How to Carve a Pumpkin Into a Veggie Monster

Food Network Magazine and Halloween Wars champion Shawn Feeney show you how to carve a pumpkin with a vegetable headpiece.

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

You'll need: 1 tall pumpkin (the more deformities, the better), dry-erase marker, serrated carving knife, power drill (with a spade bit), 2 orange carrots, 1 Japanese yam or purple carrot, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, 2 gourds, 2 cucumbers, bamboo skewers, 2 pieces of ginger

Draw outlines for the eyes, nose, mouth and horns with a dry-erase marker. Draw the hairline in a small blob shape around the stem as shown (see step 3 for shape). Cut out the mouth with a serrated knife.

Drill holes for the eyes, nose and horns. Make sure the holes are slightly smaller than the vegetables you plan to insert. (Start small and gradually increase the size.)

Cut out the top with a serrated knife, following the blob pattern. Remove the seeds and guts.

Insert the ends of the orange carrots into the eye holes and a Japanese yam or purple carrot into the nose hole. To make the hair, place broccoli and cauliflower florets in the open top of the pumpkin, stacking them as you go. Add carrot tops for extra hair. Insert two gourd stems into the drilled horn holes.

To make the legs, cut a piece of cucumber at an angle to line up with the side of the pumpkin. Insert two 2-inch pieces of bamboo skewers into the lower side of the pumpkin where you want one of the legs to go and attach the cucumber. Repeat on the other side. Place two pieces of ginger next to the cucumbers to make feet.

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