Carved pumpkin critters and a painted white pumpkin for All Hallows, 31 October 2012.

Here’s wishing a spooky All Hallow’s, Dia de los Muertos, happy harvest, or just tons of candy to all my readers. However you celebrate this holiday, I hope that you’re having fun with it!

I’ve always found Halloween, as we know it in the modern and highly commercialized sense, to be a strange holiday. The carving of large vegetables, wearing of costumes, and distribution of candy by strangers certainly runs against the norm.

At any rate, I don’t do much to celebrate, but pumpkin carving has always been a tradition and is one I continue to enjoy…despite being allergic to pumpkin guts. This year we decided to try something different and bought one of those big white pumpkins, which Mandy painted. We also bought four of those gourds that look like mini pumpkins, and an equal number of plastic vampire teeth, to make pumpkin critters with.

Carved pumpkin critters and a painted white pumpkin for All Hallows, 31 October 2012.

Carved pumpkin critters and a painted white pumpkin for All Hallows, 31 October 2012.

Carved pumpkin critters and a painted white pumpkin for All Hallows, 31 October 2012.

It’s an idea Mandy got, I think, from Pinterest. And it is really cute. And also a real PITA, since the gourds are deceptively tough and my kitchen knife wouldn’t cut into them. So I broke out the Dremel tool and a cutting bit and carved them open that way – because really, it isn’t a true American holiday unless power tools are involved. Once I got through the outer hide, they were much easier to hollow out and work with; it’s just that first step that needed a technological fix.

Note to the adventurous: the Dremel did the job, but it also sprayed ground pumpkin rind across the kitchen, so be prepared for cleanup if you try this. Or be smarter than me and do it outside.

And how about that paint job on the white pumpkin?  Mandy has some real artistic talent – I ought to give that girl a canvas to work with!

Carved pumpkin critters and a painted white pumpkin for All Hallows, 31 October 2012.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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