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3 Spellbinding Ideas for a Witch Pumpkin

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

Photography by: johnny Mi l l e r

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 lumpy, greenish-gray rind.

Make the Witch Jack-o'-Lanterns

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.

Make the Witch Silhouette Pumpkin

A little too scary? This petite pair of miniature pumpkin creatures will appeal to the smaller 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). Have fun conjuring up a haunted scene -- gather a pile of dead leaves, a few sturdy twigs, and the hollowed-out bottom half of an apple as a "cauldron" filled to the brim with candy corn treats. But don't let their cuteness fool you ... it's Halloween, after all.

Make the Mini Witch and Cat Pumpkins