What would Halloween be without a macabre evocation of the denizens of the night? These multilegged creatures rise up from the damp earth and moss to skitter across cold stones.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 2008
Black-green squashes, such as 'Table Ace' acorn, are carved with a linoleum cutter, which removes only the outer flesh.
- Dark-color squash
- Spider template
- Keyhole saw
- Fleshing tool
- Masking tape
- Linoleum cutter set
- Strand of 25 miniature outdoor lights
- Glass jar
Step 1 of 5
Size template to fit squash. Print, and trim excess paper around template.
Step 2 of 5
Cut a hole at the base of squash, large enough to fit glass jar, with keyhole saw.
Step 3 of 5
Clean the inside of pumpkin with fleshing tool, removing seeds, pulp, and fibers.
Step 4 of 5
Affix template to squash with masking tape. Using awl, transfer design to squash by poking holes around blackened areas. Remove template.
Step 5 of 5
With linoleum cutter fitted with a No. 2 blade, carve spider, exposing flesh without cutting all the way through. For finer details, switch to a No. 1 blade; for larger sections, use a No. 3 blade.