Students carve pumpkins as Halloween nears


Pumpkin carving is a staple of Halloween festivities, but there are lots of techniques to design a pumpkin other than simply carving a face.

 During PowerHour, five GHS students carved pumpkins with the intention of making something unique.

“Most years I just carve a scary face or something like that. When I started looking for ideas, I came up with a pumpkin that uses the mouth cutout as a tongue. It was a little difficult to shave the eyes, but I think it turned out even better than I expected,” sophomore Isaac Apgar said.

A familiar substitute for carving pumpkins is painting pumpkins. Senior Lily Hommell somewhat mixed the two.

“I tried to have a combination of carving and painting by making a Mike Wazowksi pumpkin from the movie Monsters Inc. I carved out his eyes and facial features and colored on his blue fur,” Hommell said.

Some people’s designs came out better than others.

“I saw a picture of a minion pumpkin online, and I liked it a lot. I tried to recreate it, but it did not turn out the way it was supposed to and came out looking more like a belt buckle than a minion,” sophomore Mackenna Martin said.

Sometimes when creators try and make something funny, it turns out to be great, but other times people are laughing at the maker not with them.

“A lot of my friends think Among Us is funny so my first idea was to make a pumpkin about Among Us. The whole thing was supposed to be an imposter killing a crewmate. It ended up looking like it was made by a little kid,” sophomore Will Riley said.

In life, a lot of projects do not go how they are initially intended to. This is what happened to sophomore Jake Squier, and all he did was improvise.

“I wanted to make the Greenwood logo at first, but when I started cutting it, I messed up and cut in the wrong place. Instead of a big G I was left with a big hole. After a moment of thinking, I decided to make it a big mouth throwing up. I took the seeds and insides of the pumpkin and made it look nice,” Squier said