My four Jack o' Lanterns ready to great trick or treaters
Pumpkin carving has become an artform over the past decade or so. The rise of Halloween as a fun, secular holiday that adults get into as much as the kids probably has a lot do with it. There are now people out there that actually make a fairly decent living as professional pumpkin carvers.
For the amateur, pumpkin carving kits are available in the local market that have tools to allow for ease of carving, and even come with patterns for Jack o' Lanterns for those who lack artistic inclination.
The variety of what is carved into or out of these big round orange squash is endless. From simple triangle eyes with a toothy smile to elaborately detailed scenes from Star Wars or The Nightmare Before Christmas, pumpkins are being sculpted moreso than carved these days.
There are some fairly amazing examples of gourd art that can be seen in the area around my home, but that does not include any of the pumpkins I carve - I just don't have the skill, patience, time, or energy to get that involved in carving a Jack o' Lantern.
The four carved to spruce up the front of the house this year are as about as elaborate as I'll ever get without power tools. Maybe if I had a Dremel pumpkin carving bit I could whip out a creepy Adam Sandler face or some such thing. Is there a Dremel pumpkin carving bit? There should be - get on it Dremel, make my life easier.