Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Impalements: My Favorite Brooklyn Traditon




I stumbled across the "Impalements" for the first time in 2010. I had no idea why anyone would impale dozens of jack o' lanterns on the spikes of an old iron fence. But it was absolutely marvelous to behold. So creepy. So bizarre. And the display just gets even better as soon as the pumpkins begin to rot.

If you're ever in town around Halloween you must check them out! More pics--and the full story--here.

4 comments:

Julia said...

Ooh. That's cool! At my old neighborhood, the one next to it would take a bunch of milk-cartons and put candles in them. It gave off that cheery yet creepy and mysterious vibe.

Ali *woot woot* said...

Haha awesome..best I ever saw was probably this deformed one with a lopsided grin. When I say deformed, I mean the pumpkin.

Ali *woot woot* said...

XD I love book reviews on amazon.com!!! They're so serious it kills me!!! idk why. here's one for the darkness dwellers. Imagine one of those 'preview voices' reading it dramatically! XD oh the pain of extreme laughter...

First they ventured deep under New York to save the city itself. Then things got personal as the Irregulars ventured into a haunted mansion in Chinatown to uncover an evil twin. Now, in the third installment of bestselling author Kirsten Miller's Kiki Strike series, this delightful group of delinquent geniuses jump feet first into a fast-paced international pursuit, going underground in Paris to pursue a pair of treacherous royals who have killed Kiki's parents. With a dash of romance, a fresh take on good manners, and loads of butt-kicking bravery, Kiki, Betty, Ananka and the other Irregulars sharpen their amazing skills in this highly anticipated new adventure.

Anonymous said...

Pumpkin display tip: please note this does require some lumber, hardware, cordage, and "Christmas lights."

Take a nice two-by-two beam. Put an eyebolt at the "top" and nail, or better yet, use screws to attach, a shorter length of two-by-two at the bottom (a foot or a foot and a half works fine). String the post with the Christmas lights. You might want to make sure the cord with the plug comes out the top where the eyebolt is. Set matching hooks for the eyebolts in a patio cross beam. Carve a lot of pumpkins to taste, being sure to hole them at the bottoms as well as at the tops. Slide pumpkins onto posts. Using a lot of people, hang pumpkin posts by their eyebolts from the hooks. Plug in the lights. Depending on length, one post can support four or five gourds, but they'll weight a lot.

Don't forget to roast the seeds from the pumpkins!

Robert in San Diego