Featured in Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine: Spooky Settings and Spellbinding Decorations!

Halloween Countdown

The countdown to the witching hour has begun. . .Halloween is just 72 scary days away!


Better Homes and Gardens special publication, Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine, hits the newstands August 23rd.


I had some bone-chilling fun setting up some spooky settings for this issue!


Editor Ann Blevins arrived on a very rainy day last November with photographer Brie Williams and her assistant to photograph my Potting Shed along with some Halloween tables for this issue.


This witch doesn’t have any spells to control the weather or keep torrential downpours at bay, but photographer Brie Williams was up to the challenge of waiting it out and made even shooting in the rain look frightfully easy.


 I was determined to put my best foot forward and Keep Calm and Scary On!

Keep Calm and Scary On



 I set up three Halloween tables that were photographed for this issue with the assistance of editor, Ann Blevins, who ironed tablecloths!


I made a pumpkin floral vase, the easy way without carvingso the floral top could be moved if we needed to transfer the flowers to different color pumpkin for a table.

We were flying by the seat of our pants (or brooms :) between rain showers.


 Brie Williams and her assistant worked their witchy magic.


I could have used a spell to two to clean up at the end of the day and put all the Halloween away. Fortunately my sister came to visit and helped, providing some moral support since photo shoots are scarier than ghosts or goblins to me <|:>)


Owl cookies are a hoot to make and were a last-minute addition.


Quick and easy to make while you’re waiting for the rain showers to subside.

You can find how-to directions for Happy Owl-oween Cookies, here.


You’ll also find fanciful pumpkins, evil spirits, fun favors, recipes, free printables, and costume inspiration in the 2016 issue of Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine. You can see all 11 pages of my Spooky Settings and Spellbinding Decorations when it’s available for sale next week! Look for it at Barnes & Noble, usually the first to put the issues out.

Halloween Tricks and Treats

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  78 comments for “Featured in Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine: Spooky Settings and Spellbinding Decorations!

  1. Sue
    August 19, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Congratulations on your spread in the magazine!!! How exciting!!!

  2. August 19, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Mary, congrats…I will have to buy the special issue! I know with you casting your magic spell, it will be amazing…the owl cookies are too cute! Have a wonderful weekend, Pam @ Everyday Living

  3. Michelle
    August 19, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I can see there is a lot of work that goes into the photo shoots! You do a great job! I can’t believe we are already thinking of Halloween!🎃🕷 Thanks for sharing! 🌴😎

  4. Patti
    August 19, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Well deserved, your ideas are amazing!

  5. August 19, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Woo Hoo!….Congrats!….Loving the sneak peek!….So excited for you….and in my opinion, you should be in every one of their holiday issues!!!…you are the best! Have a great weekend Mary!

    • September 16, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Hello Shirley. Fancy finding you here. Long time follower here. Just discovered Mary. Wow!!! As you know, I’m not a blogger. But, oh my, what wonder some of you offer for these eyes to drool over. Still love color. At this time in life, doubt will change. I was following three, now four. Thank you both for all the work you do for us. This is my fav season. Soooo, although my health has let me down, i can depend on you two to bring me joy. Fall and Halloween brings my best self forward. The STASH awaits. Out it comes this weekend. Thank you both. Mary, you are my new blog. And now there are Four.

  6. emily
    August 19, 2016 at 7:26 am

    I agree with Shirley! So creative and scary!

  7. August 19, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Well deserved and a lot of hard work! If it’s acceptable to you, I’d love to pin some of your photos to my Halloween board. It was my mom’s favorite time of year and she displayed 70 carved pumpkins.

    • August 19, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Thank you Deb! Feel free to pin anything you like. You can search under the Halloween category for more inspiration. )

  8. August 19, 2016 at 7:37 am

    How fantastic! You deserve be published, no matter what the occasion, or no occasion at all. Congrats! I’ll be on the lookout for the issue.

  9. August 19, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Mary, oooooh I’m sooooo excited for it and I can’t wait to see it!!! There are so many beautiful photos right here and ideas too ~~ the witch boots with a “claw” and the gorgeous/scary (not too much) tables!! I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of work and the terror of getting ready! So glad you had your sister to help! I kept your potting shed issue and I hope you have many more publications! Congratulations! Linda

  10. Judeen Downing
    August 19, 2016 at 7:48 am

    What an honor – congratulations!

  11. August 19, 2016 at 8:01 am

    I’m so excited for you!!! Congratulations and thanks for taking us along on the shoot!

  12. August 19, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Way to be awesome! Can’t wait to see it! You are a celebrity!!

  13. August 19, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Can you see me jumping up & down, clapping & cheering for you? ~~applause~~ WTG, my friend…I’ve always said you should publish your OWN book, but having someone else feature you in theirs is wonderful too. How exciting for you! I will hunt down a copy, for sure.
    It was very interesting to see them at work during the shoot. Thanks for letting us see all that went into it.
    I’m glad your sister was there to help out, too. I KNOW how much work goes into those tables!!!!!!

