At Descanso Gardens , Pumpkin carving workmanship arrives at new level

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LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. (KABC) – Pumpkin cutting for Halloween is the same old thing, however a group of craftsmen at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge is taking the specialty to another level.

The new “Carved” occasion includes more than 1,000 jack-o’- lamps, including a few weighing more than 100 pounds, unpredictably cut with famous topics like motion picture beasts, Dia de los Muertos and even some Disney top choices.

“There are hundreds and hundreds of talented pumpkin carvers all throughout the United States,” said Gregory Gilger, an artist who has carved pumpkins professionally for over five years. “The art itself has become incredibly popular with the public.”

Working diligently alongside individual craftsmen, Zach Fajardo stated, “It’s a very healthy, friendly competition. But it’s always cool to see that, oh, that guy is doing this. I need to step up my game.”

“This took me seven hours to carve, and that’s not even, it took me a whole day to illustrate this pumpkin,” said artist Kristen Griffin. “The deeper you carve into it, that’s gonna be your highlight. Everything just shows up so much more once you light it up.”

Around evening time, Descanso Gardens will be all aglow with a 1-mile walk including the delightfully made centerpieces.

“This is the first year we’re doing Carved, but a number of years ago, we had done a pumpkin event,” said Juliann Rooke, official chief of Descanso Gardens.

“It was very popular. And we stopped doing that. We get hundreds and hundreds of calls from visitors, and guests and members saying ‘When are you bringing the pumpkins back?’ So we’re carving as we speak right now and we’ll be continuing to carve throughout the event.”

“This is just another facet of Halloween that people are still discovering. When people come in here they’re like ‘What?!'”

Hollywood-based craftsman Arthur Romeo .

“As an artist, we try to make our work last, effectively forever. With pumpkins, there’s no doing that,” said Fajardo.

“It’s actually an amazing part of it. It’s nice to be able to draw something and just have it go away,” said Griffin. “You don’t see it, then you kinda missed out.”

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