Weird Website of the Week: Extreme Pumpkins

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I am on a one woman mission to get Halloween recognised as a national holiday – dressing up, free sweets, carving up fruit – what’s not to love? In my quest, I have to gather evidence of all the ways that Halloween will benefit our lives, and Extreme Pumpkins has helped immensely. Any activity which can be proceeded with the word ‘extreme’ is surely life-enriching.

This site is dedicated to the sport of pumpkin carving, and not only features a gallery of top ‘extreme pumpkins’ but goes into phenomenal detail about what you need, how to do it and design strategy. My favourite section is the ‘Candy trap’ bit, which has sketches of how to hide or make kids work for the sweets. The site owner had an ulterior motive though. In his won words “I also wanted some way to discourage a recent trend in my neighborhood. It seems like 15-20 year olds have decided that they deserve some free candy. I don’t agree. I think that they deserve a pillowcase full of hose-water.” He’s bringing candy back to the kids, peeps. Respec’.

Check it out here.

By Susi Weaser | October 11th, 2007





Susi WeaserWeird Website of the Week: Extreme Pumpkins
  • thanks but . . .

    Photos are great, but what’s up with the sexism? The second paragraph of the main page is:

    “At what point did the carving of pumpkins turn into a “cute” event? When did boys stop carving pumpkins and moms start? Where did we lose touch with one of the years coolest events?”

    So moms=lame and boys=cool?

  • karen

    do you live in another country? halloween is a national holiday- they even print it in calendars.

  • Susi

    If by another country you mean the UK, then yes. And I can assure you, it’s not a national holiday here. It’s barely recognised. But I’m on the case.

  • Tabilda

    I am having a fancy dress halloween party (with karaoke of course) and will now be including extreme pumpkin making in the entertainment!

    Tabilda (UK)

    p.s. Is it not strange that all those god-fearing USA types have a holiday for satan?

  • http://england livi1906

    this is rubish stupid and crap