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Squid Bull Monster Jack-o-Lantern

Updated on September 14, 2014
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My SquidBull Jack-o-Lantern

I call him SquidBull. I submitted this adorably fierce little guy to a pumpkin carving contest and won second place.

I had a lot of fun carving this pumpkin, and I'm pretty happy with the result. He'll greet my trick-or-treaters this year with his snarling teeth and friendly disposition.

Kab's Squid-o-lantern

My Squid-o-lantern
My Squid-o-lantern | Source
Squid-o-lantern Squidmonster Pattern
Squid-o-lantern Squidmonster Pattern

My Design

My pumpkin pattern was inspired by a graphic used by the former squidoo.com website. Whoever designed this great monster did an awesome job. I love him!

I thought he looked very Halloween appropriate with the horns, and he had nice teeth that are always a jack-o-lantern classic feature.

I call him Squid-Bull.

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Squid-o-lantern pattern
Squid-o-lantern pattern | Source

My Pattern

I turned my pattern greyscale (because I'm way too cheap for color ink) and then outlined my cuts with a thin sharpie so they would be super clear.

I changed my initial plan of having the oval of his mouth completely scraped away because it was clear as I was working that that would look messy. I wanted the jagged edges of his teeth to stand out more. So instead, I just scraped an outline of the oval. I also scraped an outline of the edges of his horns and tentacles where they crossed over the big circle.

The Progression of My Squid-o-Lantern - A Photo Story

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I picked my pumpkin.  It was just the size I wanted.  It had deeper ridges than I would have like, but that's what grew, so it'll have to do.I cut the top off.  I think I did this out of habit, because I have recently been cutting the bottoms off, and leaving the tops in place, with a vent cut out behind the stem.I hollowed it out, removing all the muck.  I cleaned out the inside as best as I could using the big spoon and ice cream scooper.Squid Guts!I taped on the pattern.  Flat paper doesn't like to take a curved form, so I had to fold it in a few places to fit the round surface.These are the tools I used.  I didn't have any special pumpkin carving tools.  I just used what I had.I poked tiny holes through my pattern into the pumpkin skin, outlining the whole pattern.  This is my pattern as transferred to the pumpkin.An hour and a glass of cider later, I had this little SquidMonster beaming back at me!Mission Accomplished.
I picked my pumpkin.  It was just the size I wanted.  It had deeper ridges than I would have like, but that's what grew, so it'll have to do.
I picked my pumpkin. It was just the size I wanted. It had deeper ridges than I would have like, but that's what grew, so it'll have to do. | Source
I cut the top off.  I think I did this out of habit, because I have recently been cutting the bottoms off, and leaving the tops in place, with a vent cut out behind the stem.
I cut the top off. I think I did this out of habit, because I have recently been cutting the bottoms off, and leaving the tops in place, with a vent cut out behind the stem. | Source
I hollowed it out, removing all the muck.  I cleaned out the inside as best as I could using the big spoon and ice cream scooper.
I hollowed it out, removing all the muck. I cleaned out the inside as best as I could using the big spoon and ice cream scooper. | Source
Squid Guts!
Squid Guts! | Source
I taped on the pattern.  Flat paper doesn't like to take a curved form, so I had to fold it in a few places to fit the round surface.
I taped on the pattern. Flat paper doesn't like to take a curved form, so I had to fold it in a few places to fit the round surface. | Source
These are the tools I used.  I didn't have any special pumpkin carving tools.  I just used what I had.
These are the tools I used. I didn't have any special pumpkin carving tools. I just used what I had. | Source
I poked tiny holes through my pattern into the pumpkin skin, outlining the whole pattern.  This is my pattern as transferred to the pumpkin.
I poked tiny holes through my pattern into the pumpkin skin, outlining the whole pattern. This is my pattern as transferred to the pumpkin. | Source
An hour and a glass of cider later, I had this little SquidMonster beaming back at me!
An hour and a glass of cider later, I had this little SquidMonster beaming back at me! | Source
Mission Accomplished.
Mission Accomplished. | Source

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    • magnetic06 lm profile image

      magnetic06 lm 4 years ago

      such a inspiring and really awesome lens, thank you for sharing

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      ArtzykindofGuy 4 years ago

      Very Nice

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      nice pumpkins

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      What a fun design! Big congrats on the King of Squidboo win! Well deserved.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Congrats on your Squid-o-lantern win! I love the squid monsters.

