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These Pumpkin Carving Hacks Will Make Your Place the Spookiest House on the Block

By Pippa Raga

Halloween's just days away, so you'll want to make sure you're dressed to the nines and stocked with all the candy your drugstore's got to offer. But perhaps most importantly, you'll want some pumpkin carving hacks to make your house stand out as the spookiest, most welcoming place in the neighborhood for mini-ghouls and young witch trick-or-treaters.

To achieve the perfect spook-tastic look, only enthusiasm is required. A quick trip to the dollar store will also yield some choice spiderwebs, so your jack-o-lanterns don't have to be lonely on your front yard. Plus, if you have boxes, paint and a marker lying around the house, you can also easily craft a DIY tombstone for your lawn.

But the jack-o-lantern still holds the soft spot when it comes to impressive, satisfying and family-friendly decorations. Nothing screams Halloween quite like a big old carved pumpkin radiating candlelight. In fact, the ritual of carving pumpkins to ward off evil spirits dates all the way back to the Irish, who brought the tradition to America. Fun fact: Since there weren't any pumpkins in Ireland, they carved turnips on All Hallow's Eve instead.