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Extreme Pumpkin Carving Halloween Books Review

Brenda is an Ottawa native with a small eBay store. As Treasures by Brenda she sells a variety of new, used and vintage merchandise.


Extreme Pumpkins I and II Feature Pumpkin Carving That's Really Scary

Extreme pumpkin carving is a Halloween activity that many people take on with great enthusiasm, actively seeking out new ideas every year. Extreme Pumpkins and Extreme Pumpkins 2 were written by Tom Nardone and are the perfect resource for "diabolical do-it yourself designs to amuse your friends and scare your neighbors. "On this page you'll find a review of the first book and more - guaranteed to help put the scream back in your Halloween!

Extreme Pumpkins by Tom Nardone

Extreme Pumpkins by Tom Nardone

What's The 'Scoop' On Extreme Pumpkins?

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Extreme Pumpkins is a guide to carving pumpkins that are, let's say, a little bit out of the ordinary. It includes Tom Nardone's signature puking pumpkin shown below and all sorts of other gruesome creations -- including but not limited to a worm-infested pumpkin, a punk rock pumpkin, a cannibal pumpkin, a Stephen King 'Carrie' pumpkin, a crime scene pumpkin and a mooning pumpkin. These pumpkins are for adults to make and, where you deem the subject matter appropriate, kids to enjoy.

Besides the twenty designs or patterns in this book, you will also find an Extreme Toolbox in which Nardone recommends the tools he likes for creating his works of art. (Shown below.)You will also find his design strategies:

Is it extremely gross?Is it truly terrifying?Is it genuinely funny?Is it undeniably cool?

You'll find his pumpkin carving techniques and some awesome special effects plus the usual index, acknowledgements and information about the author.

This book is NOT your typical pumpkin carving book so if you are looking for a book of ideas to share with your family of pumpkin carvers, I would not recommend it. If you are, however, ready to ramp up your carving, looking for some extremely unusual ideas and you are not put off by the extreme nature of these pumpkins, you're going to love it. Ninety-six pages of pumpkin carving fun you'll use year after year!

Who Is Tom Nardone? Why, he's the author of Extreme Pumpkins, of course!

He's the pumpkin guru extraordinaire!

Tom Nardone is the founder of Initially, he posted a picture of his puking pumpkin online. It received so much attention that he went on to create the website.

After much success with it, he wrote Extreme Pumpkins: Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs to Amuse Your Friends and Scare Your and Extreme Pumpkins II: Take Back Halloween and Freak Out a Few More Neighbors.

Tom continues to run his very successful website and to make countless appearances during the Halloween season demonstrating his amazing skills.

Extreme Pumpkins YouTube Video on People Of The Web

Nardone says, "I just got sick of seeing those cutsey little pumpkins at the grocery store. I wanted to scare the kids." Halloween fanatics meet your guru. Tom Nardone is putting the fear back on the faces of jack-0'-lanterns with a little help from pyrotechnics and power tools. No more "cutesy" pumpkins allowed.

The Extreme Pumpkin Carving Challenge or Contest on - Who can carve the most gruesome pumpkin of them all?

Each year Tom Nardone runs a pumpkin carving contest on his website, To enter, your pumpkin must be truly horrific, hilarious or outrageous. For all the details (and to see pictures of previous winnters) be sure to check his amazing website out by following the link shown below!

  • - Extreme Pumpkin Carving
    At what point did the carving of pumpkins turn into a "cute" event? When did boys stop carving pumpkins and moms start? Where did we lose touch with one of the years coolest events? Today we will seize back this ritual. Today is the day we throw away

Extreme Pumpkins Recommends Some Extreme (At Least To Me) Power Tools

Nadone recommends a jigsaw for smooth cuts and irregular curves, a reciprocating saw for deep cuts and tough flesh, a router for flaying, a drill for perfect holes, a steak knife for detail work and clean-up jobs and a big spoon for goop removal. In case some of these items are too much for you, he also recommends a standard toolbox of pumpkin carving items that are a bit less advanced. He prefers the power tools shown here because they increase the speed at which he can complete a project.

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What do you think of Extreme Pumpkins? Will yours be friendly or frightening?

Gregory Moore from Louisville, KY on September 03, 2013:

These are really cool. I lean toward Frightening.

TransplantedSoul on October 31, 2012:

Amazing what some people are able to do with a pumpkin!

ErHawkns7100 on October 15, 2012:

Wow, these are really crazy. I wonder if there is a shrunken head pumpkin.

Lowsky on October 14, 2012:

These are extreme my daughter will have fun with these Thanks

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

Funny stuff, very cool lens.

LucyMac LM on October 01, 2012:

I have never seen this before, I really love it

Yvonne L B from Covington, LA on September 27, 2012:

Great review on some good books. I like the extreme styles.

