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Christene's Squid-o-Lantern

Updated on October 8, 2014

My Squid-o-Lantern Carving Contest Entry

On October 14th Kimberly Dawn Wells announced a pumpkin carving contest for lensmasters. Participants had until October 24th 2010 to carve a Squidoo themed Jack-o-Lantern and then make a Squidboo lens showing it off.

There was a community wide vote for the best pumpkin during the last week of October. The chosen winner earned $25 and awarded a Squidoo Charity of their choice an additional $25. The lens also counts toward The SquidBoo October 2010 Challenge.

There were only 3 entries but my Squid-o-Lantern won!

My Squid-o-Lantern

curated from my Flickr account

The Pattern

My first thought was to use the Squid Logo, but that's not very Halloween-y. Then I figured one of the new SquidMonsters would be perfect!

I looked through a few of the trophy lenses, and some of Squidoo's own Monster themed pages and decided on the Monster that we all see on our Level page (minus the number on it's belly).

I worked on the image in Photoshop for a bit, changing the circle so the SquidMonster's tentacles hit the border, and reducing the colors to only 3. One for the sections to be cut out, one for the areas that needed to be scraped, and the last for the parts that would remain untouched. Then I had to blow it up to fit on a pumpkin, and print it out.

This is a smaller version of what it looked like:

(Don't worry your eyes are fine, the pic is fuzzy.)

Black: Cut Out

White: Scrape

Orange: Do Nothing

Pumpkin Masters Carving Kit

I used my Pumpkin Masters pokers to transfer the image on to the pumpkin, and their saws to cut out the black shapes.

Wood or Linoleum Carving Set

I used a wood carving tool to scrape away the skin of the pumpkin from the white parts of my template.

SE 7712WC Professional 12-Piece Wood Carving Chisel Set
SE 7712WC Professional 12-Piece Wood Carving Chisel Set

Assortment of straight, angled and curved blades.


Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns
Are you spending too much time looking for Free Printable Patterns for your Jack-o-Lantern? I've put together this list of great websites so you don't have to wade through...

Thanks for Voting!

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      Fun to see this...and now I know how to carve using a pattern :)

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Congrats on winning. I am just catching up to all this. Well done.

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      ClinicallySigni 7 years ago

      Congrats on the win!

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      dwnovacek 7 years ago

      WooHoo! Love that pumpkin!

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Congratulations on your win!! :) HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Congratulations ... Happy Halloween!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on winning the Squid-o-Lantern carving contest!

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      Pmona LM 7 years ago

      Congratulations on winning. I love your Squid-o-Latern!

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      Congratulations on winning the pumpkin carving contest! I love your squidoo design.

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on winning the contest! I'm doing the happy dance for you! Well Deserved and an Honor to have voted for you!! Have a Happy Halloween!

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Congratulations! I'm thrilled a New-Englander won da prize!! Enjoy the lens, too! ;D I like the Squid-o-Lantern best un-lit - really cute!

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      lemonsqueezy lm 7 years ago

      Yeah!!!!!! I loved your squid-o-lantern.

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      dustytoes 7 years ago

      Your Squid-o-lantern looks happy...congrats on winning!

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      walkforhunger 7 years ago

      It looks great! Good luck!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congrats on your award as the winner of our Squid-o-lantern contest! Your pumpkin is adorable, and as the winner you've earned $25 cash for yourself and $25 for Project Bread. Look for this added to your next payday. Enjoy!

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Congratulations to you and Project Bread!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very well done, Christene. I think all the new trophy squids are very Halloween-ish and your rendition is a cutie!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great carving Christene!

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      Christene-S 7 years ago

      Thanks to everyone whose voted so far. :)

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Good luck with the contest!

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Very nicely done, What a great Squid Monster Jack o'lantern.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Cute pumpkin carving. Good luck in the contest.

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 7 years ago

      Great job! I like that you picked a monster we all have - good idea! :-)

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      Great job!!! Love it :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Good luck, Christene.Great jack-o-lantern!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great theme for the Squid o lantern contest - a perfect Squidoo monster.

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      Gift-Guide 7 years ago

      Into photo is cute. Good luck to you in the contest :-)

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      ThomasC 7 years ago

      Oh man, it's already a tough choice! I have 1 more to check out, but I am very impressed with the pumpkin carving skills you have! This is gonna be a hard contest to vote for!ThomasC

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Looks really cool lit up. Great job!

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      richDik 7 years ago

      Really great carving skills.. Spooky in the dark too

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      Light-in-me 7 years ago

      Very nice, looks cool in the dark!Robin :)

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I like it! You did a really good job on this carving. Plus, the light shines through beautifully.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Looks cool all lite up. Great job Christine!

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Much luck, Christine. I remember you posted a carved pumpkin at SquidU last year that was really cute, too.

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      Louis Wery 7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Interesting to see how you link to your photos on Flickr. I need to try that! I also liked the way you created your design pattern in three colors with each designating a different activity. Good luck in the contest!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      It looked cute at the top, but in the dark it is sensational! Best of luck with this fantastic entry. I hope your family and friends have given this lantern the admiration it deserves.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      You are so Squidly-talented! Nice work, nice lens. Blessed! Good luck in the competition!

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      This is such a great idea for a Squidoo pumpkin. And very nicely done pumpkin, too! You have my vote, and good luck!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Your Squidoo Monster pumpkin looks great with the light inside it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Good luck!

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      kimmie1967 7 years ago

      This is also a great monster Good Luck.

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      hexagon 7 years ago

      Good Luck!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Nice job!

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Awesome job! It looks amazing in the dark all lit up.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Awesome and a Perfect Choice! Good Luck in the Contest!

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      CeleryStalker LM 7 years ago

      Looks fantastic! Good luck in the contest :)

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      Great pumpkin...I think you scared away the competition! If only you and Greekgeek entered, I think you should both win!

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      Wendy Henderson 7 years ago from PA

      Good Luck!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      What fun! I love your Squid Monster Squid-o-Lantern. Good Luck on the contest.

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      That's adorable!I'm so rusty-- I don't seem to be able to make smooth curves anymore.I love that scraping technique. I need to learn that and the other "take the skin off" tricks.