Halloween gives innocent vegetables a chance to show off their darker sides.

Inspired by the Calvin and Hobbes horror show of snowmen, I wanted a halloween pumpkin that was easy to make, but that had a playful narrative element.

Speckled gourd
Baby pumpkin
Small dried corn cob
Small carving knife or X-acto knife
Tea light
2 papaya seeds or buttons

Step 1:

I went to the local pumpkin patch and picked out a speckled gourd, a baby pumpkin and a decorative corn cob.

Step 2:

After hollowing out the pumpkin and gourd and carving the features, I removed the husk from the corn and attached it to the end of the gourd with a toothpick for the rattler’s rattle.

Step 3:

Since we had a papaya in the fridge, I used the seeds for the snake's eyes.

Step 4:

I put a tea light in the baby pumpkin to provide illumination and cut a hole in the back where the snake's mouth would cover it. It provided ventilation and allowed the snake's eyes to glow.

The whole process took about 15 minutes and the trick-or-treaters were delighted.

<p>That is absolutely hilarious! Thank you for sharing your work!</p>
<p>The best d&eacute;cor on the web! Bravo!</p>
<p>The baby corn rattle is genius! I love it!</p>
<p>This is adorable! Are you making any fabulous Halloween decorations this year? I want to see more like this; you're an artist! : )</p>
very cool!
So nice!
I thought this was such a good idea, I tried one of my own, thanks for the inspiration.
Too funny! I love the expression on the pumpkin's face...genuinely worried! Great job!
Creative and fun! :0)
I have always wanted to carve something with one of these gourds, but never figured out what! This is fantastic.
Awesome! I love the look on the pumpkins face.
Love it!!! Want to try that next year. Great job.
I have never seen a gourd shaped like that! I love what you did with it!

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