For a lot of people, dressing up is the best part of Halloween. Getting creative with your costume, hair and makeup can be a true art form. For other people, the real appeal of the holiday is carving pumpkins. Some artists just have a talent for taking a simple orange globe full of mush and seeds and turning it into a masterpiece. Or several globes into several masterpieces. Or maybe 150 globes into 150 masterpieces.
Kara Klypycz is the ‘Pumpkin Queen of Cambridge‘ and she does not come by that title lightly. She gained fame last year when she lit up her front yard with 112 intricately carved gourds. This year she’s outdone herself and created 150 jack-o-lanterns (Canada 150, ya know). We’re not talking triangle eyes and toothy grins, though. These are some serious art pieces. Like this timely Pennywise.
Every year Klypycz creates these pumpkin masterpieces with a theme in mind and makes as many as she can. Last year, she partnered with United Way in the Region of Waterloo to carve custom pumpkins for donations. She also set up a donation box in her yard and invited the community to come witness her ‘100 Pumpkins Under the Sea.’ She designed pumpkins featuring seashells, marine life and characters from Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid. The Pumpkin Queen ruled over her underwater pumpkin patch as Ariel.
This year’s theme is ‘Field of Screams’ and features some scarier content like the aforementioned kidnapping clown, Frankenstein’s monster, the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz, dinosaurs and Donald Trump. Or Donald Trumpkin, if you will. [Insert any number of pumpkin/Trump/orange jokes here].
Klypycz can complete a ‘simple carve’ (which is not a universally accepted standard) in around ten minutes (not including the de-gooing of the pumpkin). More complex carves can take closer to 45 minutes. It took Klypycz five days to complete the 150 pumpkins for her display this year.
If you’re in the Cambridge area this Halloween, you can check out the whole brightly-lit setup in Klypycz’s yard from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. And bring a little donation for United Way while you’re at it to ‘Change the Power of Poverty.’ The only thing that can make something this spectacular even better is that it’s all for a good cause. Or a ‘gourd cause.’ (Sorry).
— United Way WRC (@UnitedWayWRC) October 31, 2017