Day 20 – Carving Pumpkins

This weekend we bought a coupla pumpkins. I tried to limit myself this year because I would go crazy if left unchecked, then I feel bad when the pumkins get all soft and rotten after Halloween is over. Throwing them away sucks – it’s like cleaning up on New Year’s Day with a hangover . . . you know the party’s over. Sigh.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves right? If you’re planning to carve a pumpkin or two this Halloween you must check out Extreme Pumpkins! They have galleries of carving ideas, videos on how to do it, templates available, using power tools and pyrotechnics . . . they’ve got it all!

Here are a few of my favorite designs from the site (it’s hard to choose a few, they’re all pretty clever!)

This steaming mad pumpkin cracked me up!

Gozer: The Choice is made!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Whoa! Ho! Ho! Whoa-oa!
Gozer: The Traveller has come!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Nobody choosed anything!
[turns to Egon]
Dr. Peter Venkman: Did you choose anything?
Dr. Egon Spengler: No.
Dr. Peter Venkman: [to Winston] Did YOU?
Winston Zeddemore: My mind is totally blank.
Dr. Peter Venkman: I didn’t choose anything…
[long pause, Peter, Egon and Winston all look at Ray]
Dr Ray Stantz: I couldn’t help it. It just popped in there.
Dr. Peter Venkman: [angrily] What? What “just popped in there?”
Dr Ray Stantz: I… I… I tried to think…
Dr. Egon Spengler: LOOK!
[they all look over one side of the roof]
Dr Ray Stantz: No! It CAN’T be!
Dr. Peter Venkman: What is it?
Dr Ray Stantz: It CAN’T be!
Dr. Peter Venkman: What did you DO, Ray?
Winston Zeddemore: Oh, shit!
[they all see a giant cubic white head topped with a sailor hat, Peter looks at Ray]
Dr Ray Stantz: [somberly] It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

If you’re looking for something a little less extreme, and more classic good ol’ Martha Stewart has a nice section about pumpkin carving. I really love these little owls!

And these choirboys are pretty adorable too . . . even if they’re gourds and not pumpkins 🙂

oooohhhhh so scary!!