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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

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • jmjgodville


  • Ruben Roel

    this is really cool!

  • Natashia Fischer

    I agree! Very well done ^_^

  • Robert McCracken
  • Kelsey June

    Hahaha, wonderful.

  • Allison Gaines

    Holy cow! These are amazing!

  • azcrumpty

    The dangling eyeball one is my favorite.

  • The List Ninja

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

  • Lilith Wingates Hellsing


  • Anonymous

    Too bad the link is bad…

  • Anonymous

    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 <-)

  • The Design Work

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

  • Divine Tumenta

    post more pics @

  • Sidnei Dasilva


  • siavash

    The dangling eyeball one is my favorite.