Here is a site with some awesome pumpkin carvings. The link is to a PowerPoint slide show, so you will need PowerPoint to view it. It doesn't play real well when viewed real-time from the server. I recommend right-clicking on the link and downloading the file, then play it. It plays just fine that way.
"Jack O'Lanterns come from Irish folklore. As the story
goes, there was once a trickster named Jack. One day
he tricked the Devil into climbing up a tree to pick
some fruit. While the Devil was in the tree, Jack
carved a symbol of the cross into the bark, and the
Devil could not come down. Jack made the Devil promise
to not temp him or take his soul when he died before
he would let the Devil down (because the Devil always
keeps his promises).
Eventually, Jack died, but God wouldn't allow the soul
of such a bad man into heaven, and the Devil couldn't
let him into hell. Instead, the Devil gave him a
burning ember which Jack put into a hallowed out
turnip to guide his way in the darkness. This gave him
the name Jack of the Lantern, and later just Jack
Irish people would put scary faces into hallowed
turnips to try to frighten away the spirit of Jack and
any other lost souls during Halloween. When Irish
settlers came to America they found that Pumpkins made
for even better jack o'lanterns and used them instead."
So here is two genuine "Neeps" carved for Halloween. :evil:
This is what 7 years of surgical residency training and facial plastic surgery fellowship culminate in. My kids and I love Star Wars. My youngest (6) is dressing as Anakin Skywalker (hence the Darth Vader pumpkin) and my oldest (8) is dressing as an Imperial Stormtrooper. I will of course by wearing my Darth Vader outfit. My poodle will be dressing as Yoda. My wife still won't wear the Princess Leia (Hutt Slave) costume I bought her. We'll post some pictures soon.