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The plastic mice caught in the act of squeezing into this cheesy condo will make your trick-or-treaters shriek with fright.
To channel the spirits of Halloween, gaze into these hypnotic eyes. Any mouth and nose shapes will work, as long as you carve mesmerizing eye spirals for their zombie-like trances.
This Halloween speed demon made a rough landing, but re-creating her is a breeze with witchy wardrobe items and stocking-striped sticks. Her hat, shoes, and cape can be found online or at theatrical shops. Simple sticks or dowel rods make great legs for the silliest pumpkin on the block.
Welcome candy-craving kids with this culinary critter. Our happy chef has a nose -- a gourd actually -- for sniffing out the sweetest treats.
Editor's Note: The next slides give you a behind-the-scenes look into how our Halloween Tricks and Treats staff crafted these crazy pumpkins.
Pose your jack-o'-lanterns for a picture and they turn into a gang of real cut-ups. A perfect idea for not-so-perfect pumpkins, this grouping works best if you play up the flaws.
Craft our pumpkin pooch, or carve one to mimic your own family pet. This pup gets his personality from gourds (for his tail, ears, and feet), a small radish (for his nose), sunflower seeds (for whiskers), and a real dog collar.
No need for carving tools to conjure the spirit of lovable Aunt Hattie. With a little dress-up fun, you can raise a whole wacky pumpkin family to welcome guests to your home. Switch things up by putting your pumpkin on its side and using the stem as a nose.
Removing the seeds and pumpkin guts was a must-do for Halloween Tricks and Treats freelancer Holly Raibikis before carving her pumpkin.
We drew a sketch and assembled accessories before bringing Aunt Hattie to life.
Halloween Tricks and Treats Art Director Shawn Roorda tapes on a printed pattern for the Clever Carvings project.
Roorda carefully follows outlined letters with a medium-size pumpkin saw.
Freelancer Wade Scherrer transfers the cutout crow seen on the cover of Halloween Tricks and Treats® 2008.
We played up the imperfections of this large pumpkin by using a gouge to create eyes, teeth, smile lines, and wrinkles, and then made him part of the Goofy Group pumpkins.
Amid gourds, tools, papers, and pumpkin guts, freelancer Kristin Cleveland intensely works on perfecting her pumpkin. By cutting into the bottom, she kept the pumpkin's stem intact.
We cut the eye slits for the Eerie Eyes pumpkin and covered them, along with the stem, before priming and spray-painting the pumpkin a dark, spooky black.
Without a glowing candle and tiny plastic mice, our cheesy pumpkin was lonely.
We found the plastic mice from the Mouse House hiding when we were working on creating a Boo-tiful Beast pumpkin.
We created the friendly face on the Halloween Tricks and Treats cover by transferring a pattern onto the pumpkin. We cut the openings with carving tools and used a gouge to carve teeth and eyes deep enough to reveal the inner rind.
Before deciding on using a pattern to carve a raven into the cover pumpkin, the Halloween Tricks and Treats crew experimented with placing artificial birds in the gourd instead.
Halloween Tricks and Treats freelance designer Kristin Cleveland cradles a pumpkin in her lap, allowing for easier carving.
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