Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Great Pumpkin Project

Super happy to be the one hosting this experiment.  A long-time blog reader and bud, and fellow Halloween fanatic, has embarked on a unique project to spread the Spirit of the High Holiday with a touch of mystery.   

The Great Pumpkin Project:  Jack O'Lanterns left anonymously in lonely places, near abandoned buildings, alongside roads... anywhere that'll give the passerby a burst of Halloween, and some questions.  

Can't express my excitement at the notion of this occurring.  And I'm hoping it's contagious.  Bean and I have already selected a spot in our town, under a train bridge that gets a lot of traffic.  It's difficult to get to, so it'll be tricky, but it's the perfect spot for a smiling Jacko.  

So thanks to Adam for the inspiration.  Truly the coolest project I've stumbled across, and one that's going to make a lot of folks happy.  A project that's the epitome of Halloween.
The calling card tag, placed on each stem.
The first placement...

51 comments:

Jay's Shadow said...

That would be really fun to do.

The photos are going to be great.

ShellHawk said...

So how do I join this worthy project? Sounds fun!

Hallowaltz said...

That sounds fun.. makes for some great photos too!

On November 1st a couple years ago we put a big ass jack o lantern inside the hole of a tree. It was across the street from our house so whenever we would walk our dogs we could check in on it. It was fun to see it slowly decay.. by December it was mush.

Rot said...

I do believe membership is free : )

K.O. said...

Very neat idea!!!

Willow Cove said...

I'm gonna join!


wiccanlord said...

Thats a awesome idea going to do that back here at home in Northern Ireland ,also love the wooden calling cards they look great...would love to get one of these posted to me ??

Mr Black said...

I'm in!

Steve Ring said...

That is top-to-bottom neato!

october pun'kin said...

What a fantastic idea~spreading Halloween love one jack at a time :)

T.D.R. said...

Cool idea!! I'm going to this. Do we use the same tag or make a new one ?

Jeff said...

This is brilliant.

I was already planning on leaving a prop somewhere relatively remote but this is even better.

Spread the spirit indeed!

Adam said...

Thank you everyone for the kind words. I truly hope what I am trying to do with this project spreads like wildfire and puts the spirit of the Holiday into everyone that comes past a random Jack. It's my way of playing my part to preserve the holiday.

Pam Morris said...

wonderful...can't set up my haunt so perhaps I can spread a little Halloween joy this way. thanks for a great idea!!!

Adam said...

As far as I am concerned the more people who do this the better. I would love for this to happen everywhere. As far as people asking to join, membership is in fact free haha. I do however have one request. That is that everyone who decides to do this, please use the same name and if possible, please try and use the same tag. I will try and get a file out to Rot somehow and everyone is welcome to use the logos. The point of the project is to create a random" What The Hell?" moment in passers by, and to create a feeling of joy inside people like us when they pass a random Jack in an odd place.

To some, Halloween is a holiday of candy, fun and craziness. To others, it is church, it is religion. It goes beyond a day on the calendar, and becomes a celebration of this time of year, and the type of people that us here on the blog are.

Rot has done great things and made his mark on the holiday. I intend to make mine. This blog has brought likeminded people together. Everyone on here who feels the same, is encouraged to participate.

Just think how good it would feel if you were driving along a dark road, past that one awesomely spooky graveyard you stare at with wonder, and sitting right on its stone walls, is a lit jack o lantern staring right back at you. That my friends is the feeling I want to spread. That is what its all about.

Hail The Harvest

Adam

Sara said...

Oh fun! I'm in!

Carey Bluxome said...

What a great idea!

Carol's Creations said...

Very cool. I love the idea.

Carol (Carol's Creations)
4evercarolscreations.blogspot.com

Mach said...

This is a fantastic idea

Autumnleaf said...

Count me in! Great idea!

RebelShade said...

I love this Idea !!!!

Der Krampus said...

Hmmmmmmm, interesting idea! Where do we get the tags?

The Gill-Man said...

Absolutely love this idea! I'm all for it, and will participate! Is there a site to go download the tags?

Old Hag said...

To Adam: The idea of finding a random Jack or leaving a random Jack is exciting to say the least. As soon as I know where to download the tags I'll start.
To Rot: Thanks again for your help and promotion of others and their visions.

Nicholas Kegler said...

"A Random Act of Pumpkins!" :)

Nicholas Kegler said...

Where do we get the tags?

Rot said...

Adam's working on those pdf files for the tags.
: )
I'll keep you posted.

girl6 said...

Awww!!!...yeah man, THIS IS IT...
spreading & sharing Halloween cheer as we make offerings to the gods of Halloween & Fall. i have 2 possibles ideas already....1..a jack placed way up high at the feet of either St Peter or St Paul---maybe both!!...2..placing a jack in the arms of the one of the stautues of cival war soldier war heroes on their horses (kinda like headless horseman style)..hahahha..Great stuff!!!

i'm gonna pass this project on to one of my home girls who loves Halloween, she has a Killer tumblr & a youtube channel, both of which are blowing up. i'm sure she'll be psyched to pass on the word. : D

wiccanlord said...

