And the firelight gives us a chance to “warm our bones.” So then, why are bones so scary? I think skulls are creepy good in their gothic starkness…but send one after me, clacking its teeth to bite? I’m outta there!
I live for the classic “Happy Halloween.” Clever black cats, grinning pumpkins, stripe stockinged witches with a gleam in their eyes, and cauldrons FULL of candy just make my heart skip!
But just at the edge of the bonfire’s crackling light lies the edge of darkness. There live the sounds that go bump in the night. Autumn leaves that rustle from more than the wind. Shadows that wind through the trees under the moonlight. The darkness and its denizens give us the tingling up our spine, delighting all of us who love a good ghost story by the fire!
And the firelight gives us a chance to “warm our bones.” So then, why are bones so scary? I think skulls are creepy good in their gothic starkness…but send one after me, clacking its teeth to bite? I’m outta there! I see them clattering after me, creepy joints snapping and popping, a disjointed gait (pun intended) that catches up to me, reaching out long, bony fingers…….EEK! Now that’s the stuff of nightmares! And I take back everything I said about creepy goodness and I’m going back to guard the candy and leave the skeletons in the cemetery where they belong!
Pro Tips: This carving takes a little time, but a flickering light inside makes the flames dance and all the work worth it!
- You are welcome to add or subtract some of the flames. Just remember that it’s the spaces between the flames that keep the skull attached to the pumpkin itself and appears to make it float. Without those areas of attachment, the skull will just fall out!
- You can easily light this pumpkin with a candle. But, if you want to add some creepy coolness, use a battery powered light that can change colors! Or you could even add a strobe! Up the creep factor!