Pets, Pumpkins And Pet Pumpkins

Eko and I have finalized our costumes, but there is one major Halloween task left to take care of – pumpkin carving.  We picked out some great pumpkins last weekend, but I haven’t had any eureka moments about what to carve.  All I know is that I want them to be pet pumpkins.  Just to be clear, when I say “pet pumpkins,”  I am not referring to this:

 

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Pumpkins make very boring pets

I mean pet-THEMED pumpkins.  My first thought was to carve Eko’s face in one of the pumpkins.

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I had Eko pose for my masterpiece, but I quickly realized that artistically, I was in over my head.  I decided to try a smaller canvas

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For obvious reasons, this plan didn’t work either

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While I wasn’t looking, Eko decided to attempt carving the pumpkin on his own.  I appreciated the attempt, but his art was a little too abstract for my tastes.

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I briefly considered a performance art piece with Eko as the middle head on a totem pole, but Eko quickly nixed that idea

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My masterpiece is complete! …in my head at least.

Well, it looks like we’re back an square one.  As I’ve noted before, I rank somewhere between a doorknob and a rock in terms of artistic talent, so I’m going to need to come up with an idea that’s a little bit better suited to my lack of talent.  I have started to go through some other blogs for ideas, but if you have any suggestions for fun pet-themed pumpkin carvings, please let me know!

14 thoughts on “Pets, Pumpkins And Pet Pumpkins

  1. I’ve been wondering what Bailey thinks of all of the gourds and pumpkins around our house, right now. Quite a few are well within nibble range, too! Maybe he’s totally “over” pumpkin, after eating it pureed for months last year when his belly was acting up. That, and rice. Ick.

    • A fire hydrant is definitely another good one – and it fits right in with the name of the blog! It is certainly a finalist.

  2. Have you seen those kits that they have for kids? With the orange tools? (I didn’t mean that in a bad way!) Those make carving super easy!
    You can also trace a photo on your pumpkin and cut that way…..
    Or….PAINT the pumpkin and put on a hat, ears…you know….sort of like a snow man only pumpkin style!

    • I’ve been looking everywhere for those kits! I’m going to check out a few more stores before the weekend – I don’t want to have the kids that live next store have better pumpkins than us!

  3. You can try printing a pattern, transfer it to the pumpkin using pencil and then carving. Here are a few examples:
    http://www.smallanimalchannel.com/critter-community/fun-and-games/pumpkin-carving-patterns.aspx
    This is one is very similar to Eko:
    http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/c0.0.300.300/p403x403/598710_485430478157740_2023446159_n.jpg

    This one looks more like a cartoon of Scoobie Doo (also a cartoon, lol!):
    http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSlRsJfw7tYExngLB9Fa3gCHXgqxaaikVd-5t2ZMzCQLrHmZA87gUmC6dqJ

  4. You could carve a bone on it, a cat would be good too. Hey i didn’t notice you posted what you guys decided to be for Halloween? Will it be a surprise on your Halloween blog?

    • Ah, I like the idea of carving a bone – very distinctive and VERY simple – that’s right up my alley. And you’re right on – half the fun of the costume is the surprise! I’ll make that post next week. Thanks for the great idea!

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