Ray Villafane Makes the Craziest, Coolest Halloween Pumpkins You’ve Ever Seen

Halloween is just around the corner. Have you gone to your local drugstore, ponied up $4 for that little kit with the spooky traceable sketches and dinky knives that always break after five minutes, and carved a pumpkin? Get some inspiration from (or just gape in awe at) the work of Ray Villafane, the so-called Picasso of Pumpkins.

Villafane makes a living sculpting action-figures and specs for DC Comics and other companies, but come Halloween he can be hired for $2,500-per-day for pumpkin carving. This month he’s been competing in Food Network’s Halloween Wars and has won their other pumpkin carving shows in 2008 and 2010.

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Like many sculptors he lets the material choose what he carves. He prefers to work at night, taking about 12 hours on a creation, telling the WSJ, “It’s like I have deeper thoughts at night. My dream home is a cave.”

Take a look at more on his site, Villafane Studios.

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