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PHOTOS: Ray Villafane Unleashes an Insane Army of Ghastly Zombie Pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden
Posted By Lori Zimmer On October 27, 2012 @ 11:30 am In Art NYC,Bronx,Kids | No Comments
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden welcomed guests all weekend to watch the pumpkin master  at work. Villafane and his crew of Trevor Grove, Alfred Paredes, Chris Vierra and Andy Bergholtz, a contender on the Food Network’s “Halloween Wars”, put oversized pumpkins from around the country under the knife. This year, a life-size standing pumpkin zombie rose from the soil, pulling pumpkin vines attached to other pumpkin zombies in the garden.
The chilling standing zombie was cut open harakiri  style, revealing an abdomen fullof pumpkin guts , intestines and gore beneath a decaying shell of pumpkin skin. One arm was outstretched as if to grab his next victim, while the other gripped a rope to uproot his zombie brethren. His horrific face recoils in a scream, bearing just one pumpkin seed tooth.
The other pumpkin-headed zombies, with stems still attached, were partially unearthed from the pumpkin garden, their upper torsos just breaking above the dirt. The team worked around the clock to “graft” layers of pumpkin skin to the bodies of the zombies, protecting the inside flesh so that visitors can enjoy the spooky scene until Halloween .
The gory haunting extended into the nearby children’s discovery garden, where jack-o-lanterns  joined more of Villafane’s zombie-faced pumpkins. We can’t wait to see what chilling scene he and his team come up with for next year!
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 New York Botanical Garden: http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2012/halloween/index.php
 whittling and shaping an army of living dead from some of the area’s biggest Halloween gourds: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/photos-ray-villafane-carves-the-worlds-largest-pumpkin-into-an-intricate-spine-tinglingly-sculpture/
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 pumpkin master: http://inhabitat.com/diy-six-yummy-organic-pumpkin-recipes/
 harakiri: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seppuku
 pumpkin guts: http://inhabitat.com/celebrate-fall-with-these-6-delicious-pumpkin-recipes/
 spooky scene until Halloween: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/head-to-the-high-line-for-a-haunted-halloween-scavenger-hunt-on-october-27th/
 jack-o-lanterns: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/maniac-pumpkin-carvers-create-spectacular-and-spooky-jack-o-lanterns-in-nyc/
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