MANIAC PUMPKIN CARVERS

We are a full creative arts studio, offering a wide variety of services to cover all your pumpkin carving needs. LOCATED IN BROOKLYN, NYC. 

EVENTS

Marc Evan performing a live demonstration in Central Park Maniac is the perfect draw for your Fall events. Our artists excel at crowd engagement, offering entertaining demonstrations of their world renowned pumpkin carving skills. Fun and captivating for audiences of all ages and demographics.

Marc Evan performing a live demonstration in Central Park

Maniac is the perfect draw for your Fall events. Our artists excel at crowd engagement, offering entertaining demonstrations of their world renowned pumpkin carving skills. Fun and captivating for audiences of all ages and demographics.

ADVERTISING

Logos and branding can make stunning carvings and time-lapse videos  Branding really shines, leaving lasting impressions. Great way to engage your audience in a fun and creative way. Our pumpkins frequently go viral when used on social media platforms and are always a hit when used in print, TV, or anywhere else. Nobody replicates fonts and graphics better than Maniac.

Logos and branding can make stunning carvings and time-lapse videos 

Branding really shines, leaving lasting impressions. Great way to engage your audience in a fun and creative way. Our pumpkins frequently go viral when used on social media platforms and are always a hit when used in print, TV, or anywhere else. Nobody replicates fonts and graphics better than Maniac.

CUSTOM WORK

Etching style portrait carving of Luke Skywalker from Star Wars  We have extensive experience carving all manner of requests. From corporate logos, to portraits, monsters, and artistic masterpieces.  We will transform your ideas into a reality. We also offer photography, video, and time-lapse services!

Etching style portrait carving of Luke Skywalker from Star Wars 

We have extensive experience carving all manner of requests. From corporate logos, to portraits, monsters, and artistic masterpieces.  We will transform your ideas into a reality. We also offer photography, video, and time-lapse services!

WORKS OF ART

Tara McPherson inspired carving at The Cotton Candy Machine. We love paying homage to our favorite contemporary and classic artists. The Cotton Candy Machine, in Brooklyn, NY, hosted the first ever gallery exhibition of pumpkin art. It featured a wide assortment of pumpkin carvings based on artists who show at the gallery.  

Tara McPherson inspired carving at The Cotton Candy Machine.

We love paying homage to our favorite contemporary and classic artists. The Cotton Candy Machine, in Brooklyn, NY, hosted the first ever gallery exhibition of pumpkin art. It featured a wide assortment of pumpkin carvings based on artists who show at the gallery.

 

CLASSES

Chris Soria teaching a class at the Culinary Institute With years of art teaching experience across a variety of mediums, our artists will teach you how to improve your pumpkin carvings and unlock your inner creativity. Classes can be adapted for artists at any skill level, from beginner to professional.  

Chris Soria teaching a class at the Culinary Institute

With years of art teaching experience across a variety of mediums, our artists will teach you how to improve your pumpkin carvings and unlock your inner creativity. Classes can be adapted for artists at any skill level, from beginner to professional.  

Costumes

Embrace the night with our exclusive line of cloaks and capes. We are so excited to make available these gorgeous pieces by designer Vanessa Mercedes. Perfect for Halloween, or any night out on the town. Great for costumes, cosplay, festivals, and fairs too! Handmade with high quality materials and fine details. These costumes look and feel great.

Embrace the night with our exclusive line of cloaks and capes.

We are so excited to make available these gorgeous pieces by designer Vanessa Mercedes. Perfect for Halloween, or any night out on the town. Great for costumes, cosplay, festivals, and fairs too! Handmade with high quality materials and fine details. These costumes look and feel great.

CUSTOM WORK

The possibilities are endless

 
Marc Evan, "Star Child 113" on XL pumpkin.

Marc Evan, "Star Child 113" on XL pumpkin.

Your vision will glow in a Maniac Pumpkin. Provide us with an image of your choice and our outstanding artists will turn it into a beautiful pumpkin carving. So many gourd-geous possibilities. We love a good challenge and we excel at impressing clients with our attention to detail. Whether you are looking for a unique gift or a fantastic way to engage an audience, a Maniac Pumpkin is sure to impress.

When seen in person our pumpkins are mesmerizing to people of all ages and demographics. And when featured online, our carvings often go viral, amassing great numbers of likes, shares, and engagement among followers.

For custom orders, email us with a detailed description plus any necessary images for us to be able to give you an estimate. Also please read our FAQ.

 
 
  • Logos & Branding
  • Portraits & Pets
  • Movie Posters & Album Art
  • Characters
  • Celebrities & Icons
  • Announcements
  • Monograms
  • Decorations & centerpieces
  • Unique gifts
  • Great form of promotion!
 

We also offer high resolution photography (work in progress or beauty shots) and time-lapse videos, documenting the creation of your pumpkin art. Be sure to inquire about pricing and availability.

