[quote=“jimipresley”]This may be a little off-topic, but when I can’t find sizeable pumpkins for Halloween kids’ stuff (Jack-'o-Lanterns), I merely buy giant orange balloons. Copy some templates for mouth/eyes/nose from the 'net or make your own. Glue on the balloon. Fill with candy. Instant pinata.
Of course, these materials don’t make for as good a soup as the real thing.[/quote]
Thanks for filling in for me, jimipresley — yup, you said it, make your own! :discodance: If you want it to be even more realistic or want to wear it on your head on Halloween, After filling and tying off the balloon, cover it with papier-mâché, letting that dry thoroughly in layers, adding more curvature where you want the pumpkin’s ridges, and adding the stem on top; then cut with a serrated knife, and paint with poster paints. You can also glue yellow, orange or red cellophane on the inside of the eyes and mouth and add a light inside (small battery powered lights suitable for this are available at stationery stores. This was part of my costume for my first Halloween party in Taiwan, about 15 years ago. Getting the papier-mâché to dry takes time in this weather, though, so if you’re going to do this, start a few days early and have a dehumidifier and fans or heater involved.