Halloween Festivities

by Bri on November 1, 2007

Halloween Candy

Yesterday was a good Halloween. We bought balloons, bubbles, bouncy balls and sweet treats for the neighborhood kids. Unfortunately we ran out at 8:15, but we must have had over a hundred kids. I’d never lived in a place that had that many trick or treaters before. So much fun!

Little baby duckies, fairies with glittery wings that lit up, and two little boys dressed up as high school cheerleaders. It’s so fun to see how some kids mindlessly grab all they can get and practically run off the porch, and others heartily say thank you after being delighted that they get a balloon AND a sweet.

I may be a tree hugging, dirt worshipper, but on Halloween, kids want the flashy, colorful candy, so that’s what we gave them. We did throw in boxes of raisins, which spurred one mom to tell her kid, “they’re good for you, they help with your bowel movements”. Um…sure, that’ll make them more appetizing. Also, there were two separate older siblings that tried to steer the little ones towards the raisins, after picking out the chocolate for themselves. Human nature is so funny.

We had a delightful outing at Spring Hill Farm’s Peter Pumpkin Patch a couple weeks ago. They had such an amazing variety of pumpkins and gourds, it was almost overwhelming. We picked out a gourd, I think called Speckled Swan, and a baby pumpkin. Yesterday at the farmers market, Crescent Moon Farm had some fun ornamental corn, so Marc picked out a baby ear.

Pumpkin, Gourd, Corn

We got a bit of a late start last night with carving, but the pumpkins were out there by the time kids started arriving. You know, most of the year, vegetables are quite innocent, but at Halloween they get to show off their dark side. The candy may get all the glory, but what’s Halloween without the pumpkins?


Marc removed the husk from the corn and attached it to the end of the gourd with a toothpick for the rattler’s rattle. Since we had a papaya in the fridge, I suggested using the seeds for eyes (I had to contribute somehow).


We put a candle in the little pumpkin, but it didn’t stay lit for too long. Marc had cut a hole in the back of the little guy to allow for more oxygen to the candle, and to make the snake’s eyes glow.

Swallowed Lit

I love what Marc did with the look on the little pumpkin’s face. He loves to tell a story visually.


With Calvin and Hobbes’ horror show of snowmen as inspiration, we contemplated carving pumpkin parents, aghast at their baby pumpkin being devoured by the snake. We decided it went over the line into gruesome.

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Curt McAdams November 1, 2007 at 1:16 pm

Great carving… Love the end result!

Bri November 1, 2007 at 1:30 pm

Curt – Thanks!

Merav November 1, 2007 at 1:55 pm

That is amazing! This should be in a magazine! Congrats on the beautiful detail and creativity.

sunita November 1, 2007 at 1:59 pm

That’s so creative…absolutely love the effect…wonderful carving indeed !

Stefani November 1, 2007 at 2:07 pm

That is so amazingly creative! Very impressive!

chrissy November 1, 2007 at 2:10 pm

This is great! I love it, and am so sad that I found it the day after halloween. Next year!

TBC November 1, 2007 at 2:12 pm

That is beautifully done!

Kiriel November 1, 2007 at 2:16 pm

So cute! Very talented carvers you are indeed!

Rose November 1, 2007 at 2:28 pm

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! is all I can say.

Bri November 1, 2007 at 2:42 pm

Merav – Thanks so much. It would be so cool if a magazine picked it up. My husband is big on detail. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunita – Thanks! My husband never ceases to amaze me with his creativity.

Stefani – Thank you. We appreciate your compiments.

Chrissy – Thanks! You didn’t miss out. We didn’t put up the post until today. More of a rundown of last night. But, inspiration for next year?

TCB – Thanks!

Kiriel – Thank you. My husband is really the talented carver. My pumpkin was pretty lame. We took pictures of it, but I don’t think they are blog-worthy.

Rose – You are too kind. Thanks so much for commenting.

bee November 1, 2007 at 3:05 pm

i detest snakes, and your snake gave me the heebeejeebees ๐Ÿ˜€

JEP November 1, 2007 at 4:59 pm

Amazing job!

gigi November 1, 2007 at 7:47 pm

bri, i did not think you could top your own pumpkin carving post, but you have. how clever and precise!

now what the heck will you do for next year? i can’t wait to see — and i’m sure i’m not the only one! ๐Ÿ™‚

sra November 1, 2007 at 10:06 pm

Bri, I love this post, glad to have discovered your blog. The expression on the pumpkin is so telling – it has got to be the most creative I’ve ever seen. The gourd is a revelation!

