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

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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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Brazil Elected A New President And People Across The World Are Comparing Him To Donald Trump

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Brazil Elected A New President And People Across The World Are Comparing Him To Donald Trump

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Brazil has elected far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro to be the next president after winning a decisive election victory on Sunday, promising to drain the political swamp and tackle corruption in Latin America’s biggest country. Bolsonaro, who was a congressman for almost three decades, won 55.2 percent of the vote, defeating his opponent Fernando Haddad, who represents the left-wing Workers’ Party. He ran a campaign with rhetoric of being a new voice in Brazil with plans to return financial stability to a country that has faced recession in 2016. But his comments concerning women, race and human rights have been biggest headlines throughout the campaign that have many citing similarities to Donald Trump.

Brazil’s new president has many striking similarities to Donald Trump when it comes to rhetoric and domestic policy.

Jair Bolsonaro ran a campaign that sounded similar to Donald Trump’s back in 2016 with calls for smashing what he sees as a corrupt and irresponsible political system that has forgotten ordinary citizens. Law and order, patriotism and religious values were themes he advocated for throughout the campaign. Similar to Trump, he has also attacked his leftist detractors as enemies of the people.

During his victory rally, Bolsonaro said he was a “defender of freedom” who would run a government that would defend citizens who “follow their duties and respect the laws.” President Trump took to Twitter on Monday to congratulate Bolsonaro and said “the United States will work closely together on Trade, Military and everything else.”

Bolsonaro has made controversial comments even before he began his run for president.

Bolsonaro has drawn public criticism for his statements about women and homosexuality dating back before his run for president. Back in 2014, Bolsonaro told a congresswoman he “wouldn’t rape you because you don’t deserve it.” During a Playboy interview in 2011, he said “I would prefer my son to die in an accident than be gay,” according to the Huffington Post. Just this year, Bolsonaro was charged by Brazil’s attorney general with “inciting hatred towards black, gay and indigenous people,” the New York Times reported.

Many women have protested his victory citing fears of a more radical and nationalist Brazil that isn’t accepting of diversity and equal rights.

Women have been at the forefront of the push back against Bolsonaro and his campaign rhetoric has prompted rallies like the “Women Against Bolsonaro march” in Sao Paulo. There have been social media campaigns with the slogan #EleNão, or “Not Him” that women have used and chanted throughout his campaign. Many of them feel that Bolsonaro is a leader that isn’t cognitive of women/gay rights in Brazil.

“Bolsonaro has opened a Pandora box,” Luka Franca, a protest organizer told CNN. “He’s given a voice to an ultra right population who want to voice their prejudice and annihilate anyone who is different.”

What does Bolsonaro’s victory mean for Brazil moving forward?

With the election of Bolsonaro, Brazil enters a new era of leadership after The Workers’ Party governed Brazil for more than 13 years. Voters put him into office similarly to why many Americans voted Donald Trump into office back in 2016. Fears of lack of jobs and complacent government that citizens couldn’t trust anymore. Now Bolsonaro must make good on his campaign promises and unite a country that has been divided by a divisive election. It will have to start with the economy and more importance on job creation in Brazil.

“If the next president only governs for his supporters, the divisiveness we’re living will remain,” Marco Antonio Teixeira, a political science professor told CNN. “If he chooses to govern for the whole country, there is a greater chance these conflicts will be minimized or disappear.”


READ: Here’s Why So Many Brazilians Are Protesting One Of The Presidential Candidates

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