Frightfully Good Carving

Pumpkins are transformed into glowing masterpieces by professional sculptors in time for Halloween

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Carving a pumpkin at Halloween can be tricky. 

But these masterpieces created by professional sculptors are enough to give anyone a fright. 

Ray Villafane and his team meticulously shaped the terrifying characters using spoons and scalpels

Each one takes on average two hours to complete – with the horrifying results netting Villafane, plus colleagues Andy Bergholtz and Chris Vierra, numerous TV appearances each Halloween.

This year the team has gone global travelling to Germany, Switzerland and Hong Kong.

Mr Villafane, 44, based in Bellaire, Michigan, U.S., said: ‘You need to pick the meatiest pumpkin. Not all of them will look good. The most important aspect is the weight.

‘I also like a pumpkin with character. one with nobly ridges is good, so that I can utilise that in the carving procedure, like sculpting noses.

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