Pumpkin carving is a big, big deal for my friends and family. We have a pumpkin fest every year wherein we break out the patterns and the scoops and the intricate little carving tools to sculpt our masterpieces. Most of us use the cheapie orange plastic jobbies that you can pick up clearanced to 50 cents on Nov. 5 and then save for the following year. (Not my brother, though. He has his own set of wood-handled carving tools. That's how serious we are.) We work hard to come up with patterns that are recognizable to the public but still a little geeky. Ordinarily, I find something I love pretty easily.
But this year, I'm struggling. I need a pattern, people! Preferably fairly recent pop culture, and preferably something that won't make me want to throw my pumpkin against the wall halfway through the carving process. I tried in vain to find a pattern for Doctor Who's weeping angels, but I had no luck on the Internet. I quickly abandoned the thought of making one myself thanks to the one-two punch of lack of time and lack of pattern-making expertise. I then thought about making a honey badger pumpkin, but again, there's no ready-made pattern and no time to try to make one myself. I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan, but I couldn't come up with one indelible image that would be obvious even to fans of the show.
So I appeal to the wisdom of our wise readers: What should my pumpkin be this year? I need your best ideas, people! For inspiration, here are some of the pumpkins my group has done in years past:
|My Severus Snape|
|My brother's Wolverine|
|My sister's Devil Ned Flanders|
|My husband's admittedly weak sauce Autobot|
|My wild thing|
|My brother's Iron Giant|
|My friend's Freddy Kruger|
|My friend's Michael Meyers|