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      Genius! What a superb Squid O'Lantern! Bravo. Congratulations on being a fellow King of SquidBoo! x

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      It's a beauty ... Happy Halloween!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great carving idea...just love the Squidmonsters. Congrats on being one of the Top 40 finalists!

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      Kab this pumpkin is great. Photos, too. Love your idea. Congrats. I was just in shock to make the list. Hope you win.

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      I love your Squid-o-Lantern! Congrats on making it to the top 40 and good luck! One of my lenses was chosen, also.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      Applause, Applause! This is wonderful!

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      purplelady 6 years ago

      This is really too bool (cool with a boo). Love the squid monster carving. Glad someone else does this so I can enjoy their work without the mess.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      really cool pumpkin, like squidbill, he's a hoot!

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      wow great work love the Monster Design lens roll to my pumpkin carving

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      Paula Atwell 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      This idea was really really cool. And the pumpkin came out great. :) Congrats.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Impressive carving!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think you must have found THE most perfectly shaped pumpkin I've ever seen, and your photo display with the flowers and gourds is adorable! Thanks so much for participating in the Squid-o-lantern contest!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great pumpkin carving, Kab, and an excellent choice of design. Love it!

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Ole! Excellent!

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      kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @anonymous: Thanks! It took about an hour and a half all total.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great carving Kab - how long did it take you?

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Neat idea, I might have to enter this next year. I haven't carved a pumpkin in years.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great carving. Happy Halloween and safe Trick or Treating.

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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      Brilliant - and I even got to see how you carved it - with what you had. I've heard of really specialist pumpkin carving setups, and just think how can anyone compete with that - it's ice to get such a result with the basics.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Very clever. What an fantastic Squid Monster jack o'lantern.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love this monster pumpkin! Great idea and great description of the process!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      GREAT (and cleverly done) design, Charlie Brown.... er, kab! And your descriptions and photos of your Squid-o-Lantern are excellent. Best of luck in the contest -- looks like a winning entry to me!

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 6 years ago

      That's an awesome Squid-o-Lantern! Even better since you grew it yourself, it sounds like!!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Excellent pumpkin carving, Kab!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fantastic theme of a Squid Bull pumpkin.

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      ThomasC 6 years ago

      Very nice job! This is the first entry I have looked at, but I would say the other two are going to have a hard time topping this one! Great job! I really really mean that too!

      ThomasC

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      richDik 6 years ago

      Great job.. Nice design. I like it :)

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      I love it so cute and such a good idea!

      Nice job,

      Robin :)

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I love it! What a good job.

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Great job. Looks awesome.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      A mighty fine Squid-o-Lantern, Kab!

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      missbat 6 years ago

      I love it! I think the monsters were born to be carved into pumpkins.

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      Louis Wery 6 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Good luck in the contest! I like the photo gallery showing your step-by-step progress. Great tips!

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      He's lovely and he got my vote!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Fabulous job and great documentation! Blessed! Good luck in the competition!

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Nice job on your pumpkin carving, and I agree. That little monster makes a great Jack-o-lantern. Good luck to you!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Fabulous Design! Good Luck in the Contest!

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      kimmie1967 6 years ago

      Great idea using a monster on your pumpkin. Good luck

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      hexagon 6 years ago

      Good Luck!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Brilliant work here good luck

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      Penny Pincher G 6 years ago

      This is awesome! And what a great carving. I need to try and take part in this :)

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      I really love your use of this monster..and now I too know how to use a pattern. Blessed by an Angel...and I hope you and Kiva win :)

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Super job on this!!!

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      Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

      Wow! That's a really sharp-looking pumpkin... and I love the glow beauty shot!

      Looking at that, I really understand how to create and use a paper design! (I somehow managed to miss this magical advancement in the technology of pumpkin carving until very recently)

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      Impressive carving skills! Good luck..tough competition there with Greegeek and Christine!

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      WhitePineLane 6 years ago

      Fabulous pumpkin, and love the step-by-step photo instructions!

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Not only is your pumpkin way cool, but your instructions are even better. Great!

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      CeleryStalker LM 6 years ago

      I like him :) Good luck!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Love your Squid-bull. Great work!

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      Barkely 6 years ago

      Super cute! Good luck in the contest!

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      Christene-S 6 years ago

      Love it!