SWEET LIPS In honor of Halloween and everything chocolate, you should have something sweet on your lips 24/7 until the ghosts and ghouls fade into the night at the end of the month. Spookie Pookie lip balm keeps your kisser slick and shiny with the smell of candy corn and bubblegum. $7 at www.fredflare.com. Tubes of candy-scented lip balm, $2.99 each, let you wallow in the smell - if not the caloric-charged taste - of Tootsie Rolls, Junior Mints and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. There's even a Twinkie flavor at www.stupid.com.
CINDERELLA'S PUMPKIN This glitter-frosted metal pumpkin may not turn into a coach with four hunky horsemen, a la Cinderella, but it will lend a splash of panache to any fall table or mantel without carving up your budget. Surround it with a ring of gold-dipped tea lights, or set it in a cauldron of dry ice for an instant centerpiece. $12.99 at Hobby Lobby stores.
SPOONING UP SOME SCARES This stainless steel soup ladle ($39.95) from Pizazz's Jan Renard in Loveland can serve some scary party potions for the holiday. Renard will offer two utensil-trimming classes, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 27, starting at $17.50, depending on the utensil and beads you choose. Reservations: (513) 683-3333.
CAAW, CAAW Call them crows, call them ravens. These Edgar Allen Poe-worthy creatures - crafted with feathers, no less - make spooky additions to your hauntings. The 71/2-inch birds can roost on rafters, unexpected corners or guests' chairs on Halloween, then you can drag them out again for an over-the-hill celebration for a lucky friend. Set of four 13- and 15-inch closed-winged and 19-inch open-winged birds $19 from Frontgate in West Chester Township, www.frontgate.com, (800) 263-9850.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Art*o*mat open for business
Machines to vend teens' art
Opera gets spiritual in 'Oh Freedom!'
'Elegies' celebrates life's 'infinite joy'
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DeGreg scales up to symphony
Top 5 live
'Drawing' lets viewer interpret forms
Frampton off to England ... after he votes
New Voice Theater ready to be heard
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Sunset on South Beach: The Yearlings
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Women on the Move: Dress for Success
Fashion flashes to the '50s
The Insatiable Shopper
Take it easy on the Indiana Turnpike
Travel Adams County, quilt to quilt