18 People Who Could Win a Gold Medal for Pumpkin Carving

Every year, nearly 9 billion dollars are collectively spent on Halloween! But can this money bring on a celebratory mood? We don’t think so either. The most important thing about this holiday is creativity and the desire to make something different, whether it be with costumes, food, or pumpkin carving!

Bright Side has found 18 pumpkins that were carved with fantasy and accuracy in mind. Don’t miss our bonus at the end!

1. It looks very friendly though!

2. Are those chocolate rats?

3. This should be outside the dentist’s office as an add.

4. Tony Stark is always a good idea!

5. Where is the clown’s nose?

6. This face looks suspicious…

7. Eating away at our own self-imposed limitations

8. “Let’s go, Morty!”

9. We just drowned in these eyes.

10. Aggressive

11. We can’t read this customer’s face. Are they happy or angry?

12. Lovely friends

13. Is that Charles Bukowski?

14. Is there a Thanos pumpkin?

15. Somebody uses dark magic on Halloween…

16. Can you see Jinghis Khan and Orc in one?

17. The finest work

18. A pumpkin/watermelon hybrid

Bonus: less is more.

Are you going to carve a pumpkin this Halloween? What was the coolest one you ever made? Share it with us in the comments!

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/18-people-who-could-win-a-gold-medal-for-pumpkin-carving-634410/

These Pumpkin Carving Hacks Will Make Your Place the Spookiest House on the Block

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Halloween’s just days away, so you’ll want to make sure you’re dressed to the nines and stocked with all the candy your drugstore’s got to offer. But perhaps most importantly, you’ll want some pumpkin carving hacks to make your house stand out as the spookiest, most welcoming place in the neighborhood for mini-ghouls and young witch trick-or-treaters.

To achieve the perfect spook-tastic look, only enthusiasm is required. A quick trip to the dollar store will also yield some choice spiderwebs, so your jack-o-lanterns don’t have to be lonely on your front yard. Plus, if you have boxes, paint and a marker lying around the house, you can also easily craft a DIY tombstone for your lawn.

But the jack-o-lantern still holds the soft spot when it comes to impressive, satisfying and family-friendly decorations. Nothing screams Halloween quite like a big old carved pumpkin radiating candlelight. In fact, the ritual of carving pumpkins to ward off evil spirits dates all the way back to the Irish, who brought the tradition to America. Fun fact: Since there weren’t any pumpkins in Ireland, they carved turnips on All Hallow’s Eve instead.

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So, how exactly can you keep the pumpkin process from being a harrowing, messy chore and turn it into fun for the whole family? Read on for 6 pumpkin carving tips that will save you a bunch of headaches and earn you tons of brownie points this year.

1. Start by cutting off the top.

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Sure, “convention” has everyone cutting off the bottoms of their pumpkins, but this start to carving is actually much more effective. For one, it’s much easier to scoop out the pumpkin’s insides (my least favorite part of the process) with this generous hole cut out of the back. 

Also, it gives you a neater canvas to carve, which makes the whole process easier to navigate. And perhaps most importantly, if you want to put a candle in your pumpkin once it’s been carved, you won’t have to reach inside from the top and risk burning your hand.

2. Pick the right tools.

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Most store-bought DIY pumpkin kits come with knives, pokers and scraper spoons. And while those work fine, there are free things you might have lying around the house that will actually yield better design results.

For example, people swear by drywall (otherwise known as keyhole) saws, and claim they’re better than kitchen knives at carving a lot of pumpkins in a short amount of time.

Family Handy Man also shared some of the most effective power tools to employ in your carving adventures. Hole saws, drills and rotary tools can give your jack-o-lantern perfectly round eyes, as well as some other creative designs, like these:

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Sanders, when used carefully, can also help remove pumpkin skin, which allows you to show off elaborate designs that rely on gradients or different amounts of candle glow. And if you’re into going all out with your artistry, ribbon tools used for pottery work remarkably well for intricate pumpkin designs.

3. Cookie cutters for kids — all the way.

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If you’re carving with a group of kids, you might not want to have a display of sharp knives lying around the crafting station. Plus, tracing and carving out a handful of children’s drawings might not be your idea of a perfect weekend afternoon.

You won’t even have to leave your house for this incredible pumpkin carving hack, which shows how easy it is to make an impressive jack-o-lantern with the cookie cutters you already have in your kitchen. 

All you need is to pick your favorite shape, hammer it into the pumpkin with a rubber mallet (or any other heavy object lying around the kitchen), and have a backup knife handy to completely cut through the shape. Your kids will be left with the most impressive pumpkin on the block, and the projections of the carvings on the wall (if you keep you pumpkins inside) are a beautiful added bonus.

4. Get creative with your designs.

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One of the trickiest parts when carving pumpkins is getting the idea in our heads to translate into a three-dimensional backlit sculpture. But luckily, there are some great hacks to make the most important part of the carving process headache-free.

First, you don’t have to free-draw the design onto your pumpkin directly — but if you want to, you masterful artist, use a dry-erase marker instead of a permanent one, so you can adjust your sketch as you go.

