Halloween decor: Terror-ific ideas for tricking out your home
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By Jenifer D Braun/The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger
on October 18, 2012 at 3:00 PM, updated October 18, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Spook your friends with Pier 1 Imports’ giant eyeball candle, lit with LED lights.

Here’s a scary thought: Halloween is almost here. And maybe you have your costume all ready to go. But is your house outfitted?

After Christmas, Halloween is the holiday for which we are most likely to pull out all the home decor stops. The National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend $ 8 billion on Halloween purchases this year — with fully half of us spending some of our pennies to decorate our home or yard for the occasion.

For bringing a little bit of boo into your home, we love these ever-so-slightly scary (but mostly just fun) items:

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“Artful Halloween” by Susan Wasinger

Halloween parties for adults sometimes require a tasteful touch with the decorating.

The new book “Artful Halloween” (Lark Crafts, $ 17.95) by Susan Wasinger has “31 frighteningly elegant projects” for home decorating and entertaining. There are a few costumes (fun felt beards and paper hats) thrown it, but they don’t stand up to Wasinger’s beautifully painted, strung and studded pumpkins, stenciled glow-in-the-dark treat buckets or bouquets of “blood” splattered paper flowers.

Stuff empty leather gloves with cotton and use pipe cleaners to set them in eerie positions. Cut out the eyes of perfect magazine models and trap their powers under glass in eyeball magnets made of florist’s marbles. I can also envision these filling a small bowl on a low table where there aren’t any toddlers around to swallow a handful.

Monster drawings preserved in shrunken plastic cupcake toppers are among projects in “Artful Halloween by Susan Wasinger.

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