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Halloween Pumpkin Carving

Halloween pumpkin carving is a time-honored tradition, but the basic jack-o'-lantern can take on endless new forms. Beyond the basic cutting techniques of Halloween pumpkin carving, you can experiment with intricate designs and painting. Use just the right lighting to add an eerie glow to your carved pumpkin.

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Once the grandest house on the block, this multistory pumpkin mansion now features rickety shutters and boarded-up doors and windows. Cheesecloth ghosts wander the barren yard; lights illuminate the carved details, including the ghoulish residents.

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Assemble a tableau straight out of a spooky movie. The witch's latest shipment of animals seems to have escaped their crates, and now they're inhabiting these ghostly green pumpkins. Slashing -- oops, carving -- the huge squashes is a cinch, thanks to serpent and toad templates (scrape out the flesh around the patterns). Set the pumpkins on the crates, and then keep your distance.