  14. Virginia
    August 19, 2016 at 8:27 am

    You are so clever and deserving of this frightfull and creative magazine spread. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas, I may use some of your ideas for my front porch.

  15. Sandi lee
    August 19, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I will be right there looking for your magazine spread on August 23rd. Congratulations!!!

  16. Shirley
    August 19, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Congratulations! You deserve to be featured as you are very artistic & know how to stage a great photo. Your cookies are a hoot!

  17. August 19, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Ooh Dear Mary…you totally deserve this spread in the magazine!! Congratulations to you. You’re an inspiration to all of us with your magic that you create! xxoo

  18. August 19, 2016 at 8:52 am

    EEEK!! How did you ever keep this delicious secret since Nov. Mary?? You would have had to put me under a spell 🎩
    Everything you do is magazine worthy, I am so glad they have finally figured this out! And now it is official, You are the Queen of Halloween, and there is nothing scary about that! I do love the fun side of Halloween, and can’t wait to get out my witchy things- You must have a haunted house full! Congrats Mary, I can’t wait to grab a copy next week!

  19. Catherine Higgins
    August 19, 2016 at 9:02 am

    They sure picked the perfect venue for their Halloween spread. I have never seen anyone more creative than you are.

  20. Patti Kachmar
    August 19, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Can’t wait to get the magazine. Your pictures and layouts are great! Congrats

  21. yvonne rupp
    August 19, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Congrats! I already picked up the magazine in Lowes of all places. Love it.

  22. August 19, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I love all of the inspiration here! Congratulations! That is so exciting! I will make sure I pick up a copy! Maybe someday I can have you sign it! It must have been a very long day. Did you learn anything about photographing your tablescapes? I know my photography needs to step up! Just so excited for you!!!

  23. Sheree
    August 19, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Congratulations on being chosen for BHG’s Halloween issue. All your creations are magazine worthy and I enjoy your posts most every day! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents with your readers.

  24. Sandi Allen
    August 19, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Congratulations! Your table settings and displays should be published in every magazine!
    They are always so Beautiful! I enjoy these posts. Well deserved!

  25. August 19, 2016 at 9:56 am

    How wonderful! That was a lot of work for sure! I will look for the magazine. Congratulations, Mary!

  26. Vikki
    August 19, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Most deserved recognition Mary! I agree with everyone that said your talent should be displayed in magazines all the time. BRAVO! Vikki in VA.

  27. Ellen
    August 19, 2016 at 10:05 am

    This is so wonderful and well deserved! I love Halloween and it is my favorite day to decorate the inside and outside of my house- only equaled by Christmas. I can’t wait for this issue to be on sale, always splurchase the Halloween magazines! Thank-you for this lovely post, let the 72 day countdown begin!! P.S. Those black shoes are the best!

  28. Gail
    August 19, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Fantastic.. My favorite time of year.

  29. Ellen Stillabower
    August 19, 2016 at 10:18 am

    WOW!!! What an honor..I’ll look for it..CONGRATULATIONS your displays are always awesome and inspiring!!! 🎃🕸🎃🕸🎃

  30. Ellen
    August 19, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Hooray! You are one of an elite crowd Mary. I tell everyone to look at your wonderful blogs. Impressive, lady! Fearful or not, you pulled off some beautiful treats! Heheheheheheeeee….

  31. August 19, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Congratulations. This spread is fabulous. Great ideas.

  32. Susan B.
    August 19, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to get the magazine! You’re decorating is amazing as always. So inspiring, I wish I had 1/8th the talent! I enjoy all of your posts so much. Thanks for all of your inspiration.

  33. Linda Charlton
    August 19, 2016 at 10:47 am

    You ideasa are great. So creative.

  34. August 19, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Well, it’s high time. Frankly, Mary, I think you need your own magazine! I’ll be picking up a copy for sure, but in the meantime, I’ll be savoring your photos here. Heartiest congratulations. It is certainly well deserved.

  35. August 19, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Exciting news! I’m surprised you and that potting shed aren’t in every H&G publication around. I’ve put a reminder on my calendar to check next week. Eager to see your article. Congratulations on the much deserved attention.

  36. August 19, 2016 at 11:39 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! NObody deserves it more than you!!!! You should have your own book!! I will for sure get a copy. So excited for you! You are the master!!!

  37. Darlene
    August 19, 2016 at 11:52 am

    It is no surprise to me that your decorating was featured! I absolutely love how you decorate for every holiday and event! Will have to buy this magazine so I can readily look to you for more inspiration!

  38. August 19, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    So awesome and a hardy CONGRATULATIONS! I’m really not surprised, as I think all your settings are spectacular. YOU GO GIRL!

  39. Chloe
    August 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Yay for your terrific featured articles! I’ll be on the lookout for the issue.

