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  • The #Halloween13 Is Back! Just In A New Place

    Collegiate Cook may have been founded as a cooking blog for college students, but over the years, it’s seen its greatest traction every Oct. 1-31st, when the site spends anywhere from 13 to 15 days devoting every post to all things All Hallows Eve. Dubbed #Halloween13 (after its founding year, 2013, and the 13 original […]

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  • The World’s Easiest Cake Mix Banana Bread

    Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    When it comes to banana bread, I always hit up the same recipe (this one, in case you’re curious). It’s loaded with chocolate chips, it’s not too sweet, and it’s never dry or Wonder Bread-y. But sometimes, I don’t want to deal with all of those ingredients. Or, more accurately, I don’t want to buy […]

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  • The Beginner’s Guide to Perfectly Grilling Fish

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    By: Patterson Riley Grilled fish is definitely delicious, but it’s so delicate that it can be the most difficult food to grill. Don’t let that keep you from enjoying it, though! All you have to do is know the proper technique, which is much easier to master than you might think. Here are some of […]

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  • Apple Suicider Cocktails

    Apple Suicider Cocktail recipe

    It all started with a joke. After a long day of work, rummaging through the fridge, Nate stared at a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and a half-gallon of cider. “I think I’m going to make an apple sui-cider,” he joked, scouring the fridge for anything else we had on hand. “Sui-cider?! That’s a recipe!” I […]

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  • Bob Ross Costume

    Even if you only caught PBS when you lost the remote and had to manually flip through channels, you’ve heard of Bob Ross. The painter known for his “happy trees” and sheer ability to make every mountaintop, sunset and pine tree suddenly seem as easy as a light swoosh or two makes for one attention-getting […]

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  • Hiddleswift Costume

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    Hiddleswift — AKA the short-lived summer romance between Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston — may be well over, but the relationship sparked enough of an Internet obsession that it deserves a place at your Halloween party. (You could go for a Kanye-Kim-Taylor squad costume, in light of their more recent beef, but let’s be real: […]

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  • Hocus Pocus Costumes

    Few movies are as inextricably linked to Halloween as Hocus Pocus (The Nightmare Before Christmas, definitely, Halloween, of course, Casper too — maybe Halloweentown. Maybe.). It’s been 23 years since the movie debuted, and it’s become a tradition-bordering-on-obsession for many people to rewatch it every single October. I’ve always been a fan, but I never […]

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  • Trumpkin and the Incredible Hilk

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton costume ideas

    It’s impossible to avoid politics — even on Halloween — during election years. The candidates are top of everyone’s mind, so naturally, they often inspire costume ideas (or spin-offs based on the news — remember Joe the Plumber back in 2008?). This year, however, the campaign trail has involved so much controversy that it’s starting […]

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  • Spice Girls Costume Ideas

    Every Halloween party needs a well-timed throwback — a conversation-starter that taps into your sense of nostalgia. The Spice Girls may have peaked in the late ’90s, but their songs are still impossible to get out of your head to this day, and their looks are immediately recognizable, making the pop group a perfect squad […]