Halloween is tonight, and that means you can't go two steps in Denver without tripping over a pumpkin. The gourds are everywhere: on people's doorsteps, in their windows, in their pies and lattes. But when dawn breaks on November 1, all of those seasonal squashes are going to seem suddenly out of date.
One quick and easy way to get rid of those excess pumpkins: Turn them into your newest smoking piece. Anyone with five or ten minutes to spare can make a pipe or bong out of one of the fruits. Read on for our step-by-step guide to making an eco-friendly pipe out of a pumpkin
First, gather your supplies. You'll need a miniature pumpkin (about 50 cents at a grocery store), some weed and an electric drill with a variety of bits. If you don't have a drill, you can still make your pipe using a pocketknife and a thick skewer or medium-sized Phillips-head screwdriver. Using the thick bit on your drill or your pocketknife, carve a bowl into the top side of your pumpkin. Angle it downward at about 45 degrees, so the bud doesn't fall out. Then, using a small drill bit or your screwdriver or skewer, drill a thin hole into the center of your bowl at about a 45-degree angle. It should reach approximately into the middle of your pumpkin. Drill another hole into the side of your pumpkin, just deep enough that the two intersect. To make the mouthpiece, drill one more hole into the pumpkin opposite the first one. Like the other two, angle it downward at 45 degrees so all three holes intersect in the middle of the gourd. For extra points, jazz up your pumpkin with a face. Voila, your smoke-o-lantern is ready to use!
In the mood for something a little more ambitious? If you have the time for a quick trip to the hardware store, you can turn a full-sized pumpkin into a bong instead. YouTube pot MacGyver Master Bong's guide is one of our favorites; we've posted it below.
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