  40. bobbi duncan
    August 19, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    So well deserved, Mary…your Halloween vignettes are always amazing! I am so happy for you, and am always spellbound by ALL your lovely creations.

  41. Cheryl
    August 19, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Congratulations on the spread! I love Halloween and nobody does it better than you.

  42. Terti
    August 19, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Congratulations! Your creativity is an inspiration. Can hardly wait for the magazine to hit the racks!

  43. rattlebridge farm -- foodie friday
    August 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Mary, I agree with Shirley–your creativity could grace the cover of every issue, for all seasons. You certainly make my world a happier place, always bringing joy and sunlight. Your Halloween treats and spooky touches are so festive. I’m so proud of you, dear! I can’t wait to buy this magazine!

  44. Sandy Park
    August 19, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Your table is a Hooooooot. Congratulations on making it thru another shoot.

  45. August 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    How exciting! I always pick up these special holiday issues. Have to get my Halloween fix whenever I can. I think it makes me feel cooler in all this heat! Ha!

  46. Debbie
    August 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Congratulations on your feature. Can’t wait to get the magazine!

  47. Laura
    August 19, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Love it!! Congrats! So fun to look back on & remember that afternoon ~ Have a great weekend! Love You! Your Favorite Sister

  48. August 19, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Congrats Mary-how fun! It’s great to recognized for your hard work! I appreciate the time and effort you put into blogging, have a great weekend:@)

  49. Marie in AZ
    August 19, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Fabulous news! They absolutely chose the best person for this issue…nobody, and I mean NOBODY is more talented, clever, and original than you are! I’ll be picking one up for sure…

  50. August 19, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Congratulations!!! I just LOVE your blog, so many beautiful ideas! The photography is fantastic!

  51. Marilyn
    August 19, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Congratulations on this magazine. It is so lovely and a real treat not a trick. Will look forward to picking up a copy when it hits the newsstand.

  52. Tirana Bertrand
    August 19, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I am dying for the witch’s shoes! Where can I get them!

    • August 20, 2016 at 5:43 am

      They came from Kohl’s )

  53. August 20, 2016 at 12:02 am

    It might have been a lot of work, but you always rise to the occasion… Spooky fun!
    I am sharing this whole post in our FB Fall for it! group…

  54. m'lin
    August 20, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Congratulations! Can’t wait for this magazine to come out. I always love your creativity!

  55. August 20, 2016 at 7:38 am

    So fun!! I can’t wait to pick up a copy!!! Congratulations!!! :-)

  56. August 20, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Congratulations. I was shopping at Michaels’s yesterday and picked up the magazine. I was pleasantly surprise when I read the articles and saw the fun Halloween photos. Amazing photos. Well deserved. I would invite you to share this on Sunday at our link party, Dishing It & Digging It. Our readers would love to see this fun post.

  57. August 20, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Oh, my goodness, Mary! I am so happy and excited for you! Yeah, I’d be terrified, too, but honestly, with your talent, you had nothing to worry about. I always enjoy your Halloween posts, and it looks like this year I won’t be disappointed in the least. I look forward to picking up my copy of the magazine. Congratulations, Mary!

  58. Peyton Marin
    August 20, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    How exciting for you! I think about Halloween everyday..it’s an obsession of mine:) Would you mind telling me what the metallic shred is in your wine chiller from the October 27, 2015 post? More specifically perhaps, where you bought it? I am new to your blog, live in beautiful Asheville, visit Lake James often, and feel a kindred spirit to you..how blessed are we to live in these beautiful mountains? Thanks kindly.

  59. August 23, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Wow, Mary! Congratulations! Well deserved, of course. You’ve done a beautiful job on every little detail. The porch is so festive and the table is just lovely…the pumpkin flower arrangement the easy way is genius! It’s evident that you put much hard work, time, and love into this whole set up. Well done!

  60. Sue Hartzell
    August 23, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I just bought the magazine! Loved everything in it but your work stands out. I feel like I know you from your blog and it’s exciting to see your talent showcased in this magazine. So interesting to see the workings of a photo shoot as well.

    • August 24, 2016 at 5:24 am

      Thanks so much Sue!

  61. August 25, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Congratulations. It is all so beautiful and spooky. I have to look at it over and over again to take it all in. So well done and set up. I’m hoping to find the magazine here in Canada.

  62. Lanita Anderson
    August 30, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Congratulations on being featured in the magazine – how exciting!! Everything looks wonderful and so many great ideas…… Blessings to you!

  63. August 31, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Way to go Mary!! I always knew your garden, shed, and food are magazine worthy! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  64. Sue
    September 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Can’t wait for the magazine to arrive in Idaho, Mary! Your posts always cast a magical spell for me! Congrats!

  65. Brenda
    August 22, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Mary, do you know if it’s possible for us to order back-issues of this magazine? I really want to get my hands on it!

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