eat. We arrived back at Pumpkin Central at 4:30 p.m. on Halloween. The place was in great disarray, pumpkins scattered willy-nilly all over Craig’s front yard, and folks still furiously carving in the workshop.
Robin immediately collared Craig and demanded instruction—which he provided—and she then proceeded to organize a group to carry out his pumpkin vision. (Doesn’t this sound like Robin?) Meanwhile, various people were starting the lengthy process of putting votive candles in each pumpkin and lighting them all (they would need new candles at least once more during the night).
Daniel—the lad from my previous post, who created the jailed Jack o’lantern—was asked to count the pumpkins. Would we beat the record of 448? He made his count, and then announced with glee that we had indeed beat the record: there were 589 carved pumpkins (and other winter squash) this year!
As dusk settled in, it all came together. Here’s a short (:59) video I took of the finished display:
Guests and trick-or-treaters started to arrive and admire the show.
This is the view the trick-or-treaters got as they walked up the path to Craig’s front door. He told us that 850 kids came last year. No wonder, given the show he provides. (Also, he gives out full size candy bars. Dude!)
This photo (sorry about the blurriness—but hey, I didn’t have a tripod) shows the snake, made of 26 small pumpkins, and behind it the alligator, made of some large winter squash I don’t know the name of:
And here are some shots of individual pumpkins:
And I mustn’t forget the food! The party was a pot-luck, and the spread was enormous:
Robin and I did not attend last year’s pumpkin fest, because we were in Hawai‘i at the time. But having attended the previous year, we were inspired to try out some carving on our own. I thought you might like to see what I carved (Robin did the gutting) last year: