Pumpkins on Parade

I decided to go and see what Ed Moody is up to this week, with Halloween coming and all.  Ed Moody (google him) is the premier pumpkin carver around these parts of the world.

The rain has finally stopped, so this would be a great opportunity to take some pictures.    Ed was actually working on one of the pumpkins as I drove up.

I asked Ed if he ordered the pumpkins or if they were offered to him and he said “neither”.  He goes to all 5 weigh-ins here in Michigan and gets them there.  The 5th weigh-in is right here in Frankfort during Fall Festival always the second weekend in October.

Ed and his wife live on Leelanau Avenue and he estimates that about 15000 visitors come by during the season.  Also he says that they give out a little over 1000 full size candy bars on Halloween night











He fashioned the teeth from the white pumpkins laying in front of the big head and he sticks them in place with toothpicks. Ed says that they swell with the moisture from the pumpkin and therefore really hold the “teeth” in place.  Oh and he works with only a fillet knife and a boning knife, nothing else.


And then, across the street from Ed Moody’s house, there is this haunted garden full of headless creatures:





Back again in Ed’s front yard there is a big pumpkin that Dr. Franke started to carve. Not bad for only his 2nd. pumpkin, but for a dentist, the teeth leave a lot to be desired, heheh




And all this carving gets done under a golden canopy and with woodpeckers looking for food



Get out your pumpkin carving tools and get to work people.  Email me the pictures of your works of art, I’ll post them here on the blog

15 thoughts on “Pumpkins on Parade

  1. Absolutely amazing pictures! I would LOVE to visit this artist next year before we leave. Got to remember to talk to you about doing that!

  2. Christine Tilley

    What a talent! Those sculptures are amazing. I wish I could see them in person.

  3. Hey, Iris
    We enjoyed your photo’s, that is why we love Frankfort so much, everyone gets involved with all the seasonal activities.
    Don & Kay

  4. He is so talented! I was home Halloween 2006 and we went down to check out the pumpkins. Amazing!!

  5. Now those were spectacular. I am always amazed at how big those pumpkins really are. The pumpkins in our garden were not much bigger than a large grapefruit. 😦 hahaha

  6. We look almost every day, and “YES” I do want to be up there.


  7. Those pumpkins are huge! I imagine it must be chilly up there for them to last. Not a luxury we have in Florida. I would love to visit!

  8. Look at those pumpkins! Amazing! You did a great job taking pictures of them, too.

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