Jeep Halloween Fun: See How We Carved One-of-a-Kind Jeep Wrangler Pumpkins

Okay, so the Halloween gods finally caught up with us this year, and we paid the price for our procrastination.


Here’s how it all went down…



Let The Jeep Pumpkin Carving Begin!

You may recall, we were excited to try out the new Jeep templates we created this year.

On Halloween night, we set out to live up to our fame and glory as “the pumpkin masters of the neighborhood”. (We failed miserably.)

Even though we are always the last ones carving pumpkins on the porch each year (up to the very minute that the trick-or-treaters start arriving), we usually manage to create some pretty cool looking pumpkins in the end. This time, however, was another story.


Jim: The Jeep Grill Guy

Jim showing the Jeep grille template he used to carve his pumpkin.

Jim had his heart set on carving “the coolest Jeep grille ever”!

To me, the Jeep grille template is just too simple.

To Jim: it’s classic.

To the public: it’s… it’s… railroad tracks?

Jeep grille pumpkin template. A Jeep Wrangler grille lit on Halloween night.

Just kidding. People (especially the Jeep fans in the neighborhood) knew what it was. But we certainly didn’t do it justice with our less-than-perfect straight lines — which ultimately make a grille a grille.


Lynnette: The Jeep Wrangler Lynnette showing the Jeep Wrangler she carved on a pumpkin, and the stencil she used.

I, on the other hand, had it in my head that the Jeep Wrangler template would surely yield the world’s best Jeep pumpkin.

…and people would be talking about it for years to come.

(They might have… if it had been completed by the time Halloween was over!)

One of the Jeep template pumpkins we carved. The Jeep pumpkin we carved for Halloween. Jeep Wrangle lit pumpkin.


Some Modifications Are In Order

This was the first picture we took of our Halloween '05 pumpkin carving experience. It pretty much sums up the whole night... nothing but a blur.Here’s what we learned about our homemade Jeep stencils (version 1.0)…

  • You need more than 10 minutes to undertake such a project — especially for the first go-around with some new templates.
  • The pattern itself could be a tad bigger for better overall perspective (i.e. to look “sharp” and clear from a distance).
  • The cut out spaces should be thicker to add more dimension and allow more light through.
  • If you allow say… 30 minutes instead of 10 (before the trick-or-treaters started arriving, and we ran out of time) then you might have time to actually carve out the grille part, and some of the other minor details which we completely ignored.

Overall, if we’d taken our time, made the cuts cleaner, and sharpened up the edges, our Jeep pumpkins surely would’ve won the “best pumpkins on the block” contest again this year.

Oh well, better luck next year… Be sure to check back for Halloween ’06 to see the enhancements we make to the Jeep Templates and download your own copies (version 2.0).


We Still Had FUN!

A handful of slimey pumpkin seeds and strings. Jim made some friends — and a few enemies — when he offered all the wee ones a handful of GOO (slimey pumpkin seeds & string) in lieu of sweet treats from the candy dish.

And I made a point to invite everyone who took an interest in our pumpkin-carving-on-the-porch to “check back tomorrow… that’s when our pumpkins will probably be finished!”

In the end, the simplest of them all may have been the best-looking pumpkin we created on this night: a simple smiley face on a squash gourd — no template required!


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Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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