What happened to plain and simple carved pumpkins and turnips? When I was a child we made turnip (or swedes as they are known in England) lanterns, which took quite a bit of effort to make because the flesh of the turnip is very hard and not easy to remove. We used to make a lantern, with a candle inside, which looked a bit like this –
The humble turnip has been usurped by the pumpkin and people make lanterns which tend to look a bit like this –
However, the simple carved turnip or pumpkin now seems to have turned into an art form of its own with people making designs which are more and more amazing.
First here’s a collection of lovely turnip lanterns (which must have been really hard on the hands, scooping out all those centres) –
Now for some amazing carved pumpkins –
Do you still make pumpkin, or turnip, lanterns?
To finish, here is a corny Hallowe’en joke –
What do you call an overweight pumpkin?