Rotting Pumpkins

Where do good pumpkins go when they die?

Well, nowhere really as they were pretty much dead when you picked them. All they can do now is rot. But at least they can do so gloriously as with these three messy fellows from my front porch.

I’d actually only carved the one pumpkin some time ago and posted it here at the time but with two other pumpkins gutted and waiting to be carved the holiday got away from me and they never got their proper faces. I was about to toss these nasty rotters in the trash when I suddenly thought, hang on! That rot looks like pretty great zombie make up.

Well, nasty as it may sound I decided to go ahead and carve away even though they are pretty nasty. Have a look at the results!

rotting Jack O Lantern

This pumpkin showed the least amount of decay and it was still pretty firm though mold had started growing on the inside. I quickly discovered that it was mostly rotting from the bottom up. So, I carved him a face, cut his face off, and then stapled his face back on. GRUESOME!

rotting pumpkin

This was the most far-gone of the three and just touching it with an old butter nice allowed the skin to give way making it super easy to carve. Honestly, I think it’s the best looking of the bunch!

rotting JackOLantern
And this poor fellow was the one I had actually carved a few weeks ago. Originally the egg was painted like a bulging eye and there was a fork sticking out of the stem on top as if it had been gouged int he eye. That big gaping maw in the middle is it’s mouth but it sort of looks like an old guy with no teeth! I finally decided to crack the rotten egg and let the gooey innards leak all over.

rotting pumpkins
And so here they are, my three friendly, ghastly, wonderfully-rotted pumpkins. They won’t be around much longer but it’s been fun watching them slowly fall apart.

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Mike Kloran

I am an Educational Designer from Brooklyn New York. I'm a teacher, an artist, an athlete and constantly doing, making, drawing, creating! It's a busy life but I'm doing what I love and that's what matters most to me!

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