London celebrations

Dragons, Pokemon and Star Wars characters adorn UK pumpkins

The British have carved witches’ cats, fire-breathing dragons and popular Star Wars characters into their pumpkins to celebrate Halloween.

The country’s artistry was on display as many took to social media to show off their spooky creations ahead of Monday.

Author and children’s book illustrator Lydia Monks has released pumpkins carved by her partner, designer and musician Johnny Wood, which feature pointed teeth, skull faces and exposed brains that Ms Monks says can take three to four hours to create.

Johnny Wood’s pumpkins can take him three to four hours (Lydia Monks/PA)

“It goes faster and it helps to have the right tools,” Sheffield-based Ms Monks told the PA news agency.

“Inspiration comes from looking at what others have done and trying to emulate them.

“Americans have pumpkin carving down to art… It’s a very relaxing thing to do. He puts on spooky Halloween music and has hours of fun.

“It’s stopping him that’s the tricky thing!”

The designs look scarier at night (Lydia Monks/PA)

Rachel Anderson, 28, told PA it took her about six hours to create an intricate Pokemon-inspired design.

“It was a little tricky,” said the QA game tester and freelance illustrator from Middlesbrough.

“I had made the design a few years ago as an ink drawing and decided to incorporate it into a sculpture.

“I’m a huge Halloween fan.”

The design and end result of Rachel Anderson’s Pokemon inspired pumpkin (Rachel Anderson/PA)

Charlotte Gompertz, from Shropshire, has created pumpkin versions of Grogu (Baby Yoda) and the main character in the Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian.

The Mandalorian has been an inspiration to some (Charlotte Gompertz/PA)
The Mandalorian has been an inspiration to some (Charlotte Gompertz/PA)

Liam Jones was impressed by his father’s creativity when he tweeted a photo of a giant pumpkin with big eyes and big teeth that seemed to be chewing on a scared smaller pumpkin.

“My dad’s hidden talent is pumpkin carving,” young Mr. Jones said of Andrew Jones’ creation.

Liam Jones took to Twitter to show off his father’s pumpkin carving creativity (Jude Jones/PA)

The work of Tim Hutchinson, who creates fun designs for his two grandchildren, was featured by his wife, Ros, on Twitter.

This year, Mr Hutchinson, a retired Yorkshire policeman, sculpted a cat and a fire-breathing dragon for his granddaughters.

“I think they are wonderful and our grandchildren are very happy with them,” Ms Hutchinson, a 68-year-old retired social worker, told PA.

“He also knocked down a delicious pumpkin soup from the leftovers.”