Halloween, Australia and Pumpkins

 

Although Halloween has taken a couple of decades to start integrating itself with the Australian culture and society, it slowly but surely has been embraced by the people. 

 

The famous British-born holiday is loved by almost everyone in the world, especially by America. Colourful lollies, spooky ghosts, children trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving - these are all the main elements that make Halloween one of the biggest holidays everywhere, and while Australia is late to the party, (mainly due to an apprehension towards mainstream capitalism and fears of American influences replacing the Australian way of life) we are finally on board. 

 

Pumpkin Carving is one of the most memorable activities that was the last to be included in Australia’s version of Halloween. It is mostly kids and their parents who carve scary-looking faces into the squash and place a light inside to make them appear lanterns. 

 

A few years ago it was nearly impossible to find pumpkins here in Sydney and now they are everywhere. Troy Muller, a north Queensland grower said they supplied over 100,000 pumpkins to all corners of the country last Halloween. 

Mr. Muller is one of the only a handful of major growers of the pumpkin variety used to make Jack-o-lanterns, which are native to north America. It has taken ten years to grow the business to where it’s at today, and according to Mr Muller, they were only suppling 10,000 pumpkins for the celebration in their first five years. 

 

With the popularity of Halloween and easy access to pumpkins, we hope to see more Jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin carving contests to come! Here are some amazing pumpkin carvings by New York artist Ray Villafane, who is one of the most outstanding carvers of the industry and takes Jack-o-Lanterns to the next level.

 

We hope to get you inspired and we wish you a Happy Hallow’s eve!

 

The Drawing Book studios.

 

 

The details on the these are impressive. Credit: Ray Villafane

The details on the these are impressive. Credit: Ray Villafane

Two is always better than one!  Credit: Ray Villafane

Two is always better than one!  Credit: Ray Villafane

The amount of detail is mesmerising. Credit: Ray Villafane      

The amount of detail is mesmerising. Credit: Ray Villafane      

We can't imagine how long this piece took to carve! Credit: Ray Villafane 

We can't imagine how long this piece took to carve! Credit: Ray Villafane 

That looks like it hurts. Credit: Ray Villafane 

That looks like it hurts. Credit: Ray Villafane 

Do not feed after midnight! Credit: Ray Villafane 

Do not feed after midnight! Credit: Ray Villafane 

For more information about Ray Villafane's work, click here.

Sources 

ABC Rural