No Martha Stewart fan will be able to resist the newest special Halloween issue from Martha Stewart Living, which will be out on September 3rd. I actually found a copy at a specialty magazine store in downtown Toronto and snapped it up right away. Martha graces the cover, dressed as the Fairy GrandMartha - a persona no doubt inspired by her favourite role as the doting grandmother of two! Inside the magazine you'll find more than 125 ideas to help you celebrate the spooky day, from costume ideas to pumpkin carving tips to delicious treats, such as pumpkin-chocolate whoopie pies, black-licorice creme brulé and rocky road brownie bites! Many of the ideas are completely original to this issue - never before published - which is very nice to see. There is a lot of new content, mixed with some of Martha's Halloween classics. You'll also notice the use of the new Martha Stewart logo above the title. Click here to see a slideshow of Martha getting into costume, courtesy of People magazine.
The magazine is divided into chapters with titles that start with the letters "in" (Inspiring, Infested, Intense, Insatiable and "Incroyable", which is French for Incredible.) I love these France-inspired costumes in the Halloween issue. There is a whole gallery of them. Many of them were made for Bette Midler's Halloween gala last year, which benefited the New York Restoration Project. The costumes were inspired by the French poem "Une Saison en Enfer" (A Season In Hell) by French writer Arthur Rimbaud.