Pumpkin Carving Patterns for Halloween and Other Times of the Year

What is the origin of the Jack-o-Lantern? An article published on the website of the University of Illinois Extension traced it back to an Irish myth about a man called Stingy Jack.” Jack was sent off “into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way.” It also mentioned that “in Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and hanging them at windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits.” Irish, Scottish and English immigrants to the U.S. brought the tradition along with them. It was they who realized that pumpkins are more suitable for the purpose, being much larger fruits.

Pumpkin HistoryAs an effect of all this folklore and tradition, American Halloween celebrations are now associated with these iconic carved pumpkins. Young people and adults alike enjoy carving out comically grotesque faces on the orange fruit to celebrate the holiday.

Apart from their original purpose, carved pumpkins have likewise inspired creativity in people of all ages. The talented ones even come up with original designs. However, those who can hardly draw a line have ready-made but equally interesting pumpkin carving patterns to turn to.

If you have yet to decide on which pattern to use, brainstorm and gather ideas first. Sooner or later, one of these will stand out and work for you. The other accumulated designs could also come in handy in case you change your mind about your top choice.

Templates or design patterns for carving pumpkins can be rendered on tracing paper, and then taped on the pumpkin as a carving guide. This way, you can transfer the designs with more accuracy.

Creativity knows no bounds. So if you want to do some carving even if it isn’t Halloween season, go ahead! Companies like PumpkinGlow.com understand that such activity can also suit other occasions and even the lack of one; and produce simple instruction packets to help would-be carvers get started.

Carving pumpkins is a worthwhile way to spend time alone or in the company of people. For kids, it’s a good exercise to develop artistic talents and dexterity. For adults, this activity is a good stress reliever, and an enjoyable way to spend quality time.

Are you looking forward to carving designs on pumpkins (or watermelons)? Prepare your materials and set aside some creative time for yourself today.

(Info from Pumpkin History, University of Illinois Extension)

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Posted on 25 October '13 by +, under Info Article.