Last night, for the first time in a very long time, I got together with some friends to carve some pumpkins. (The last time I made a jack o’latern was in the midst of mid-terms during the fall semester at McGill. Nothing like taking a massive knife to an oversized gourd to distract you from the studying that you are supposed to be doing!) Props must be given to J, who was the Halloween host with the most! He set up a pumpkin carving station complete with plastic wrappings from Ikea furniture taped to ground to collect any stray mess. He also created a Halloween mix on his iTunes, which not only brought out our Halloween cheer (Monster Mash, anyone?) but also provided us with the means to keep time, since the mix repeated itself every 40 minutes or so.
Finding a proper pumpkin in Zurich proved more difficult than one would think. A friend of mine who lives in the suburbs told me about a pumpkin patch near her house. While in theory a great idea, the patch is run on an honor system, which was problematic for us since 1. we had no idea how much each pumpkin cost and 2.I only had a twenty franc bill on me. Instead, I dispensed the task to Niko who came home from work with a GREEN pumpkin and a butternut squash. While I am sure that green pumpkin has great cooking potential, a jack o’latern it ain’t. We quickly ran out to two more stores until I finally found a proper orange pumpkin in the florist section at the Coop in Sihlcity.
Before picking up our knives, Niko and I did a quick google search for ideas. Since my little 3.50 chf decorative pumpkin was so tiny, I decided to go for a traditional jack o’latern face. Niko found a picture of the ghosts from Pacman, and I must say that the image fit the shape of the squash very well. Here are the finished products sitting on our living room window sill: