“You didn’t tell me you were going to kill it!” Linus cried at his sister in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The famous line comes as Lucy cuts open the pumpkin and begins pulling out its innards.
Pumpkin carving has always been one of my favorite Halloween activities, and it really is an art.
Did you know Colonial Williamsburg has a whole slew of patterns for your pumpkins? They range from relatively easy to pretty advanced and are sure to please just about anyone. Folks in the 18th century didn’t exactly carve up their pumpkins for decorative purposes or to ward off evil. They consumed them in beer, pies, and stews. (Look for more on that in Wednesday’s blog post!)
Our team each picked a different Colonial Williamsburg-themed pattern. I, of course, selected the gallows with Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death!” Ever since reciting the speech in the fourth grade, the words have stuck with me as one of the great taglines of the American Revolution. I love it so much, in fact, that when we painted dishes at my now sister-in-law’s bridal shower, I chose those exact words to put on a mug, which now sits on my desk.
And now, you come in. Your incredible Colonial Williamsburg pumpkin creation could get you ghost tour tickets!
The rules are simple:
- Download one of our spooky pumpkin patterns or make one of your own creations (must be Colonial Williamsburg-themed)
- Take a picture of your Colonial Williamsburg-themed pumpkin
- Post the picture to our Facebook page, or upload to Twitter or Instagram using #BOOzah. Make sure to tag us in your post (@colonialwmsburg on both)
Two randomly selected winners will each take home two tickets to our Ghosts Amongst Us tour, which may not be suitable for children.
The contest begins Friday, Oct. 17 and ends Thursday, Oct. 30. We’ll announce the winners on Halloween!
UPDATE: Our winners were Greg Gueltig, Tressa Catherine, and Lynn Price!