Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hey Punkin'

Halloween has always been big business in our house. Since I was a little girl, my mom hand made our costumes almost every year.

Following with that theme, pumpkins were a big deal in our house - and everyone pitched in to help.

In the early days, my brother and I could only be trusted to do guts removal.

But apparently, once you became a 10-year-old you were able to be trusted with those little orange knives.

Predictably, I chose the cuddly designs while my brother chose the scary designs. I think that trend carried through our entire childhood.


And then there was one legendary pumpkin - it had the neighbors runing for their cameras.

"Scary Caray."

(For those of you who didn't get the reference, that would be Harry Caray - of the Chicago Cubs). It's pretty clever, isn't it?

I felt the pressure this year to deliver something good... but let's be honest, creativity isn't my forte. One turned out good, one.... well, it was a good effort.

What do you think?

Ok, so I'm not exactly a pumpkin master... but they took a long time and I gave it my best shot. That's what counts, right?

Did you (or do you still) carve pumpkins? Do you use fancy carving kits or create your masterpiece freestyle??

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P.S. The poor picture quality would be due to the fact that I took pictures of pictures. Oops.

19 Classy Comments:

Jessica said...

I love your pumpkins! We did carve a pumkin this year... in my opinon, it's just not halloween until I've carved a pumpkin! Sometimes we get really creative but this year we just carved an ole school jack-o-lantern!!

The Shabby Princess said...

Lady, those are AWESOME!! I can barely do the dinky little triangle eyes!

Tara said...

Those are some great pumpkins!! This is the first year that the kids showed no interest in carving them. I kinda miss it, but I'm allergic to the "guts" so maybe it's not a big deal....

Sarah said...

those are some awesome pumpkins. I use to paint pumpkins as a child and rarely ever carved them. Last year the boy and I carved pumpkins and it was a blast. We decided to keep the tradition and carve again this year. Even if mine look weird it was still so much fun!

PinkSass said...

You are a pro. I always do the silly faces. This will the first year I don't carve a pumpkin. Sad day.

ps pumpkin seeds are the best!

Aly said...

I love your pumpkins! I'm actually carving mine with my parents tonight, and I might steal one of your ideas!

Gwen said...

You all do wonderful!!! I was lucky enough to get a letter on mine this year and even used a Sharpie to do it.:) XOXO

Melissa said...

I think they look great! I have to carve one today with my preschoolers and I'm retarded at it. Oh well!!

Becky said...

Your pumpkins look AWESOME! So much better than I could have done believe me and I love the old photos of ya'll growing up too....I haven't carved a pumpkin in years, but I really want to!

Mindy said...

My family used to carve pumpkins every year-- we created our own designs. I loved taking the seeds out and baking them! It's been too long since I last carved a pumpkin (3 years ago), which is here http://mindymerenghi.blogspot.com/2009/10/wordless-wednesday.html.

Annie said...

all the pumpkins are awesome!
your most recent ones turned out great!!

i haven't carved a pumpkin in at least 10 years.

etta said...

I love pumpkin carving! I haven't carved one in a couple of years. Hopefully I can talk the husband into carving some tomorrow afternoon!

kristi said...

wow! those pumpkins look amazing!!

Allison said...

What adorable pumpkins! I want to carve one, but I probably won't have the energy to do it all this week. I'm afraid my dog would start eating the pumpkin anyway. :(

Classy in Philadelphia said...

I love those pumpkins! I don't think my family is carving pumpkins this year and that makes me sad :(

The Ratpack said...

Wow, those pumpkins are awesome!! I'm so impressed!

And aren't you just the cutest thing!! I will post some of my old costume pics if you will...I will feel weird if I'm the only one doing it! : )

ChatTeaKathy said...

Your pumpkins are fantastic. I carved one this year that had purple sparkle aviators. But then it rained, the purple paint disappeared, and my pumpkin ended up looking like a cyclops more than anything else. You win big time!

_Kat

SLJ said...

You pumpkins look awesome! I am terrible with arts and crafts so I try and stay away as much as possible and admire from afar LOL

SLJ said...

You pumpkins look awesome! I am terrible with arts and crafts so I try and stay away as much as possible and admire from afar LOL

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