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Cannibal Pumpkin: A Halloween How-To

Oct 29, 2008

by katiearms handmade and vintage goods

Halloween is day after tomorrow — you better get carving! Not enough gruesome pumpkin eye candy for your Halloween baskets? Not to worry! Tom Nardone, crafty author of Extreme Pumpkins has a few more tricks (and treats) up his sleeve.

Life requires bravery; if you’re timid, the cannibals will eat you for sure. To illustrate this point, each year I buy a giant pumpkin and feed other pumpkins to it. A ruthless jack-o’-lantern munching on the flesh of its own kind really frightens all the sweater-vest types. Here’s how you can scare your neighbors, too. You can follow along below or download the pdf file here.





Tom with a few of his pumpkin pals.


Get inspired to get extreme! Buy the book here.


And his other book here!

Pumpkin season is popular here on Etsy. Don’t forget to taste the Flavors of Fall, or bask in autumns favorite color, Orange, Beautiful Orange.  Did Halloween sneak up on you this year? There’s still time to put together a killer costume! Oh, and don’t worry about what to bring to that party on Friday, we’ve got some spooky cupcakes that are sure to cause a scream or two.

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  • thesocialcellar

    thesocialcellar said 8 years ago

    WOW! That's genius! I cant believe I haven't started carving mine yet! Thanks for the idea :)

  • JustFeltHungry

    JustFeltHungry said 8 years ago

    Wonderful ideas, thanks!

  • MariesVintage

    MariesVintage said 8 years ago

    I love it! Off to the grocery to find a mini pumpkin...

  • niajane

    niajane said 8 years ago

    Oh wow- this guy's a GENIUS!!!

  • EllaBearBowtique

    EllaBearBowtique said 8 years ago

    So cool! We're definately doing this tomorrow.

  • DazzleDott

    DazzleDott said 8 years ago

    Awesome! I'm going to store to pick up a pumpkin right now!

  • 2gorditas

    2gorditas said 8 years ago

    Cool! I need a tiny pumpkin!!

  • GemsandDolls

    GemsandDolls said 8 years ago

    So cool!

  • cuddlyme

    cuddlyme said 8 years ago

    i like the pumpkins, it's awesome.

  • livefunky

    livefunky said 8 years ago

    I love it! Great idea!

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo said 8 years ago

    ahahahah uahauahau funny!

  • BrazanDesign

    BrazanDesign said 8 years ago

    I LOVE this! Can't wait to show my son :)

  • FishBulb500

    FishBulb500 said 8 years ago

    Hey, we just finished carving a pumpkin from one of his books! We have both of his books and besides the excellent designs, he also has a lot of good advice and funny commentary. I highly recommend the books. The designs are easy enough and funny.

  • jelene

    jelene said 8 years ago

    cool... saw this done several years back... would be hilarious next to the throw up pumpkin

  • florigander

    florigander said 8 years ago

    This is so cool!

  • PenguinsPlunder

    PenguinsPlunder said 8 years ago

    hahh that is so awesome! Thanks!

  • Corpseknit

    Corpseknit said 8 years ago

    I'll be carving my pumpkin tomorrow- thank you for the inspiration!

  • MommySaidSew

    MommySaidSew said 8 years ago

    I actually saw one of those cannibal pumpkins on a front stoop right here in Chicago! I was pretty scared.

  • time2cre8

    time2cre8 said 8 years ago

    I love those pumpkins!!! And thanks so much for including Smilin' Jack in the collection of pumpkin things on Etsy. :-)

  • marytofts

    marytofts said 8 years ago

    we LOVE it! so ingenious...thanks for posting! xo, M.T.'s

  • cravejewelrydesign

    cravejewelrydesign said 8 years ago

    LOVE IT!! :)

  • CraftZany

    CraftZany said 8 years ago

    Oh that is funny! My neighbors have a pumpkin man that is mooning you. His butt cheeks are two pumpkins. It makes me smile everyday!

