a skull light
Photo: Julian Wass
Time: 5 minutes

Cost: About $29

Shopping List:
Fake human skull
Battery-powered LED tea light

Tools List:
Drill/driver for creating bigger holes in the skull, if necessary

Heads above the typical jack-o'-lantern, this flickering noggin adds a devilish look to a stack of pumpkins—and you can create it in less time than it takes to fill a candy bowl. First, make sure to choose a skull with large holes in the eye-sockets, missing teeth, or other spaces that will emit light. We got ours from the Anatomical Chart Company (about $24). Then simply set a battery-powered LED tea light behind the jaw and turn it on at dusk for a ghostly glow.

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