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We wrote about Ray Villafane’s pumpkin carving tutorial several years ago, but it’s worth linking to again. We were reminded of Ray’s astounding squash-sculpting mojo when our most-awesome Director of Marketing and PR for Maker Faire, Bridgette Vanderlaan, sent around a gallery of Ray’s work through internal email. Even if you don’t have Ray’s artistic chops, I bet, if you carefully follow his instructions, what you get will be a heck of a lot more “high-brow” than triangle eyes and a jagged mouth. [Thanks, Bridgette!]

[A few more gourdly ghouls after the jump]


Ray Villafane’s Pumpkin Carving Tutorial

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. jmjgodville says:


  2. Ruben Roel says:

    this is really cool!

  3. I agree! Very well done ^_^

  4. Kelsey June says:

    Hahaha, wonderful.

  5. Holy cow! These are amazing!

  6. azcrumpty says:

    The dangling eyeball one is my favorite.

  7. More zombies pumpkins please! Love these though, truely amazing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Too bad the link is bad…

  9. Anonymous says:

    HOLY FREAKIN’ CRAP!!! That one with his eye falling out and his head half unzipped stickin’ his tung it sssooo cool I can’t even make a stinkin’ smiley face.:) (EXEPT THAT ONE <-)

  10. i would just wanted to say that these are just awesome :)

  11. siavash says:

    The dangling eyeball one is my favorite.