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Happy Halloween October 31, 2010

Filed under: Halloween — lauravw @ 8:55 pm

So here is my not-so-floral-after-all pumpkin.

The floral pattern just didn’t work out: I wanted to carve intricate little coriander patterns into it, just like on my Rachel Barker tea pot. It seemed like such a simple (by which I mean possible) idea – I can’t draw, and yet this seemed like the sort of pattern I could emulate.

I couldn’t. Not carved into a pumpkin, anyway.

I spent rather a long time carving the pattern carefully into my pumpkin, and then tested it out by lighting a candle in it to see if it needed tweaking. Hardly any light showed through, and in fact there was so little air getting in that when I returned to the room a moment later, the candle had extinguished itself.

So I did a bit more carving, widening all the little lines I’d carved. Then I added two round air holes on the back, to help the poor candle get enough oxygen. It was at that point I noticed that the side with the air holes looked rather better than the side with my pattern on. So I added a nose, and a mouth, and turned the whole thing around.

You can see the reverse side here – to me they look nothing like the pattern on the tea pot now – rather, they look like little creatures (aliens?) reaching their many arms out. So I suppose that fits the Halloween theme. What baffles me most is how the Americans, with their fancy pumpkin-carving ways, can turn out such ornately carved pumpkins so easily. Do they have sharper knives, better skills or is it genetic? Whatever it is, I am lacking it this year. But I’m pleased enough with how the pumpkin turned out in the end, and we had a few trick or treaters stop by, all of them polite and well-costumed*, so I’m calling it a successful Halloween. Hope yours was too!

*By the time the last bunch of trick or treaters knocked at the door, my bowl of goodies had just three bags of Malteasers in it – and of course there were four very young children. I asked them if they could possibly share, and while the mother accompanying them enthusiastically said they could, their faces told a different story. So three of them got chocolates, and the fourth one got to take home a toy snake I’d put in the bowl. I think he was happier with that that he would have been with chocolate anyway.

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3 Responses to “Happy Halloween”

  1. Ali Says:

    Love your pumpkin (both sides!)

    This year, I actually managed to carve Johnny’s pumpkin upside down – don’t ask me how. I’m always tempted by those classy non face ones, but somehow old-style always wins out in the end.

  2. Great carving. The husband is in charge of pumpkins here and I had plans for Something Different this year but, of course, we ended up with the same Jack o lantern face. We have quite a few treats left in the (very large) bowl, even after dipping in ourselves last night. I think the rain put off some of the trick or treaters (or their parents).

  3. melissa Says:

    heehee, I really like that the eyes are conjoined with the lid seam – it makes it look like it’s wearing a mask. 🙂


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