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DISCO PUMPKIN; Just for kids; Yak's Corner

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Yak found this gem of an idea in "Reader's Digest Tricks & Treats: The Ultimate Halloween Book" by Deborah Harding. It looks like Cinderella's coach. It also reminds the Yak of a disco ball. Yeah, baby, it's a disco pumpkin!

What you need:

* A nicely rounded pumpkin

* Gold and/or silver metallic floral spray paint (sold at craft stores)

* 1 package of glitter

* 1 package of fake jewels

* Craft or school glue

What to do:

1. Wash your pumpkin and dry it carefully with a soft cloth or paper towel.

2. Spray-paint the entire pumpkin, including the stem. You may need an adult to help. Do this outdoors and put newspapers under the pumpkin to protect the grass or driveway. Allow to dry and add a second coat of paint if needed.

3. Stand the pumpkin upright inside a shallow box (to catch the extra glitter). Squeeze glue in the lines on the pumpkin. Then sprinkle heavily with glitter. You can also glue on fake jewels.

Brainy Yak

This week's Brainy-Yak question:

In what country did the custom of making jack-o'-lanterns begin?

A. Trinidad & Tobago

B. Ireland

C. China

D. Ethiopia

E. Guatemala

ANSWER: B

Pub Date: 10/11/99

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