An emerging Halloween tradition in Centreville is stopping by the Dickover’s home to see their annual display of intricately carved pumpkin art. For the past decade, Noel Dickover and his family have spent the month before Halloween creating elaborate designs in pumpkins. The family produces about 30 pumpkins carved with original designs and reproductions of artwork from pop culture games, books, and movies. Some are scary, some are cutesy, all are a wonderment! The effect of the lit pumpkin carvings is magical, like the holiday it celebrates.
Photos of the Dickover’s artwork and design tips can be seen on their website at http://www.fantasypumpkins.com/. The site includes an archive of past years’ artwork, a Death Star tutorial, and free patterns. Noel Dickover’s Death Star pumpkin won the 2007 top prize from Wired magazine’s pumpkin-carving contest on Wired.com. The Fantasy Pumpkins site includes links to local newspaper articles and video interviews with the Dickovers on Fox 5 morning news. The site also features a work-in-progress photo preview of this year’s carvings.
How long does it take to carve a masterpiece into a pumpkin? It depends on the design, but the Dickovers spend about 10 hours on most of their creations. What’s the trade secret? Crazy glue is indispensable for reattaching little intricate parts that crack or break off entirely. For the all-important lighting effects to enhance your designs, think beyond candles to flexible glow sticks in red or green.
The pumpkin artwork is presented on Halloween night, rain or shine, on the Dickover’s lawn at 14223 Hartwood Court, Centreville VA, 20121, just a hop, skip and jump off Route 28 south of I-66. Please carpool and watch out for the trick-or-treaters in this residential neighborhood!