MaryAnn Morgan-Cox, TAMS '98 and '03, submitted photos of her UNT pumpkin. She proudly displayed it on her porch and used it as a centerpiece at a Mean Green Watch Party hosted by the Central Texas Chapter of the NTExes.
To create your very own spooky school spirit, just follow the following directions for carving your favorite branded image
on to your Halloween pumpkin this season.
Choose your pumpkin
Be sure to choose a pumpkin with a carving surface that best matches the UNT design you choose. Some pumpkins are wider, while others are longer. For example, if you are planning to carve the eagle head (right) or the UNT mark, you probably want a shorter, rounder pumpkin. But if you are planning to carve the Mean Green mark, you'll want a longer (taller) pumpkin.
Cutting the top and emptying the innards
As you would when carving any pumpkin design, the first thing you should do is cut a circle at the top of your pumpkin (generally around the stem). Be sure your opening is large enough to reach your hand through so you can thoroughly scoop out all of the pumpkin pulp and seeds.
Prepare your template
Pick one of the three templates below and print it out on standard 8.5x11 paper. To ready your template, trim your template, but be sure to leave at least a 1-inch border around the image so that you can securely tape it to the front of your pumpkin. If there seems to be gaps or bubbles between your paper template and your pumpkin, gently crease the paper so that it can be taped more securely to the pumpkin.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Difficulty Level: Medium
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Carving your pumpkin
The best way to carve the UNT images is to gently poke holes along the dotted line of the template. This can be done using the tip of a small knife. Once you have completed this, make sure you have not missed any areas. Then, you can remove your template and begin cutting the marks into your pumpkin.
Once completely carved but before you push out the excess pumpkin pieces, it is recommended that you cut up the larger pieces into smaller chunks. For example, when removing an "N," cut each stick of the "N" into its own bar (taking care not to cut beyond the outer border), so that it can be pushed through gently. This will help keep the integrity of the slender, fragile remaining pieces of pumpkin.
Proudly display your pumpkin
Once you are satisfied with the look of your pumpkin, place it on display and put a candle inside to make all that UNT pride glow each evening. And don't forget to share pictures of your finished pumpkins with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll post a few of them on the Insider site.