The Halloween holiday is upon us and fans want to know how to carve celebrity pumpkins of their favorite stars. Celebrity pumpkin carvings are smokin' hot this Halloween and it's no wonder. According to TV Overmind.com TV News on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, the most popular television shows are coming to life in the form of pumpkin carvings. With TV shows influencing the extensive selection of pumpkin carvings this year, don't be surprised when you see big name celebrities showing up on pumpkins wherever you go trick-or-treating. Celebrity pumpkin patterns are being downloaded like crazy right now.
Meanwhile, PR Web.com announced on Tuesday, Oct. 8, that Edaville USA is breaking into the Halloween business and the main attraction will be the intricate pumpkin carvings on display.
"This year they’ll run three weeks of Pumpkins Aglow, a family-friendly event designed to appeal to the kid in everyone. The centerpiece of the event will be a garden of intricately carved pumpkins staged with professional lighting and sound effects. Orchestrating the pumpkin designs is up-and-coming gourd artist Chris Viera."
Celebs like "Breaking Bad's" Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, "The Walking Dead's" Rick Grimes, "The Big Bang Theory's" Kaley Cuoco, "Doctor Who's" Matt Smith, "Castle's" Nathan Fillion, and "Sherlock Holmes'" Benedict Cumberbatch are the ones to watch for.
There are even pumpkin carving patterns for music icons like The Beatles and Taylor Swift, television talk show personalities Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, and movie stars Harrison Ford, Johnny Depp, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, "Harry Potter's" Daniel Radcliffe, Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, and even "Star Trek's" Zachary Quinto as Spock are available to download, print, carve and light up your yard.
How To Carve a Halloween Pumpkin
How hard is it to carve a pumpkin? With the right carving tools, free or cheap templates and a little imagination, carving a pumpkin can be fun and easy. There's some very challenging and intricate patterns out there too, so if you're a beginner pumpkin carver, better start off with the easy patterns and work your way up.
Pumpkin carvings are getting more elaborate every year, and this year is no exception. However, the more intricate the pumpkin carving patterns are, the better your equipment and carving tools should be. The cute little plastic orange carving tool kit just won't "cut it" for some of the more sophisticated pumpkin patterns and stencils.
So what do you need to get started besides a few knives, markers and tape? Most craft stores sell all the tools and carving knives you'll need for carving most pumpkins. The Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit has hand tools specially designed for sculpting Halloween pumpkins.
- First, find just the right pumpkins for your patterns and stencils. Buy them at local orchards, pumpkin farms and the grocery store around the corner. Some charge by the pound, so be careful. You could end up paying $25.00 or more for a pumpkin you'll be cutting up and gutting.
- Download and print off the pumpkin carving templates you'll be using. Many websites give away free pumpkin stencils and some may charge a few dollars per pattern.
- Lay down a big tarp or newspapers to catch all the pumpkin pulp, seeds and drippings.
- Depending how big the pumpkin is, cut off the top with a sharp knife or a special pumpkin carving tool.
- Don't cut all the way through, just enough to scoop the insides out. Leave the stem on, otherwise you might have to stick it back on.
- Scoop all the pumpkin guts out with a big, heavy spoon or use the pumpkin scooper that comes in the DIY pumpkin carving kits. Use whatever gets the job done. Scrape the inside clean, leaving about 1-1/2 inch thickness so the pumpkin walls won't cave in.
- Tape down the corners of the stencil on the pumpkin. You can cut through the pattern, or you can cut the pattern and then trace the pattern on the pumpkin with a marker. Follow the design that comes with the pumpkin carving pattern, being very careful not to cut yourself.
- When you're done, add a candle being sure to secure it inside with some melted wax, or use a battery operated candle.
- What are you going to do with all those pumpkin seeds you scooped out of the pumpkin? Don't throw them away. These healthy Pumpkin Seed Recipes are not only good for you, but they're a great way to use up the guts you were going to throw in the garbage!
Sources: TV Overmind TV News; Huffington Post; Dremel
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