Monday, October 27, 2008

Scariest. Jack-o-lantern. Ever.

So this weekend we went to visit our friends Brent and Janelle to carve pumpkins. Our friends provided a wonderful time, and lots of kid- and grown-up fun was had in the process.Here's a selection of the spooky jack-o-lanterns that resulted from everyone's artistry. I'm not sure which one I like the best, they're all cleverly different as an approach to what is scarey about life this Halloween.The only guest who isn't represented one way or another is little Missy, who loved her little pumpkin too much to let me hurt it; instead she carried it around like her wubbie until I gave up. She did enjoy drawing on the pumpkins with the Sharpie pen, though.I have to say that Brent's "Mutual of Omaha" pumpkin is my personal favorite, with the storm threatening the happy home with it's 360-degree rail fence. Not sure if the image is a metaphor for the mortgage crisis or a more direct depiction of a rare late October electrical stormThe other beauty is Janelle's "autumn flowers" pumpkin with the cleverly carved amoeba-like blooms draped over the side of the big orange squash. I think the scariness of her creation is more muted yet more ominous in its very obliquity, don't you think?And, of course, when you think "scarey" there's really only one thing that comes to mind in this electoral season. So, with utter horror, I give you "W, the Pumpkin".

4 comments:

You Know Where You Are With said...

Wow. Those are magnificent. And scary. Love the W. concept, if not the W.

Lisa said...

These are all quite lovely. Yes, in their obliquity the flowers (squash blossoms) are a bit foreboding.

walternatives said...

Well done! I haven't thought about carving pumpkins for years. Thanks for the reminder of what we'll be doing next year!

atomic mama said...

I love the kitty and the tree. But W. def. wins for scariest.