Summer and fall were pretty dry seasons – creativity wise – for me. I was spending most of my time outside and really didn’t feel much like writing. As colder weather sets in, I find myself fitting back into more creative pastimes. And for the last week I had a lot of fun with my favourite October activity, pumpkin carving!
About 9 years ago, I started carving pumpkins with more than the typical triangular facial features. I didn’t really think I could ever pull off anything more complicated, but my first attempt at a Frankenstein pumpkin turned out ok! I was hooked. While I have not been able to figure out how to design my own pumpkin carvings, it is really easy to find all sorts of ideas online.
Even with using a pre-made design, the whole process takes me 3 – 6 hours per pumpkin, depending on the complexity of the design. I cannot believe the patience I have for this activity, as I don’t seem to have it for anything else! There is something very calming and therapeutic about slowly slicing bits of pumpkin away, revealing a picture as you go.
I usually stick with movie characters from somewhat spooky movies for my pumpkins. This year, I chose Chucky, an alien from Mars Attacks, and the cat, Church, from Pet Sematary. I am always worried that they won’t look how I want them to, but once I put the candle in, there is usually a big smile on my face. Maybe next year I will have the guts to attempt a design of my own!