Pumpkin Carving

Filed under: — Anastasia @ 4:55 pm

Last night, Jeff and I attended a pumpking carving party hosted by my officemate.  In the 8 years we’ve been together, I don’t believe Jeff and I have ever carved pumpkins.  The last time I tried was in college.  Neither of us has even tried to get much fancier than your typical eyes/nose/toothy-mouth pumpkin.  But this year we decided to have a crack at doing the more three-dimensional kind of pumpkin, where you carve into the flesh but not all the way through (at least, not everywhere) for a textured, “fancy” look.

Except mine ended up looking kind of like, oh, NOTHING, and so I hacked out most of the pieces in the end after all.

Here is my pumpkin:


Is it:

a) A tiki mask?
b) A skeleton with acne?
c) a screaming SCUBA diver?

Jeff brought a printout of the shark “Bruce” from Finding Nemo, and declared he was going to sculpt a Bruce pumpkin.  I fully expected his pumpkin to just be a hacked-up blob.

Turns out I’m married to the Pumpkin Whisperer:


Luckily, mine looks somewhat better when placed next to Jeff’s for context:


In case you don’t believe that’s actually a pumpkin, here’s how it looks in normal lighting:


One of our friends brought her 4-year old son.  He instantly recognized “Bruce,” and then completely cracked me up by saying – in a tone of genuine wonder – “I’ve never seen an actual shark before!”   You still haven’t, kid.  But I can’t blame you for being fooled.


  1. Yeah, pretty much nailed it. :)

    Comment by Jeff — 10/29/2008 @ 5:52 pm

  2. That is some serious carving skill. We’re doing ours tomorrow night. Prepare to be… underwhelmed.

    Comment by Ben — 10/29/2008 @ 9:28 pm

  3. Whoa, that is pretty good.

    Comment by Sarah — 10/30/2008 @ 6:58 pm

  4. Wow, I’m impressed. And a little scared!

    Comment by Carol — 11/4/2008 @ 10:50 am

  5. I second the “whoa” and “wow”! I’m very impressed with Bruce… Anna, I kind of thought yours might be WALL-E at first…

    Comment by Mir — 11/4/2008 @ 1:13 pm

  6. Wow, Jeff, makes me wonder what other hidden talents you have. Ever toss a caber?

    Comment by Russell — 11/4/2008 @ 5:54 pm

  7. WOW- a post. A actual, “stuff going on in my life post!” You need a lot of praise for this so you will post more…. Of course what does it say that I am just now finding a Halloween post….

    Comment by Cookie — 12/13/2008 @ 4:25 pm

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