Jack of All Jack O’Lanterns

Wednesday , 30, October 2013 Leave a comment

I love love love Halloween (I think I mentioned that here) and one of my favorite things to do to celebrate Halloween is carve pumpkins. I’m no master carver or especially creative, but I love it from getting my hands all goopy with pumpkin guts to wielding a gigantic carving knife to roasting the pumpkin seeds after. A few years ago I even started saving the pulp I carve out (the white parts not the stringy orange bits) and cooking it down and freezing it to make pumpkin pie for  Thanksgiving. No parts wasted!

I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and share some of the pumpkins my hubster and I have carve together over the years, something we have done together since before we were married!

Back in 2009 in our dating years, we followed stencils from one of those pumpkin carving kits you can get from just about any store around this time of year and came up with this. I picked the bat and my future husband picked the Boo Ghost. ***Sorry the pictures are kind of terrible, these pictures are pre-blogging days.***

Bat & Boo Pumpkins 2009By the next year’s Halloween we were newly married and had just returned from our honeymoon and we went a little overboard carving pumpkins. We ended up carving three! My favorite was the middle one since it had such a unique shape to it. This year we were a little more creative and used a mixture of store-bought stencils and a few of our own creation. The other thing we did was put the candle hole on the bottom of the pumpkin instead of the top and that worked really well.

Halloween Pumpkins 2010Halloween Pumpkins 2010In 2011, I was pregnant with the Goober so we scaled back down on our pumpkins and only carved one, a Jack Skellington inspired one and just free handed the design with a marker before carving. This one was my husband’s all-time favorite because it was so simple.

Jack Skellington Pumpkin 2011CIMG8279And I have to throw in a picture of our first babies, our pups, in costume just because they were so stinkin’ cute. CIMG8315


Last year we were in the process of relocating to the Atlanta area and it was pure mayhem but we still got a pumpkin carved. We had been watching a lot of Food Network and Iron Chef America so we went with an ICA logo of crossed knives which work well with Halloween’s theme of food and horror. We got three small pumpkins to represent our family too.

Iron Chef America Pumpkin 2012Also since I threw in a gratuitous pic of the pups earlier I would be remiss if I didn’t include a few pictures of the Goober’s first Halloween. He went as an adorable giraffe and his dad was the Tenth Doctor (from Doctor Who, which if you read this post here you know we are huge geeks fans).


Goober's First Halloween 2012

DSCN1704 And last but not least, here’s a sneak peek of our Halloween pumpkin decorating from this year. I don’t have a picture of the finished project since it was still drying when it was time to post this. We decided to keep it simple this year and let the Goober take a bigger role in decorating so we made a stencil out of tape and then let him go to town with washable paint all of the pumpkin. We picked GT for the Hubster’s alma mater and favorite football team and bats because what scream Halloween more? Hope I can add a picture of the final product soon. Just waiting for daylight and the paint to dry. It will also need a coat of polyurethane or mod podge before it goes outside so the rain doesn’t ruin all of the Goober’s hard work.


Halloween Pumpkin 2013 copyThanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me. Do you love carving/decorating pumpkins every year? What was your favorite to carve?


Coweta Fayette Families would like to wish you and yours a very happy and safe Halloween! Happy Trick or Treating!

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