In this instructable you will learn how to turn a papier mache pumpkin into a fearsome costume head and how to turn a dress into a wicked cape.
Step 1: Supplies
A papier mache pumpkin: http://www.instructables.com/id/Papier-Mache-Pumpkins/
round piece of cardboard/thick paper
washer/smashed bottle cap (optional)
black mesh (screen material, old tights, anything black and see-through!)
~2 yards red material (optional)
sturdy black string
cutting device (Dremmel, sharp knife)
glue gun +spare glue sticks
sewing machine/needle and thread
note: You could just use black material for the cloak, or buy a cloak from a costume store, but equally nice material is expensive and costumes from stores are usually either expensive or cheap-looking.
Step 2: Design and Cut
Carefully carve your pumpkin with your cutting tool. For my carving I used the drywall cutting bit on a Dremel with the multipurpose cutting attachment to help keep it straight. If you don't own a Dremel you can use a sharp knife to start the cut and then finish it with a pair of sturdy scissors.
Step 3: Insert Screen
2. Insert the mesh into the pumpkin and carefully line it up so that none of the holes are exposed.
3. Use the hot glue gun to affix the mesh to the interior of the pumpkin starting in the center (nose area) of the pumpkin face.
note: I glued around the nose and one eye, then trimmed the mesh around the parts I had already glued in order to glue the next piece flat. I continued this way until mesh had been glued over each opening and the remaining pieces of unused mesh were cut away.