Today on Home & Family Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Jack-o-Lantern Cupcake Art
Baked by Melissa designs a jack-o-lantern cupcake masterpiece using 400 low-calorie cupcakes of varied flavors.
Cupcake gift boxes range in price from $25-90 and can be ordered at www.bakedbymelissa.com. You can also follow the company on Twitter @BakedByMelissa and Facebook.com/BakedByMelissa.
It's story time with actor John O'Hurley and his adorable son Will, who read the children's book they co-wrote, "The Perfect Dog." While prepping to host the National Dog Show, John was cuddling with his son when the pair were inspired by a snuggly stuffed animal to write a tale. It was truly a family affair, with John's wife acting as photographer and John narrating the audiobook insert.
Fetch "The Perfect Dog" today on amazon.com and in bookstores.
Jessie Jane's Guacamole Recipe
Jessie Jane makes her favorite guacamole recipe to serve for Halloween. The crafting expert makes it look like the jack-o-lanterns are spewing guacamole from their carved mouths.
For more with Jessie Jane, visit lilyshop.com.
In the spirit of Halloween, master illusionist Ivan Amodei embodies magic pioneer Houdini. With cello music by Irina Chirkova adding mystique and suspense in the background, Ivan mesmerizes us with a series of card tricks and makes contact with Houdini's late wife. He also speaks about Houdini's storied history as an escape artist and takes us through a timeline of his career.
For more magic, head on over to ivanamodei.com.
Last Minute Halloween Decorations
Mark has a few simple Halloween decorations you can pull together spur of the moment. Spook trick-or-treaters with glowing eyes in the bushes and haunt your neighbors with scary silhouettes in the windows. And, he explains how to build a graveyard using FedEx boxes as tombstones.
We'd like to thank "Home & Family" art director Dave Lowe for sharing his window silhouette idea.
Chef Fabio Viviani Cooks Butternut Squash-Filled Roasted Pork Loin
Dressed as Zorro, chef Fabio Viviani unmasks the recipe for butternut squash-filled roasted pork loin. If you prefer, you can use pumpkin instead. He demonstrates how to butterfly the pork and pound the meat to flatten, so it cooks evenly. Then, Fabio rolls it up for the squash to roast inside.
Fabio's new cookbook, "Fabio's Italian Kitchen," is available at www.amazon.com. For more information on the chef and to subscribe to his newsletter, "Fabio's Kitchen Academy," go to www.fabioviviani.com.
Halloween Makeup with Todd Tucker
Cristina is channeling "Sleeping Beauty's" evil queen Maleficent today thanks to Todd Tucker. The celebrity special effects makeup artist and President of Illusion Industries also put his talented hands to work to on "Home & Family" staffer Michael, who rose from the dead in a coffin. He shares time lapse video of the entire process of the elaborate makeup application. Todd also talks about his line of transfers that you can apply at home like a temporary tattoo to add graphic and gory effects to your skin.
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Ghost Hunter Rick McCallum
Who you gonna call? Ghost hunter Rick McCallum! He takes TV host and personality Debbie Matenopoulos to Graber Olive House in Ontario, CA to track paranormal activity by reading electromagnetic fields. Connie Hernandez, manager of the gift shop, talks about the building's haunted history. And, some family members share stories of spiritual encounters they've experienced.
Katie Cazorla's DIY Witch Costume
Last week, celebrity nail expert Katie Cazorla flew in on her broom as the Wicked Witch from "The Wizard of Oz" for "Home & Family's" fairytale episode. Today, she's back to explain how she put the costume together herself with a leotard, skirt, and belt. Then, Katie shares the details of making her fabulously dramatic feathered shoulder pads.
Make sure to visit Katie at katiecazorla.com.
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