We all know that people love books. But there’s loving books, and then there’s spending hour upon hour with a delicate vibrating knife carving characters and sigils from your favourite book into a vegetable famous for an extremely tough rind and messy pulpy orange centre.
My hat goes off to the book-lovers behind these creations: Halloween Jack O’Lanterns featuring literary characters, illustrations, authors, and book covers!
My favourite is this reproduction of a famous red-figure illustration of Odysseus and a Sphinx.
But a shout-out also to this Jane Austen fan’s cameo-style pumpkin.
Other classic works of literature enpumpkined:
Ooh and with children’s book illustrations there are so many impressive and charming pumpkins out there … some of them rather failing to be scary. I like the Gruffalo:
But I am also a fan of dancing lit-up Wild Things:
Horror and SF, perhaps naturally, seem to be the genres that have the most pumpkins carved in their honour. Who is the scariest out of these?
Many pumpkin artists (pumkartists?) have also made good use of popular fiction’s ability to create recognisable sigils and signs: