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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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