PORTRAIT PUMPKINS

LIFE-LIKE REALISM, EXPERTLY CARVED

 

We carve stunning portraits of your loved ones, your bosses, your clients, and your crushes. Provide us with high resolution images and we do the rest.  Which is, carve unbelievable portraits in real pumpkin like nobody else. With our method of hand carving the portraits, they can take on an almost holographic appearance when viewed in person. The effect is truly mesmerizing.

  • Professional Photo Services: Want a high resolution, print ready image of your pumpkin portrait? We offer professional photographic services. A beautifully captured photograph is the best way to preserve your pumpkin. 
  • Time Lapse Photography: Our team can also document the making of your pumpkin with time lapse photography. You will be able to watch and share a unique memento; a digital video of your pumpkin portrait being carved. Videos can be formatted for viewing on mobile devices, macs, pcs, and for streaming services. Contact us for pricing and availability.
 

Please note: Portraits can only be as good as the photographs you provide. Please make sure to provide us with high resolution and well lit, photographs. High contrast lighting typically looks best. We can assist in choosing a photo that will make a great carving.

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ADVERTISING

Logos, Branding, Social Media & More

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers make brands shine. Attention to detail is one of our trademarks and we work hard to ensure your branding is represented as faithfully as possible. Logos and branding pumpkin carvings are a great way to advertise your company or engage with social media networks throughout the Fall season. Maniac can team with you to create stunning advertising campaigns and promotional videos.  With beautiful time-lapse photography or HD video, your fans and followers will get a glimpse into our process, watching our talented carvers, as we create a work of pumpkin art.

Logos and branding on pumpkins vary in price, depending on the amount of detail, and number of levels of shading. When contacting us about advertising please include any images necessary for us to provide an estimate.

PLEASE NOTE: Pumpkins are only available from mid September to late November depending on the season.

For advertising, editorial, or other work that needs to be done further in advance we can be scheduled to carve in November and sometimes December, with the images being held until the following Fall season. Its never too early to get a jump on next year!

PHOTOGRAPHY

THE ONLY WAY TO PRESERVE A PUMPKIN

 Maniac Pumpkin Carvers offers in house photography services to make it easy for you to build a social media post or a full ad campaign. Lit and glowing pumpkins can be a difficult thing to capture but we have been photographing our pumpkin carvings for over ten years, learning a lot of tricks along the way. We can isolate the pumpkin on an all black backdrop or shoot with a variety of Fall or Halloween themed props and settings. We will make sure your masterpiece of a pumpkin looks as captivating as it would in person.

Want to share some behind the scenes process photos of your pumpkin? We can document the making of the pumpkin carving with high resolution still images or with video clips. Work in progress shots can be great at building excitement and highlighting the hand crafted nature of our work. 

When placing your order make sure to inquire about photo services.

 

TIME-LAPSE VIDEOS

WATCH YOUR MASTERPIECE DEVELOP

 A great way to engage audiences is with time-lapse videos of our carvings. We can produce short, ready-to-share videos, at our Brooklyn headquarters, or we will work from your studio or agency to produce a masterpiece. Collaborations with Maniac Pumpkin Carvers are always a hit. We would love to work with you.

Book early to ensure that we can accommodate your requests. It is also never too early to prepare for the following year.

Maniac can be booked to carve through November and December (while supplies last) for campaigns to be held and used the following year. 

BRANDING

Xtra Large pumpkin with logo and beer label art.

Xtra Large pumpkin with logo and beer label art.

75 lb Atlantic Giant with etched logo.

75 lb Atlantic Giant with etched logo.

Google Photos event logo carved on 60 lb Atlantic Giant pumpkin.

Google Photos event logo carved on 60 lb Atlantic Giant pumpkin.

World Series logo carved on extra large pumpkin.

World Series logo carved on extra large pumpkin.

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LIVE CARVING EVENTS

DEMONSTRATIONS, ACTIVATIONS, & INSTALLATIONS

 

Activate your event with a demonstration by our expert carvers. Pumpkin carving is mesmerizing for crowds of all ages. While carving a beautiful display piece, carvers engage the audience, answering questions and offering tips & tricks for the crowds.

We can tailor our demonstration to your event. Let us know if there is a particular theme for the event that we should try to incorporate.

Most demonstrations are between 2-6hrs. For giant pumpkins, 8hrs or more and multiple carvers can be necessary. Because of the limited number of pumpkins that can be carved on site, you can enhance your event by ordering any number of pre-carved pumpkins. This is a great way to add atmosphere, increase visibility, or to incorporate sponsor or brand logos. We typically carve within 24-36 hours of the event to ensure that our pumpkin display looks its best. 

Please Note: Maniac Pumpkin Carvers LLC is based in New York City. We are available to travel to limited engagements outside the NY Tri-State area. Weekends from late September through the end of October book quickly. Please make arrangements in advance.

 
Chris and Jose carving pumpkins during a massive Times Square activation for Google Photos.

Chris and Jose carving pumpkins during a massive Times Square activation for Google Photos.

Marc and Chris with Robin Roberts, at Good Morning America.