  • themermaidsbraid

    themermaidsbraid said 8 years ago

    We're thinking of doing a cross or a Jesus fish carving this year as a symbol of our faith...but this is hilarious. I've seen it done one other time!

  • belaluna

    belaluna said 8 years ago

    So great, I passed on the link to a bunch of friends!

  • Yokoo

    Yokoo said 8 years ago

    Aww, what a very nice surprise. I love all of it! What a cute Elf hat too!

  • surly

    surly said 8 years ago

    That is seriously the coolest pumpkin I have ever seen! AWESOME!!!

  • Touch2112

    Touch2112 said 8 years ago

    That is hilarious, I love it!

  • bigbangzola

    bigbangzola said 8 years ago

    I like it!!

  • happilyeverartist

    happilyeverartist said 8 years ago

    So love this!!

  • hellome

    hellome said 8 years ago

    This is great! I wonder if you could do the same with a small sugar pumpkin and a not as big pumpkin? Also, be sure to google "recycle pumpkin" if you are carving your own. No sense adding all that great pumpkin to the landfill if you don't have to!

  • walkinthewoodsllc

    walkinthewoodsllc said 8 years ago


  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

    I live in a very conservative neighborhood. The cannibal pumpkin should shake things up a bit. So creative!

  • hautecountryvintage

    hautecountryvintage said 8 years ago

    awesome, the cannibal pumpkin is outta this world!!

  • Rose442

    Rose442 said 8 years ago

    Halloween is my favorite holiday! Pumpkins are fun,we live in the woods so birds and animals like to eat them too!

  • handprintlady

    handprintlady said 8 years ago

    This guy has a really funny website too at extremepumpkins. You gotta watch the video.

  • serahs

    serahs said 8 years ago

    I love to see pumpkin carvings. Too bad I'm no good at them though.

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 8 years ago

    i really enjoyed this article. thanks, etsy!!

  • pixiepotions

    pixiepotions said 8 years ago

    Ha! I love this!

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign said 8 years ago

    Oh my gosh - I love the cannibal pumpkin - HOWEVER _ don't throw that guy away - He would make awesome compost or if you know someone who has chickens - they would love you forever if you gave them 100 pounds of pumpkin!

  • ribbonwands

    ribbonwands said 8 years ago

    Crazy cool!

  • minniesheart

    minniesheart said 8 years ago

    Great pumpkin carver... I heard there's a world record for it and my son is practicing to beat it. LOL

  • raspberryvix

    raspberryvix said 8 years ago

    That is so awesome.

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 8 years ago

    GROSSSSSS!!! Cannibal pumpkins! Pumpkin guts everywhere! Ewww! I can't wait to carve one for myself! I'm so sad Halloween comes but once a year...

  • LOVspecialties

    LOVspecialties said 8 years ago

    Disturbing, I Love it.

  • HModine

    HModine said 8 years ago

    HA!! I wish every day was Halloween.....Thanks for the great How To!

  • Warmth

    Warmth said 7 years ago

    I looked and looked and LOOKED...but no Mice with Pumpkins...

  • Myfathersgifts

    Myfathersgifts said 7 years ago

    I shared it with all my family at facebook! They will love this! My kids will flip over this one!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 6 years ago

    Cannibal Pumpkins! HaHaHa!!!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 6 years ago

    Cannibal Pumpkins! HaHaHa!!!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    i think i just saw Tom on an extreme halloween program on TV last week? history channel, travel channel or something? loved his work then and love the cannibal pumpkins now.

  • olana11

    olana11 said 6 years ago

    What an art form!

  • HoneyPieDesign

    HoneyPieDesign said 6 years ago

    That is pretty awesome!

  • wanderlust84

    wanderlust84 said 6 years ago

    This is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. :O

  • frenchfeelings

    frenchfeelings said 6 years ago

    Great ! Nice ideas, thanks !

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