Friday, October 29, 2010

Carve it Up!

Make me look like that please.
Ever wonder why at Halloween we feel the urge to take a perfectly good pumpkin, rip it open, tear out it's guts and carve it up?  Is it supposed to be like prepping for the Thanksgiving turkey?  Turns out, it's a tradition that dates back to the 1800s.

C'mon, Baby light my fire!
Back in the olden days, folks in Ireland and Britain used to carve lanterns from all sorts of veggies...they really liked using turnips, mangelwurzel and swedes (whatever those things are).  The harvest season gave them plenty of produce to choose from.  Around 1837, someone coined the term "jack-o'-lantern" for a vegetable lantern and in 1866 they became synonymous with spooky Halloween.

Well, our spooky Halloween in New York couldn't go without a proper pumpkin carving!  Brett gets a kick out making pumpkin seeds so he did the manual labor while Heather created the facial design.  Our pumpkin is nothing like the one that holds the record for the largest one carved...that one was in Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania and weighed in at  1,469 pounds!

Here's a look at the 2010 Garrett Jack-o'-Lantern!

Prepping the pumpkin for surgery
The Mad Carver's finished product...he thought the scissors were hilarious for some reason.
Too much Captain made Jack a sick boy.
He fit right in because Halloween threw up on our apartment.
Brett reenacting the death of his pumpkin.