Halloween Cat Patrol Craft

Directions for Halloween decorations using acorn squash.

Guard your windowsill with a Cat Patrol of acorn squash. All you need is some black paint, cardboard scraps, felt markers, and glitter glue. Children will love to make their own. You could also arrange them on a mantel or scatter them around the house in unexpected places — peering out of a cupboard, looking down from atop a bureau, behind a door, or even on a coat closet shelf.

You Will Need Acorn squash in assorted sizes Black acrylic paint Medium-sized paintbrush Scraps of cardboard for ears, eyes, mouths, and whiskers Glitter glue for whiskers and mouths Colored markers: yellow, green, blue, and black Tacky glue or a glue gun to attach ears, whiskers, etc. Scissors Pencil Optional: Scraps of foil to line inside of ears (we used purple)

Where to Buy You can find most of these supplies online at JoAnn.com.

What to Do 1. Paint each squash black and allow to dry thoroughly. It may take two or three coats.

2. Turn the squash so the stem end becomes the nose.

3. From cardboard, draw and cut the following shapes for each: two elongated triangles for ears; two elliptical ovals for eyes; two small ovals for the center of each eye; optional small circles or strips to fit with eye centers as shown in photo; four whiskers, approximately 3 inches x 1/8 inch; an anchor-like shape for the mouth.

4. With markers, color ears black and other features blue, green, yellow or black as desired.

5. Add glitter glue to the whiskers and mouths.

6. Optional: Cut two smaller triangles for each ear (to fit inside the first pair) from purple foil and glue in place.

7. Secure all features to the painted squash with tacky glue or a glue gun.