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Halloween life hacks: Scare up an easy pumpkin carving

DIY ideas for simple and cheap Halloween fun. 

CLEVELAND -- Is getting ready for Halloween too scary?

Make an easy "smoking" pumpkin by putting a small bowl of hot water inside a jack-o'-lantern. Drop a chunk of dry ice into the water, and watch the fog come pouring out of the pumpkin.

We bought our dry ice from Mitchell's Ice Cream in Strongsville for $1.95 per pound.


If you don't have time to carve a pumpkin, try using cookie cutters in Halloween shapes.

Scrape out the insides of a pumpkin until about an inch thick. Use a rubber mallet to pound the cookie cutters into the pumpkin. Push the pumpkin shapes out -- and you're done!

If you have a hard time getting the cookie cutter out, simply use a pair of pliers, or try pushing the cookie cutter back out the way it went in.


Cut scary-looking eye holes in paper towel rolls or paper tubes. Stick a few glow sticks inside, or battery tea lights, then hide the tubes in bushes.

The glowing eyes will make people wonder... who's watching?


Make your own Halloween face paint with a few ingredients at home.

Mix together equal parts of mild face lotion and cornstarch until it becomes a thick mixture. Stir in some olive oil, which keeps the mixture from caking. Mix enough oil to make the paint base smooth, but not too watery. Next, add a pea-sized amount of kids' washable paint. Add more corn starch if you want a thicker paint paste.


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You can see more of Lynna's Life Hacks, on Channel 3 News, weekdays, 4-7 a.m.

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