Tastefull Terrors: It’s Jack-O-Lantern Season!

(Photos and Graphic by Justin McKee)

(Photos and Graphic by Justin McKee)

Halloween is almost here! How do you plan on celebrating? Attending a costume party? Greeting trick-or-treaters at your door with a bucket full of candy? Watching a horror flick between the spaces of your fingers covering your eyes?

I’m expecting to have to cover trick-or-treating in my community for work, as per usual, but this year I also decided to pick out a large pumpkin and carve a Jack-O-Lantern alongside my other half. He’s more artsy than me, so he took on the tough task of drawing out Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” (free-hand, mind you!) while I drew an extremely simple design of a goofy face.

JackOLantern2We were able to scoop out the pumpkin guts and carve outside thanks to a great day of weather.  To scoop out the seeds and innards (just saying that sounds gross), I used an ice cream scoop and was amazed how much easier it was than a typical large spoon or the plastic scoop you find in that cheap kit.

I decided to forgo the kid-friendly carving kit and we used old knives I already had in my kitchen. It worked well enough for me, since I had larger areas to work around, but Justin ended up using a box cutter (and super glue! Don’t tell him I ratted him out!) for his tiny spaces.

JackOLantern3 JackOLantern4I think they turned out pretty good! What do you think? Oh, and here’s an extra tip spreading Vasoline on the carved surfaces will help your pumpkin last longer!

The true test of our carving skills, however came out at night when you can see the Jacks illuminated. I’m thrilled with the way they look! I think we’ll make sure to put them on the apartment building porch for a few nights through Halloween.

JackOLantern5 JackOLantern6Are you carving pumpkins this year? I’d love to see them! Have a safe and happy Halloween!


About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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