Pumpkin Carving
Gone-ta-pott.com
Gone-ta-pott.com
"Your Holiday Directory"
Celebrate with Activities!
Party GamesDrinking
Time To Entertain.
Party Planning
Celebrate with food!
Recipe Categories
Recipe ListSandwiches
Celebrate With Drinks:
BeveragesCoffee
Food Holidays
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Resources:  This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses some material from Wikipedia/article carving / and other related pages.
Very top photo is a paid stock photo licensed:                                                                               
Home  /  Site Info  /  Feedback Form  /  Terms of Use / Privacy Policy
Our Video Clips  /  Calendar Directory  /  Calendar Store   /  Blogger  /  Send Greeting Cards  /  Thank You!

Copyright 2004 & Up / Gone-ta-pott.com - All rights reserved.
Dzimitry Valiushka | Dreamstime.com
Halloween Store
About
Halloween History
Halloween Symbols
Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween Traditions
What's Halloween Day
Religious Perspectives
Around the World
Superstitions

Hauntings
Haunted Attraction
List of Haunted Location
What is a Hauntedhouse
Disneyland Mansion
Haunted House
Virtual Tours

Traditions
Bobbing for apples
Halloween Food
Halloween Carnival
Dressing in Costumes
Jack-o'-lantern
Bonfires
Decorating Yards
Trick-or-treating

Activities
Carving jack-o'-lanterns
Scarecrow Building
Scavenger Hunts
Halloween Parties
Hay Rides
Yard Rolling /TPing
Cake Walks
Touring Haunted Houses
Spook Hunting

Witchery
Candel Color Meanings
A Witches Garden
Witch Cookbooks
What is a Witch
Potions
Spells

Halloween Fun
Halloween Flash Games
Halloween Jokes
Ask Guru Joe
Blobs Game

Symbols
Ghosts  /  Witches
skeletons  /  vampires
werewolves  /  demons
bats  /  Black Cats
Graveyards  /  Pirate

Holiday Categories
Spooky Holidays
Supernatural Holidays
Weird Holidays
Witches Holidays
Friday the 13th
Full Moon Days

Related Days / Times
All Saints Day
All Souls Day
Allantide
Beggars Night
Day of the Dead
Devil's Night
Eid il-Burbara
Ghost Festival
Hop-tu-Naa
Koroksun
Martinisingen
Mischief night
Qarqe'an
Samhain
Walpurgis Night

Party Ideas
Theme Parties
Types of Parties
Party Food
Party Planning Tips
Party Games
Drinking games
Parlour games
Children's games
Scavenger Hunts /

Calendar Related
Astronomy
Birthstones / Month
Daylight Saving Time
Flower of the month
Zodiac Signs
Todays Birthday
Horoscope

Food Related
Gifts-in-a-jar
Hillbilly Cookin
Pirate Food
Recipe Directory
A jack-o'-lantern is typically a carved pumpkin. It is associated chiefly with the holiday of Halloween and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o'-lantern. In a jack-o'-lantern, typically the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved onto the outside surface, and the lid replaced. At night, a light is placed inside to illuminate the effect.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
The Craft Of Carving             
Sections of the pumpkin
are cut out to make holes,
often depicting a face,
usually with a menacing
expression like that of a
demon or the devil.

        A variety of tools can be used    
to carve and hollow out the gourd, ranging from simple knives and spoons to specialized instruments, typically sold in holiday sections of North American grocery stores. Printed stencils can be used as a guide for increasingly complex designs. After carving, a light source (traditionally a candle) is placed inside the pumpkin and the top is put back into place. The light is normally inserted to illuminate the design from the inside and add an extra measure of spookiness. Sometimes a chimney is carved, too. It is possible to create surprisingly artistic designs, be they simple or intricate in nature.

Towards the end of the 20th century, artists began expressing every kind of idea they could imagine on pumpkins. Today, it is common to see portraits of political candidates, celebrities and cartoon characters depicted on them. Pumpkin painting is also common, especially for children whose parents don't want them handling the sharp tools involved in carving.

The tradition of carving a lantern     
started in Ireland. However, it was traditionally sliced out of a swede or a turnip. They were created on All Hallows' Eve and left on the door step to ward off evil spirits. An offering or, as we now know it, a "treat", would also be commonly left to placate roaming sprites and evil spirits — otherwise they might 'fiddle' with property or livestock (play a "trick"). Once the tradition moved to the USA, it was adapted to the carving of a pumpkin as these vegetables were more readily available, bigger and easier to carve.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Looking for more information?
Research jackolanterns too.

Outside Links
Open Directory Project

Slideshow by life magazine

Photos at wikipedia


       Host A Pumpkin Carving Party!  
If you want a party the kids will remember for the rest of their lives then you have to host a pumpkin carving party! Carving pumpkins are so much fun and both kids and adults love to do it. It doesn't take a lot of planning but it sure produces a lot of happy people.

There's just something magical about a group of people carving all kinds of pumpkin faces on a table - outside at dusk. The real magic comes when everyone gets to light their pumpkins all at once and everyone gets to ooh and ahhh at the display. We think nothing is better.

The host of the party supplies the pumpkin patterns, drinks and desserts. The guests are asked to bring one pumpkin per family. Ohhhh and don't forget to collect up all the pumpkin seeds and roast them while everyone everyone is having a good time. Once roasted and seasoned, just bag them up in pretty Halloween bags and give them to your guests as a parting gift when they leave.

For kids that are to small to carve with a knife, it's easy to make sure they get to have fun too by setting up a table of baby pumpkins and letting them paint faces on them with paint.

So put on your pumpkin face....

and we do mean to
paint on a pumpkin
face with face paint
and let the party begin.

See
How to host a pumpkin carving party
Pumpkins make a frightfully delishious               dinner party.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Outside Links to Carving Patterns   
The Internet is full of places to download patterns for pumpkin carving. We love carving pumpkins to so we have put together a list of our favorite sites that we know will be helpful.

History Channel

Pumpkin Masters

The Pumpkin Lady

Woo Jr. Halloween

Pumpkinglow.com/Patterns

Disney Halloween Patterns

Better Home and Garden

Nick Jr.

Hersheys Chocolate

HP Creative Studio

The Pumpkin Wizard

History Channel

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

        Fun Tips                                       
Make sure you have the tools to get the job done before you get started. We like to use watermelon carving tools. Kids should only use the little carving saws.

If you've never done it before.... it's going to be messy so it's best to do it outside.

Dont try to free hand your image. Pumpkins have a tough skin so it's best to draw your picture on first.

When buying a pumpkin they say to look for pumpkins with a sturdy stem, this is the sign of a healthy pumpkin.

If you just feel like you can carve at all then start poking or drilling holes in your pumpkin. We promise you will be so suprised at how pretty it is when you put in the candle and lite it up.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Halloween
Spooky Recipes
Holiday
Food
Pumpkin
Recipes