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Running Late On Your Pumpkin Carving? Check Out These Pumpkins For Your Own Inspo

Latinos are the kings and queens of scary and creepy. Our legends of La Llorona and El Cucuy transcend time, space and generations. We are also a pretty crafty group of people. So, with pumpkin carving being a thing, it just makes sense that Latinos would find a way to make them the grand objects of Latino culture every Latino house needs at Halloween. We don’t do anything basic and these imaginative pumpkins show just how far we go to make sure that our culture is front and center for every holiday.

The best part of pumpkin carving as kids was scooping out the pumpkin brains.

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It was a slimy mess and always freaked somebody out who just couldn’t take the texture. There was nothing more satisfying than scraping out all of the seeds and guts to get the pumpkin hollowed out and ready for the carving.

Carving the pumpkins always stressed out our moms but they always did it to see the smile on our faces.

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She was always so afraid you were going to cut yourself on the knife. Even when you were done cutting the top off and just scooping out the innards of the pumpkin. She was always terrified that you would end up bleeding all over the place. Was she scared of the mess or your safety? Legit question.

Some of us grew up to become professionals.

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I still use a stencil from a children’s book so I know how to carve the damn thing. Who has time to plan out their pumpkin carving masterpiece? My ideas come the day of the carving because I just never tried.

We love a good caricature that really scares people.

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We are in a crazy time politically. That is just a fact. So, why not pull out one of the scariest things people have experienced in their lifetime with a political caricature.

Leave it to Latinos to turn a pumpkin into a palm tree.

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Have you ever seen south Florida at Christmas? Pine trees are cute but the decoration are all up in the palm trees. Halloween usually means falla nd colder weather but some places just stay hot. Therefore, this palm tree carving is genius.

Some of us grow up to be true hidalgos.

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That’s a hard yes. Just never ask someone to marry you on a pumpkin. Carve a pineapple instead to keep your heritage alive.

Puerto Ricans legit carve pineapples instead of pumpkins.

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Okay, so that might be a generalization. However, who would carve a pineapple for Halloween other than Caribbean people? It’s culturally relevant and much more delicious when you hollow them out.

Back in the ’90s, my mom put fake eyelashes on our pumpkins.

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What Boricua would ever be seen without long lashes, big old hoops and a fabulous hair do? Not even my mom’s pumpkins can dress down for their life. Yes, I am still angelic.

Mexicanos see a pumpkin waiting to be painted.

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Día de los Muertos style. Think of it as practice for next weekend and a way to circumvent your mother being scared that you’ll cut yourself. Plus, it really makes your house stand out.

This college freshman won first place for her Día de los Muertos carving.

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For anyone whose always just sliced straight into a pumpkin, take note that carving just the surface off is so much more technical. If you pierce through, it’s all over.

Some kiddos are already making Coco pumpkins!

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Tan cute. This is the first Halloween post-Coco and we expect the imitations to be all over the streets Halloween night. Legit, these are some of the most adorable pumpkins.

NSFW: Because some pumpkins do get scandalous.

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This is something you would never see in your family house. This is something that you will see in a college apartment or on the porch of your single tío.

Keep it real with the pumpkins acting out what you expect your Halloween night to look like.

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Do not worry. Mexicanos crafted this set up. You know it’s true because their moms made them put plastic under the “vomit” to clean it up easier.

Meanwhile, Dominicanos brought myth to reality with this pumpkin carving.

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We aren’t 100 percent sure, but the middle pumpkin looks like a happy chupacabra. Like, the kind of chupacabra that just saw his prey for the day’s dinner.

 Some people create whole new monsters to terrify generations to come.

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It’s what we do. Eso se llamo El Soplo Conglehado and the moment you put one toe out the door past curfew, there he is. Look into his eye and you’ll be petrified and dragged to a lake to be eaten. It’s on brand, right?

Every Cubano pumpkin must have a cigar on hand (i.e. mouth).

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Another accurate reflection of what your Halloween might look like. This year will mark the first annual tradition of stooping con cigarillo to add to the smoky spooky house aesthetic.

TBH, I give props to the Día de los Muertos pumpkins the most.

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They’re multi-purpose. You can leave them out for a week longer than anyone else’s dumb ghost pumpkin. Once it’s November, bobos, Casper is passé. Make your entire ancestry proud and go for the honorific skull.

Or just forget the pumpkins and go for more relevant foods.

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TBH, if avocados grew on trees… Reset. If I were hella rica, I would pass these out in lieu of candy. Name one time you gave an avocado to someone and they were upset. That’s right. Probably never because we don’t give away avocados. They’re the original gold in bartering.


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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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I don’t care if it’s barely August. It’s never too soon to start talking about Halloween.

The year 2020 has already taken so much from us, I won’t let it take Halloween too. And thanks to come very creative, socially-distanced supporting Halloween fans, it looks like we won’t have to say goodbye to the best holiday of the year after all.

Orlando is getting a drive-thru haunted experience and I really want to go.

If you were worried that COVID-19 would spell the end of haunted attractions in 2020, you’d best buckle up. The brave and the squeamish alike are invited to travel The Haunted Road this fall, a drive-thru Halloween experience in Central Florida that offers a socially distant alternative to the traditional haunted house.

The Haunted Road promises a fully immersive horror experience replete with monsters and gore galore — which should ring like music to your ears if going to haunts is your Halloween tradition of choice. The difference here is that you’ll experience the world of nightmarish scenery and gruesome creatures entirely from the comfort of your vehicle. So, kind of like a haunted hayride, but Coronavirus safe.

At the heart of the experience is an original take on the story of Rapunzel. On The Haunted Road, Rapunzel “journeys into a world of disarray, faces bloodcurdling creatures — and hundreds of shocking scares.” There will also be a more family-friendly daytime version of the event on weekdays.

OK, a huge thank you to whomever thought up this genius idea.

The idea for The Haunted Road was borne from the idea of creating an original haunted attraction that adheres to safe social distancing measures.

Most haunted attractions place visitors into smaller spaces and encourage performers to get up close and personal to secure the scare. But with the coronavirus pandemic raging on, that in-your-face approach is largely unfeasible and could lead most haunts to remain closed for the 2020 season. And that’s where The Haunted Road comes riding in like a headless horseman poised to save Halloween.

“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal, The Haunted Road.

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights, a Universal Studios staple, is not happening this year and there is only one thing to blame: Covid. The virus, which is still spread wildly in the U.S., has forced so many things to be canceled. People are not happy with the decision.

For the first time in 30 years, Halloween Horror Nights is not happening.

Halloween Horror Nights is one of the biggest events of the year at Universal Studios in Florida and California. The sudden (and not surprising) cancelation is a devastating announcement for the fans of spooky culture.

Honestly, people are ready to throw their tantrums over this.

Florida and California, home to both Universal Studios, are dealing with major Covid outbreaks. California had an explosion of Covid cases that forced the state to reverse some of its rapid reopenings. Florida is another state dealing with a major Covid outbreak that has forced some places to reclose as Disney pushes forward with the reopening.

There’s a lot of pain out there right now.

It really is another blow in a very devastating year. So many people hoped that Halloween would still happen yet the patchwork response we’ve had against the virus isn’t helping. The loss of a Halloween tradition is just too painful right now but we will be alright.

All we can do now is wait “patiently” for Halloween 2021…

All it took was wearing masks and social distancing to avoid this yet, here we are. Remember to take care of yourself, your health, and your community. This means wearing masks and social distancing to protect each other.

READ: Republican Senator Blames Latino Community For Disproportionate COVID Case Numbers

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