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Halloween crafts for kids: Witch pumpkin

The wicked-witch pumpkin-carving idea can be found in

The wicked-witch pumpkin-carving idea can be found in the October issue of "Woman's Day" magazine. Photo Credit: Antonis Achilleos

Not sure what to do with the pumpkins you picked this season? Using a few pantry basics, you can turn an ordinary pumpkin into a clever creation. I found this wicked-witch pumpkin-carving idea in the October issue of "Woman's Day" magazine. Take a look:

Wicked Witch

What you'll need
- Large round pumpkin with a pointy twisted stem
- Washable marker
- Craft knife
- Damp paper towel
- Acorns
- 1 bag of Spanish moss ($7.99 for 24 oz, sold at Michaels)
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Witch’s hat ($4.99, partycity.com)
- Bobby pins

How to do it

1. Position the pumpkin so the stem is centered where the nose should sit. (Tip: If the pumpkin wobbles, try securing an acorn or two at the base with hot glue to create anchoring feet).

2. Using the washable marker, draw on eyes, eyebrows and a mouth. Try following the natural ribs of the pumpkin as a guide when deciding where to place the facial features, like the raised eyebrows or the curved mouth.

3. With the tip of the craft knife, scrape away the top layer of rind to reveal the lighter flesh underneath. Be careful not to poke all the way through to the inside of the pumpkin. Wipe away any excess marker with a damp paper towel.

4. Remove the cap from two acorns and discard. Press each acorn into the flesh of an eye socket until it’s secured.

5. Spread a bead of hot glue along the top and sides of the pumpkin where you want the hairline to be. Create the witch’s mane by pressing on Spanish moss, adding enough so the orange rind is covered.

6. Place on it the witch hat, securing it with bobby pins at the back, if necessary.

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