My #Blogtober a.k.a. 🎃 31 Days of Halloween 🎃
Hello, my spooktacular lovelies. As an audiobook blogger who’s passionate about paranormal romance, cosy paranormal mystery and urban fantasy, most of my reviews fit perfectly with this time of year. However, I’ve joined in with #Blogtober this year which is a daily blogging challenge. This means that I’m trying to mix it up with some suitably Halloween-y book tags, memes and discussion posts too this month.
I haven’t ever tried to post every day before but I’ll do my best to keep it interesting.
Hello, fellow Halloween fans. Welcome to day 15 of 🎃 31 Days of Halloween 🎃 my version of #Blogtober. With just two weeks to go, I want to share some truly amazing pumpkin carvings with you.
Each year I see hundreds of pictures of beautifully carved pumpkins. I don’t carve my own pumpkins anymore. 😥 But when our kids were younger, we’d all go to a local farm and the girls would choose their “punkin.” Then the
mess fun would begin. THE CARVING. They looked OK but nowhere near the amazingness that these talented artists can create.
American sculptor Ray Villafane
Ray’s Halloween pumpkin carving career started back at a Michigan school called Bellaire, where he used to be an art teacher. Once, he was asked to help out with Halloween decorations at school and was given a jack-o-lantern to carve. Ray saw it like any other piece of clay as opposed to a large vegetable, and by using his standard clay carving tools, he created his first scary pumpkin. The kids loved it so much that they kept bringing him new pumpkins, and Ray would get more and more creative with jack-o-lantern carvings.
Ray then showcased his skills on the Food Network’s Challenge Show, and his overnight success allowed him to resign from teaching in 2006 to pursue a full-time sculpting career. Despite all of the big-name products Ray was sculpting, the public seemed to be most intrigued with his ongoing scary jack-o-lantern carvings. Ray has been featured on many TV shows, including The CBS Evening News, and in 2010, Ray was even invited to carve pumpkins at the White House!
Brooklyn (NYC) based MANIAC PUMPKIN CARVERS
Maniac Pumpkin Carvers started out as a labour of love but quickly spiralled into something that is so much more. Founders, Marc Evan (@marcmaniac) and Chris Soria (@chrissoria), have been collaborating creatively for over 20 years, creating all manner of artistic wonders.
“Pumpkin carving is an ephemeral art,” says Marc Evan. “The fact that pumpkins rot does not diminish their beauty or the experience of seeing them in person – if anything, it makes it more special.” Over the past 10 years, Evan and childhood friend Chris Soria have made a business out of carving pumpkins – and not just to scare. Maniac Pumpkin Carvers in Brooklyn also creates photorealistic portraits, city skylines, album covers and movie posters – for the likes of the New York Yankees and CNN as well as individuals. “We’ve made one at Halloween for the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the past eight years, based on works in their collection by the likes of Matisse and Magritte,” says Evan. “It’s always one of our most intricate pieces.”
30 Amazing Carvings Found By FunnyPig on YouTube
People Who Could Win A Gold Medal For Pumpkin Carving
Every year, nearly 9 billion dollars are collectively spent on Halloween! But can this money bring on a celebratory mood? We don’t think so either. The most important thing about this holiday is creativity and the desire to make something different, whether it be with costumes, food, or pumpkin carving! We have found 30 pumpkins that were carved with fantasy and accuracy in mind. Don’t miss our bonus at the end!
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my gushing about these artists and their amazing pumpkin carvings. What about you? Do you carve your own pumpkins? Have you seen any pictures online that just blew your socks off? Drop me a comment below and share your pumpkin carving adventures.
Let the Halloween season continue!
Bye for now,