• By Lauren Passell for HowAboutWe

    We're halfway through September, which means, if you're smart, you'll start thinking about your Halloween costume. You know, after several dozens of Halloweens, how frustrating it is to be searching for a last minute costume, thinking "if only I had thought about this earlier!" And then you end up going as an astronaut - again - which is basically just your day clothes wrapped in aluminum foil. Things get especially tricky when you want to plan your costume with your partner - that can take some serious coordination! So let's get brainstorming now with these awesome couples costumes.

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    By Sasha Emmons
    We're so excited it's only a little more than
    a month until Halloween. Your dentist? No so much.

    Trick-or-treating's candy haul is pretty much a dentistry fright fest. But are some sweets worse than others for your teeth? New York City dentist Dr. Timothy Chase of Smiles NY shares the worst and (relative) best candies for your kid's teeth.

    WORST: Taffy and candies filled with caramel, coconut, or nuts are the worst kinds of candy for teeth because they stick to everything inside of your mouth, including the grooves of your teeth. The longer a food sticks to your teeth, the longer bacteria can feed on it--which could produce cavity-causing acid.

    SECOND WORST: Hard candy like lollipops or jawbreakers, are almost as bad. Although they do not stick to your mouth, they take a long time to dissolve. The longer a food stays in your mouth, the more acidic your mouth becomes.

    Plus: 10 Halloween Fun Facts Your Kids Will Love

    PRETTY BAD: Sour candy is also bad

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  • Which is better: A Snickers or a Baby Ruth? We asked kids and adults to taste seven pairs of candy bar doppelgängers and name their favorites
    by Carolina Santos-Neves, Epicurious

    While most of us think we know what candy bar brands we prefer, only a blind taste test can reveal the truth. So we put our money where our mouths are and set our to find the best miniature (or "fun size") candies for your trick-or-treat or candy bowl stash.

    To make things more interesting, we decided to pit lookalike candies against each other. Our doppelgänger contestants included Hershey's Reeses Pieces vs. Mars Peanut Butter M & Ms, Hershey's Bliss dark vs. Dove Promises Dark, and five other pairs. In addition, we had two separate panels: one composed of adults and another with kids ages 10 to 17.

    Methodology: In a blind taste test, eight adult and eight kid judges compared the flavor and consistency of seven varieties of chocolates and their doppelgängers. Each judge then identified his or her preferred sample in each pairing. The winners are herein.

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  • Get Crafty! DIY Edible Shrunken Heads for Halloween

    Shrunken apple heads are an old-fashioned Halloween craft, but this updated edible version turns them into a healthy snack that will be a hit with kids and adults alike! Pop one into a lunchbox or serve a tray of them at your Halloween party. They're good on their own, but can also be drizzled with caramel sauce or cinnamon "hair" for an extra spooky treat

    By: Alejandra Ramos

    1. Gather your supplies

    It doesn't take much to make these creepy little guys. Here is a list of what you'll need:

    Apples (1 per serving)

    Vegetable peeler

    Small spoon

    Paring knife

    A few toothpicks

    1 lemon

    A few whole cloves (optional).

    Choose large, crisp apples, and don't worry about bumps or bruises - they will help make the final shrunken head seem even creepier!

    Click here to read more ways to make DIY-Edible-Shrunken-Heads for Halloween!

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  • Any way you slice it, carving a snaggletoothed jack-o'-lantern can be a sloppy, labor-intensive task. This year, skip the monstrous mess in favor of Halloween decor that doesn't involve knife skills worthy of a top chef. Instead, try these simple pumpkins and gourds.

    Wrap pumpkins in patterned ribbon

    1. Spell-Binding: For a no-fuss fall centerpiece, heap bewitching, beribboned sugar pumpkins in a rustic bowl. To make: Attach double-stick tape to lengths of black, orange, and white patterned ribbon, then wrap around each squash.

    Related: Dazzling DIY Halloween Decorations

    Use black markers to decorate instead of carving pumpkins

    2. Feature Creatures: These eerily familiar faces are dead ringers for carved countenances - but they're ready in less than five minutes. All you need to do is freehand the features with washable markers (just wipe off and restart if you're not satisfied with the design), then finalize the sketch with a black permanent marker. Wicked!

    Use small pumpkins as candle holders

    3. Hold Your Fire: Transform munchkin pumpkins into organic votive holders to illu

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