Have a hoot

Celebrate the owl with a spooky Halloween bash

Pumpkin owl

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Harry Potter has one. So did Hecate, goddess of the underworld. With that kind of pedigree, it's time the owl got some of the spotlight. So forget about ghosts and goblins-this year, throw an owl-themed Halloween party with all-ages appeal.

Before trick-or-treaters head into the night, invite parents and kids over for a casual buffet that's perfect for the season. Offer spinach salad laced with ribbons of raw pumpkin and a bruschetta bar with a trio of savory toppings on crisp toasts. There's hot cider for all (grown-ups can spike the brew with pumpkin- and spice-infused vodka). Set out a platter of owl-shaped cookies with candy-corn beaks. And send guests home with owl goodie bags to start the night on just the right hoot.


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