The Art of Pumpkin Carving

 



I love carved pumpkin lanterns at Hallowe’en. For me, it is an essential part of the season, and I’m not the only one, as it has become an iconic symbol of Hallowe’en. But, despite my best efforts, I can never manage to carve anything better than clumsy triangle-shaped eyes and a vaguely scary mouth. I don’t have the patience, nor the technique and talent needed to conjure up anything even slightly sophisticated. Luckily there are many original and creative people out there, who have produced some amazingly ornate, spooky or just plain fun pumpkins. Maybe they’ll inspire the rest of us to give it a try.

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 A good old traditional style pumpkin to start us off then, but with tons more character than I’ve ever been able to muster, and proof that you don’t necessarily have to go with a hugely ambitious design for maximum effect.

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If you love Doctor Who, or maybe someone in your house is dressing up as a dalek or a weeping angel (now that’s an ambitious costume) why not give this a go? It doesn’t look all that difficult, right?

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Some great Nightmare Before Christmas pumpkins would let you declare your love for both holidays. Instantly recognisable characters and designs that aren’t over elaborate make these lanterns a huge success.

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Fun pumpkins for younger members of the family. That dragon is equal parts cute and menacing and, let’s face it, Hello Kitty is always adorable, broomstick or no broomstick.




 

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That Batman pumpkin is so deceptively simple looking that I’m considering attempting it myself. But, given that it was carved by the fantastically named Pumpkin Wayne, who’s webpage boasts an impressive amount of lovingly crafted lanterns, I’m willing to bet that it’s a bit out of my league. Similarly, our friendly neighbourhood Spiderman makes creative carving look so easy.

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And sticking to the spider theme, this webby wonder is another successful mix of cute and spooky, and perfect for family Hallowe’en parties.

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 This is by far my favourite. The cannibal pumpkin idea is pretty common, and has been done with varying degrees of success, but this little cutie has to be the pick of the crop. The wide eyes and mouthful of squash are just irresistibly adorable.

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And finally, while not traditionally Hallowe’en themed, I couldn’t leave out some of the most impressive, intricate pumpkin carving I’ve ever seen. How the carver managed the detail of those leaves without the pumpkin falling apart is beyond me. And as for Van Gogh’s Starry Night, that is truly pumpkin art at its best.

Now that you’ve seen the creativity that can be unleashed upon unsuspecting pumpkins, I’m sure you all have fantastic ideas for your own Hallowe’en decor. Why not let us know what you’re planning, and show us your pumpkins!

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Emma Murray
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I'm a self-confessed geek girl who loves comic books, anime and Nintendo and is in no way one of the 'cool kids'. I'm mum to three mini geeks and am currently hiding out in my Batcave in Scotland.

1 Comment on The Art of Pumpkin Carving

  1. Over the years I have tried so hard to carve pumkins …but they all come out looking like a 5 year old’s drawing ….it is definately an art to do it as well as your examples. …great article

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