Eat the Rude… pumpkins.

  • The Wendigo from Hannibal.

I’d been waiting patiently for some time to carve a Hannibal pumpkin. Having been fascinated by the silhouette of the Wendigo and its emancipated frame, I thought it the perfect pattern for carving.

This year there was a plethora of large pumpkins, despite the drought. However, this pumpkin was so thick it made carving a real chore. Carving the text was especially difficult.

If you want to project text from your pumpkin it needs to be carved very small, in reverse, and usually near the top.

I just could not thin the flesh in the right area, and so my text is crooked… but still slightly legible.

My only other wish is that the image would flicker, like in the show, and you would hear sounds of the forest. So perhaps next year we’ll add a strobe light and some spooky sounds.

Haven’t seen the Hannibal series yet? Check it out here. It’s a great cast with excellent writing and beautiful cinematography.

Here’s a few shots of the pumpkin prior to carving.

Wendigo Pumpkin

I generally use a red permanent or dry erase marker to sketch out the template. That way if you make a mistake it’s not very noticeable.

Pumpkin Text

I had lots of trouble carving the text in the back of this pumpkin.

Unlit Hannibal Pumpkin

Hannibal Pumpkin prior to being lit. The toothpicks were for added support but then became a design element.