‘Tis the season for that weird holiday mashup that occurs this time of year, part Halloween, part Thanksgiving, part Christmas. In the magazine world, most of the latest covers—the November issues—are adorned with turkeys and pecans in preparation for that most thankful of days.
Already, stores are stocking their shelves with wreaths and trees and ornaments and the like, and Pinterest pinners are getting busy filling out their holiday prep boards.
So rather than get caught up in the (too?) early hustle and bustle, we thought we’d just enjoy the moment with our favorite Halloween-inspired magazine covers of the season. There’s plenty of time for the rest, right?
Real Simple: Our top pick of all the October covers, this reader favorite incorporates the black cat and carved pumpkin in one eye-catching image and throws in some fall leaves and seasonally-hued background for good measure.
Martha Stewart Living: For its elegance and artistic quality, of course Martha Stewart’s magazine gets the nod as one of the season’s best. Though not particularly spooky, the brighter yellowish hues of the scored design and masthead pop against the eerie shadows of the background.
Coastal Living: Staying on the subject of carvings, this magazine gave its pumpkins some personality by using the coast as its muse. Fish, shells, starfish, and compass designs adorned the assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors of pumpkins on its cover.
Sports Illustrated Kids: Three NFL stars get in on the fun of Halloween by dressing up like the mascots of their respective teams. It’s a playful reminder that you’re never too old to trick or treat, but it also points to an article inside of theirs and other stars’ costumes as kids.
Southern Living: Not all pumpkin carvings have to be scary. This Southern lifestyle magazine drew inspiration from some of the most popular signs of the fall season, showcasing a collection of pumpkins with cutouts of different leaf patterns.
YUM Food & Fun for Kids: Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without the treats, right? Next to the costume, it’s probably the most important ingredient. That’s why this cover featuring lots of creative candies made the cut.