Boo-tiful Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Cutest pumpkin on the block starts here! Print one (or all) of our four Aerie-ized stencils and get carving.

Boo-tiful Pumpkin Carving Stencils

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Pumpkin
  • X-Acto Knife (scissors work ,too)
  • Sharpie
  • Printer
  • Tape

Boo-tiful Pumpkin Carving Stencils

STEP 1: Cut a circle around the stem of your pumpkin. Remove the top (save it!) and clean the seeds and goop out from inside.

STEP 2: Choose your favorite Aerie stencil from our downloadable pumpkin stencils file. Print the stencil on 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

STEP 3: With your X-Acto knife, cut around the dark outline, creating a stencil out of the printout.

Boo-tiful Pumpkin Carving Stencils

STEP 4: Tape the stencil outline onto the area of your pumpkin you want to carve.

STEP 5: Using a sharpie, trace the inner lines of the stencil.

STEP 6: Using a pumpkin carving kit or any carving tool you want (we used smaller pottery tools), begin to cut out the outline of the stenciled drawing.

Boo-tiful Pumpkin Carving Stencils

STEP 7: Be sure to follow the guidelines on each stencil, differentiating between the no-carve zones and etch carving areas.

STEP 5: Place a lit candle inside of your pumpkin and replace the top.

STEP 6: Show off your hard work!

BONUS TIPS

  • To keep your pumpkin fresh, spray it with a bleach/water mix.
  • Rub vaseline on the carved sections of pumpkin to keep mold away.
  • Use battery-powered candles to reduce hazard and provide more light.

Which is your favorite pumpkin carving design? Comment below and tell us!

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4 Easy Halloween Costumes

Get ready to party, boo! Halloween is just around the corner, and we have everything you need for a fast and easy costume. Check out 4 looks (featuring #AerieREAL girls at our HQ!) below.

 

MERMAID

Take your fave layers under the sea, trade in your feet for fins and splash around town!

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

WHAT YOU NEED:

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

GET THE LOOK:

  • Don’t forget the fins! Spray-paint a pair of swim fins with blue spray and glitter adhesive.
  • Stick with makeup in shades of greens and blues with shimmer or glitter bases.

 

BUNNY

Grab your ears and go! The simplicity of this costume makes it a go-to for last minute party girls.

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

WHAT YOU NEED:

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

GET THE LOOK:

  • Blend a little white makeup on the area above your lip.
  • Make your own rabbit nose with black eyeliner, bringing the line down to meet your cupid’s bow.

 

CAT

Chilly outside? Play dress up and still keep cozy. Meow.

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

WHAT YOU NEED:

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

GET THE LOOK:

  • For the purrfect look, use black eyeliner to create a bold winged-look extending past the outer corners of your eyes.
  • Use the same liner to create lines that extend across your cheeks.

 

PRINCESS

This is a REAL fairy tale… no prince needed.

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

WHAT YOU NEED:

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

GET THE LOOK:

  • Stick with simple makeup, with pink eye shadow and lip color to complement the costume.
  • Try a cute, no-fuss style for your hair with pink ribbons for an extra-special touch.

Comment below and tell us what your go-to Halloween looks are!

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Halloween Essentials

Aerie ghouls, we cannot WAIT for Halloween. We’ve gathered a few of our must-have essentials to help the big night be even better this year. Planning a complicated costume? Keep under layers under wraps with a multi-way bra and Outta-Sight undies. Last-minute party invite? Pair a black lace bralette  with our cat ear headband for a cute and easy costume. We also have super fun party decor, so don’t show up empty handed!
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What are you dressing up as for Halloween this year? Comment below and tell us!

xoxo,

Aerie

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DIY Painted Pumpkins

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and we can’t wait to see all the spooky surprises this year has in store. One of our favorite ways to prep for the holiday is by decorating pumpkins. Since October 26 is National Pumpkin Day, we ‘re kicking off Halloween week with a tutorial to show you just how easy it is to design and paint your own stenciled pumpkins. The end result looks like it took endless hours, but DIY Painted Pumpkins are actually easy and fun to create. Read on to see how you can personalize your fall décor today!

What You’ll Need: 

  • Pumpkins (as many as you’d like – we used three)
  • Permanent maker (fine-tipped works best)
  • Masking tape
  • Stencil of your design
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Palette or paper plate
  • Fine-tipped paintbrushes

How-To:

DIY Painted Pumpkins

Step 1: Gather all of your supplies. You can create your own stencil or buy one pre-made! We drew our Eagle design on thin cardboard and cut out the center.

DIY Painted Pumpkins

Step 2: Tape the stencil to the pumpkin with masking tape. Make sure it’s secure!

DIY Painted Pumpkins

Step 3: Using a fine-tipped permanent marker, draw around the stencil to outline your design on the pumpkin.

DIY Painted Pumpkins

Step 4: Take off the stencil and begin filling in your design with paint. You can use a palette or a paper plate to hold the paint.We kept it minimalistic using black paint only, but you could use multiple colors if you’d like. Be sure to go slowly so that you stay inside the stenciled design.

