Posted: October 31st, 2012 | Author: Kieran Brown |
Halloween is upon us and with it comes the need to stockpile enough sweets to put the average hippo into a diabetic coma and a sack load of pumpkins (because the first dozen always look like they were carved with a shotgun). It’s worth the effort though, you don’t just have to limit yourself to coming up with a creative Halloween costume. A few creative pumpkin carvings can set the mood for your house throughout this scariest of seasons.
So, what do you think is the best you could do? Most people settle for carving some eye and mouth holes in a hollowed out pumpkin and call it a day but the below people go above and beyond to make something different, creative and usually creepy as well.
The Jack-o-Lantern is probably the simplest and most iconic form of pumpkin carving around, even this can look pretty impressive with a little work though.
This might be the best that some people can do but it’s pretty dull. Lets look at something a little more interesting.
Continuing with simple and scary nothing is simpler and scarier than a horde of zombies (except maybe Jedward).
They’re getting a little more complicated now and a lot more awesome. This one not only features an impressive headless horseman but also a Jack-o-Lantern carved into a Jack-o-Lantern!
Once the candle is lit inside this pumpkin it breathes fresh life into the badass dragon carving! With this design they didn’t just gouge big holes into it but also left some thin layers behind for shading.
A fresh take on an old design. Not only does this make an awesome Jack-o-Lantern design but I’m pretty sure that would make a sweet tattoo too.
Sometimes less is more, a lesson the maker of this Jack-o-Lantern took to heart.
Here’s Johnny! Just like good horror films, you don’t need to turn your pumpkins into monsters to make them good. A decent movie tribute can be just the thing to make your Jack-o-Lantern’s more memorable.
Wanna know how he got those scars? Well, someone took a big knife and carved them in, duh! Of course Jack-o-Lanterns aren’t the only thing you can do with pumpkins.
Sure you can carve a Jack-o-Lantern and be like everyone else, I mean they look good at night but during the day they can be a bit lacking. Carving your pumpkins for daylight viewing leaves way more options for creativity, for a start you don’t have to hollow out the pumpkin first, meaning you have more flesh to carve into.
Okay, let’s start off with some more basic carvings, yes this one is hollow, but just look at it, it’s pretty hilarious.
Can’t be bothered to do scary? Not confident in your carving skills? You can still be creative! See. This genius has turned food into slightly different food… Okay, it’s a stupid idea but it’s still pretty convincing and kinda funny.
You don’t even need a decent shaped pumpkin to make something pretty cool. Sometimes the more deformed it is the better.
Got more pumpkins than common sense? Then maybe you should try something incredible like this!
Ray Villafane’s Carvings
Of course everything that came before is all just kiddie stuff when compared to pro’s like Ray Villafane (did you seriously think a blog post featuring pumpkins wouldn’t include some of his stuff?). Lets start with his small stuff.
With the ideal pumpkin he can carve out some pretty amazing faces. It looks so soft and squishy.
His designs don’t just include carving out but also adding more bits on.
As with Jack-o-Lanterns you can’t go too wrong with a decent movie reference.
Of course he can work miracles on irregular pumpkins too.
Of course if you think these are creepy you should see his bigger stuff.
Yes, that zombie is made entirely out of pumpkins and yes it is a little terrifying.
And this is what happens when he gets hold of giant pumpkins.
Okay, so there’s pretty much no way you’re going to do this with your store bought pumpkins and a kitchen knife but it’s nice to dream.