ON THE BOOKSHELF: How-to guide for crafting spooks

Posted September 26, 2008 10:20 a.m. EDT
Updated September 27, 2008 10:47 p.m. EDT

If you're looking for easy and inventive ways to bring the creepy crawlies to your Halloween festivities, check out "Halloween Tricks and Treats," the latest book by food and craft stylist Matthew Mead.

Mead is an expert at dreaming up projects that combine the style of Martha Stewart with the ease of Rachael Ray.

His chalkboard pumpkins, for example, are an attractive, easy and fun alternative to carving (just spray pumpkins with black chalkboard paint, then draw on them with chalk).

Other ideas include weaving black fondant (a clay-like cake icing) into a web that can be draped over prepared pound cakes or cupcakes, simple ideas for decorating purchased cookies and plenty of craft ideas for adding ghoulish appeal to your home.


BOOK: Matthew Mead's "Halloween Tricks and Treats," Time Inc. Home Entertainment, 2008