Each year we carve our pumpkins into jack o’lanterns. We started off years ago with the basic triangle eyes, nose, and random crescent-shaped mouth (up or down, teeth or not). Over the years, I have gotten more adventurous even to the point of not drawing on the pumpkin any more! I know! Living on the edge!
Here are the three pumpkins for this year. They reflect our children’s personal preferences. The youngest just wanted a scary pumpkin. Middle boy wanted a Star Wars jack o’lantern, so he downloaded a template for a Mandalorian helmet (think the Fett family, both Boba and Jango). As you can see, the pumpkin is layered so that some of the cuts go all the way through and others go halfway into the skin and then leave pumpkin meat in place to dim the candle light.
The third is my eldest’s idea. She thought it would be funny if the pumpkin was aware that its head had been cut open and its innards scooped out. So it is looking in shock at its lobotomized lid, complete with stitches! The lid is held in place in the back with two toothpicks, then I made two small wedges out of left over rind to force the lid to stay up, and secured them each with a toothpick as well. This toothpick went into the head, through the wedge, and stuck into the lid.