How to Carve a Pumpkin Shaped Like a Spider

Food Network Magazine and Halloween Wars champion Shawn Feeney show you how to carve a pumpkin that looks like a spider. Photographs 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: 2 large pumpkins, dry-erase marker, 2 mini pumpkins, serrated carving knife, vegetable peeler, soup spoon, bamboo skewers

Place the main pumpkin on its side with the stem in the back. Draw two circles for the eyes (as a guide, hold up a mini pumpkin and trace around the widest part with a dry-erase marker). Draw two smaller (1-inch) circles for the base of the fangs.

With a serrated knife, cut out the eye holes. Err on the side of cutting the holes too small at first so the eyes don't fall in. Remove the seeds and guts. Insert the mini pumpkins, stem-side first, into the holes. If necessary, expand the holes little by little so the eyes fit snugly.

Using a serrated knife, cut out six leg shapes and two fang shapes from the other large pumpkin (outline them with a dry-erase marker first, if necessary). Use a peeler to remove the skin from the legs and fangs.

To decide where the legs will attach, hold them up with one end level to the counter and trace with a dry-erase marker. Use a spoon to cut indentations for the legs and fangs. Insert 2-inch pieces of skewers into the body parts and attach them to the main pumpkin.

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