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Behind the Scenes : Pumpkin Faces

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Just a little pumpkin carving can go a long way—take it from these guys.

People aren't the only ones to dress up for Halloween. In the October issue of Martha Stewart Living, you'll find some pumpkin costumes to get your patch picks ready for the big night. They require barely any carving and just a few basic supplies you'll find at a party store. Take a look at these story-development shots.

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We collected a selection of pumpkins. It helps if they already have some character—a twisty stem or a unique shape for example.

1 We collected a selection of pumpkins. It helps if they already have some character—a twisty stem or a unique shape for example.

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I started with the fangs...

4 I started with the fangs...

Then added a bat—he hasn't turned into a vampire yet.

5 Then added a bat—he hasn't turned into a vampire yet.

Much better with the map-pin eyes.

6 Much better with the map-pin eyes.

I tried party-store eyeballs.

7 I tried party-store eyeballs.

And Ping-Pong balls with dots drawn in permanent marker. I kind of like these—they're funny!

8 And Ping-Pong balls with dots drawn in permanent marker. I kind of like these—they're funny!

There's even something kind of cute without the eyeballs.

9 There's even something kind of cute without the eyeballs.

Move the eyeballs around for different expressions.

10 Move the eyeballs around for different expressions.

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