Plus, why you should adopt a black cat today.

🎃 Some perfectly Portland pumpkin designs

Plus, why you should adopt a black cat today.

By Cassie Ruud

It’s Wednesday.

Today’s Weird Wednesday is going to have you saying “oh my gourd.”

Since Halloween is just four days away, we thought it’d be worth celebrating with some particularly Portland pumpkin-carving designs. We whipped these up just for you; pick your favorite and show off your Stumptown pride, scary-style.

If you make one of these creations (or your own Portland-themed pumpkin), we want to see it! Tag us on Instagram or Twitter at @bridgeliner or email us, so we can share your creations as Halloween approaches.

🎃 It’s almost Halloween, Portland

Read on,if you dare. (Bridgeliner illustration) 

Before you start carving, here are a few tips and tricks courtesy of Bridgeliner’s sister publication The Incline

  1. Pick the best in the patch. To be clear, this doesn’t necessarily require a super-sized specimen. Look for a flat side to facilitate ease of carving. Here’s a list of pumpkin patches in and around Portland.
  2. Scoop the goop. While you’re cleaning out the inside of the pumpkin, give an extra scrape to the wall you’ll be carving. Be careful not to scoop too deep, lest you risk breaking the pumpkin.
  3. Make a design plan. As the old adage states, “measure twice, cut once,” and it applies to jack-o’-lantern design, too. For the easier patterns, print them out, tape them onto the pumpkin and then use something sharp to poke holes through the paper. When you’re done, you’ll have a good roadmap for slicing your design. For the harder ones, consider cutting the design out with an X-Acto knife, taping the white sections to the pumpkin, then tracing onto the pumpkin with a marker. It’s very important to note that these illustrations are designed to cut out the black space; imagine those areas aglow with candle light.
  4. Find the right tools. The carving kits you can find at the grocery store actually work pretty well. A paring knife will get some broader patterns done, while the thin little saws maneuver around tight corners. And be careful, obviously.
  5. Do the hard part first. It’s good life advice and great jack-o’-lantern advice. Begin with the smallest, most intricate areas while you still have a lot of pumpkin to work with. It’s tough to cut out a detailed section if your canvas is already flimsy.

You’ll be able to find all of our designs on our website. To use these patterns, simply right click on the image, select “save as,” and file it on your computer. Resize the image if you need to, print it out, and you’re good to go.

Remember that these are designed for you to cut out the black parts. If you use one of our designs for carving up your favorite gourd, it would mean the world if you shared it with us by responding to this email, or tagging us on social media using @bridgeliner or #bridgeliner.

There's a reason they call them boo-k stores.

Kick up your rain boot heels and hit up Sauvie Island for some great pumpkins, Charlie Brown.

Let's 'squatch it up this Halloween, folks.

Some fall days both the mountain and the Stag are out.

Pick your poison Portland: Booze or boos?

We think the White Stag sign would make a pretty savvy cyclist (although we aren't sure how that would work).

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🙋 One more thing … 

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

Sticking with the seasonally scary theme, it’s absolutely appropriate that today also happens to be National Black Cat Day!

Black Cats aren’t always adopted at the same rates as other kitties (that pesky old myth that they are bad luck hasn’t burned off yet).You can celebrate today by taking a peek at the Oregon Humane Society’s adoption page and their clowder of black kitties — no joke, that’s what a group of cats is called, I double-checked. 

That’s all for today folks; have a good one, and we’ll catch you back here on Thursday. 

Cassie at Bridgeliner

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