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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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An eccentric collector displays his black basalt Wedgwood stoneware alongside wacky, wide-eyed pumpkins modeled after cardboard jack-o'-lanterns from the early 20th century. Create an array of your own expressions by carving basic shapes into pumpkins and pinning paper features inside.

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Not all pumpkins are orange, nor are they necessarily destined to become leering jack-o'-lanterns. The designs used on these pumpkins, carved freehand, mimic the lacelike openwork of 18th-century pierced creamware dishes, and turn any pumpkin (especially a pale Lumina) into an intricately patterned lamp.