It’s fun, it’s retro, it’s safe and it’s mess free. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Mr. Potato Head Witch Kit.
For around $15 you’ll receive all the parts you need to make your own Mr. Potato Head Witch. When I first saw this advertisement I thought it came with a plastic pumpkin as well, but the kit is intended for use on real pumpkins. The pumpkin in the above picture is either extremely perfect, or extremely airbrushed. I set out on Google to find someone who had actually purchased and used the kit and found this happy family:
Thanks to the nice people over at Inspire Me Crafts for sharing the picture of their own Mr. Potato Head Witch Kit!
I used to think the world was full of awesome pumpkin carvers. That was before I discovered the secret of pumpkin stencils!
Using a pumpkin stencil to carve a jack-o-lantern is easy as (pumpkin) pie. Simply print out the template, tape it to the front of a pumpkin, and start carving. Even if you don’t think you are a particularly good carver, you will be amazed at the results.
Although many arts and crafts stores sell books of pumpkin carving templates, there are literally millions of free ones available on the internet, with everything from video game characters to classic horror villains out there. Don’t be fooled by websites that try to charge you; there are hundreds and hundreds of free sites out there to choose from. Just search for “pumpkin carving” followed by the words “stencil”, “template”, or “pattern” and you will find thousands to choose from. Like any project, some templates are more advanced than others, and any of them can be easily scaled down for younger carvers. You can also narrow down your search by tacking on the name of a character you’re looking for.
I once heard John Carpenter say that you can tell a movie has no money when the titles are white text on black background (as they are in The Thing). Fortunately, he managed to squeeze his small Halloween budget to get a better opening. Not only did he have orange text instead of white, but he had a flickering jack o’lantern on which the camera pulls as the credits run to the right.
Halloween 2 continued this idea. After recapping the end of the first movie (which I really love), it gives us another jack o’lantern with orange text. Instead of just pulling closer, though, the jack o’lantern splits apart this time to reveal a skull.
The underrated Halloween 3 ditched Michael Myers but kept the jack o’lantern. Well, it sort of kept it, anyway, by giving us a digital jack o’lantern.
These openings were all very similar. And yet they were not only memorable but effective, adding the atmosphere and cranking up the creepiness before the film even began. This makes them among the best if not the best horror movie titles ever.