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Snake-Infested Pumpkins

Place this ssslithering display in an entryway to scare the scales off of trick-or-treaters and dinner guests alike.

snakes on plain pumpkin

Photography: Kate Mathis

Source: Martha Stewart


Look for gray, green, or white varieties at pumpkin patches and farmers' markets, and buy plastic snakes in bulk at dime stores.


  • Pumpkins
  • Gold craft paint, Martha Stewart Crafts multi‐surface metallic acrylic craft paint, $3 for 2 oz.,
  • Rust-Oleum metallic gold spray paint, $4.50 for 11 oz.,


  1. Spread out newspapers, and place pumpkins on top.
  2. Place tape around base of stems and paint stems with gold acrylic paint.
  3. Lay plastic snakes on newspaper and spray-paint gold, turning to coat all sides. Once they’re dry, spray them with fixative to set color.
  4. To display, wrap snakes around stems and arrange more underneath for a terrifying Indiana Jones effect.
  5. Optional: Add a gold bowl filled with "snake egg" candies.

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