Bri November 1, 2007 at 10:49 pm

Bee – I hope it was heebeejeebees in the best sense of the word. ๐Ÿ™‚

JEP – Thanks!

Gigi – Aww, shucks…I’m glad you liked it. Thanks! As for next year…I don’t know. Marc already has a few ideas, and since he came up with the snake thing on the spot at the pumpkin patch, we’ll just have to see what happens.

Sra – Thanks so much. Sure was fun watching the magic unfold as Marc carved them. I had an idea of what he was going to do, but was even more pleased with the results. Thanks for stopping by.

Cindy November 1, 2007 at 10:50 pm

Unbelievably cute!

Suganya November 1, 2007 at 10:55 pm

There is a saying that “Such hands should be adorned with gold rings”.. something to the effect that they should be adorned with gold. Marc’s hands should be too. AMAZING!

manggy November 1, 2007 at 10:57 pm

HAHAHA!!! Excellent.

anita November 1, 2007 at 11:02 pm

Wow, that’s even cooler than “Chuck” — I’m impressed ๐Ÿ˜€

Chanit November 1, 2007 at 11:34 pm

A perfect artwork, I like it ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ingrid November 2, 2007 at 7:15 am

Hi Bri! What an awesome craving idea. Marc has a fantastic imagination. When I saw this I called Peter to come take a look, then I saw it was from your web blog. Again, amazing. Oh and welcome home.

All the best from Budapest!

Bri November 2, 2007 at 10:03 am

Cindy – Thanks!

Suganya – What a sweet saying. Thank you so much for your kind comment.

Manggy – Thank you.

Anita – Hope Chuck doesn’t get jealous. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

Chanit – Thanks so much. Nice of you to stop by.

Ingrid – Thank you. I am so glad you and Peter enjoyed the snake. I’ve been meaning to take a moment to email you back. I will. Thanks so much for your comment.

Abby November 9, 2007 at 4:53 am

Your Halloween squash snake and pumpkin really gave me a good laugh when I saw it. I just loved your creativity. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bri November 9, 2007 at 12:03 pm

Abby – Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.

Brent November 11, 2007 at 5:00 pm

Too much, i love it!

Bri November 12, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Brent – Thanks! It was totally fun to watch Marc’s process in creating it. Hope you and your family had a fun Halloween!

Cate January 25, 2008 at 10:48 pm

I just found this on Craftster, and I had to tell you how amazing it is! Your carving skills are impeccable, and I’ve never seen such a creative use of gourds. Very inspiring!

Bri January 26, 2008 at 12:14 am

Cate – Thanks so much for coming to my blog and dropping a line. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. My husband is a pretty amazing sculptor and artist (If I do say so myself). If you type Halloween into my search field, you can see a couple other pumpkins we did the previous year, that I posted a couple weeks earlier than this post. Thanks!

emiglia June 3, 2008 at 2:24 am

I know that I’m late on this one, but I love it! I totally thought Calvin and Hobbes when I saw it, even before you mentioned the pumpkin parents!

Hรคnni October 20, 2009 at 8:59 am

Hey, I just saw your squash on TasteSpotting. Very cool!

Cynthe October 25, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Hanni ~ Thanks! Marc really did a super job with this. He won’t been doing pumpkins again this year, has been invited to spend Halloween with some dear friends and their darling little kids. BUT keep an eye out for a VERY FUN, wacky post this coming week on his latest Halloween themed creation.

Lori Woody October 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm

This is so great! Two questions: 1) what did you use for the teeth? 2) Did Marc empty the pumpkin from the back? I don’t see any cuts on the top of the pumpkin. Thanks for sharing!!

Cynthe October 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Lori ~ I’m going to refer your question to Marc about the teeth. Hopefully, he’ll reply today. Yes, he did carve a hole in the back and emptied it that way.

Marc October 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Lori- The snake’s teeth are just carved from the gourd itself by leaving two triangles of flesh, but removing the green outer skin. The pumpkin has a hole towards the top/back that allowed me to scoop out the seeds and insert a tea light. With small pumpkins, it is important to have enough openings so that the tea light can get oxygen. I angled the pumpkin hole in a place that allowed the tea light to glow through the snake’s eyes as well.

Lori Woody October 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Thanks for responding so quickly! I am attempting to enter a contest at work tomorrow and have the “lofty” goal of trying to create something similar. Not sure how successful I will be, but it’s worth a try! I really enjoyed your blog, story and pictures.

Thanks again!

Marc October 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Thanks Lori! I highly suggest using an X-acto knife to make the cutting easier. Good luck in the contest!

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