If you’re no Michelangelo, print out a two-toned drawing, tape it to the pumpkin, and use a punch tool or a knife to outline it. Also, unless you’re super advanced, avoid drawings with islands or skinny parts, as these are trickiest to carve. Working from the middle out helps keep the integrity of the pumpkin so none of it accidentally breaks, and using the ribbon tools we mentioned above can help you create some really cool and detailed effects.

5. Have fun with the process.

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Sure, by this point in the article you’ve probably become an expert at creating your own classic jack-o-lantern. But why not take this project to an unprecedented level and really turn heads in your neighborhood?

As it turns out, achieving a perfect unique-looking pumpkin isn’t as hard as it might appear. To achieve the effect in the photo above, for example, one redditor emptied out the inside of a pumpkin, then mixed food coloring with a half cup of water and swirled it around the inside.  

Someone else on the platform recommended soaking a whole toilet paper roll in kerosene overnight for a high flame that can last for close to an hour, and the effects are pretty impressive.

6. Preserve your pumpkin.

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The last thing you want after laboring over your pumpkin for hours is to see it mold or rot away in your front lawn before you get to show it off on the big day. Rubbing a layer of petroleum jelly on the inside will actually seal in the moisture of the pumpkin and avoid it from decomposing before Halloween.

Your impressive jack-o-lanterns will speak for themselves this year.

Source : https://undefined/trending/2018/10/22/ZC2wj1/pumpkin-carving-hacks

The Best (and Most Instagrammable) Pumpkin Patches to Visit This Fall

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Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to grab your favorite fall sweater, drink that pumpkin spice latte, and head out to enjoy the great outdoors before it gets too cold to function. And by great outdoors, we mean your local pumpkin patch. Even if you live in major cities like New York or Los Angeles, you don’t have to travel too far to pick some gourds, ride a wagon full of hay, or get lost in a corn maze. 

Plus, just think of the content you will be creating for your Instagram followers. It’s a win-win for everyone. Check out the list below for the best pumpkin patch near your zip code. 

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New York City

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Los Angeles

3

Chicago

4

Houston

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Pittsburgh

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San Diego

7

Dallas

8

San Francisco

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Seattle

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Washington D.C.

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Nashville

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Boston

13

Atlanta

Source : https://undefined/trending/2018/10/10/ZiYPl7/best-pumpkin-patch-near-me

20 People Who Took Pumpkin Carving to a Whole New Level

According to statistics, about 46% of US citizens carved Halloween pumpkins in 2017. Some of the 46% managed to carve regular jack-o’-lanterns, while others ended up creating another masterpiece.

Bright Side is going to show you some fascinating pumpkins displaying creativity at its best. Don’t miss our bonus at the end — it will show you the cutest jack-o’-lantern fails (or not fails) and it’s actually up to you to decide!

Sweet chubby pumpkin!

When the level of your creativity goes beyond imagination:

Deep sea carving

How on Earth did they do it?

Creeeeeepy!

Love those eyes!

A giant jack-o’-lantern!

Just look at how well the tiniest details are worked out here:

The saddest pumpkin ever

We scare because we care!

Despite the deep undercuts and shadows, this is one single solid pumpkin:

When you like both sewing and carving:

Bonus:

Can you make a jack-o’-lantern from a monkey brain fruit?

Meet Vader the Pumpkin!

“Harry, is that you?”

Pizza pumpkins work too…

Keep smiling no matter how big you are.

Any pumpkin fail can turn out to be cute.

This is what happens when you’re left to do the team pumpkin:

When you haven’t decided whether you want to celebrate Halloween or Christmas:

Which of these pumpkins made you laugh the most? Are you good at carving jack-o’-lanterns? We would be glad to see both your masterpieces and fails in the comments!

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/20-people-who-took-pumpkin-carving-to-a-whole-new-level-610910/

Massive Pumpkin Gets Dropped From The Sky Onto A Car, And The Results Are Crushing

To mark the changing of the seasons, there are all sorts of traditions humans have come up with because we clearly have nothing better to do. Like the Japanese game Suikawari, where people blindfold each other and try to smash watermelons with a stick to officially ring in the summer.

Now I don’t know if the Black Fox Distillery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is aware of Suikawari, but it seems that they’re also fond of smashing produce. And automobiles.

The Canadian farm and distillery holds an annual pumpkin festival and this year, in order to help raise awareness and funds for the local fire department and pediatric unit, they decided to smash a car with a giant pumpkin.

And as you can see from the video below, it was a pretty involved process. First, an enormous pumpkin was filled with candy and then pulled way up in the air with the help of a crane, before it was ceremoniously released onto the the vehicle.

The car clearly didn’t stand a chance, but then again, that’s what happens when you drop a 1,300 pound agricultural wonder on a machine.

Here’s yet another angle of the pumpkin-car-crushing action.

Photographers were there to capture the aftermath, which obviously delighted the children who witnessed it. I mean, what kid wouldn’t want to see an enormous pumpkin smash a car and then get candy afterwards?

More than 2,000 people attended the event with all the proceeds being put to good use. So yes, it might be strange that monstrous sized technically fruits are being used to destroy man-made products, but at the end of the day, it was for a good cause.

I mean, unless you count mindlessly entertaining destruction a good cause too. Then the whole event was a win-win.

Source : http://www.distractify.com/trending/2017/10/17/ZzgQRi/pumpkin-crushes-car