Hey... It's the Month of Halloween!

Halloween can be fun ... for everyone. Fall season decorating with a touch of whimsy and here is a video on making Halloween costumes without a sewing machine.

One of my favorite magazines, Country Living, has an All That Glitters how-to in glowing gourds n' pumpkins with
the Midas touch. Get the latest issue n' be creative...

Look at some whimsical ideas you can do with a squash and other variations. For more great projects visit...

This is Frank...
Dried citrus rinds give this seasonal squash -- and his companions -- their un-natural good looks. CRAFT MATERIALS:
Craft knife
Hole punch
Glue dots
Spaghetti squash
Two limes
Black craft foam
Duct tape
Large bolts
Black permanent marker

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Use a craft knife to cut a circle of rind from the top and bottom of an orange or lime for the eyes (a parent's job). Cut a slit in the remaining peel and remove it intact to use for ears, teeth, and other features. If you're making the witch, reserve the larger pieces of orange peel for the hair.

2. Clean the fruit from the rinds, then use scissors to snip out your character's facial features, as shown. Cut them a little larger than you want; they will shrink as they dry. To dry the pieces, bake them on a foil-lined cookie sheet at 175 degrees for 20 minutes, then allow them to air dry for about 1K hours (or until glue dots will stick to them).

3. Use a hole punch to make a pair of pupils from the craft foam, then adhere them to the white side of the rind eyes with glue dots.

4. Attach all the pieces with glue dots, as pictured. To make the ears stick out , tape a toothpick to the back, leaving about 1 inch of the toothpick exposed, then insert it in place.

5. Finishing touches Frank: Cut the hair from craft foam following the diagram at right and attach it with glue dots. Bore a hole on each side of the squash with a pencil, then insert the bolts. Use a permanent marker to draw the teeth.

6. Finishing touches for Witch: Cut a small mouth from the craft foam. To make a hat, cut the shapes shown at right from a piece of black craft foam. Roll the half-circle into a cone with a base slightly larger than the center of the ring, and secure the edge with glue dots. Tuck the cone's base into the center of the ring. For the buckle, double-fold a sheet of foil to create a square shape. Snip out the center, then adhere it to the hat with glue dots.

7. Finishing touches for the Mummy: Wrap the pumpkin in gauze, using glue dots to attach the fabric as you go.

8. Finishing touches for the Count: Cut a collar and hair from the craft foam, following the diagram at right. Wrap each around the pumpkin and attach them with glue dots, as shown.


Have a safe, fun Halloween and don't forget the next day is All Saints... Why not plan a party?