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Monday, November 2, 2009

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Create Custom Jack-o’-Lanterns

Jack-o’-lanterns aren’t just for kids fumbling with safety knives anymore. The art and craft of carving the perfect pumpkin has gone from simple Halloween tradition to passionate pursuit, fueled by geeky obsessions and modern tech.

Take the ghoulish gourd disembowelers at Maniac Pumpkin Carvers.

Run by Parsons School of Design grads Marc Evan and Chris Soria, the New York-based operation cranks out custom pumpkins covered with intricate designs.

“Our inspiration comes from a steady flow of hot coffee and horror films,” said pumpkin artiste Evan. “We love carving images based off the movies and comics we grew up with. The movies that we can quote years later, that fueled our overactive imaginations and our scariest nightmares.”

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