After perusing the 'net for what seemed liked ages, I finally settled on a Martha Stewart "make a pumpkin costume out of a pillowcase" project. Minimal materials, minimal sewing, minimal hassle. Plus, her website actually included a video. What should have been very simple, however, turned into a major production. There was yelling, there was scissor-throwing, there may have even been a few tears. But at last there were two pumpkins.
Since my sewing machine started to smell like the motor was about to burn out, I imposed on Rhonda to sew the "stems" for me. Inspired, I returned home to sew two drawstring treat bags without a pattern. "What's the big deal?" you ask. For me it was a major triumph. I don't cook without a recipe. I don't sew without a pattern.
I should've glued the faces higher up so that the pumpkin mouths weren't wedged in their crotches, but I didn't think it was too bad. And they're just cute anyway.