Last-Minute No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin

The witching hour's here. If you feel your door stoop's still missing that certain something, MomSpeaker Hillary Chybinski's got a quick fix: This no-carve, rat-peekaboo pumpkin's sure to send trick-or-treaters into fits of the giggly eewwwwws.

Sometimes carving pumpkins for Halloween can seem a bit overwhelming. For years now, besides our one carved pumpkin, the kids and I make a "rat-infested" pumpkin to display Halloween Night as well.

All you need is a great shaped pumpkin — you can make it big, small, oblong, round . . . whatever. You could even nest two or three together.

You'll need a tool to punch or drill holes into the pumpkin. A drill with a wide bit will work; my pumpkin-carving kit came with a circle puncher, so I use that to punch out circle plugs of pumpkin (it works almost like a corer). I have to widen the holes a little bit so my rubber rats fit. I found rubber rats at the party store. I wanted ones that looked realistic.

Then you just arrange it. Have some of the rats digging in, some coming out, leaning against it, on top — whatever suits your fancy. Our trick-or-treaters always comment on these no-carve pumpkins, no matter how fancy my carved pumpkin is! Once Halloween is over, I pull out the rats for next year and leave the pumpkin for the squirrels to enjoy.

Hillary Chybinski is a crafty mom of two boys living the American Dream with her husband in the Philly burbs. This post was adapted from her blog, My Scraps.

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