Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island is an amazing place to witness intricate pumpkin art like no other. From October 3 to November 3, the annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular takes place, displaying a jaw-dropping 10,000 illuminated pumpkins.
The crew from Passion for Pumpkins, led by John Reckner, consists of full-time artists and many part-timers who use ballpoint pens, oil-based markers and paring knives to create spectacular pumpkin art. Instead of cutting through the pumpkin, the crew shaves it with a paring knife, which allows them to remove some of the skin. Then, the bottom is cut out and the inside is cleaned, leaving the skin about a quarter of an inch thick. This allows the light bulb to illuminate the image on the outside.