First of all, the pumpkin was not very large so they were surprised by how little it weighed compared to a similarly-sized Japanese kabocha. I invited each of them to take a stab at the scalp until we removed its top. Once again, they were surprised at how smoothly and effortlessly it was to slice into the rind. Though I'd remembered to bring knives, I did forget to bring any spoons, so we had to scoop out the guts and seeds by hand. Fortunately, I did bring a pair of rubber gloves. The lass at the Jazz Fest who sold me the gourd told me that the seeds wouldn't be edible. I dunno, they looked pretty good to me, even so, I heeded her advice. 1/7 of the ladies was considerably younger (only 17) and I asked her to design a face for Jack. It was fairly straightforward with triangular eyes and a smile with a few jutted out upper teeth. So we set out to
They were all suitably impressed. Since I had no* candles, I took the Jack Pumpkinhead home and finished off the scooping of the interior and tidied it up.
I lied a little just then, I do have a few candles but this is how they are shaped.
Why, you may ask, "Do you only have penis-shaped candles?" These are the result of a Fertility I went to over 13 years ago. (IF you click that link, be warned it is full of NSFW willies on parade.)
So I cut the balls off of one of the candles and melted it down a bit so it was more presentable to take to school. This is the face with the lit candle within.
The kids at school were all impressed with my Jack-o'-Lantern and NO ONE (neither teachers nor kids) had ever seen a real one before. In the grand scheme of things, it's a pretty lame-ass Jack, but I managed to impress the locals and that met my goal.
While I'm on the topic, one friend did a terrific job with his pumpkin. Can you guess who this is?
If you guessed Skeksis, you'd be correct.
ps. Here is the final postcard from my Eko Eko Azarak set. I actually found a copy of issue 8 of the manga yet haven't had time to photograph it yet!
Happy Halloween everyone!!
I'm off to a Halloween Party at Ha'penny Bridge if any of you want to tag along. Details tomorrow...