Awesome Pumpkin Carvings & Displays

If you haven’t yet – it’s not too late – but it’s time to carve a pumpkin! Here are some unbelievable examples of how pumpkin carving can be taken to the extreme!

The most impressive array of pumpkin carvings has to be at the Keene Pumpkin Festival® in Keene, New Hampshire. The festival began in 1991 and the following year, they made their way into the Guinness Book of World Records with 1,628 pumpkins lit at one time. They continue to break that record, with an unbelievable total of 28,952 pumpkins in 2003.

The festival celebrated in 20th anniversary in 2010, but its future is in limbo after its main sponsor will not run it anymore. See more about the event and keep up with updates on their Facebook page.

Another pumpkin-related, World Record feat belongs to Stephen Clarke. He carved a pumpkin at a blistering pace, only 24.03 seconds.

Now, I challenge you to find more stunning pumpkin carving creations than those done by Scott Cummins. They are so life-like.Take a minute (or 30) to browse his galleries of pumpkin art. And if you were wondering, when asked about how he hollows out his pumpkins, he says, “The usual way. I cut an opening in the top or bottom and scrape out the guts.”

Less pumpkin carving skill and more sheer creativity comes from this burger pumpkin. You have to look twice to even realize what it is! And I imagine you can figure out what the “seeds” are on top.

Speaking of seeds, what should you do with them? Roast them for a tasty and healthy snack! Preheat your oven to 300F. Rinse the seeds to remove any big pieces of pumpkin. Toss with olive oil or melted butter and spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the seeds with salt, cinnamon & sugar, Cajun seasoning or anything that sounds good to you! Roast for up to an hour, stirring every so often, until golden brown. Note that if the seeds are a little dried out already you won’t have to roast them as long.

Do you want to put your pumpkin carving skills on display? Enter Mrs. Field’s Pumpkin Carving Contest (hurry: you only have till Thursday the 28th to enter!) Or you can submit your creation to Sam’s Club’s Pumpkin Patch.

Thumbnail image of Stephen Clarke was accessed from Guinness World Records. Nighttime display of the Keene Pumpkin Festival found at Discover New England. Pumpkin burger photo accessed from Visit for more of Scott Cummins’ creations.

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