It’s the most spook-tacular time of the year—and this English artist is celebrating the holiday by painstakingly carving dozens of spine-chilling jack-o-lanterns.

36-year-old Jamie Jones—also known as the “Pumpkin Freak”, spends up to 27 hours on each of his elaborate pumpkin creations.

Jones manages to create the images without actually breaking the surface of the pumpkins. Instead, the dad-of-two shaves off ultra-thin layers from the surface of the vegetables so that varying amounts of light are able to shine through.


This means that the stunning drawings are only revealed when the pumpkins are finally lit up.

His pumpkins feature drawings of TV and film characters like Predator, Chucky, and Beetlejuice.

“I shave the surface so thin, I have to be really careful not to go through,” said Jones, who is a media salesman from Chester, Cheshire


“It can take me 27 hours to do each one because if you make a mistake, then that’s it—the whole thing is ruined,” he continued. “Most people don’t realize what is possible with pumpkins. It takes a huge amount of patience to do something like this.

“You have got to have a lot of commitment. I come home from work and spend three or four hours a night on them.”


Jones starts by drawing his chosen design onto the surface of the pumpkin. He then delicately chisels, shaves, and etches out the design onto the pumpkin’s fragile outer shell.

To stop the pumpkins from rotting away, Jones seals the surfaces with a spray and protective resin so they last for several weeks.


Jones has been carving pumpkins for several years, but he only recently decided to take things to the next level.

He now creates the bespoke designs for local businesses and event organizers at Halloween.


“When I show people for the first time, they are blown away,” said Jones. “[The jack-o-lanterns] are so much better than your bog-standard pumpkins, but are so much more complex. It’s really good fun and I genuinely enjoy it.

“Halloween is a great time of year and if you put the work in, you can make some amazing decorations,” he added.

If you want to check out more of Jones’s pumpkin art, be sure and check out his Pumpkin Freak website.

(WATCH the artist in action below)

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