Pumpkins

Master of Pumpkins

Master of Pumpkins

Ray Villafane knows his way around a pumpkin, having carved some of the most incredible and intricate Jack-o-lanterns ever. In this clip from azcentral, we learn a bit more about the artist, and what it is about the orange squash that inspires him. Each fall, his studio cranks out countless pumpkins for displays around the world.

How Pumpkin Seeds Are Harvested

How Pumpkin Seeds Are Harvested

We always assumed that the way they got seeds out of pumpkins was to scoop out the meat for things like canned pumpkin, then separate out the seeds. But from the looks of this video, pumpkins are smashed by machine right out of the patch, simply to extract the seeds. The process seems wasteful, but it’s still interesting to watch.

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The Pumpkin Hovercraft

The Pumpkin Hovercraft

To celebrate the Halloween season, maker and tinkerer William Osman and his pals decided to see if they could transform a pumpkin into a working hovercraft. They used a vacuum cleaner as its primary source of flotation, and a couple of small drone motors to steer it.

Animated Pumpkin Carvings

Animated Pumpkin Carvings

It takes a lot of time to carve a pumpkin and make it look good, so we can only imagine how much time the guys behind Oh My Gourd spent working on this animated short, which required carving of hundreds of designs in order to pull off its stop-motion effect. Pumpkin pie, anyone?

Resident Evil Nemesis Pumpkin Carving

Resident Evil Nemesis Pumpkin Carving

Sculpture_Geek usually works with clay. But his Halloween episode sees him make a portrait of Resident Evil‘s Nemesis out of a pumpkin. He put a lot of effort on his opening sequence, but you can skip to 1:58 if you just want to watch him at work.

Enlightened Pumpkin

Enlightened Pumpkin

If you thought the best way to illuminate the inside of your jack-o-lantern was with a little candle, or maybe an LED tealight, you’d be wrong. PhotonicInduction shows us that a 5000-watt lamp is the way to go if you’ve got the proper power supply lying around.

Captain Morgan Jack-o-Blast

Captain Morgan Jack-o-Blast

In all honesty, we we’re pretty cynical about yet another pumpkin spice flavored thing, but Captain Morgan’s latest spiced rum concoction is truly delicious. You’ll want to sip this spirit all the time, not just in the Fall. Great alone, with apple cider, or ginger beer and lime.

Exploding Thermite Pumpkins

Exploding Thermite Pumpkins

While the end result isn’t as neat as the smoking green pumpkins we’ve seen, loading up the orange holiday squash with dangerously volatile thermite is still quite a spectacle, and way cooler than smashing them.

Self-Carving Pumpkin

Self-Carving Pumpkin

The Crazy Russian Hacker shows off a simple trick which allows the pressure build-up from dry ice to pop out pieces of a pre-cut pumpkin. It’s a silly effect, but a fun Halloween party trick. We’re guessing that a more tightly sealed pumpkin would be much more explosive.

Pumpktris

Pumpktris

Let’s take Halloween out with a grin by enjoying Nathan Pryor’s Pumpktris, a fully playable version of Tetris in a pumpkin, with 128 LEDs for the display and bonus game controller stem. (Thanks James!)

Flaming Pumpkin

Flaming Pumpkin

Most people light up their pumpkins with a little votive candle, but Youtuber DaveHax prefers to fill his with toilet paper and kerosene – resulting in a spectacular, but relatively contained fire show.

Pumpkin Stop-Motion

Pumpkin Stop-Motion

A fun and Tim Burton-esque Halloween animation done by Auge de Vries by painstakingly carving 400 individual scenes into candle-lit pumpkins and stitching them together frame-by-frame.

Pumpkin Carving Boss

Pumpkin Carving Boss

Villafane Studios¬†claims that it’s “home of the most gorgeous pumpkins on the planet” and from what we’ve seen we believe it. Funny, grotesque and scary, these carvings are a real treat to look at.

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The Great Pumpkin (Drop)

The Great Pumpkin (Drop)

So you’re a farmer and spent the last year growing a gigantic pumpkin and nobody bought it. What do you do? Drop it on an equally unwanted Pontiac 6000, of course.

How to Carve a Pumpkin

How to Carve a Pumpkin

If you thought letting kids wield a sharp knife to carve their Jack ‘O Lanterns was dangerous, then take a gander at the Glock .40 caliber carving method to put things in perspective.

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