#100 – Carve a pumpkin for Halloween

by Elizabeth on October 31, 2008 · 1 comment

in 101 in 1001, Art

Part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge.

I’ve really been looking forward to crossing this one off my list, but came dangerously close to missing the date! October has been a really crazy month in this house, and it’s only because of a reminder from Loobylu that it happened this year. We were lucky to get the very last pumpkin in my local fruit & veg shop.

It was a beauty, too.

We decided to carve it on Wednesday night, and started by hollowing it out. I was surprised how hollow it was to start with, and how disgusting the insides were! It was quickly deemed a “boy job”, and I helped by separating out the seeds.

In a perfect world I’d have had two pumpkins to work with. I really wanted to freeform carve a goofy face with buck teeth, but deep down wanted to try something more ambitious. I found this owl idea on a website full of tacky designs, completely uncredited, and decided that it would be a really good challenge.

It took hours – especially since we only had basic tools to work with. We punched the outline of the design out with a nail, and used a cheap steak knife and a wooden skewer to cut it out. There were some tense moments while we carved out the thin sections, but thankfully it worked out!

I found that by leaving the pumpkin for a couple of days, the insides dried out and made it easier to carve in the details. I was able to smooth out some curves and add a few new touches really quickly.

We put the pumpkin out the front of the house tonight, and were visited by a stack of trick-or-treaters. Halloween has been largely ignored in Australia until recent times, but I’ve noticed increased interest in the last 3 or 4 years. I don’t mind its origins, its American roots or all the hype – I just enjoy it for what it is. It’s a fun occasion for kids to dress up, and an opportunity for me to finally meet some neighbours. It was really fun.

Tim and I roasted the pumpkin seeds tonight, turned off all the lights and watched The Thing. Tim would probably tell you that I jumped when the blood jumped up and attacked everybody, but he’s a filthy liar and can’t be trusted. OK?

OK.

Happy Halloween everybody, especially to those in the Northern Hemisphere who are still a few hours away from all the fun!

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Holly November 1, 2008 at 5:19 pm

That is an AWESOME pumpkin! The owl is so much cooler than the traditional creepy face! 🙂

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