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Witch Jack-o'-Lanterns

Bumpy, lumpy, and greenish gray, these Hubbard squashes have the perfect complexions for making warty witch jack-o'-lanterns.


Print the templates for their faces and hats, and then carve their gaping grins. A little, greenish gourd makes for a bent and bulbous witch nose, and a pointy black hat completes the Salem-ready look. (Bring your own eye of newt and toe of frog.)


  • Keyhole saw
  • Hubbard squash
  • Fleshing tool
  • T pin or needle tool
  • Miniature saw
  • Small gourd
  • Toothpicks
  • Black paper
  • Craft knife
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Bone folder
  • Templates


  1. Step 1

    Using keyhole saw, cut bottom off squash; hollow squash with fleshing tool.

  2. Step 2

    Using T pin, trace face template onto squash. Cut along those lines with miniature saw.

  3. Step 3


    For the nose, cut the bottom off a small gourd. Insert toothpicks to cut end, and attach to face.

  4. Step 4


    To make hat, trace template onto black paper; cut out. Using tabs, hot-glue brim to underside of crown. To add a ruffle, use bone folder to accordion-fold a 3-by-60-inch piece of paper, and encircle squash with it.