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Halloween: The Best of Martha Stewart Living
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I started to flip through it waiting for the kitschy-cutesy Halloween stuff to come grinning out at me, but there was none! Martha is known for her "Good Things", but when it comes to Halloween, she knows her "Bad Things" too!
Lots of classic spooky atmosphere decorations, and tons of great ideas that I had never seen before. If I had to buy just one Halloween book, it would be this one - seriously.
However, don't get carried away on Martha's excellent handling of Halloween. Her Halloween CD is the same old drab fare that you can find on any cheesy Halloween sounds album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The BEST Halloween book ever done. Great ideas for house decorating, costumes, foods, and treats. Back in the 80's and 90's Martha Stewart shows were fabulous.. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nancy C. De Young
Love Martha and I needed this book to complete my collection. Fast service. Thanks.Published 15 months ago by An Amazon Customer
Not as good as I was expecting for the money and MarthaPublished 20 months ago by Michelle Zentgraf
Yes she wanted this for her craft ideas & loved it as usual. Nice book each year as many ideas & ways to do them too.Published on June 7, 2014 by seamist13
My daughter is a huge Halloween fan. I bought this book for her and she absolutely loves it. She has made so many of the crafts and gotten great ideas from the bookPublished on October 26, 2013 by Mary Lou
I discovered this book several years back and I was really surprised. It is in the true to festive spirit of Halloween. This is a quality publication and it shows. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by gobirds2
As with most of Martha's books, this is an excellent collection of Halloween decoration and party ideas. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Happy Witch