A Good Idea Gone Bad

On Monday morning, Marty and I were running errands and I decided we should go pick up pumpkins. After all, you can’t have Halloween without carving pumpkins…especially in our house. It was time for the annual Cruz family tradition of tormenting mom by picking out complicated patterns for her to carve thereby giving her a crick in her neck and an achy lower back.  I cheated them out of the achy lower back by carving on the table. I thought I got smart.

I was wrong.

When we stopped at the pumpkin patch set up near our church, we had pumpkins galore to chose from…white ones; super dark (almost black) green ones; big ones; little bitty ones; bumpy, warty looking ones. I had to pick out 3 pumpkins. I needed one smooth one for Joey’s Death Star pumpkin and I got the notion that the bumpy, warty looking pumpkins would be really cool for carving. The bumps would add character to the more traditional jack o’lantern that Gabe wanted me to carve and the Egyptian symbol Marty picked out. I don’t know about you but it sounded like a pretty good idea to me.

It wasn’t a good idea.

Carving those bumpy pumpkins was like carving through rock. They have such a thick outer shell that is required a butcher knife and brute force to take the top off. And, those little saws  and mini hole punches that come in the carving kits, forget about it. The hole punches barely penetrated the skin and the saws just bet and broke. It took part of an afternoon and and entire evening to carve the two bumpy pumpkins. And, by the end of the carving session, my hand was cramping ans spasming. Today, 2 days later, the muscles in my hands still hurt. I think the only thing I was right about is that the bumpy, warty skin of the pumpkins would look cool after being carved.

The smooth skinned pumpkin was a million times easier to carve and I actually had fun turning it into the Death Star. Sure, it’s a little time intensive to carve the Death Star but it isn’t that difficult. I think it turned out pretty damned cool.

But, you know what? The pumpkins look even better all lit up. Take a look…

Please, do me a favor. If I ever make noises about carving one of those bumpy pumpkins ever again, save me from myself. Lock me up and throw away the key because I honestly don’t think my hands would survive another carving session with that rock hard, bumpy, warty pumpkin skin.


*I wanted to send a shout out to the people at Fantasy Pumpkins and thank them for the carving the Deathstar instructions.

4 Responses to A Good Idea Gone Bad
  1. Mrs. Gamgee
    October 31, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    I love how your pumpkins turned out! They are awesome!

    I tried carving one of those warty pumpkins many years ago, and the only thing that made it doable for me was using a dremel tool. They are like rocks!

    I’m just getting back into the pumpkin carving fun after a hiatus of 5 years. I did a little classice jack-o-lantern for Pip and Elmo for Ginny. (I’ll post pics later tonight)
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  2. Another Dreamer
    October 31, 2012 | 7:12 pm

    Your death star is beautiful! You did a great job on all of them 🙂
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  3. Steadfast Warrior
    November 1, 2012 | 4:35 am

    Awesome pumpkins! But my hands hurt in sympathy. I’ve made a note about your request and shall try to remind you off this next year! 😛
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  4. Battynurse
    November 1, 2012 | 12:36 pm

    They look great! I’ve actually only carved pumpkins I think twice in my life, I was surprised at it being harder then it looked like it would be.

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