What kid doesn't love carving a pumpkin? It's enticingly messy and squishy, and it's a tradition that's been celebrated for centuries. But there's even more fun to be had: Here are some inventive ideas for pumpkins that kids will adore, whether you're using them to scare away Halloween ghosts or in a sweet treat.
This year, treat your gang of goblins and ghosts to a jack-o'-lantern tricked out with creative carvings. Inspired by paint-by-numbers kits, our carve-by-color technique uses color-coded templates to show you how much and where to cut, shave, or scrape your pumpkin to create a jack-'o-lantern that looks richly textured, multitonal -- and terrifying in the best way possible.Be sure to look for a pumpkin that fits your chosen template and is firm all over -- soft spots near the stem or base can indicate premature rot.
With a few simple tricks and techniques, you can make all the monsters and other Halloween creatures we made here (and lots more that you'll come up with on your own). When you snip, slice, or poke the candies, you expose a stickiness that helps adhere them to one another. The bigger the exposed part, the stronger the bond will be. Marshmallows and gumdrops (and their smaller siblings, spice drops) are perfect for heads and bodies. Sprinkles, nonpareils, bits of licorice laces, and other tiny candy or cake decorations make great features. Browse the candy aisle and you're likely to find even more body parts. Then grab toothpicks and kids' scissors for tools, and you're ready to have a monster-making party.
No, the Easter Bunny is not confused -- these eggs are for Halloween. The frightfully festive designs were made with a Ukrainian dying technique similar to batik, in which wax and dye are applied to create colorful images.