I made this paper mache pumpkin mask for my daughter. To make this mask, I have used a Paper plate and strips of paper. I had drawn the outline of pumpkin on the paper plate and followed the paper mache tutorial by the artist Gail Bartel at her blog the artist woman.
After building the mask and letting it dry, glued on a dowel stick to the right side of the mask. If you are left-handed glue the handle to the left side.
Getting started with paper mache have a look at the site Layered papier mache.