Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

For Halloween, I thought I'd share our 2010 Jack O'Lantern display. (You can click on any photo to enlarge if you 'd like.) At our house we have a tradition called the Nason Family Pumpkin Glow. We've done it for four years now. We carve up a whole pile of pumpkins (27 this year). We light them the night before Halloween and have a party for several families we know. Then, tonight, we will of course light them again for our Trick-or-Treaters. We will likely have 150+ kids.
My husband is the pumpkin scooper-outer and I am the carver. Like my quilts, I just do them freehand with no pattern. It goes more quickly if I just make it up as I go along. For the ones that have letters on them I do draw the letters in marker first to be sure they are spaced out okay. The kids are the design consultants and help pick the seeds out of the pumpkin glop so we can roast them. At five-years-old and three-years-old, they can't help carve yet, but will definitely be involved as they get older.
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We have them lit with LED lights. Some change colours and some just flicker amber.

People often ask what I use for carving. I use a paring knife, a steak knife and a tablespoon. Nothing fancy at all, and it works well.
I grouped the pumpkins together last night to get good pictures in the dark, but the photo above shows how they are actually stretched out along our front step to make a nice display for the Trick-or-Treaters.
So Happy Halloween! Hope everyone has a great night!!!!

17 comments:

Angie said...

Really awesome display - love your Pumpkin Glow! Thanks for sharing, I am inspired!

Jackie said...

I love the pumpkin glow! I can't imagine doing that free hand but my drawing skills are zero.

You're husband's hand must hurt after scooping out so many pumpkins!

Kelly said...

That is so cool, I bet it is awesome in prson!

Sandra said...

OMG!! Is there no end to your talents, that's awesome. Wish your house were closer to mine so we could come see them!!
Never would have thought of lighting them with led lights. Thanks for that!
Happy Halloween to all!

LittleBook said...

Love this! You're house must be so much fun!

mainer said...

This is wonderful. Bet you get a lot of trick or treaters!

Victoria Paige said...

That's awesome! What a neat tradition.

Jansie said...

Wow, I am in awe. I hate carving pumpkins - for various reasons- so I cannot imagine taking on a project like this. But the results are stunning! So, so beautiful. Happy Halloween!

Sharon said...

What a brilliant display. We don't really do Halloween in the UK much, which is a shame - we're sat here with a bucket of sweets and chocolates that hubby and me will probably end up munching our way through!

Ellen said...

How cool! I bet it's just breathtaking in person & the visiting kids all just love it. Thanks for sharing!

Canadian Kristin said...

Fantastic display!!!!! 27 pumpkins is amazing! We did 7 and I just ran out of time so there are another 9 still sitting there uncarved! lol I really like that you use holiday lights instead of the candles, that's a great idea!

Barb said...

OMG this is just too fab!
WE only caved 4 so I feel like a wanker compared to your display.
It is inspired!! love them all
I did a dog bone pumpkin this year for our new pup, it was her first halloween!

Kathy said...

What a happy glow around your home for Halloween. I enjoyed your photos.

Rosa Robichaud said...

WOW!!! I am absolutely BLOWN OVER by all these incredible pumpkins and the effort that you put forth, for Halloween!

*VBG*

LOVE your display!!!

Rosa

Vesuviusmama said...

I was busy with my own Halloween, so I'm late to this party, but WOW! I am so impressed! You've given me some ideas for future pumpkin carving designs - I get tired of the same stuff year after year.

Angie said...

Well, that is the cutest thing I've seen in years for Halloween! What a lovely tradition---I'm definitely one of those 'if one is good BUNCHES are waaay better'! :D Great artistic abilities there, girl!

Mary said...

What a neat idea and what great carvings!