Pumpkin Carvings

“Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange?”

Yes, kids, this is Halloween—and just about the bestest time of the year. I love the change in the weather, the honeycrisp apples, the pounds and pounds of Mounds candy bars, and most of all: carving pumpkins.

The annual carving ritual started as far back as I can remember. I must have inherited this interest and skill from my dad, because I’m positive he enjoyed this then as much as I do now. Since the first time I could hold a knife by myself without destroying life or property, this was the design I carved:

pumpkin-original

[Note: you can hover over the images with your mouse for additional information. Note: you can do that on every interior image I post.]

Year after year, it was the same design, and I never tired of it. Well, that’s not true. Once I got into my mid twenties, I knew there was more to carving pumpkins than this, but my dreams were always limited by thick-bladed kitchen knives. Then in 1994, Pumpkin Masters hit the scene (at least I don’t ever remember seeing them before then). Their carving kits started showing up in stores like nobody’s business. I saw tiny little saws and suddenly realized my pumpkin carving dreams were about to come true.

pumpkin-1994

The pumpkin on the left was my 1994 carving. It was time-consuming, but worth every minute. Further, I was inspired. So the very next year I decided to create my own design from scratch. I wasn’t able to find all the photos and/or video this week, so I whipped up this sketch.

pumpkin-1995

For the next three years, I did standard Pumpkin Masters designs until 1999 when I decided to carve Darth Maul. Again, I lost that photo, but I found this one on the interwebs that looks remarkably similar to the one I carved.

pumpkin-1999

I have no idea what I did in 2000. Yet again, I cannot find any photographic evidence. In 2001, I didn’t have much time, and fell back on another Pumpkin Masters design I’d done a few years earlier:

pumpkin-2001

No idea what the 2002 pumpkin was. But I do remember the 2003 pumpkin: Spongebob Squarepants! I really liked that one, therefore, I do not have a picture of it. Hrmph! The following year I did Shrek. I have half a picture of that one:

pumpkin-2004

In 2005, I tried to carve people for the first time. Neo looks okay, Agent Smith looks a lot better. I just wish I had a clearer photo:

pumpkin-2005

Short on time and ideas the following year, I continued The Matrix theme by carving Morpheus. Unfortunately, it looks more like an overweight Ghandi to me:

pumpkin-2006

And we’ll wrap up this overly long post with last year’s entry, the Balrog-o-Lantern:

pumpkin-2007

For those who haven’t seen Fellowship of the Ring, that’s a dude you do not want to mess with. Here’s a screenshot from the movie, for comparison:

pumpkin-2007-ref

So there you have it, kids. A small subset of my pumpkin carving collection. Hope it wasn’t as boring as the slide show of my Grand Canyon trip. And who knows, maybe you picked up a few ideas for your own pumpkins.

Happy Halloween!



11 Responses to “Pumpkin Carvings”

Vicki said
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October 29, 2008 at 12:35 am

I don’t have any memory of carving a pumpkin. Ever! I do seem to recall scooping the guts out of one. Don’t remember where or why or how old I was. I could have been a child, I could have been doing it for one of my children. I guess I wasn’t born with the pumpkin carving gene. In fact I have no artistic gene. But I really really like looking at the different designs. They’re the best part of halloween. And you are very good at it. Be sure to post a photo of the one you do this year. That way you won’t have to worry about losing the photo.

Megan said
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October 29, 2008 at 4:30 am

You are the pumpkin carving master! All the pumpkins are amazing. I did my first intricate pumpkin carving this year and really enjoyed it…though it doesn’t hold a candle to your amazing creations!

Biz said
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October 29, 2008 at 9:53 am

Those bring back memories Charlie!

And for what its worth, the top picture on the right was my carving!

Liz said
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October 29, 2008 at 1:00 pm

You are great at carving! Thanks for sharing!

Natalia Burleson said
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October 29, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Very cool!

roni said
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October 29, 2008 at 8:51 pm

It’s official, we really are long lost relatives! LOL Here’s mine from last year….
http://noonefamily.com/resources/photos/20071031_haloween/images/100_1235.jpg

I was pretty proud. Tomorrow night is carving night. I’ll definitely post the result!

Christie said
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October 30, 2008 at 12:49 am

I have only carved pumpkins once or twice and I used one of those templates. I totally want to do one this year…

I love the pics!

John's Weight Loss Blog said
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October 31, 2008 at 3:32 am

Wow, those are amazing! We carved pumpkins last night but we didn’t have any of those professional pumpkin carving knives so we just used regular knives. Glad none of the kids lost a finger – next year we buy the right tools!

Anonymous said
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October 31, 2008 at 8:20 am

Check out these carvings!

MizFit said
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November 12, 2008 at 4:04 am

seriously? you did those?

DAMN YOUR ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WITH MYRIAD GIFTS.

not me….all mine are laid out there πŸ™‚

Back to the Fridge » Happy Belated Halloween said
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November 3, 2009 at 12:04 am

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