Try a classic carving, a glowing etched design, or a cute kid-friendly miniature.

By Alexandra Churchill
July 31, 2015
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Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble! These pointy-hatted sorceresses are conjuring up some black magic. And those little trick-or-treating boys and ghouls might think twice about knocking at your door. Here, we offer three ways to celebrate the iconic mistress of Halloween.

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The Wicked Witch

The kind of witch we love is the classic image that comes to mind: a malicious grin, a crooked nose, a pointy hat, and a green, warty complexion. For this project, we actually used Hubbard squashes-they come with that perfect bumpy, lumpy, and greenish gray complexions perfect 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. To make a witch hat, trace template onto black paper; cut out. Using tabs, hot-glue brim to underside of crown. To add a ruffle, use a bone folder to accordion-fold a 3-by-60-inch piece of paper, and encircle squash with it. (Bring your own eye of newt and toe of frog.)

The Glowing Witch

Ever feel like someone's watching you? Psst, you might want to look behind you. That creepy, spine-tingling feeling is expected around Halloween time, but never more so than when you have this witch's glowing eyes surveying the living room. Using our carve-by-color technique, you scrape away the pumpkin's skin and saw holes in strategic spots to create a multidimensional design.

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The Witch and Her Cat

A little too scary? This petite pair of miniature pumpkin creatures will appeal to young kids, who can find everything they need to decorate them around your home. (Think: cat ears made from construction paper and the witch's black drapes made from a plastic cup.) With Mom or Dad's help, use regular-size pumpkin-carving tools to cut eyes and other features, or create expressions with paper or twine. Start by making the witch's dress: fold pleats in a 24-by-4-inch piece of crepe paper and staple the top edges of the folds to secure. For the 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 the dress and arms to the bottom of a black paper cup and set the head on top. To make a witch's broom, tie straw to a small branch. To make her cat companion, draw features with wax pencil then carve out a pair of eyes and etch slits for the mouth. Join the cat's head to the body using two wooden skewers. Add ears and whiskers: cut cat ear shapes from black construction paper; tape to toothpicks, and insert to the top of the cat's head. Fit waxed twine inside the etched slits for its mouth. For whiskers, push nylon broom bristles into holes poked with a toothpick.

While larger jack-o'-lanterns keep watch on the porch, these mini pumpkin creatures can be perched anywhere-on top of a dresser, tucked in a bookshelf, or along a windowsill. Have fun conjuring up a haunted scene-gather a pile of colorful leaves, a few sturdy twigs, and the hollowed-out half of an apple as a "cauldron." But don't let their cuteness fool you... this sneaky pair of mini pumpkin creatures is brewing up a sugary potion.

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