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Pumpkin Raccoon

This raccoon bandit is intent on stealing some candy. His nose was made with a pointy gourd (especially good for sniffing out treats) that was fitted into a hole in the front of his pumpkin head.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • 1 medium pumpkin

  • 1 large pumpkin

  • 2 mini pumpkins (for paws)

  • Pointed gourd (for nose)

  • Toothpicks

  • Outdoor holiday lights (we used 20-light strands) or battery-powered candles

  • Glass or glass jar

  • Felt-tip pen or china marker


  1. Choose a pointed gourd to use as a nose. Trace the bottom of it around the bottom of a medium pumpkin, which will become the face. Cut a hole from the bottom of the pumpkin, and also from the bottom of the gourd; scoop out both. Cut another hole in the back of the head (top of pumpkin) for lights and ventilation, and for access to attach the nose.

  2. Use a pen to draw facial details, and carve along those lines with a linoleum cutter, leaving a 1/2-inch thickness of flesh so light will shine through. Attach the nose by fitting the bottom of the pointy gourd into the hole in the pumpkin with toothpicks. Make ears from triangles cut from the pumpkin, set upright, and attached with toothpicks.

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