Halloween decorating & party guide

Creative jack-o'-lanterns, no-carve pumpkins, and surprises from the kitchen

How to carve elegant pumpkins

Use our easy instructions to carve a grown-up pumpkin--plus, get design inspiration from Northwest artist Jen Ament and from our design archive

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Twinkling branches
Photo by Thomas J. Story; design by Birte Walter

Twinkling branches

Orange twinkle lights illuminate our vignette. Cut a small hole for an electrical plug in the back of pumpkin, near its base, and feed indoor-outdoor twinkle lights inside pumpkin. From interior, poke individual lights into berry holes. (An electric drill fitted with a small bit helps create holes at the branch tips.)

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