Just because Halloween is over, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun with pumpkins. I mean we still have Thanksgiving coming up and who doesn’t love pumpkin pie right? Well if my pumpkin pie were made out of this pumpkin… I might just pass on it for this year.
What Ray Villafane does with pumpkins is mind blowing. Not only will he carve jack-o-lanterns, but he will cave ones that will scar the minds of five year olds for years to come. Don’t believe me? Look at some of his other works.
Now Mr. Villafane is no Joe Shmoe when it comes to sculpting. He has created sculptures for some of the biggest names out there. He has made several toys for both Marvel and DC Comics featuring their biggest characters. From Batman, Killer Croc, Superman, and Wonder Woman, to Logan, Magneto, Ghost Rider, and even Aliens, Ray has done quite an impressive collection of toys that more than some of you probably own. Other companies he’s worked for include McFarlin Toys and Sideshow Collectibles.
But when you want to talk about his pumpkins, the best place to look is, well everywhere. He has done pumpkins for all sorts of places including restaurants, hotels, the White House, and his newest media sensation at the New York Botanical Gardens pictured above. Some of his most famous work however has been on display with the Food Network’s hit show Outrageous Pumpkin Challenge. Not only has Ray taken on this show’s challenge of incorporating specific elements of pumpkin carving into its events, but has taken home the Grand Prize in both the 2008 and 2010 episodes of this show. I was lucky enough to catch the 2010 episode and let me tell you, watching his work come to life was breathtaking. When you look at the pictures below, it’s no wonder why he won.
Every year it seems that Ray Villafane takes his pumpkin carving hobby to the next level and I can’t wait to see what he does with it next year. With zombies becoming more and more popular in the main stream, I wouldn’t doubt it if we see an army of zombies next year. One can only dream. Be sure to check out Ray’s site at villafanestudios.com for more of his pumpkin genius.
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