Pumpkin Art That Inspires Awe
What can you do to scare the crap out of little kids on Halloween? Make really scary pumpkin carvings, of course!
Every year, millions of people set out to carve the perfect pumpkin face and fail miserably. Smashed in faces, crooked eyes and toothless smiles are all abundant in these people's pathetic creations. But not with this guy.
Ray Villafane is an artist that creates horrifying and funny pumpkin carvings in his spare time. By trade he is a toy sculptor, but when he has some down time, creepy pumpkin faces is what he likes to make. Villafane has twice won the Food Network Pumpkin Carving Contest for his awesome carvings.
Villafane even has a pumpkin allergy, but keeps on carving away. Maybe these sculptures seem so angry because he's venting out his frustrations on not being able to eat some pumpkin pie.
Villafane offers a tutorial on his website on how to carve the perfect pumpkin. Take note, because scaring kids is actually kind of fun. Especially when they run away crying.
Since I love Halloween because it gives me a chance to scare little children, what better way to celebrate this spooky time of year with some fun facts about pumpkins and Halloween.
Back in the old days, before all these cool pumpkin artists came around, people in Ireland used to carve scary faces into turnips or potatoes and would place them in the windowsills to frighten away evil spirits. When Irish immigrants came to America, they found that the pumpkin was easier to carve and started using pumpkins to drive away these bad spirits. Burning lumps of coal were used on the inside to light these pumpkins, which were later replaced by candles.
The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,689 pounds and was grown by a man in Rhode Island. I wonder what kind of Jack o' Lantern he made from that? Did he have to crawl inside to carve it out?
Pumpkins were once used as a cure to remove freckles and cure snake bites. I bet that was pretty funny watching people walk around with pumpkin on their face.
Some superstitions say that if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, you will see your future spouse. I thought that if you looked into a mirror at midnight, the Candyman would come and get you?
Dunking for apples started out as a way to tell the future. People believed that if you could hold an apple in between your teeth, that you would be able to have a great romance with whoever you chose.
Many people believe that if you see a spider on Halloween, then the spirit of a loved one is watching over you. So does that mean my ancestors have turned into big hairy spiders?
Halloween's colors are usually orange and black. Orange is for the fall season, and black is for death. However, did you know that there is no word in the dictionary that rhymes with orange? Try it, I bet you can't come up with one!
During the Middle Ages, people used to dress up in costumes and go around begging for food in exchange for prayers. This is how trick or treating began. Instead of candy, the food most often given during these times was something called a Soul Cake. A Soul Cake was a small round cake which signified a soul and when eaten, the soul was supposed to be freed from Purgatory.
What are you going to be for Halloween this year?
Copyrighted images used with permission. Please visit Ray Villafane's website to see more of his awesome pumpkin art!