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Haunted Manor Pumpkins

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.




  • Pumpkins
  • Grease pencil
  • Intricate Openings Templates
  • Square, ridged cookie cutter
  • Linoleum cutter
  • Straight pins
  • Wood gouge
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Wooden skewers (if stacking pumpkins)
  • Lights
  • Moss or leaves, to hide light cords
  • Cheesecloth
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Starch


  1. Step 1


    Decide how many pumpkins to use and how to arrange them. Cut a hole in the top or the bottom of each pumpkin according to how you want to stack them, and scoop out the insides. With a grease pencil, draw doors and windows; cut out. (For more intricate openings, download our templates.) For shutters, cut the piece from the window with a square, ridged cookie cutter, then cut in half. Carve "louvers" on shutters by scoring horizontal lines across them with a linoleum cutter; make some lines crooked for a decrepit effect. To hang doors and shutters, push heads of straight pins into cut edges, and attach to pumpkin. Carve additional details onto pumpkin with a linoleum cutter.

  2. Step 2


    To simulate shingles, press wood gouge lightly into pumpkin top, making rows around the stem. Remove any remaining grease-pencil marks with rubbing alcohol. If you're stacking pumpkins, secure with wooden skewers. Insert lights; hide cords with moss or leaves. To make ghosts, drape pieces of cheesecloth over cardboard tubes. Spray with starch; remove tubes when cloth is dry.



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