DIY Painted Pumpkins

Step 5: Let it dry! In the meantime, continue with your other pumpkins.

DIY Painted Pumpkins

Happy National Pumpkin Day from AEO! How will you decorate your pumpkins this year? Tell us in the comments below, and show us your creations using #AEOSTYLE.

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No scare don’t care… our top 10 Halloween traditions

Happy Halloween! In our opinion, today is the most fun day of the year (and obviously the scariest). We’ve rounded up 10 of the top Halloween traditions for you… so we hope you’re ready to get spooked.

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Read Christine by Stephen King
There’s a ton of Halloween-ready lore out there, and Stephen King is its master. While Christine might be considered tame by some (or, okay, most), this tale of a car that comes to life and kills everyone in its wake is still pretty terrifying. (And now we have absolutely no desire to ever name our cars again.)

Eat Halloween Themed Treats
Type “Halloween food” into Pinterest and you’ll have your pick of scary goodness to choose from. We had a tough time deciding on our favorite treat, but we ended up going with Boo Sushi… because how on earth are you going to be able to come up with something more creative than sushi rolls topped with body parts?

Download The Zombie Me App
Especially suited to those who love The Walking Dead, but come on… anyone can have a little (too much) fun turning their normal, everyday pictures into scary zombified creatures. It’s pretty much the best reason to take a selfie today.

Watch Scary Horror Movies
Whether you hide under a blanket on the couch or brave the theater, there is absolutely no better time to watch a scary movie than on Halloween night. There are a few new releases to choose from this year, but we’re going with Annabelle… because there’s really nothing more frightening than a doll connected to the supernatural. (And while this movie has been banned in parts of France, we’re not too scared to watch it. We think.)

Watch Campy Horror Movies
If you’re in the mood to laugh more than scream this Halloween, you HAVE to watch Hocus Pocus. The cult classic stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as three witches who come back from the dead to terrorize a small, sleepy town. While you probably won’t be too scared by this movie, it’s still definitely a must see.

Do The “Thriller” Dance
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is at the top of every Halloween music playlist, and for good reason. The music video is one of the best of all time, in large part to the infamous dance sequence. Get ready to bust a move.

Carve A Pumpkin
What would Halloween be without pumpkin carving? It’s the best way to show off your artistic skills (or, okay, how all you can do is cut triangles for eyes). Be sure to scoop out the seeds and roast them, too (we recommend doing so with a bit of garlic olive oil and a pinch of sea salt).

Go On A Hayride
Bundle up, drink some cider and grab your friends for a hayride on a crisp fall night. Bonus points if it’s through a haunted graveyard.

Wear A Costume
This one might be obvious, but we’re including it anyway… because Halloween just isn’t Halloween without a costume. Think beyond the typical cat, witch or ghost this year by dressing up like your favorite celebrities.

Visit A Haunted House
This is hands down one of our favorite annual traditions. Getting spooked is, yes, scary… but isn’t that the point? Just be sure you’re ready to scream.

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DIY: Halloween Pumpkin Painting

We love Halloween at Aerie! Haunted houses in our conference rooms, pumpkin spice latte breaks, and of course, pumpkin picking! This year we put our carving tools away and opted for an unexpected alternative to pumpkin carving – pumpkin painting. Read on below to learn how our team created 3 easy no-carve pumpkin DIY ideas to help you make your Halloween extra BOO-tiful!

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What You’ll Need

Multi-surface paint in a vintage finish

Spray paint in the color of your choice (we love gold metallic tones!)

Painter’s tape

Paintbrushes in various sizes

A dropcloth or newspaper

Fun stickers

Loose glitter

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Vintage White 

Our first pumpkin painting idea is simple and classic. Our team used a 2fl oz bottle of multi-surface acrylic craft paint to cover the entire pumpkin except the stem. We used 1 flat brush and 1 small brush to paint carefully around the top.

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Voila! Now the white pumpkin gives you a sort of blank canvas to design anything you would like – continue reading to see what we did to complete the look.
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Leaf It Be 

We painted another one of our pumpkins classic white, let it dry for 2 hours, and added one more very simple step. Using stickers purchased at a local craft store, we embellished the white surface to make one very chic pumpkin!
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Preppy Pumpkin 

Our last pumpkin DIY is a bit more difficult and will take more time. Use 1.5″ painters tape to create 2-3 chevron lines across the circumference of your pumpkin.
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After you finish taping your pumpkin, use a can of spray paint to color the tape-free sections. We chose gold because of the metallic finish, but feel free to try any color!

8 Let your now spray-painted pumpkin dry for at least 30 minutes. Very carefully, peel off the tape. 9

You did it! Be sure to show us your pumpkin creations with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter.

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We can’t forget about the lil’ pumpkins! We sprayed a few with gold or white spray paint and added some sparkles for extra glam!

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Which pumpkin design is your favorite? Comment below!
16Happy Halloween, Aerie girls!

xoxo,

Aerie

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