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on October 31, 2011:

BOO! I love my pumpkins to be friendly. Thanks for the review of these books. Happy Halloween! ^^..^^

EMangl on October 23, 2011:

crazy heads - funny :-)

Tonie Cook from USA on September 15, 2011:

Extreme Pumpkins are very cool. Excellent review, and I'm now inspired to carve with a creative edge.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on October 26, 2010:

These extreme pumpkins were definitely make me scream! I love the apron too :)

tandemonimom lm on October 18, 2010:

Wonderfully spooky and inventive! This lens is featured on Little Monsters Cookbook.

WorldVisionary on October 10, 2010:

Cool lens, thanks for putting this all together!

greenstarbuilders on November 13, 2009:

It takes a lot of talent to pull something like this off (the carvings). Interesting photos. Well done!

RollingLuggage on November 09, 2009:

Wonderful lens & Great information

wayfarer lm on November 09, 2009:

His pumpkins made me laugh at loud. How clever! One of my favorites is the Property Defender pumpkin.

hlkljgk from Western Mass on November 06, 2009:

we did quite a few this year: , well, my husband did most. :)

johnfn lm on November 05, 2009:

cool lens! I like the pumpkin mask near the end...spooky!

mcmoni on November 01, 2009:

interesting article

Pmona LM on October 31, 2009:

I love this lens. You've done a wonderful job showcasing the outrageous in pumpkin carving. 5*

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on October 29, 2009:

These are so creative! I love them. Sure wish I had your imagination.

HalloweenCostumes20099 on October 26, 2009:

Nice work! I like my pumpkins EVIL!

lasertek lm on October 26, 2009:

Very interesting! Probably a first for me. I've never seen pumpkins carved this way. Great lens!Do visit my lens if you got time. Thanks

Patricia on October 26, 2009:

Wonderful lens! I do collect giraffes and I love them! I would love to have a pet giraffe

jackblog on October 24, 2009:


imolaK on October 23, 2009:

These pumpkins are carved nicely .We use to carve pumpkins but these patterns are really "scary". It's a beautiful lens containing great carving ideas.

BWDuerr from Henrietta, New York on October 22, 2009:

How cool is this? I'm also partial to the cannibal pumpkin... :D 5 stars and fav. Btw: Had a vision of pumpkins doing Extreme Sports when I saw the title.

Adrienne Jenkins on October 21, 2009:

I'm favoriting to remind me of how to do a great how-to lens loading with great information. Good job Brenda and Happy Halloween.

anonymous on October 20, 2009:

Some terrific ideas. Thanks.

The Party Animal from Partytown USA on October 20, 2009:

Love it - there is something about the puking pumpkin I love every time I see it. maybe it is how I feel when I stick my hand in mine to clean it out - BLAH. You have been Blessed by The Party Animal. Party On....

dustytoes on October 20, 2009:

Great gross and creepy jack o'lanterns! A fun lens...

BeautifulGreenB on October 19, 2009:

Loved this lens! With two toddlers psyched for traditional pumpkin carving, my newly-teen son said "No way-borrrrring..." but Extreme pumpkins totally changed his tune! Thanks for sharing these gross, gory & cool ideas! 5*'s & favs & lensrolled!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on October 19, 2009:

Oh me, Extreme Pumpkin Carving is amazing and so is this lens. Blessings and thank you for all you do for Squidoo!

momto4 lm on October 15, 2009:

Great lens! My favorite is the one with the little pumpkin in it's mouth. My kids (and husband) would love it! 5*'s

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on October 05, 2009:

Wonderful ideas for carving pumpkins. Those pumpkins are extremely gross.Why not learn a little math while you are carving? Pumpkins and Place Value

Michey LM on September 22, 2009:

This is a lot of fun. fav 5*regardsmichey

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on September 04, 2009:

Blessed by an Angel for Halloween (

ElizabethJeanAl on August 30, 2009:

My husband has a lot of fun carving pumpkins. As we usually have a Halloween party, he carves five or six. They're awesome.Great lens,Thanks for sharing, and thank you for the blessing on my knife lens.Lizzy

anonymous on July 05, 2009:

I can't believe I didn't think of this! This is fabulous! I've added the Rocket Moms plexo for this assignment to my Halloween Costumes for Couples lens. **5**

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on July 03, 2009:

Interesting lens...I hate never heard of Extreme Pumpkins! 5*

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on July 03, 2009:

Interesting lens...I hate never heard of Extreme Pumpkins! 5*

Dianne Loomos on July 02, 2009:

Lol! I can see how extreme pumpkin carving could be elevated to an art. Looks like fun!

JanieceTobey on July 01, 2009:

Love this!

bdkz on June 30, 2009:

Love these!

Mary from Chicago area on June 30, 2009:

My boys would love these pumpkins! The cover photo on that book is amazing. 5*

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 30, 2009:

Mine will still be friendly, but I think these frightening designs are actually amazingly clever and very appealing to the too-old-for-trick-or-treat crowd. The power tools scare me, too! Boo! (Love the lens.)

anonymous on June 30, 2009:

Now those are some creative lookin' pumpkins!

Joan4 on June 30, 2009:

These are fun pumpkins! Lensrolling to Halloween Songs! I just love Halloween!

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