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Halloween in San Antonio!

Food, Drupal, and Pumpkins! Happy Halloween everyone.

October 30, 2010

This is technically my "Food & Drupal" blog, but pumpkins are food, no? Anyhow, I wanted to document my pumpkins from the last two years, and since we're all in the Halloween spirit, I thought today would be a perfect day to do just that.

Halloween 2009 - Elvira

Last year, Andrew McClintock and I carved this pumpkin, which we lovingly entitled "Elvira":

artistic pumpkin carving

For this design, we scoured iStock for Halloween ideas, and decided a sexy witch would be a fun, PG-13 take on the traditional jack-o-lantern. Originally, she sat in a martini glass, but Andrew did a little Photoshopping before we printed it out and transferred the design to Mr. Pump (a rather large pumpkin w/a somewhat smooth front surface).

Halloween sexy witchYou can download this iStockphoto here. Perhaps give it a go for your own Halloween pumpkin collection (better do it today, folks - you're running out of time!).

Halloween 2010 - Lamp Shade

This year, the pumpkin carving stakes were a little higher. My place of work, Anderson Marketing Group held an annual Halloween party where there would be a pumpkin carving competition! Andrew and I didn't have any spectacular ideas up to around 10 p.m. the night before, and we wanted to do something that would top our pumpkin from last year.

When we stumbled across this photo of a Tiffany-style lamp shade, we decided to try to tackle it ourselves. Here's the result:

tiffany lamp shade pumpkin

I did end up winning the contest at Anderson, but probably only by a hair. One of my co-workers built an amazing installation of pumpkins resembling PacMan eating up consecutive pumpkin dots. If I get ahold of a picture, I'll post it here later.

We also made a time-lapse video of our carving session:

Music is "Union Square" by Stéphane Pompougnac.

And... when it was all said and done, the shade just didn't last long. Here I am the next day... tossin' it:

pumpkin toss

That's it. Happy Halloween!! :)