Confessions of a Bad Pumpkin Carver

halloweenI've carved four pumpkins into Jack O'Lanterns during my lifetime. Not coincidentally, this is my son's fourth Halloween. The OB/GYN won't mention it, but an additional change in your life when you become a parent for the first time is the requirement that every October you carve a pumpkin.

I can hand code you a valid XHTML 1.0 Strict web site fully utilizing valid CSS with pretty images manufactured in Photoshop, but when it comes to arts and crafts I'm all thumbs. Carving a pumpkin is essentially an arts and crafts exercise with a knife and vegetable instead of markers, paper and scissors. Not wanting to look like a pathetic carver in front of the kids, I always play it safe. The eyes and nose always end up as triangles and the mouth is usually a big smile with some sharp triangle teeth.

I got my first digital camera in 2004 which means I have photographs of my last three Jack O'Lanterns. When I display them side by side it confirms my suspicion. I follow the same tried and true formula and take no risks. See for yourself. Below is my work from 2004, 2005 and 2006 respectively.

Our 2004 Jack O' Lantern My Favourite Shot of 2005 Jack Our 2006 Jack O' Lantern

They say acknowledging you need help is half the battle. This is an important first step in my pumpkin carving recovery program.

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Mary Boon

I think it looks great. The love that was put into the carving makes up for any lack of artistic skills. I know because I too had a lot of pumpkins for my kids that looked a lot like yours. But the love measured in was unmeasurable.

October 30, 2006 @ 1:40 PM


I like 2005's the best. It's more symmetrical. 2004's looks like a vampire. Did this year's eat too much candy given the 4 teeth instead of 5 or was that a carving casualty? He looks angry too. Still a good effort Mike. Happy Hallowe'en.

October 31, 2006 @ 4:32 PM

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