Halloween decorating & party guide

Creative jack-o'-lanterns, no-carve pumpkins, and surprises from the kitchen

23 spooky plants for Halloween

Who needs Halloween decorations when nature provides such bizarre and beautiful creations? Display these flowers and plants to add a little haunt to your house this season...if you dare

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The bat cave
Aya Brackett

The bat cave

Line up a series of black bat lilies (Tacca chantrieri) on a mantel; with their winglike webbed bracts, they look ready to take flight. Their whiskers are a mystery—some speculate they provide a pathway for ants to crawl up for pollination. But as Mark Pendleton says: “They’re just one of those things that makes people go ‘Wow.’”

To grow: Bat lilies need mild temperatures and shade. Indoors, keep in filtered light and don’t let the soil dry out.

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