Pumpkin Carving for Halloween 2011 (Photos)

on October 24 2011 1:51 AM

Pumpkin carving, one of the best parts of Halloween, is back. Pumpkin carving is basically associated with the holiday of Halloween and everyone loves to carve pumpkin this time of the year.

Pumpkin carving is known as the best and fun parts of Halloween, because the patterns help to create that scary effect.

In U.S. the carved pumpkin was first associated with the harvest season, before it became an emblem of Halloween.

It was named after the incident of strange lights flickering over peat bogs, called jack-o'-lantern.

In a jack-o'-lantern, the top is usually cut off, and the inside is hollowed out, creating an image of, usually, a monstrous face.

Pumpkin Carving

Artist Russ Leno of Sleepy Hollow Master Pumpkin Carvers of Seattle works on a 657-pound pumpkin at Microsoft's Redmond, Washington campus on Oct. 27. Leno was hired by Microsoft to carve the jack-o'-lantern which will be auctioned to company employees to raise money for charity before Halloween. The giant pumpkin was grown at Holland's Land-O-Giants farm in Puyallup, Washington. Leno is scheduled to carve a pumpkin for Vice President Al Gore in Washington, D.C. this weekend. Reuters

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Gina Cipriani displays pumpkins carved in the likeness of each former U.S. President in Philadelphia, October 29, 2004. The pumpkins, which include each former U.S. President, George W. Bush, Senator John Kerry and Monica Lewinsky were carved from foam pumpkins by Pumpkin Lady, Lisa Berberette, and are part of a display called "Heads of State" at the Nightmare On Broad Street Halloween Park at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Reuters

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Two students carve pumpkins into the shape of a ship and a dragon during class at a training school for chefs in Hefei, east China's Anhui province, August 1, 2006 Reuters

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U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) (L) carves a Halloween pumpkin as U.S. Congressman Martin Meehan (D-MA) (R) watches during a visit to the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Massachusetts October 18, 2006. Senator Kennedy is running to be re-elected to a eighth six-year term in November. Reuters

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Carved pumpkins are seen during the annual Naked Pumpkin Run in Boulder, Colorado on Halloween night October 31, 2007. Naked people wearing pumpkins on their heads run through the streets of Boulder each Halloween. Reuters

Pumpkin Carving

Jaja Martin (C) paddles her "Pink Pig Boat" made from a giant carved pumpkin during the Pumpkinboat Regatta in Damariscotta, Maine October 9, 2011. The regatta included two classes of boats; paddle and the "super-modified" division that uses small outboard motors. Reuters

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A snow money plays with a carved Halloween pumpkin at the Central Park Zoo in New York City, October 30, 2004. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen JC Reuters

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