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Halloween: The Best of Martha Stewart Living [Paperback]

Martha Stewart Living Magazine
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Aug. 28 2001 Best of Martha Stewart Living
Halloween is rivaled only by Christmas when it comes to the holidays that generate the most interest for Martha Stewart Living’s readers. Halloween is a compendium of the best Halloween ideas published in the magazine over the last decade.

To help celebrate this ghoulish holiday, the editors of Martha Stewart Living bring us Halloween, a compilation of all the best tricks and treats of the spooky season.

Organized in two sections, Halloween makes this holiday so much fun it’s scary. In “Tricking,” pranksters will find all manner of pumpkin carving, eerie lighting, and makeup and decorating ideas. “Treating” provides the recipes for having a Halloween feast or a hanted-house party and ideas for making mischief with kids.

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Halloween books abound, but none is as elegantly spooky or as eerily opulent as this gorgeous guide from Martha Stewart Living. Set the scene for the ultimate Halloween party with a magical yard full of pumpkins glowing with vibrant geometrics and sparkling with Christmas lights. Welcome guests with shadow lanterns flickering with bats and haunted windows. Strew the house with chiffon ghosts and fill the air with haunting sounds. Then host a pumpkin-carving feast, a crafty party, or a ghoulish supper, and whip up eyeball highballs, croaked messieurs, and spider-web sundaes. And don't forget the creepy makeup: follow along as willing victims transform into a skeleton, mummy, and several other creatures (Martha herself becomes an astonishing black widow). Excellent directions, full recipes, beautiful photographs, and an extremely detailed source list should inspire anyone to celebrate All Hallows' Eve with style. --Amy Handy

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than you might think! May 5 2003
Being a HUGE Halloween fan, I would have never thought that Martha could have any good ideas for Halloween decorating. Her decorating ideas are always so cute and cheerful, right?
How wrong I was! This book has wonderfully dark and gothic decorations that really capture the essence and magic of Halloween. Even the ideas for the kids are tasteful, without being overly cutesy.
Add to this great ideas for seasonal food (who knew you could use pumpkin in so many different ways), excellent costume ideas, and party ideas, and you have a great 'grown-up' Halloween decorating guide!
And for those reviewers here who complained that the book was only a collection of Martha's previous magazine articles: The title is "Halloween: The Best of Martha Stewart Living". The "Best of" title should have clued you in that this was not brand new material. I'm sure the audience for the book was people like me, who have never picked up Martha's magazine before. I know I buy every Halloween issue now, as well as other seasonal issues.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book or glorified magazine? Sept. 1 2001
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I found the contents of this "book" to be terrific. It is full of lovely pictures and creative, scary, unique ideas. Some of them are very labor intensive, but anyone familiar with Martha would expect that. On content alone I probably would have given it 4 1/2 or 5 stars. However, I was extremely disappointed in the format. When I opened the box my first thought was, "I don't remember ordering a magazine." That's really what this is. No, it does not have any ads and none of those annoying little subscription cards fell out of the pages but those are about the only differences. It is no thicker than a standard magazine, and in fact, not as thick as most of my issues of Marth Stewart Living. Because it is a book that should get a lot of use over the years, I can't help but expect that it will look dog-eared very quickly. I would much rather have spent a little more and gotten a hard cover version or at least a thicker book with smaller, sturdier pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Halloween: The Best of Martha Stewart Living Oct. 22 2001
By A Customer
This book is what I expected: a compiliation of Halloween ideas from past issues of the MSL magazine. If you've saved October issues over the last several years, you may be disappointed that this book doesn't have anything new (but it's convenient to have all these ideas in one place). I'm glad I bought this book, as I subscribed to the mag. just two years ago.
Many of the crafts in this book require patience and skill, and really are for adults and older children. I've made simplified versions of the shadow lanterns -- my family's delighted with the results.
If you're looking for easier Halloween crafts and projects, there are many wonderful books on the market. My children particulary enjoy _The Halloween Book_ by Jane Bull (DK Publishing), a kid-friendly guide to preparing for the holiday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book July 5 2002
By A Customer
This was a good book, I had planned on using it last year but didnt have to much time but I definitley will be using it this year! Halloween is my favorite holiday i take it pretty seriously. Remeber its says the best of martha stewart living, so that means that its ideas that have already been published in her magazines. I would reccomend also The big book of halloween, if you are looking for other books. Hope you all have a Happy Halloween 2002!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deep, engaging, and handy reference... June 23 2003
Here it is, the best of Martha Stewart Living Hallowe'en content through 2001! Everything is here, packaged so efficiently and beautifully that even die-hard Martha Mag collectors will want it. There are great crafts, recipes, and costume projects, but the real fun of this book is in simply looking through the pictures and informational bits.
Everything is so clever, and presented so creatively! Put it on your coffee table!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Martha of Halloween Oct. 10 2001
By A Customer
I really enjoy the book, seeing that I missed out on the special edition of the magazine last year. I love the photography and the ease of directions and instructional photos(the little dracula kid still weirds me out though) I have spent a year online looking for tasteful but creepy "organic" Halloween ideas. But after all that time, this book still has the best feel. I do agree that some new ideas would have been good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A bit thin - more of a booklet
I preferred the photo of Martha stomping around on her front porch scaring the small children on Halloween in Westport. The parents were furious. Read more
Published on June 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Halloween by Martha
Halloween is a great time of year. I just discovered this book and I was really surprised. It was by Martha Stewart no less! This is not your run of the mill book! Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2002 by hille2000
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this book is so much fun!
OK, so Martha Stewart has become a little sketchy, but you can't deny that she has talent. This book has great ideas for decorating, entertaining, cooking, and costumes. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2002 by "kiimberlyann"
2.0 out of 5 stars If you don't already have the magazine....
....It is a good book. Like the other reviewers, I bought Martha's Halloween magazine last year, and it has all of the same things, with only a few minor changes. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2001 by nrossiter
3.0 out of 5 stars There is nothing new in this book.
I love Martha's Halloween Ideas. So much that I bought the special Halloween issue last year and also that I've saved old October issues of her magazine. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing more than her magazine from last year...
If you bought Martha's Halloween magazine last year, PLEASE DON'T BUY THIS! It is nothing more than alot of the same idea's and pictures, except with a hefty price tag. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2001 by Suzanne
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