Carving pumpkins is one of my favorite things to do at Halloween. When I
was a kid, the only thing we had was a butcher’s knife and a
paring knife to get the job done. Now there are loads of fantastic tools
that not only help get the job done, but also make it less likely you’ll take off a finger in the process.
I went on a quest to find YouTube videos for how to carve pumpkins that go beyond your standard jack-o-lantern. I am not the most precise person in the world and this year, I wanted to find techniques that I could not only see, but could imagine doing.
Mario Brothers has been around since I started playing video games back in the dark ages, so I was pumped to find a video of Mario being carved into a pumpkin. It made me feel like Donkey Kong was chasing him all over again!
The saying is once you go Mac you never go back. It’s true, even with pumpkin carvings. The Apple logos are simple, and look cool. Seeing the Mac finder on a pumpkin makes my fingers itch. None of my neighbors would get it, but my entire social media community would be cheering!
Starbucks. Ahhh, the location of free wi-fi, a place to park your laptop, and enough caffeine to keep you wired for hours. It’s also where autumn collides in your mouth in the form of a Pumpkin Spice Latte. We addicts of this spicy, caffeinated goodness wait all year for it to appear in stores. What better way to salute it than a stop-motion pumpkin carving?
Emails are peppered with emoticons. Imagine making a pumpkin emoticon! This time lapse video during the creation of a winking smiley face makes me want to LOL!
“Luke, I am your father.” Star Wars fans will salute this pumpkin made to resemble the second Death Star as they relive the magical moments of it exploding during “Return of the Jedi”.
Power tools. The bane of all weekend DIY’ers. Until it’s time to carve pumpkins. Then they become massive slicing machines meant to wreak damage on the tough outer shells! It’s like Martha Stewart meeting Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor from the show “Home Improvement.” It’s you versus the pumpkins and you have everything at your disposal from a rocket powered band saw to a stainless steel bathroom. What you actually need with a stainless steel bathroom when carving a pumpkin is not the point. The point is, well, you have one. Nothing stands in your way but pumpkin destruction and great orange glory! Now that I have you all pumped up? Buzz-kill. Remember to follow all rules of safety and wear protective gear. And do yourself a favor: don’t have Richard Kind (aka Al Borland) standing in the corner with his trusty flannel shirt. That’s just wrong.
Hopefully you now have some ideas that are more creative than one I remember from that great philosopher, Jack Handey: a pumpkin with a Post-It note that says “You” on it, and an ax splitting the top of the pumpkin (confession: I have no idea why I’ve remembered that all these years, but I have and it’s classic).
What’s your favorite way to carve a pumpkin? Share it!
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Clever Girls Collective is a social media marketing agency founded by women who wanted to use their deep marketing experience and broad social network relationships for good. We know that women who engage in social media are some of the most authentic, connected, trusted, and vocal influencers — not only online, but “in real life.” That’s why we’ve developed The Clever 1000: an ever-growing, beautifully diverse network of professional, thoughtful social media-connected, natural networkers and influencers who want to engage with and enhance their favorite brands. Lisa Frame lives on the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and 10-yr. old son. She is an aspiring picture book writer, cupcake connoisseur, lip gloss wearing, retro-loving, wine enthusiast. An avid reader, photographer and coffee addict, Lisa also has a knack for coming up with fun ideas for moms and kids, cooking memorable meals (some for the wrong reasons), lives as green as possible, and blogging about whatever comes to mind. You can find more about Lisa over at A Daily Pinch and Mommyality, wrangling city editor duties at Savvy Source or follow her on Twitter @Daily_Pinch and @Mommyality.