Jack O'Lanterns

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Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Jack Skellington » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:56 am

I was just wondering what Jack O'Lantern carving designs people do or are planning to do this year?

I've attached some photos of the ones my wife & I did last year. I've got some better photos of them all outside in the dark, but their on my iphone & I can't get them back over to my laptop. :x

This year we're also going to attempt a Freddy Krueger one & a haunted house.

I absolutely love carving Jack O'Lanterns, it's my favourite thing of Halloween!
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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Spookymufu » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:33 am

we dont get too fancy but here are the kids from 2010....
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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Murfreesboro » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:55 am

We have a tradition of carving an acrylic pumpkin whenever a pet dies, which is then dedicated to that pet each year. I will be carving one for my cat who died last week. I carve a cat for a cat, a dog for a dog.

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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Midnite Shadow » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:06 am

I'm Batman...
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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Belladonna » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:10 am

Whoah I've never seen Batman pumpkins! Pretty cool!
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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Morticia » Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:24 am

We used to do all pattern carving. Took up the whole 2 days before Halloween. Then we got inspired by scene at Rhonda's house with all the pumpkins in Trick 'r' Treat inspired us to just do simple ones again. We get more done that way.
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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Murfreesboro » Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:11 am

Me, too, Morticia. I went crazy for the patterns for several years there, but I've cut back on that. I still do patterns for the acrylic pumpkins, which I can save from year to year, and for my last, Thanksgiving pumpkin (I carve a turkey design into my last pumpkin of the season for a centerpiece while my Thanksgiving turkey is baking).

I was just remembering that, last year, I bought a white pumpkin and carved a "Jack Skellington" face into it. I think I'd seen that in a magazine. I'll probably do that again this year. Sometimes I also collect leaves from the yard and use them as stencils for smaller pumpkins.

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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Jack Skellington » Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:26 am

Morticia wrote:We used to do all pattern carving. Took up the whole 2 days before Halloween. Then we got inspired by scene at Rhonda's house with all the pumpkins in Trick 'r' Treat inspired us to just do simple ones again. We get more done that way.


I'm also a big fan of the more simple, traditional Jack O'Lanterns. Think i'm gunna go back & do a proper traditional one again this year. I'll still do the more stencil/pattern ones though.

Murfreesboro, gotta love the Jack Skellington carved ones. :wink: A white one would look pretty awesome for him! :)
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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Morticia » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:50 pm

Murfreesboro wrote:Me, too, Morticia. I went crazy for the patterns for several years there, but I've cut back on that. I still do patterns for the acrylic pumpkins, which I can save from year to year, and for my last, Thanksgiving pumpkin (I carve a turkey design into my last pumpkin of the season for a centerpiece while my Thanksgiving turkey is baking).

I was just remembering that, last year, I bought a white pumpkin and carved a "Jack Skellington" face into it. I think I'd seen that in a magazine. I'll probably do that again this year. Sometimes I also collect leaves from the yard and use them as stencils for smaller pumpkins.


Murf that is what I have been thinking of doing as well. Buying the fake pumpkins and carving my favorite stuff into them, maybe one a year.
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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Jack Skellington » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:25 pm

Morticia wrote:
Murfreesboro wrote:Me, too, Morticia. I went crazy for the patterns for several years there, but I've cut back on that. I still do patterns for the acrylic pumpkins, which I can save from year to year, and for my last, Thanksgiving pumpkin (I carve a turkey design into my last pumpkin of the season for a centerpiece while my Thanksgiving turkey is baking).

I was just remembering that, last year, I bought a white pumpkin and carved a "Jack Skellington" face into it. I think I'd seen that in a magazine. I'll probably do that again this year. Sometimes I also collect leaves from the yard and use them as stencils for smaller pumpkins.


Murf that is what I have been thinking of doing as well. Buying the fake pumpkins and carving my favorite stuff into them, maybe one a year.


Just out of curiosity, what are the acrylic pumpkins like? Do they look good?

I might give one a try this year along with the real ones.
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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby iHaunt » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:58 pm

I carved Grim Reaper, Haunted House, Spider and Web, Skull, Witch, and more!

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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Jack Skellington » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:04 pm

iHaunt wrote:I carved Grim Reaper, Haunted House, Spider and Web, Skull, Witch, and more!


Have you got any pics iHaunt? I'ld love to see them! :)
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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby iHaunt » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:00 pm

Jack Skellington wrote:
iHaunt wrote:I carved Grim Reaper, Haunted House, Spider and Web, Skull, Witch, and more!


Have you got any pics iHaunt? I'ld love to see them! :)




Sorry no pics. :( Because it was back in 2002 - 2008. I hope to get a few pics this year, but I'm not so sure because me and my girlfriend will not decorate yard haunt at home this year so we are going to have a Halloween party at her best friend's house. :)

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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Murfreesboro » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:24 am

Jack Skellington wrote:
Just out of curiosity, what are the acrylic pumpkins like? Do they look good?

I might give one a try this year along with the real ones.


Yes, I'd say they look good, very natural. I think sometimes they are called "craft pumpkins." Of course, you cannot use a real candle inside them, have to go for the little battery-operated flicker lights. So the light they give off may not be as good as the natural pumpkins.

I would never replace all my pumpkins with the artificial ones. For one thing, I love love love roasted pumpkin seeds. But it is nice to have a few that I can save from year to year, after I've gone to the trouble of carving a stencil into them.

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Re: Jack O'Lanterns

Postby Jack Skellington » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:45 am

Murfreesboro wrote:
Jack Skellington wrote:
Just out of curiosity, what are the acrylic pumpkins like? Do they look good?

I might give one a try this year along with the real ones.


Yes, I'd say they look good, very natural. I think sometimes they are called "craft pumpkins." Of course, you cannot use a real candle inside them, have to go for the little battery-operated flicker lights. So the light they give off may not be as good as the natural pumpkins.

I would never replace all my pumpkins with the artificial ones. For one thing, I love love love roasted pumpkin seeds. But it is nice to have a few that I can save from year to year, after I've gone to the trouble of carving a stencil into them.


Thanks for that. :wink: I think i'll definitely try & get hold of one & give it a go. :)
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