Can you keep me posted on the tags..

LynxGrrl said...

I absolutely love this idea! My little girl is turning into a true 'Ween girl and I think this would be a lot of fun for us to do together! I will be looking for the tag file and planning...

SaraB! said...

10000% in. Lots of ideas for spots already. Keep us posted on that PDF- I'm not arty and I love your logo, so better to let the master handle it. :-p

Mason said...

I for sure want in on this! Spooky fun idea for sure!

Old Fashion Halloween said...

for safety I was thinking about using battery operated tea light candles. They last about 3 days left on. Taking photos and sharing them in our blogs will be so much fun.

The Creeping Cruds said...

Yeah - I'm definitely doing this!
Is there a formal post with details on what should be involved?
I see something about a tag .pdf..
Will there be a specific place to post photos? Is it date-specific?
Wonderful idea! And boy do I already know where mine is going!

Ben said...

One of the best things to happen to Halloween in a while. Love it. Are those balsa wood calling cards?
Perhaps a free website is needed for those that "discover" the jacks, to help spread the word and maybe inspire others to respond in kind!

Jeannine520 said...

Fantastic idea, I'm in!! I'll start scoping out locations tonight. This really makes the season so much more fun and hopefully we can inspire others. ;-)

Rot said...

I'm pretty stoked to do this.
I guess if folks use real candles (I might be one of those folks), they should leave the lid off? Or cut a bunch of holes in the lid so the heat can vent... My initial plan was to use a jar candle so it lasts for a few days, but the lid would surely dry out and fall in and burn.
Though I've left pumpkins on the porch with jar candles and the lid just kinda shrivels and either stays there or falls inside on an angle. I've never EVER had a fire break out from a jacko.

Adam said...

So I might as well respond to the inquiries. So from what Rot tells me there is no way for me to post a link to the files on the blog, so you can get the logos to ways. I posted a thread with a link to em on Halloweenforum.com, or if you are not on there, there is an email set up for pictures to be sent to so i can eventually post em all. Just send a email asking for logo files and i'll send them to ya. The email is greatpumpkinproject@gmail.com.

This day has been super crazy to say the least and I am beyond happy that everyone on this blog is so onboard with this. Shoot over an email and lets get this lit up.

Adam

Jay's Shadow said...

I am so ready to do this.

girl6 said...

don't worry granny rot... : D
<3

i'm thinkin of makin my own tags with the same info of course.

Chris Davis said...

We are the graveyard have been talking about how long it has been since we carved a pumpkin. So it looks like we have found a project. Now that the yard is up we can make this happen. Thanks for sharing!

Cheers!

NoahFentz said...

Very cool. I always love these ideas. When I was working in NYC a group of artist wanted to have a skull show. The word got around that I make plaster skulls. They asked me if I would make a bunch so they could leave them around in NYC with the website "tattooed" somewhere on the skull. It never happened. I had plans of burying them in the fruit of grocery stores or on a bus seat.

Im all in...where do I sign up!!

Diggerc said...

So how best to do this? looks like you already started? Everybody place them all at once, if so what date? or throughout the month?

Defenestrator Max said...

I have my tags printed now, and am anxious to start.

The annual Halloween vacation starts in 10 days...once I'm officially done with work for a while, I plan to do one each day.

We're always on the lookout for ways to make the holiday last, and to really revel in it; this is a great way to do just that!

J said...

I'm all in! This is so exciting! I sent an email over for the logo. As soon as I get that printed I will start scoping out places.

Jon Glassett said...

This sounds really cool. I'm going to have to give it a try here in Massachusetts. Has anyone come up with any creative lighting options? I don't want to do actual flame but I'm equally reluctant to use anything that won't biodegrade.

byondbzr said...

I love this, definitely doing it!

Juli Riedel said...

I'm going to do this! What a great way to spread Halloween goodness!

Rania said...

Ooohhh what a fabulous idea!

Vintage Seance said...

So cool! If I did it, i'd have to use fake candles, here in southern California, this time of year is known as fire season (it's dry and windy, the perfect makings for a wildfire at any time) so I wouldn't want to harm the little bits of nature we have (global warming is a definite thing out here - can't even remember what cold even feels like!) I don't know if I could do a pumpkin every day/night, but I'd love to at least do a few! If I can't, I'll at least share the news about this kickass project on my blog to spread the word! Oh, and congrats on Mike Dougherty giving you a shout out! Mega Jelly! :)

wiccanlord said...

Just getting ready to do my pumpkin for tonight ,,,,with my little boy max...