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October 31, 2016 · 7:27 pm

Happy Halloween – Carvings by Ray Villafane

And now we meet the grand master of pumpkin carving – Ray Villafane, from Queens, New York. The following examples of his work are my personal favorites –  (Thanks to Emily Davis, trendingly.com)

 

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She can even hang her candy bag on the walker! :0)

 

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I could only carve the most rudimentary of jack-o-lanterns, but I love seeing what creative people are doing these days, from the very traditional to objects-d’-art.

 

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Needless to say, I also get a kick out of creative Halloween costumes, particularly ones that are DIY and the product of wonderful imaginations.

A hundred years ago when I was a child, we hadn’t become aware of the awful things that could happen to kids out alone at night. My friends and I went trick or treating together as a group, walking several miles to gather goodies, having the best time ever. I brought my candy home. My parents took a perfunctory look for razor blades in apples, and then tried to get me to eat only one piece – a thing that never happened.

I always wanted a costume from the store, a thing that also never happened. Usually I ended up with a mask, carried a sack, and enjoyed every minute.

As an adult, when my husband and I lived in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in a neighborhood FULL of kids, we took our son out to houses we knew, gathered a bit of candy, came home early and went through each piece carefully, and then gave him a couple of pieces to eat. He was very young and didn’t have particularly characters in mind that he wanted to be at that point, so we did the best we could do fashion something he liked.

My husband enjoyed dressing up and giving out candy. One year, in particular, he dressed up in a scary rubber mask, a big blanket over a humpback, etc. The kids would scream bloody murder when they saw him. Then – they would tell all their friends and come back! Everyone had a blast that year, but we spent WAAAY too much for candy. (I went out twice to get more when we ran out.)

Now we live at the top of a ridgeline up a steep driveway with few close neighbors, so the trick or treating thing is only a memory. So I look online at Jack-o-Lanterns and great costumes that I’ll happily share with you.

I hope you enjoy them!

 

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