Plastic Pumpkin Carving
Status: Real (though the pumpkins are fake)
The newest thing for Halloween is fake pumpkins
. Made out of polyurethane foam, they can be carved just like the real thing. But don't try to eat the seeds. A guy quoted about this issue in the Loudoun Times-Mirror
notes that: "There's something wrong with society if people start carving plastic pumpkins." I don't think I have anything to add to that statement. The article also notes that once you've carved your foam pumpkin, it wouldn't be wise to light it up with a candle. You need to use a flashlight.
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I carved my real pumpkins 2 nights ago. I made my pumpkin look like my band director because that was the scariest thing I could think of. It has fangs and horns and everything.
A regular pumpkin will go the way of compost in about a week, unless you spray it with a bleach solution. I think its ephemeral vegetable nature is part of the point of a jack o'lantern, though.
I tried to carve the more historical turnip some years back, but it was not a success.
As for I have encountered a jack 0'lantern where the candle had fallen over and continued to burn for quite some time-the inside charred a bit-but did not burn. Yeah it can get hot, but come on-just use a tiny bit of care and there is no problem.
The cheapest pre-cut ones are selling for around $5 at K-Mart, but they don't look very realistic, because the holes aren't perpendicular to the surface. More of a beveled effect.
She's the manager of my local pub, so the convenience of having a pre-carved, non-rotting Jack O'Lantern was pretty appealing to her. The cost-saving aspect was pretty appealing to the bar owner.
cvirtue, I've been tempted to try doing one from a turnip (as the Celts did before pumpkins were imported from America). You say it didn't work?
I prefer the real thing FOR the flickering firelight effect that it holds. It's not the same with artificial light...
While I appreciate the tradition of a real pumpkin, I feel bad just chucking them every year into the garbage. I'll be able to use my fake ones year after year. And it makes a pumpkin carving party much neater - no guts everywhere.
is one example.
I hate leaving candles burning in the house with my daughter around so this seems like a safer option.