Homemade DIY Halloween Pumpkin Bat tutorial: Fun, quick & easy to follow step-by-step photo instructions!

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Halloween pumpkin bat: How to make this easy and simple Halloween decoration

When Granny came home with pumpkins from the market I was planning on carving a regular Jack-o-Lantern. But my daughter Missy had other ideas!

Her favourite animal is a bat and she is dressing up as a bat for Halloween, so naturally she had her heart set on a bat pumpkin. So under her creative guidance we set about making a bat and I decided to document the process and see what we’d end up with!

How to make a Halloween Pumpkin Bat

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First we set about hollowing out our pumpkin. I was allowed to do the cutting and then Missy scooped out the ‘guts’.

Our pumpkin came without a stalk, which made it trickier to get the top off, but made it a better shape for our bat idea.

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Next she painted the pumpkin. Purple obviously. We cut out some wings and ears from a cereal box and painted those too.

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Once the paint had dried I took a sharp knife and made slits in the pumpkin to insert the wings and ears.

They slotted in surprisingly easily, no need for glue.

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Next we painted on the eyes and again I cut out the mouth and teeth with a sharp knife.

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Hooray! Our pumpkin bat turned out great!

Lighting your pumpkin

When it got dark we popped a tea light inside and it let out a subtle but satisfying glow through its little mouth. I also carved some little slits around the eyes to let out more light.

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