October 10, 2013

what will this year's literary-themed pumpkin be?

I'm a fall enthusiast. That might be the understatement of the century, but it's true. The day Starbucks begins serving its Pumpkin Spice Latte is practically a holiday for me. Apple orchards: Best place to spend a Saturday. Pumpkin patches: Tied for best place to spend a Saturday. Football: You got it. Pumpkin painting: you better believe it.

Pumpkin painting is a pretty big deal in the Chapman family. We were big fans of turning our pumpkins into pies after Halloween, and this was a good way for us to keep the gourds fresh for longer.

A few years ago, I started painting a literary-themed pumpkins each Halloween.

First there was Arthur from Arthur. I made this one for my mom to take to her elementary school classroom. It was a hit.

Who was followed by the one and only Harry Potter.

Then I took a couple of years off from literary characters. But when I came back to it four years ago, I paid homage to my favorite YA books at the time. Yeah... I made a Twilight pumpkin. But it was subtle.

See, subtle. What wasn't subtle, was the pumpkin I did the next year. I tried to recreate the cover of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It seemed fitting for Halloween, you know.

And last year... last year was my bookish masterpiece. Say what you will about the Fifty Shades trilogy, you're entitled to your opinion. But don't tell me this pumpkin isn't pretty awesome.

See that broach? I made it out of crumpled up aluminum foil and the leftovers from the mask's ribbon border. And you'd better believe I sat that puppy on top of my brothers and I's entertainment center until Thanksgiving, when I turned it into a pumpkin pie for our family dinner.

But now I'm wondering what I should paint for this year's lit pumpkin... Do I go self promotional? Do I pick something mainstream that I haven't read? Do I go back to the classics? Do I paint two?

What do you think?

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1 comment:

  1. Oh, the options! Your pumpkins are awesome! I'm afraid I'm fresh out of fun ideas for you...but if I have a lightbulb moment I'll let you know! Can't wait to see what you come up with :)