Every year on the evening of Halloween, the City of Encinitas, in San Diego County, California in partnership with the Self Realization Fellowship puts on fun event for the whole community that includes hundreds of Halloween Pumpkin carvings. In numerous spots throughout the old downtown area along Highway 101, lighted carved and decorated pumpkins are displayed for all to enjoy. There is live music, trick of treating, and lots of people of all ages in all kinds of imaginative costumes.
The Self Realization Fellowship (also known as the SRF) owns some undeveloped land along Highway 101 where they grow pumpkins for this annual event. Each year the pumpkins are tended to and harvested by the brothers of the Self Realization Fellowship. The brothers are the monks who live at the SRF monastery. And each October, the brothers spend many hours painting and carving pumpkins in preparation for this community event.
Halloween Pumpkin Carving Designs Featured at
Annual Family Friendly Event in Encinitas
In addition, all members of the SRF and of the surrounding towns are invited to come and carve and decorate pumpkins. So anyone who wants to be involved is welcome.
On Halloween day, it requires the work of many volunteers who set up Bales of Hay, display tables and shelves through the downtown area. Almost all of the pumpkins are lighted from within with electric lights. Once the sun begins to set, thousands of people from throughout the surrounding communities begin to arrive. People of all ages show up to enjoy the spectacle, with a large proportion of them being in all kinds of imaginative costumes. Lots of shops offer trick-or treating for the little ones. And there is family oriented live music and dancing in the LumberYard shopping area. A good time is had by all.
Halloween Pumpkin Carving Designs Light Up the Night
Last year, I took photos of all of my favorite pumpkins and I’ll share all those photos with you. You will find them in blog posts to follow this one. You’ll see pumpkins in the categories listed below. There are plenty of ideas that you can use for carving and decorating your own Halloween pumpkins.
Halloween Pumpkin Carvings by Theme
There were so many different pumpkin designs that I spread them over several blog posts organized by category. Here are the categories of pumpkin carving designs that you can see in the following blog posts.
Overview of Halloween Pumpkin Event
Pumpkin Carvings of Animals
Pumpkin Carvings of Cartoon Characters
Ghoulish and Halloween Theme Pumpkin Carvings
Logos and Places Pumpkin Carvings
Movie Themed Pumpkin Carving Designs
Pretty Pumpkin Carvings
People Pumpkin Carvings
Surfing Themed Pumpkin Carving Designs
How to Create Pumpkin Carvings with Many Shades of Light and Dark
As you look at the pumpkins in these collections for photos, you might wonder about how many of these large pumpkin carvings are created. The brothers of the SRF project the artwork of their choosing onto the pumpkins using a projector. They then trace the images right onto the pumpkins. They add dark paint or black marker to make the darkest areas dark and then carve to let the light through for the lighter areas. To see an more detailed explanation of how you can achieve varying shades of light and dark, watch the video below.
Learn to Carve Pumpkin Portraits
If you want to learn more about carving 2 dimensional carvings that look 3 dimensional, you will enjoy my Pumpkin Carving Portrait Course where you will learn how to carve very recognizable portraits of your friends and family onto pumpkins. You learn a bunch of different ways to transfer your patterns and how to achieve the multi-shaded look.
Here is a photo of Paramahansa Yogananda that I carved for last year’s Halloween to honor the founder of the Self Realization Fellowship. I’ve been attending this Halloween event for over 20 years. I found the pumpkins carved by the brothers at the SRF inspiring even before I learned to carve fruits and vegetables. This was my way to pay tribute and give thanks.
You can see even more Halloween pumpkin carving designs from a previous year’s Encinitas, Self Realization Fellowship, Halloween event, check out this other blog post of mine.