Scare up homemade tricks and treats
1. Choose the widest pumpkin as the base. Cut the stem off the top, so the middle one can balance on top.

2. Measure a wooden dowel that fits the height of the finished product.

3. Cut or saw off any extra length of the dowel.

4. Hammer the dowel into the base pumpkin.

5. Push or gently hammer the middle pumpkin through the dowel rod, so it rests securely on top of the base. Trim or cut off the stem, so the last pumpkin can balance on top.

6. Glue googly eyes onto the gourd that will be the head.

7. Cut a round piece of black fabric as a mouth.

8. Glue the mouth on the top gourd.

9. Push the head through the remaining part of the dowel rod.

10. If the tower leans slightly, rest it against a pillar outside your home or find some rocks to support the base.

Stackable pumpkin

Three pumpkins, various sizes
Dowel rod
Duct tape, various colors
X-Acto knife

1. Find the best way to line up the pumpkins by stacking one on top of the other.

2. One at a time, place the pumpkins onto the dowel rod, beginning by cutting a small hole as an entry point and an exit point when you've pushed the pumpkin most of the way through.

3. To make the scarf: Fold a piece of white duct tape in half and wrap around the upper pumpkin's neck. Make stripes by tearing 1/2-inch strips of black and orange tape. Fringe the ends.

4. To make the hat: Layer the duct tape so you have a 3-inch square. Cut a circle big enough to fit the pumpkin man's head. Cut out the center circle, creating a doughnut shape. Make the hat band by laying two layers of tape on top of each other. Create the top of the hat by using the hole you cut from the bottom. Use duct tape to attach all layers.

5. Create the face: Cut out features from the duct tape using an X-Acto knife.