Rather than cutting out the traditional “lid” from the pumpkin’s top, Herminio carves an oval in back, just large enough for his hand to fit through. The opening, he says, gives better access to the pumpkin’s center, and permits him to push out thinly-cut shapes such as eyebrows and lips. The only carving tool he uses is a 6-inch curved, serrated knife.
For a “cat” pumpkin, Herminio uses the cut-out piece of one eye as a template for the next.
Wooden cocktail skewers serve as the cat’s whiskers.
A mysterious black cat stopped by to check out the “new kid on the block.”
Stay tuned for more pumpkin photos as Halloween Night draws near!
UPDATE: These are the scenes that greeted trick-or-treaters at Herminio’s house on Halloween night, 2009:
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