Garden Variety Pumpkins

We've made this year's jack-o'-lanterns with goods from the produce aisle. 

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Photo By: Levi Brown

Ginger Queen

Ginger Crown: Trim the base of the gingerroot. Use a T-pin to attach the back of each piece to the pumpkin.

Radish Eyes: Carve two eye sockets slightly smaller than the radishes; push them into the holes.

Broccoli Nose: Carve a circle in the center of the pumpkin to hold a broccoli stem.

Kale Hair: Use T-pins to attach the leaves.

 

Photographs by Levi Brown

Uncle Buck

Scallion Antlers: Trim the white part of two scallions. Thread a wooden skewer through each green stalk, then push into the pumpkin.

Parsnip Horns: In front of each antler, carve a hole to hold a parsnip.

Artichoke Lids: Cover the back of two artichoke leaves with craft glue and paste one above each eye cutout.

Eggplant Nose: Carve a hole to hold a purple eggplant, stem-end out.

Carrot Grin: Bend a thin carrot into a smile and attach each end to the pumpkin with a straight pin.

Nutty Professor

Beet Ears: Use T-pins to attach the back of the beets to the pumpkin.

Kale Hair: Use T-pins to attach kale around the beets.

Shallot Nose: Press a toothpick halfway into the pumpkin, then push a shallot onto the exposed half.

Dill Mustache: Trim stems and use T-pins to attach bunches above the mouth cutout.

Almond Teeth: Push the pointy ends of almonds into the upper edge of the mouth cutout.

Bok Choy Cyclops

Bok Choy Hair: Split a head of bok choy, leaving some of the stem intact. Fan the leaves out over the pumpkin, and pin in place.

Rutabaga Eye: Carve an eye socket slightly smaller than the rutabaga; push it halfway into the hole.

Dill Eyelashes: Drape a thin bunch over the top of the rutabaga and pin in place.

Pepper Nose: Carve a circle to hold a pepper.

Veggie Locks

Artichoke Hair: Working from the bottom up, use T-pins to attach artichoke leaves to the pumpkin.

Almond Pupils: Push the rounded end of an almond into the lower edge of each eye cutout.

Pepper Nose: Carve a circle to hold a pepper.

Doctor Peppers

Potato Nose: Press a toothpick halfway into the pumpkin, then push a small potato onto the exposed half.

Pepper Ears: Press a toothpick halfway into each side of the pumpkin, then push a pepper onto the exposed half.

Parsley Whiskers: Use T-pins to attach small bunches of parsley above and below the mouth cutout.

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