Zombie “No Carve” Pumpkins
October, 2014 · By Coryanne Ettiene
Halloween is around the corner, and with the week have lined up, we will have little time to carve our pumpkins. Rather than stressing about when we are going carve out time (Pun? What pun?) we are going the no-carve pumpkin route and embracing easy street. I originally thought we might go for glammed up black pumpkins, but we are now taking a wild turn and embracing smashed pumpkins, or zombie pumpkins as we call them… beware scardey cats, this is more trick than treat.
I got the idea while decorating the school halls for our annual Halloween festival. I created both a “Day time happy as jack-o-lanten” photo both and a “Zombie Patch” photo booth. Originally the zombie cart was going to have a variety of carved pumpkins and a zombie pushing the cart, but the space was too small so I turned the pumpkins into zombies with very little skill and even less time. It turns out the zombie pumpkins were a huge hit and when I saw our children go bonkers for them, I wasted no time suggesting we do the same at our house….(hook, line and sinker).
Zombie pumpkins could not be more simple. Put the pumpkin in a large rubbish back, tie the top and smash it on the floor until it starts to crack. Untie, and split the pumpkin in half to create the “open mouth” look. Set the pumpkin on the sack and lightly dust with spray paint until you have the look you want. I sprayed the inside to make sure it had a rotted look. Once dry, insert the pumpkin fangs and drop in an electric candle light once the sun goes down. Add a little drama with a few skeletal remains, orange lights and if you have it, plenty of spider webs and hay.