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Halloween 2011- Hatching Dino Pumpkin

Pumpkin carving is one of my favorite holiday activities, heck one of my favorite activities period. I’m always looking for new things to try.

I carved three pumpkins this year, but I think this one was my favorite. It’s the first pumpkin I’ve done that’s been completely carved with no cutting. It was conceived as a hatching dinosaur but it looks just as much like a hatching crocodile, alligator or lizard.

the pumpkin I used was really a squash but they were right there mixed in with the pumpkins. It seemed obvious that it was meant to be a hatching dinosaur.

The squash/pumpkin is really neat. The outer skin is the gray green color you see as the shell. The inside then goes from a dark green through to yellow and then down into a bright pumpkin orange. I didn’t know this before getting it but I think I’ll look for one again next year just so I can use those colors on purpose.

the head gives a pretty decent look at the range of colors. And I used the seeds as teeth. However, I couldn’t get them to stand up quite right and they were about a thousand times more slippery than any pumpkin seed I’ve seen.

I did cut a hole and hollow it out a bit so that it would sit level. That made carving it easier.

The best thing is that it seems to survive better than the average pumpkin. The day after carving, we put it in the crisper drawer of the fridge. A week later we took it out and it looked exactly the same. I’ve had it out now for a few days and there is no sign of decay, rot or mold. The face is hard and dry to the touch which I haven’t seen happen with a pumpkin, even those I’ve tried to carve in a similar manner.


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Outfit me Etsy, Decor for Gatherings in Disguise

Beings that Halloween is perhaps my favorite holiday and one that lets anyone be seriously creative, I’ve probably been thinking about it since last year. Yesterday I put together a few etsy treasuries showcasing groups of fun creepy seasonally appropriate items to share.

We all know their are different types of parties and one odd one that occurs year round is the zombie party. SO if you happen to be thinking about just such a thing check out these etsy picks that will help you set the scene, and make you jump when the movies are off.

Zombie Party

  • Severed Zombie Finger tart melts

    $5.95 USD

  • “please specify if you want your fingers with or without blood and cuts. No two fingers are alike as they are hand painted injuries!”
  • Haha, great description. Mind you these are decorative scented item, not tarts like the kind you eat. No chowing down on the fingers ;).

View the full original treasury here

For those who like something more traditional, but not childish, check out these-


Halloween Party

  • Set of 4 Spook'alicious Fun Halloween Bottle Labels Self adhesive Witchs Brew Pirate Poison Ravens Blood Midnight Mead YOU PICK color
  • $5.25 USD
  • I’ve used and made a wide variety of odd labels for parties and they always go over really well and get compliments. Try these out on whatever you are serving. Put them on odd bottles and its even better.
  • Toe Pincher Coffin (Halloween)

    $75.00 USD

  • because you aren’t goign to build that coffin yourself are you? Use year in and year out, store your decorations or costumes in it in the off season, hide inside and spook your friend, or use a dummy and piece of string ;).

Full treasury here

Or you might be looking for something a little eerie, creepy that makes people wonder if your place is just like this year round, near stylish spooky decor with an air of victorian oddities.

Spook in Style

  • Happy Halloween Vintage Style Gift Tags/Labels with Glitter-SET of 6-Ribbon Choice Available

    $7.65 USD

  • There’s got to be something you could use these for right? Crafty DIY handing out candy bags to trick or treaters, goodies bags, favors, just tagging your guests with them, incorporation into some simple but odd party game?
  • Real Scary fangs Halloween Spider Framed Opelma minax 2551

    $69.99 USD

  • eeek, small enough to only be noticed after they’ve been near it for a while, creepy enough to make them jump and you know somebody who would want it on their wall or desk year round…
  • Pre-Sale, Handblown Glass Pumpkin, Midnight Harvest

    $25.00 USD

  • Beautiful, can be used in a variety of places and is reminiscent of the black ceramic pumpkin I made in grade school. Not that they look the same beyond the color though, as this is a supremely elegant pumpkin and could certainly go beyond halloween parties. Like a pumpkin in a long black evening gown.

Full treasury here




More to come…

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This year, like every other year, we carved pumpkins. We went to a farm about 40 minutes away to pick some pumpkin. Around here ‘pick’ still just means go take one from the massive pile of pumpkins, something I still find dissapointing compared to the traditional hayride in New England, tripping over vines and pokey things to find your pumpkin a good couple hundred yards away in a big field. Anyway, we got pumpkins. I actually got two. One of them was this fascinating peanut like shape with huge viens through the top I thought I would make into a bird’s talon’s grabbing the pumpkin. The otehr was a much more reasonably size, quite round but square cute one. My husband got one that was a good 35 pounds and round and wide.

my peanut shaped pumpkin (and some cider)

my peanut shaped pumpkin (and some cider)

This weekend was pumpkin carving weekend. We had kept the pumpkins in the car to keep them cool and because we didn’t ahve a place to store pumpkins inside. To my dismay when we got to the pumpkincarving party, my larger most interesting pumpkin was found to be squishy on it’s top side. We found the next day when we removedit from the back seat that it was far more gone than simply squishy. Serious disapointment but I suppose the decay could have been worse. A tiny mishap perhaps?

It took me a long time to decide what to do with my cute round pumpkin. I normally do something I tend to be fairly proud of, always free hand and typically more than simply a face. Last year I did a bulldog (though it was easily mistaken for a tiger) and the year before a very ferocious pirana pumpkin (yesyes the spelling) which went on to be featured in a short fillm where it fought with my research text book.In college I had done a myriad of complex spiderwebs, creatures and of course faces.

poorly done bulldog/tiger:

Bulldog, 2008

Bulldog, 2008

'Pirana Pumpkin'

'Pirana Pumpkin'

This animation is all I could find of PIrana Pumpkin. You don’t getthe full effect. It had detailed scales, fins, spines and a tail. There must be a proper picture somewhere…

I wish pumpkin carving was more accepted year round and that pumpkins were available year round. But then I suppose it would loose some of the intrigue.  [Why not carve watermelons in summer? ] I think it’d be awesome to be a professional carver, but I know that’d probably steal some of the fun away as well.

Needless to say, this year’s went a bit more traditional but I think it still has some character. I tried out the idea for the talons but it didn’t go quite the way I was intending and this pumpkin didn’t ahve nearly the pronounced veins as my other. I found a squishy spot on the front of this one as well but it played into the features of the mouth quite nicely.



My husband went for a traditional face inspired by the pumpkin king pumpkin at the beginning of the Nightmare before Christmas. It is quite menacing. And given it’s only the third pumpkin he’s ever carved, it’s quite marvelous.



His is made doubly eerie by the super bright LED flashlight that’s lighting it up in the above pictures. I’m working on a way to keep something like that lighting them up for Halloween next week. I’ll have to update with pictures with the lights on as well.

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