Tag: Pumpkin Sundays

Wicked Wacky Wednesdays: Making Halloween Last for as Long as Possible!

Halloween only comes once a year, so I try to cram as many Halloween-related activities into the weeks surrounding the holiday as possible. Luckily the weekend before Halloween (I guess, in reality, the weekend before the weekend before Halloween) was filled with spooky activities.

On Friday night the Scrap Exchange, which is still doing awesomely in its new space at Golden Belt, opened the exhibit An Offering: La Ofrenda.  The exhibit is a series of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altars created by Durham artistic community members.  The exhibit, which runs until November 12th, is meant to be collaborative, people can bring photos and mementos of loved ones to add to the altars throughout the show.  Some of the altars are quite beautiful and moving.

Saturday we threw on our best stage blood and joined the undead at the Raleigh Zombie Walk.  While it was not the best-organized event of all time, it was pretty fun.  Approximately 200 zombies clustered around the acorn at Moore Square and at 7:00 we started lurching around downtown Raleigh.  I’m not sure what route we took (I don’t know downtown Raleigh all that well) but I know we went by the Capitol Building where we saw some Occupiers (who looked a little worse than we did, eek!) and we also shambled past Beasley’s Chicken and Honey on Martin Street.

Jon and I in our zombie gear.

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Pumpkin Sundays: So You Want to Carve Your Pumpkin?

Hi friends!  Boy I had a lot of stage blood on last night.  The Raleigh Zombie Walk was super fun and I took some pictures.  I’ll post them later this week once I get them sorted and edited.  I know, the anticipation is killing you!

I’ll be carving my pumpkins today, so I figured it would be appropriate to give y’all some resources on the best ways to carve your pumpkins.

Serious Eats once again comes through with their excellent guide, everything you need to know about carving a pumpkin. They’ve even broken things down to a beginner’s guide and a fancypants guide.  Any of the Serious Eats guides are super-useful in terms of how to pick a pumpkin, how to temporarily resurrect your pumpkin should it start to shrivel, and general technique.

Since Martha Stewart is awesome she has a guide to a whole party centered around pumpkin carving.   I am already having a regular ol’ Halloween party, so I decided not to have a pumpkin carving party, but I have been to some uber-fun pumpkin carving parties in the past.  Like this one:

Enthusiasm!

And here is Martha’s general guide to pumpkin carving.

This is what my pumpkins looks like last year.  Or, rather, mine was the creepy bat and Jon’s was the cute owl:

You can see my tin can jack-o-lanterns in the foreground.   I’m still trying to figure out what to carve for this year!  Any ideas?

Both Martha Stewart and Serious Eats have lots of pictures if you need some inspiration.

Of course one of the best parts about carving your own pumpkin is having the leftover seeds to roast!  Serious Eats has a guide to roasting pumpkin seeds as well.  Delicious!

Happy pumpkin carving y’all!

Pumpkin Sundays: Agrotourism Edition

Yesterday some friends and I went to Rougemont, NC (which is just outside of Hillsborough, in Orange County) to go to the McKee’s Cornfield Maze.  The maze is an annual autumn tradition at the McKee’s Cedar Creek Farm.  I hadn’t been to a cornfield maze during my four years of living here, so some friends and I decided it was time to check one out.

The maze covers twelve acres and consists of four miles of paths through corn fields.  Starting in later October the maze becomes a “Haunted Maze” at night, but we went on a beautiful autumn day and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

We also went on a day they were doing a fundraiser for a local woman who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.  10% of all the day’s proceedswere going to the woman and her family, so yay McKee Farm for being awesome!

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Pumpkin Sundays: The Great Pumpkin

My apologies for the late post: I was traveling back to North Carolina most of the day and then I got involved in the whole “DO ALL THE THINGS” aspect of arriving home after a trip.  So let’s get to it!

This post is not about Charlie Brown, sorry guys (I can only do so many cartoon pumpkin stories a week, really, and what do you mean you didn’t read my amazing post on Raggedy Ann and Andy: The Pumpkin That Couldn’t Smile?!  You totally need to read it because it has EMOTIONS and you will cry and it is awesome, I think I will watch it again, maybe tonight, and also tomorrow).  Today’s post is actually inspired by a NYTimes article that happened earlier this week.  The article is about pumpkin growers, mostly amateur folks that are not professional farmers, and their quest to grow the one-ton pumpkin.

Now, I know that people do this sort of thing for state fairs but  I did not know this was a thing.  I saw an enormous, awesome pumpkin at the North Carolina State Fair last year:

Look at those crazy enormous pumpkins!  I do not remember the exact weight of the biggest. blue-ribbon winning pumpkin but I believe it was under 1,000 pounds.  Some of these farmers are growing pumpkins that are 1,800+ pounds, which I just cannot even imagine.  Our Whole Foods has a few super-large pumpkins in their Halloween pumpkin display, but I’d be surprised if they were more than 500 pounds.  I am tempted to buy one and haul it home, although I doubt it is carveable.  According to the article some of these super-almost-one-ton-pumpkins have walls that are a whole feet thick, what?!  And people can sell the seeds of these pumpkins for hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars.  Seriously, give the article a read, it is fascinating.  Here’s a clip:

“But it is the seeds, a strong indicator of a pumpkin’s size, that are the most bankable factor in the quest for giants. Last fall, Chris Stevens, 33, a Wisconsin general contractor who grew the 1,810-pound pumpkin, sold a single seed from it for $1,600, by far the most anyone has ever paid for a pumpkin seed. Its descendants may prove just as valuable. ”

Big-pumpkin enthusiasts can visit BigPumpkins.com, a website devoted to the growing of competitively large pumpkins.

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Pumpkin Sundays: Random and Funny Pumpkins

I totally forgot to add pumpkins to my list of fun Halloween stuff, so during Halloween Month Sundays will be Pumpkin Sundays.  I’m starting things out with lots of random, funny pumpkins culled from around the internet:

These are all from the website ExtremePumpkins.  The links below each photo take you to the page which has tutorials on that particular pumpkin.

A pumpkin carved with pig’s ears and parsnips. Presumably you could use something other than pig’s ears for the creepy goblin ears.

Carrie at the Prom, post pig’s blood (love it!).

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