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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Zombie closeup

Zombie birth

Raw materials

Knife man

The skeleton

Harvester of the undead

At work

Chucky

Goblin

Peter

DJ pumpkin

Mogwai

Sand castles

Phoenix-based master pumpkin carver Ray Villafane and crew have chopped up super-squashes at the New York Botanical Garden. The main figure in The Haunted Pumpkin Garden exhibit, the 6-foot pumpkin zombie, is now rotting away in fine zombie fashion.
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For lasts year's show at the New York Botanical Garden, Villafane and company carved this horrific scene from an enormous pumpkin.
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Ray Villafane poses with one of the smaller pumpkins he worked with at the New York Botanical Garden exhibit in 2012.
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Villafane working on the zombie pumpkin. His crew includes carvers Andy Bergholtz, Trevor Grove, Chris Vierra, Alfred Parades, and Patrick Burke. They've been widely featured on shows such as "Halloween Wars."
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A welder assembles the metal framework supporting the 6-foot zombie made from pumpkins and gourds.
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The assembled tableau at the New York Botanical Garden shows the zombie dragging a vine of other undead pumpkins.
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Villafane puts the finishing touches on a grimacing pumpkin with a shaver tool.
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This vision of Chucky was carved from a pumpkin from Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park in California.
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Carved last year, this goblin (or pig, depending on your perspective) is typical of Villafane Studios' 3D approach to pumpkin art.
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This portrayal of Peter the Pumpkin Eater is an inside-out tribute to the popular nursery rhyme.
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This DJ pumpkin by Andy Bergholtz was carved for the cover of Pacific San Diego Magazine.
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This tribute to the 1984 film "Gremlins" was carved by Trevor Grove.
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Villafane and his fellow sculptors also work in sand, and have produced creations like this piece that was part of an exhibit in Niagara Falls on the War of 1812.
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