Last year I wrote about our Halloween haunted house and included a photo of my ninja turtle pumpkin (see it here.) It seems to be getting a fair amount of hits, so I thought I would do one again this year and take a few photos along the way.
I used a cheap pumpkin carving kit, which you can find pretty much anywhere. Here are the tools that come with it:
First I used the little orange thing that had a handle and a little round part that looks like a gear but with spikes on it. I used that to “draw” my pattern onto the pumpkin.
Next, I chose which parts I would be cutting all the way through and cut them out. This included the left side of the mouth and the bottom and left part of the eye mask.
Now the tougher part. I used the smaller “saws” and the plastic end of the long orange tool. I cut halfway through the pumpkin for the most part, and then peeled the skin off and etched the texture of teeth and such. Remember to leave the skin on for the “eye holes” in the middle of the mask.
And there you have it. I may paint on eyes, and was debating painting the rest green. You can get extra creative and use either orange, red, blue or purple glow sticks to light it.
When we moved in 9 years ago, we were excited that it would be our first Halloween with our very own front door. As the night unfolded, we learned quickly that our neighbours were big into Halloween too. Their daughter’s birthday fell on that day, so it was a great excuse to make a big thing out of it. R would get the biggest pumpkin he could find, and hook up a microphone and amp. The tradition was “the talking pumpkin.” It always got all the kids in the neighbourhood excited!
My husband and R got into reminiscing about past Halloweens. When my husband was a kid, his dad used to make this big, long tunnel through the front yard to the front door. Little did I know, this conversation was going to map out the Halloween tradition that we’ve held ever since.
For the last 8 years, there has in fact been a haunted tunnel at our house. Some years it’s been really long, and snaked around corners. Other years, a little more modest. But nevertheless, it has happened every year. I have to say, it really makes for a fun night!
This year, amidst a huge downpour, and despite the renovations we’ve been working through all week, we kept the tradition alive.
I’m really proud of my husband, and his ability to map the whole thing out. He put a lot of work into this one-day-set-up-and-take-down haunted house. He puts the walls up, and anyone else who has time to spare jumps in and decorates it. (On which note I send out a huge thank you to my awesome neighbours!)
The tunnel is filled with smoke and black lights, and random halloween props. I have to say, the biggest disappointment of the whole thing is the fact that you can’t really get a good picture of the thing. The whole scary factor of it relies on the fact that it’s dark in there.
On the outside, we’ve got a graveyard, and a crypt and our pumpkins and such.
And of course, Halloween sound effects loud enough for the whole neighbourhood to hear. Whether your celebrate Halloween or not, you just can’t ignore it around here!
In the past, we’ve had some scary-costumed grown-ups “haunting” the tunnel. I dressed up scary this year, but after seeing the absolutely horrified reaction of my own young children, I opted out of the make-up… we kept it pretty PG this year. I can’t wait for the kids to be teenagers, so we can scare the heck out of them on purpose!
Oh yeah, and it wouldn’t be Halloween without a few carved pumpkins! Here’s a couple of them close-up…
Happy Halloween everyone!