Carve cat face: for cat, cut top off a small pumpkin; hollow out the remainder of the pumpkin with a melon baller. Draw features with wax pencil (indentation on pumpkin's bottom is the nose); cut out with a pumpkin saw. Etch slits for cat mouth.
Join cat head to body: first decide where the head will be positioned. Remember to keep the stem intact for a tail. Join body (a second mini pumpkin) to head using two wooden skewers.
Add ears and whiskers: cut cat ear shapes from black construction paper; tape to toothpicks, and insert to top of cat's head. Fit waxed twine inside etched slits for the mouth. For whiskers, push nylon broom bristles into holes poked with a toothpick.
Make the witch: for dress, fold pleats in a 24-by-4-inch piece of crepe paper; staple top edges of folds to secure. For arms, roll two 6-inch crepe-paper squares into cylinders; tie knots for wrists. To make the body, cut away the white rim of a black paper cup. With straight pins, attach dress and arms to the bottom of cup. Set head on cup.
For witch's hat, print the witch-hat cone template and photocopy, sizing to fit pumpkin. Roll cone; secure with double-sided tape. Snip flaps; fold out. Slip one brim over cone; tape to flaps. Tape on second brim, sandwiching flaps.
To make the broom, tie straw to a small branch.
3 mini pumpkins
Pumpkin saw or miniature saw: Keyhole saw blade, X-Acto No. 15 (LXKY31), and X-Acto Knife No. 2 (LXKY73), from Tower Hobbies
Black construction paper, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from marthastewartcrafts.com
Waxed twine in black (WL4PLYBLK), from The Caning Shop
Nylon broom bristles
Black crepe paper
Red straight pins (for vampire bat eyes)
Small branch (optional, for witch's broom)
Straw (optional, for witch's broom)
This sneaky pair of mini pumpkin creatures is brewing up a sugary potion in a hollowed-out apple. Their petite portions are sure to appeal to little kids, who can find everything they need to decorate them around the house.