Pumpkin Freak LTD is a specialist Pumpkin shading art studio, a style of Jack-O'-Lantern Pumpkin carving that involves shaving the Pumpkin to different depths, allowing light to pass through to make a detailed design.
Jack O'Lantern: the Irish tradition of carving Turnips to ward off evil spirits on "All Hallows Eve" ....a tradition taken to America by immigrants, where the Jack O'Lantern found a new home!
Established by the UK’s leading Pumpkin carver and Pumpkin enthusiast, I’ve become obsessed with bringing this art form to the UK, offering workshops, video content and tutorials, real Pumpkins and fake foam Pumpkins.
I offer a wide range of options including; logo pumpkins, party centrepieces, sets of Pumpkins containing a theme, Workshops and tutorials, Time-lapse footage and video of the carving for your social media.
Do you want your dog, favourite horror film character, company logo, or a bespoke design on a Pumpkin?
Or do you want to learn to do it yourself?
Whatever your Pumpkin needs I’m here to help!
Real Pumpkins are specially treated to increase shelf life and will stay looking fresh for a minimum of one month – real Pumpkins are only available in October, orders accepted from 1st September each year.
In addition to real Pumpkins, I am the only UK manufacturer of carvable foam Pumpkins, designed and manufactured to replicate a real Pumpkin they offer a permanent Pumpkin which can be used year after year, these can be bought already carved with a design of your choosing, or un-carved for you to do yourself.
The Legend of “Stingy Jack”
People have been making jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practise originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.”
Legend has it, Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul.
The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.
Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven.
The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since.
The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”
In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits.
Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack-o’-lanterns.