A NO-MESS HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN

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Did you know that 46 percent of Americans carve a pumpkin for Halloween?

If you’re part of the 54 percent who would rather skip that messy task, the October issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine has a simple, stylish and spooky solution.

Wrap any bendable wire of your choice around the pumpkin stem, then use the ends to form the silhouette of a tree. Leave some wire at the bottom to resemble the roots of the eerie tree.

BLACK CAT FEVER

Here are 13 reasons why black cats can be a lucky charm for Halloween fashion, food and decor. 

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The purrfect party favor. Foil Wrapped Chocolate Black Cat, $3.99, World Market.

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Adorable cocktail napkins make a great gift for the Halloween hostess. Black Cat Napkins, $5.95, Pier 1.

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A spooky paint-splattered kitty on white cotton. Black Cat Kitchen Towel, $5.99, World Market

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These fun feline shapes make a delicious display in a bowl or as toppers on cupcakes and other sweet treats. Gustafs Dutch Licorice Cats (set of 6 bags), $11.94, World Market

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These retro-inspired stoneware mugs are the cat's meow. Vintage Cat Art Halloween Mugs (set of two), $11.98, World Market.

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A moderately sweet German vino in a bottle that's a treat for wine lovers. Moselland Black Cat Riesling, $12.49, Total Wine & More.

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For the sophisticat. True Craft Lace Ear Headband, $12.99, Belk.

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Go ahead, let the cat out of the bag. Capelli New York Black Cat Purse, $16, Belk

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This costumed cat holding her kitten is "two" cute. Dressed Black Cat Wall Decor, $24.95, Pier 1

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Add a subtle hint of shine on Halloween, or any day. Betsey Johnson Hematite Tone Halloween Pave Cat Stud Earrings, $32, Belk.

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An indoor/outdoor cat pillow made of UV and mildew resistant material that makes a statement on either the sofa or patio. Embroidered Dia de los Muertos Cat Pillow, $35, Pier 1. 

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A life-size cat crafted of wood and iron. LED Light-Up Black Cat, $69.95, Pier 1

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These comfy shoes make having cat-like reflexes easy and chic. Kate Spade New York Natasha Black Cat Flat, $250, Belk.