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Pumpkin Welcoming Committee




These greeters are trying to smile, but their true feelings are revealed in their maniacal grins and grimaces. Perhaps they're angry because someone took out their insides to make pie. Not to worry: They can't eat you, at least not before sunset.


  • A keyhole saw or serrated knife
  • Plaster scraper or large spoon
  • Black marker and white paper or our template
  • Masking tape
  • Needle tool (from an art-supply store) or awl
  • Serrated utility knife
  • Miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks
  • Apple corer
  • Pumpkin face template


  1. Step 1

    Begin by cutting a large hole in the bottom of a pumpkin with a keyhole saw or serrated knife, and then scrape out the insides with a plaster scraper until pumpkin walls are 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.

  2. Step 2

    To make the face, you can draw your own using black marker on white paper, or download and print our templates; enlarge the template to the desired size on a photocopier. Next, affix the face to the pumpkin with masking tape.

  3. Step 3

    With a needle tool or awl, poke holes around the outline of each feature. Remove the paper, and then cut out features with a serrated utility knife, using the holes you poked as a guide.

  4. Step 4

    To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.

Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004



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