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How to make a pumpkin bong to celebrate spooky season

Pumpkin guts and seeds laid out in front of a pumpkin
A pumpkin in the process of transformation into a bong for smoking marijuana Oct. 3. (Photo illustration by Tri Duong | The Collegian)

Double, double toke and trouble;

Flower burn and pumpkin bubble.


With fall upon us and Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to fill those gourds up with tap water and smoke pot through them.

You will need a pumpkin, a screwdriver (or similar implement), a downstem, a bowl piece and a knife (optional).

Screwdriver drilled into a pumpkin
A pumpkin in the beginning stages of becoming a makeshift bong Oct. 3. An incision made at the top was to be the mouth piece. (Photo illustration by Tri Duong | The Collegian)

Step 1: Acquire a pumpkin

For this, I headed to Spooky’s Pumpkin Patch, located in the parking lot of the abandoned Kmart on College Avenue and Drake Road. Being from Southern California, I felt right at home in this performative imitation of rural life.

I explained our circumstances to the young farmer, Cody.

“Word,” Cody responded, instantly here for it. “I haven’t (made a bong) out of a pumpkin, but I definitely made them out of clay in school.”

We discussed the logistics — should we use a smaller one for greater convenience or a skinny one for a more traditional water pipe shape?

We ended up with a classic pumpkin-looking pumpkin — about 10 inches tall and 10 inches wide. It cost $8.

Step 2: Punch some holes

This exercise does not call for proper jack-o’-lantern-style carving – no need to hollow out the guts. This will add a smooth, humid quality to the smoke yet will surprisingly not make it taste overly pumpkiny.

Water added to a pumpkin bong
A pumpkin with an added glass attachment at its final stage before the completion of a makeshift bong Oct. 3. (Photo Illustration by Tri Duong | The Collegian)

Simply use your screwdriver or similar tool to punch a hole in your pumpkin roughly three inches from the base, and widen it to almost accommodate the size of your downstem. Remember, it needs to be airtight.

In case you don’t have a downstem on hand, multiple area smoke shops confirmed they sell downstems for around $10-$15 apiece.

Twist the downstem into the opening at about a 45-degree angle, and punch a second (smaller) hole opposite the first, about two inches from the pumpkin’s stem. This is the hole from which you will be drawing smoke.

Step 3: Fill the pumpkin with water

From here, use your downstem as a makeshift funnel and use it to fill the pumpkin with a few cups of water.

We made the mistake of inserting our downstem at something of a right angle, meaning some water poured out when the pumpkin rested naturally. Not the end of the world – simply prop it up on a small object.

A bowl of marijuana prepared in a pumpkin bong
A makeshift bong made out of a pumpkin to smoke marijuana Oct. 3. (Photo illustration by Tri Duong | The Collegian)

If you’re able to draw through the second hole and hear the distinctly deep rumbling sound of a water pipe in action, it’s time for the next step.

Step 4: Pack a bowl

Finely grind some cannabis and pack a compatible bowl piece. Once the bowl and downstem are properly assembled, place your lips around the smoking hole.

You may need to employ a friend’s help in igniting the flower and removing the bowl piece — it’s difficult to see the bottom of a pumpkin when your face is firmly suctioned to the top.

Because the chamber is so large, you will need to essentially clear the bowl in order to fill the big berry with dope smoke.

Remove the bowl piece and draw smoke through the top hole. High-five everyone, and repeat as needed.

Email or tweet pictures of your pumpkin bong to Hayden Hawley at or on Twitter @hateonhawley.

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Hayden Hawley, Cannabis Director
Hayden Hawley is the cannabis director for The Rocky Mountain Collegian. He is a fourth-year journalism major from El Cajon, California. He is also minoring in film studies and history. This is his first year working with The Collegian Hawley hopes that through the cannabis section he can help remove the taboo surrounding the cannabis industry and promote safe and informed cannabis use throughout the Colorado State University campus. He strives to provide honest and unbiased content that reports both on the joys of cannabis as well as its ever-growing social and environmental impacts. In his spare time, Hawley can be found doom-scrolling Twitter or watching A24 movies. His favorite way to enjoy cannabis is a bowl of freshly ground indica in a pipe or joint accompanied by a cold LaCroix and a box of Cheez-Its (not sponsored). Hawley has been interested in writing for his entire life. He enjoys baseball and birdwatching with his girlfriend. Before entering CSU, he was involved in standup and improv comedy, and he now hopes to continue writing for whoever wants to pay him after college ends. His experience of directing a section for The Collegian thus far has been rewarding and gratifying.
Tri Duong, Co-Photo Director
Tri Duong is a fifth-year journalism student with a minor in chemistry and is profoundly intrigued by the art of documenting life one frame at a time. Duong was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where reunification would one day bring about his family move to Loveland, Colorado, in 2007. For 14 years, his family was separated due to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Coming from a different country has given him a deeper insight to life and the way of being. In fifth grade, Duong discovered photography through an after-school class, which led to his journey to becoming a photojournalist today. Whether it is photographing the ordinary walks of daily life or the harsh rambles of the world, Duong will always adhere to a certain philosophy: The product must preserve the liveliness of a worthy moment in the truest and most authentic way possible, or else it is not life. Working for The Collegian, Duong aspires to bring storytellers and journalists to develop their inspiration of visual communication through an ethical scope. Documentation of fragile and vulnerable reality is fascinating evidence for existence; therefore, it is critical to respect the nature of its realness. In his free time, Duong takes an interest in beekeeping, bartending and traveling as a way to explore the vast unknown of this world. Duong hopes to learn more about the storytellers he comes by at work or school. Everyone carries with them a unique tale of experience, and it would be lovely to hear who they are and how they ended up here.

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