This year, treat your gang of goblins 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.
Make an artistic autumn scene filled with vines and ginkgo leaves that can go well beyond Halloween -- this would make a beautiful centerpiece for Thanksgiving.
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