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Candy-Cursed Jack-o'-Lantern

Source: Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

Introduction

This ravenous pumpkin is cursed: He must offer up sweets to children all evening, yet he is not allowed to eat them (neither the sweets nor the children). A treat-filled bowl was placed in his cavernous mouth, and miniature flashlights were tucked on either side, against his jowls.

materials

  • 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

steps

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

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