The 2012 Halloween magazines are starting to hit the shelves! I don’t care about digital magazines. I want to hold my Halloween magazines in my haunted little hands. The fabulous spooky desserts, the kookie cupcakes, frightening foods, and candy corn! It just makes me drool all over the cover and it sucks me right in to their spooky little world like fairy blood to a vampire.
You have to be careful which Halloween magazines you choose. I have noticed over the years that some of the smaller magazines that are the size of paperback books tend to run the same recipes in a different order from the previous year with a few new additions. Always check what you have in your magazine library before you head out and that impulse to BUY strikes your poor, soulless, little, black heart to add another Halloween magazine to your collection.
Hands-down, there are only two favorites this year. That is not many considering the volume of Halloween magazines that are on the shelves today. I was recently made aware of a wonderful, haunted artist and living expert, Matthew Mead. I am in love! Finally someone to kick Martha Stewart off of her broom. May her fall be short, and her death be final.
Must Have Halloween Magazines for 2012
#1 Matthew Mead Halloween – This magazine has now taken over my #1 pic for best Halloween magazine. If you love folksy, vintage Halloween with a modern twist, you will love this magazine. Matthew Mead also has a new Halloween book out. The magazine has similar projects in the book, but the book has been extended. More pages equals more fun. I love it so much that I bought both.
Filled with colorful photos and simple, yet impressive, projects and spooky ideas, this magazine will make you the envy of all your haunted friends.
#2 Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Halloween — got it! It feels a little light this year, but it is very classy. Wait until you see the sinfully rich chocolate apple recipes. They are to die for!
#3 Woman’s Day – I was actually surprised. They have a lot of cute ideas in this issue. It is packaged with their fall issue. Hmmm… forcing you to buy both?
#4 Gooseberry Patch – Best Halloween – There is some pretty cute projects in this magazine. I figured since I passed on two already, I would pick this one up. It was worth it for the Haunted Ginger Bread Castle instructions. - Now on the stands
#5 Better Homes and Gardens – To much repetition from last year. I’ll pass. Save your money and visit the BHG Halloween website instead. - Now on the stands
#6. Tast of Home Halloween – Loaded with food. Not my style. I have so many food magazines from last year that I am being really frugal this year. Pass.
#7. Martha Stewart Halloween–Now on the stands. Big PASS! It’s mosting republished materials. Don’t waste your money!
Look for an update as more Halloween magazines hit the shelves! Last updated September 8,2012
Craft Halloween Magazines
My new fascination with crafting has led me to some great arts and design magazines for the Halloween holiday season.
Art Doll Quarterly – If you love to work with clay and are enamored with folk art, pick up the fall issues. There are some great Halloween folk artists featured. - Now on the stands
Country Sampler – I am getting into vintage Halloween stenciling and primitive art. County Sampler gets back to simpler times with their fall issue. Great prims! – Now on the stands