Halloween isn’t far off, so it doesn’t hurt to start shopping now before all of the good stuff is sold out. While your kids might already have ideas for costumes, I bet their trick-or-treat pumpkins aren’t being given the slightest thought.
Because what’s Halloween if not an opportunity to one-up all your neighbors with over-the-top decorations, this is the 12-ft Giant-Sized Inferno Pumpkin Skeleton with LifeEyes™ LCD Eyes available from Home Depot for $350. I can already imagine my wife asking what the $350 charge from Home Depot was and me lying and telling her it was for power tools.
The engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs have a pumpkin carving contest each year, and the pumpkins the creative ideas these rocket scientists come up with run the gamut from pop culture to space themed. My favorite design this year is the E.T.
It’s that time of year where geeky artists everywhere turn pumpkins into characters from their favorite things. If ever there was a droid that was meant to be in pumpkin form, BB-8 is it, with it’s round body and head.
Not too long ago, I stopped by a farmer’s market. The variety of pumpkins they had was astounding. I didn’t see any green pumpkins though, and I really need one if I’m going to carve myself a Creeper pumpkin.
Literally, the day September rolled around, I started to hear advertisements for pumpkin spice this and pumpkin spice that on the radio. I can only assume this means that on college campuses everywhere girls are now wearing vests, tights, and Ugg boots while they sip their mocha crappuccino pumpkin spice lattes.
There are many different ways to carve a pumpkin for Halloween. You can actually cut into it old school style and carve your own face. Those not wanting to mess with gross guts can simply paint the pumpkin, or use those plastic parts you ram into the sides of the pumpkin Mr.
This may be the coolest jack-o-lantern I have seen so far this year. It comes from Imgur user Mikepants, who carved it like a normal Halloween pumpkin with a super creepy grin and eyes. He then used chemistry to take things a step further using fire.
If you want to up your Marvel game this Halloween, you need to make some superhero-inspired pumpkins. But maybe you aren’t very good at carving. ThinkGeek has you covered with this Marvel Pumpkin Push-In Kit.
All you need are some pumpkins and this kit, and in seconds you’ll have some fun Marvel pumpkins for the witching season – Iron Man and The Hulk to be specific.
Do yourself a favor and get these Star Wars pumpkins this Halloween. You won’t have to carve it open, or scoop any slimy pumpkin guts, or carve your design in them. These are already done. It’s like you used the Force to summon them.
Each Halloween, I get these grand ideas of making an awesome jack-o-lantern. The problem is that I am not particularly good at carving pumpkins. That has led me to try all sorts of tools and patterns with little success.
Halloween is here, and tonight kids across the country (and more than a few adults) will be out trick-or-treating and partying. One of our favorite things around here each Halloween is looking at the cool pumpkins that people carve up, and we have already seen some cool pumpkins in 2014.
Looking for a geeky twist for your Halloween decorations? Michal Janyst is onto something. He used two 8×8 LED modules and an Arduino Nano to give his jack-o’-lantern a pair of animated eyes.
Here’s Michal’s crazy-eyed pumpkin:
Ride a broom to Michal’s blog for the parts list, schematics and links to the software and code you need to emulate his hack.
Normally when you carve a pumpkin you put the design on the outside, but when making a pumpkin TARDIS all rules fly out the front doors. Naturally a TARDIS, being bigger on the inside, should be carved on the inside.
Tony Dighera of Cinagro Farms is a mad scientist kind of organic farmer. He has spent the last four years on his 40-acre farm in Ventura County, CA perfecting his process to create pumpkin versions of Frankenstein’s monster.