We invited family and friends over last weekend for some pumkpin carving, and here are the results (click to enlarge):
I made the lady pumpkin on the left wearing the ornamental gourd, and the Rasta pumpkin on the right with licorice as dreadlocks. The dreadlocks didn't last long, something in the pumpkin flesh dissolved the licorice. The leaves were etched in the pumpkin on the lower left with a dremel tool. That one had a lovely lantern effect when lit with a candle.
We scraped out the seeds, cleaned them a bit, and roasted them in the oven with some melted butter, kosher salt and seasonings (cayenne, Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce). Roast at 350 deg F for 35-45 minutes. Easy to do, smells great cooking, makes a tasty snack. Warm up some apple cider while you're at it.
We were inspired by Exteme Pumpkins to make flaming pumpkin torches, and they were fantastic!! Just soak a roll of toilet paper in kerosene (we used lamp oil) and light it up, Baby! Below, safety-conscious Handy Man uses long fireplace matches to set things off. Light through the mouth or nose of the pumpkin, not from the top!
Here in their Full Flaming Glory! The flames lasted for over half an hour, super cool!