Halloween decorating & party guide

Creative jack-o'-lanterns, no-carve pumpkins, and surprises from the kitchen

How to carve elegant pumpkins

Use our easy instructions to carve a grown-up pumpkin--plus, get design inspiration from Northwest artist Jen Ament and from our design archive

Landscape and wildlife-inspired pumpkins
Photo by Thomas J. Story; designs by Jennifer Ament

Carve up some pumpkin art

We asked one of our favorite artists, Seattle-based linocut printmaker and painter Jennifer Ament, how she’d translate her Northwest-influenced designs to pumpkin carvings—and were wowed by the results. Inspired by the landscape and wildlife near her favorite spot at Lake Sammamish, Ament’s artful carvings trump the idea that Halloween decor has to feel kitschy. (And serve as proof that it always works to find creative design ideas in our natural surroundings.)

Check out Jen's Northwest landscape and wildlife-inspired collection of linocut prints at jenniferament.com.

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