Thursday, October 30, 2008

HNT - Mark-O'-Lantern

The other night, Francine, Alexander and I had some fun carving a couple of different pumpkins.

Of course, I'm still not sure at what point in the creation the pumpkin goes from being a pumpkin to a Jack-0'-lantern. Is it the moment you first break the "skin" of the pumpkin? The moment you gut it? The moment you make your first complete "hole" in the face of it?

As we were looking through a bunch of different patterns, Alexander insisted we carve the "grim reaper" onto ours. Aren't four year olds supposed to want things like Winnie The Pooh, Bob The Builder or some other cartoonish-type character? I have nobody to blame but myself, I suppose.

Francine went for a creepy looking more traditional look to hers. It was a fun evening.

I always love how the jack-o-lantern looks before you add a candle and turn out the lights. Ho hum, nothing more than a large vegetable all carved up -- but add the candle and turn out the lights and voila it becomes a masterpiece.

Ah, the magic you can produce with simple lighting effects -- it has me fondly remembering those days back in university when I worked as a theatre lightning technician and did various lighting designs for plays.

Happy HNT and Happy Halloween!!!


Anonymous said...

Very cool carvings...HHNT!

Dana said...

I am absolutely loving that last photo! HHNT!

Anonymous said...

Yes, those are lovely carvings! HHNT!

Anonymous said...

Great pumpkins or should I say jack o' lanterns? In any them! HHNT!

Jennybean said...

nice carvin!


Greg and Sheryl said...

Very impressive! Sadly, we don't have the talent to create such masterpieces ourselves. Happy HNT!

BTExpress said...

Great job you guys. I had no idea what yours was until I saw it lite just from the inside.

I saw your comment on Os' blog. I'm an equal opportunity kind of guy, so feel free to participate in the theme HNT next week. At my age I can't be picky. ;-)

Ms. Inconspicuous said...

I think the moment of redefinition would have to be when one becomes an effective "lantern"--until then, maybe just a holey pumpkin. ;)

Happy HNT.

lime said...

hey man, don't fear the reaper.

(ha couldn't resist.)

hope your halloween was lots of fun.