Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia is offering new pumpkin carving patterns as well as favorites from previous years. Each year Colonial Williamsburg provides 18th century inspired pumpkin carving instructions for intricate historical jack-o-lanterns, as well as some simpler ones.
Even if you are not up to carving a complicated pattern, they are fun to look at, and some are quite simple. Kids can enjoy looking at them all and choosing one which seems practical, or using some ideas from these pumpkins to make their own patterns. If you carve a pumpkin and would like to share it through Colonial Williamsburg, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a Happy Halloween for everyone, Colonial Williamsburg is offering 12 new patterns and carving instructions on their website this year. These patterns are fun for the kids, and provide a great opportunity to combine a little history of colonial times and the American Revolution while you carve. These new pumpkin patterns include the Magazine, Bruton Parish cat, a windmill, a cannon, a cresset, and a pineapple. These patterns will provide an opportunity to squeeze in a history lesson while carving.
Williamsburg includes the pineapple in their patterns as a symbol from history. The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality all up the east coast from the South to New England. When a ship returned from a cargo or whaling trip by way of the warm tropical climates, they brought back pineapples. When a pineapple was put in the window of the house for all to see, it meant the sailor from that house was home again safely. The pineapple has been used in carvings, jewelry, and gift items every since.
A cresset is a cup or basket shaped holder to mount on a pole to provide light. The cresset would oil or pitch to burn, suspended on the pole above the ground for better light and for safety. Next outdoor party, you might try transforming Tiki torches into cressets.
For a seasonal computer screen wallpaper download a candlelit pumpkin wallpaper. The Colonial Williamsburg website also offers free seasonal e-cards and ePostcards to send to friends and relatives with seasonal fall designs as well as Halloween cards. Sending cards would be a great project for kids. It won’t cost a thing, but will it cheer up grandparents and help children keep contact with relatives who live far away.
The patterns are available on the Kids Zone page of the Colonial Williamsburg website. Happy carving and Happy Halloween.
Source: Colonial Williamsburg