In the midst of putting together a post about 8 Things To Carve Other Than Pumpkins, I stumbled upon the wonderful world of watermelon carving. Whoever first discovered that watermelons make perfect brains deserves a serious tip of the hat — or skull, I suppose...
There are lots of great examples of watermelon carving out there in which the carved watermelon is also used as a serving vessel for watermelon balls or chunks. For our Halloween decorating purposes, I'm sticking with watermelons that would be used in the same way pumpkin-based jack-o-lanterns would: for spooky awesomeness.
- The National Watermelon Promotion Board wants you to know what watermelons aren't just for 4th of July anymore. We give you the Bat Jack O' Melon.
- Noah of Skull a Day carved up this watermelon from his CSA, then promptly ate it.
- You're going to see a few carvings from Zogdo, because he or she is my new carving hero: the designs are ingenious, but not ridiculously difficult. I think I could do them — I just wish I'd thought of them myself. This buck-toothed one-eyed cutie is irresistible.
- This carving from an Instructables member and featured by WonderHowTo is my favorite of all the watermelon brains- and I've looked at a lot of watermelon brains today.
- This screamer is from a Czech watermelon carving competition (and seen via Boing Boing) — if you have any more details, I'm dying to know more!
- Jeanne Fratello of Jolly Tomato loves to carve watermelons, like this Minecraft Sweeper. If you're as unfamiliar with video games as I am, it's just a cute, creepy watermelon guy.
- Zogdo also created this fanged creature, making fantastic use of the watermelon's red interior.
- I watched a lot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was growing up, so I was particularly excited to see this YouTube video.
- This final watermelon, inspired by Imagine Dragons' Night Vision, was created by hockeyninja18 for Zombie Pumpkins. Even if you're not familiar with the tour posters (as I was not), the effect is suitably spooky, especially when lit.
- This skull carving might be more aspirational, but Dmitri Tsykalov's versions get the creepy realism award.
(Images: as linked above)