I've been building this for a couple of weeks now and just realized I never started a thread here for it! This is an idea I've had for a while for a sensory prop/candy bowl for the kids to reach into to get an extra treat. I wanted it to look gross and intimidating to start with and feel nasty inside, but be clean and dry so as not to stain any little hands or costumes with fake blood or other liquids. What I came up with was using a Koosh ball turned inside out to form a throat that would feel icky. Koosh balls are those soft spiky rubber balls BTW. They feel kinda cold and clammy and the rubber is soft and very flesh like. Originally I wanted to build a zombie head, possibly with eyes that would open when a hand went down it's throat, but since we have a pumpkin patch/cemetery theme going on the wife suggested a smashed pumpkin instead. Easily doable since I already had 90% of the materials on hand. So here is what I have so far. The full album of photos from start to finish is on my facebook page.
Made the throat first
Started out on the pumpkin by carving, splitting, and re-assembling a funkin into an awkward, wide open position.
Made hanging, stretched goo with twine, paper towel, and liquid latex.
Corpsed the pumpkin with spider webbing and latex.
Used Great Stuff to secure the throat and build up some "guts".
Black latex base coat over everything before painting.
Then a coat of oak stain to muddy things up and make it all come together.
Now I have to build a base to mount this to. I'm thinking of making another stump, since that would put it at a good height for the kids to be able to reach in from above. There will be a bowl beneath the pumpkin hidden from view inside the stump, but accessible from the back. Gonna put rubber fingers, bugs and eyeballs in it for the youngsters to find. It will be like an extra little something for those brave enough to stick their hand in.