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Our Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns!

It takes GUTS to carve a pumpkin!

On Sunday night, Re and I picked up some pumpkins, loaded up an episode of Dexter, covered the table with cut-up paper bags and started hacking away at our future jack-o-lanterns. Since we recently moved to a new place, we decided the front steps needed to be adorned with some pumpkins for Halloween, so these ones simply had to be good. If they turned out bad, this new home would forever be cursed and we would have to move out immediately. I don't make the rules of Halloween, I just abide by them.

Roast the seeds, not the guts.

We spent a good while gutting the things and made sure to separate the seeds, because Re wanted to roast them. Up until now, I had never had fresh roasted pumpkin seeds, and I gotta say... they're pretty good and I highly recommend you try it. Here's how Re roasts pumpkin seeds: all you gotta do is get a pumpkin, remove the seeds, wash them off, spread them out on a cooking sheet covered with tin foil, lightly spray them with Pam or any cooking oil, add a lil' salt, roast them at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, then stir them up and roast for another 20 minutes. Lastly, turn the oven off and let them sit in there for another 5-10 minutes and then they should be ready to devour. Try it out, because it's way better than buying prepackaged ones.

Anyway, after a lot of carving and even hammering nails into the pumpkins (another first for me), I'm really happy with the results of our 2010 jack-o-lanterns:

Our Jack-O-Lanterns for the 2010 Halloween season!

She decided to create an expressive jack-o-lantern with some seriously sharp teeth, and I decided to make one based on my favorite Jason Voorhees mask. Not too shabby, eh? Click here to see a larger view of them. Lemme know what you guys think.

Also, if any of you have carved up your jack-o-lanterns already, please share them here in this blog thread... I'd love to see 'em!


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JoeyJoJoJr on 10/20/2010 4:13 am

Nothing beats roasted pumpkin seeds.

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imockyou on 10/20/2010 9:39 am

I haven't carved this year's pumpkins yet, but here's mine from last year, though I must admit it's not nearly as awesome as yours. It should be noted my dog ate the small pumpkin's brains shortly after this picture was taken.

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stonewar on 10/20/2010 11:27 am

Do you free-hand those pumpkins or do you draw anoutline to follow. I tend to freehand myself with no planned design. I make an eye. then try to duplicate it. Once that is completed determine what type of mouth would go with those eyes (goofy smile, creepy teeth, howling mawl) IS there room for a nose? Is a nose necessary for the overall look? They end up ok but they tend to be high on the pumpkin since I cut out the bottom rather than the top for easier lighting.
I think I've rambled enough.

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Julio on 10/20/2010 1:31 pm

That pumpkin is going to eat me.

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Popcornmonster on 10/20/2010 2:03 pm

My Evil Dead pumpkin for 2010. I've got some previous years' creations around too.

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A Bad Enough Dude on 10/20/2010 3:40 pm

Much better than anything I could ever do.

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ThorDieringer on 10/20/2010 6:29 pm

My Joker pumpkin


ColdFusion (Guest) on 10/20/2010 7:30 pm

pretty damned excellent!
I still think Casey Jones is the best hockey-mask-bearin' maniac around, though.

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Shadowdancer21b on 10/20/2010 7:38 pm

Very cool!

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ryot on 10/20/2010 9:49 pm

Wow that Evil Dead pumpkin is totally kick ass!

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dextire on 10/20/2010 10:56 pm

Wow, those both turned out really well!

We can't carve here until like the 29th. So here's one we did from last year:


Cregg (Guest) on 10/20/2010 11:53 pm

I think this pumpkin turned out lookin' like Jabba post Leia strangling!


Beefity (Guest) on 10/21/2010 5:07 am

here is my MST3K pumpkin

here lol


Brett_Lives (Guest) on 10/21/2010 1:22 pm

Here are some Poompkins I made a few years back.

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Orangezeppelin on 10/21/2010 6:24 pm

I was going to carve a watermellon this year, but they went out of season already! I guess I can't be TOO creative!

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blood_panther on 10/21/2010 7:48 pm

Oh man I always go crazy with pumpkins, haven't started this year but I have some good pictures of pumpkins years past.

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Ronin S on 10/21/2010 10:14 pm

I'm going to make a domo-kun Jack O' Lantern this year.

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kentucky_fried_negger on 10/23/2010 3:58 pm

what the hell this is now a cooking mama show or should i say cooking papa


SupraGenius (Guest) on 10/23/2010 8:21 pm

Wow, can't believe you never roasted your own seeds before. They really are boss. They are best if you leave little bits of pumpkin flesh on them too. We've been doing it for years. The store bought pumpkin seeds have been bleached or something, and just don't taste right.

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