights to cool autumn evenings than an in-between blanket. It's not quite time to pull out the thermos and hibernate under your thickest quilt or finest faux fur, but with cuddling season upon us, it's time to bring out the throws and show off your versatile autumn style. Here are our favorite cozy blankets that are just right for fall.

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3 Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves Before Becoming a Plant Parent

If you opened this story, chances are you've at least considered becoming a plant parent. Honestly, what's there to think about? After all, 2018 is all about that plant life. Not convinced? Just check out our Instagram account @iplanteven.

Not only are plants a great way to breathe some much-needed life into your home, many species can improve your space's air quality. Pretty cool, huh?

But with great (flower) power comes great responsibility.

Okay, being a plant parent isn't as demanding as, say, being a real parent; however, it does require same research and tender, loving care.

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About this site

The DIY movement is a re-introduction (often to urban and suburban dwellers) of the old pattern of personal involvement and use of skills in upkeep of a house or apartment, making clothes; maintenance of cars, computers, websites; or any material aspect of living.

DIY amongst the fashion community has become very popular. With the use of social media such as YouTube, a great number of people watch videos on a daily basis. YouTube has an array of DIY fashion videos from distressing jeans, bleaching jeans, redesigning an old shirt, and studding denim, just to name a few. This new trend is increasingly becoming more and more popular. There over 1,000 videos that individuals have posted demonstrating how to do those things. There are also other DIY videos that individuals could look up such as DIY jewelry, DIY room decor, and DIY hairstyles.