"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

J is for Jack O'Lantern

Now, I know this isn't the right time of year for Jack O'Lanterns but Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I also figured that after the ire inspiring nature of my last post we could all use something light and fun. Like most of y'all out there, I started out carving boring nice, normal Jack O'Lanterns like that cartoon to the left. And then, one Halloween quite a number of years ago, I stumbled across a miraculous thing in the grocery store. It was a pumpkin carving kit and, for less than $8, I too could create intricate, amazing Jack O'Lanterns. I started with some of the simpler patterns but I've gotten more daring every year. Last year was the most spectacular year yet. Here are a few of my Jack O'Lanterns from the previous few Halloweens...

Harry Potter

Puss 'n Boots from Shrek

a werewolf

I want to try something like this for Halloween 2011 if I am brave enough.

7 comments:

Vicki said...

Awesome! I love those Halloween carving kits. We use them all the time. You should totally go for the dragon this year. Will look forward to seeing it come Halloween.

Lynn said...

I love Jack O'Lanterns! I only carved my first one about 3 years ago (sad, I know) and then this last Halloween I introduced The Hubs to carving Jack O'Lanterns. He loved it, so it will definitely be a tradition we carry on in years to come!!

Lynn said...

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Sandy said...

These are AMAZING!!!

Meari said...

Oh yeah.... I found those kits too. No going back after that.

Your Jacks look awesome.

Tillie said...

wow! those are fabulous. I cannot even do anything that cool with a kit. Mine are always lame.

battynurse said...

Those are seriously cool. I only have only carved pumpkins a few times but a few years ago I did buy one of those carving kits and did a pretty cool bat pumpkin.