Maritime legend has it that the Flying Dutchman is a fearsome ghost ship, which never returns to safe harbor and is doomed to sail the seven seas forever. When it floats in from the fog, its appearance to mere mortals is believed to signal imminent disaster. In our carved iteration, it serves as a haunting addition to your front door on Halloween night—rewarding those intrepid trick-or-treaters with candy and other covetable treats.
For this project, choose an oblong pumpkin as the main body of the ship. A jack-be-little pumpkin is etched and skewered atop the mast as a crow's nest (which, in maritime terms, is a structure in the upper part of the main mast that is used as a lookout point). And a small sugar pumpkin is transformed into a swashbuckling pirate donning an eye patch and a tricorn hat (both made of felt).
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