The Fine Art of Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving is underway, while The Food Network's

Erin Pienta

Pumpkin carving is underway, while The Food Network’s “Outrageous Pumpkins” competition on Oct. 30 is considered must-see TV.

Erin Pienta, Editor-in-Chief

Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls galore! The leaves have changed color and air is a bit chilly. Thousands of people make the journey to the pumpkin patch (or the grocery store) to pick out their perfect gourd for carving.

Some go for a happy design, others follow a stencil, and even more try to transform their pumpkin into a monster in honor of the most haunted day of the year. However, while most do this for recreation, pumpkin carving is also a cut-throat competition among certain carvers.

Each year, competitions are held around the country to determine who can carve the most intricate pumpkin. The Food Network hosts perhaps the most prestigious of them all: Outrageous Pumpkins.

The competition, which airs October 30th at 8:00 p.m., features three different rounds for carving. The first round is the most traditional, featuring the Jack-O-Lantern. The second round throws the competitors for a loop, challenging them to create a 3-D design. Lastly, the artists are encouraged to go all out in a free for all; anything goes this round. If last year’s competition is any indication of the talent, it’s sure to be a can’t miss.