Marc and Chris with Robin Roberts, at Good Morning America.

A 1000 pound giant pumpkin at Luna Park, Coney Island carved by Marc, Lenny, and Adan.

A 1000 pound giant pumpkin at Luna Park, Coney Island carved by Marc, Lenny, and Adan.

Marc carving in Central Park (photo credit: Lauren Gesswein)

Marc carving in Central Park (photo credit: Lauren Gesswein)

Marc and Chris carving over at Martha Stewart Omnimedia.

Marc and Chris carving over at Martha Stewart Omnimedia.

Adam and Marc carving a giant pumpkin at Coney Island's Luna Park.

Adam and Marc carving a giant pumpkin at Coney Island's Luna Park.

Chris Soria carving live for NHL Network.

Chris Soria carving live for NHL Network.

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers doing demos at Martha Stewarts American Made Festival in Grand Central Station, NYC.

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers doing demos at Martha Stewarts American Made Festival in Grand Central Station, NYC.

Jeff, Chris, Marc, and Jose created an Addams Family themed installation at Southampton Septemberfest and the Charles Addams art exhibit.

Jeff, Chris, Marc, and Jose created an Addams Family themed installation at Southampton Septemberfest and the Charles Addams art exhibit.

WEDDINGS AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Beautiful and decorative. Perfect for any fall occasion.

Want a unique proposal? Have us carve it into a pumpkin.

Need decorations for your Fall wedding tables? Table Numbers, Monograms, and more. Pumpkins are always a welcome sight at Fall weddings. Carved pumpkins don't have to be scary. Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, and Good Housekeeping all come to Maniac when they need elegant Fall themed pumpkins and more. Maniac Pumpkin Carvers specialize in lettering, decorative, and floral designs. Send us your Save The Date, invites, or other important graphics, and we can incorporate them into the designs. We will coordinate with your wedding planner or florist to ensure that everything is perfect for your special day.  

White pumpkins and heirloom varieties depend on local availability and are frequently more difficult to source. Contact us for pricing and availability.

She said yes! We love when our pumpkins help bring people together.

She said yes! We love when our pumpkins help bring people together.

Please note: many of our intricate designs require our electric lighting which needs to be plugged into an outlet. Please let us know in your request if there will be no access to outlets as we will have to plan designs accordingly. 

 
 
Patterned heart with names.

Patterned heart with names.

Extra Large pumpkin with NYC Skyline with foliage.

Extra Large pumpkin with NYC Skyline with foliage.

Corpse Bride with date and lettering for a festive Halloween wedding.

Corpse Bride with date and lettering for a festive Halloween wedding.

Falling leaves, large decorate pumpkin.

Falling leaves, large decorate pumpkin.

Jack and Sally.

Jack and Sally.

We can carve a limited number of proposal pumpkins large enough to hide a champagne bottle inside.with lighting element.

We can carve a limited number of proposal pumpkins large enough to hide a champagne bottle inside.with lighting element.

"Just Married" sugar pumpkin for wedding photos.

"Just Married" sugar pumpkin for wedding photos.

Large Proposal pumpkin, with added graphics.

Large Proposal pumpkin, with added graphics.

Gustav Klimt's The Kiss or other famous works of art can be a beautiful addition to your celebration.

Gustav Klimt's The Kiss or other famous works of art can be a beautiful addition to your celebration.

XL decorative floral pumpkin as seen in our Martha Stewart Living feature.

XL decorative floral pumpkin as seen in our Martha Stewart Living feature.

Bride and Groom Silhouettes. 

Bride and Groom Silhouettes. 

Also great for birth announcements,anniversaries, birthdays, bar mitzvas and more.

Extra Large pumpkins can be carved and cleaned for baby photo shoots. (Babies not included) 

Extra Large pumpkins can be carved and cleaned for baby photo shoots. (Babies not included) 

Large pumpkin with names and decorative floral art.

Large pumpkin with names and decorative floral art.

Large pumpkin with text and graphics.

Large pumpkin with text and graphics.

Medium pumpkin with text.

Medium pumpkin with text.

 

CARVING CLASSES

Learn to carve from the proS

 

Our artists are experienced teachers. They can help people of any skill level to elevate their craft. Beginners and professionals will both benefit from classes with Maniac Pumpkin Carvers.  You will have a blast learning all about pumpkin carving as we help you find new ways to unlock your creativity, and make your creations shine. We offer a limited number of classes each season, but can also be booked for private or group classes.

Pumpkin carving classes are a great idea for team building, corporate events, or an unforgettable party.

 
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JACK O' LANTERNS

A CLASSIC REIMAGINED

Nothing screams Halloween more than a classic carved Jack O' Lantern. Our new twists on the traditional Jack O' Lanterns make this old favorite seem new and fresh again.

Nothing screams Halloween more than a classic carved Jack O' Lantern. Our new twists on the traditional Jack O' Lanterns make this old favorite seem new and fresh again.

A display featuring over 100 Jack O Lanterns, carved for the Standard Hotel, NYC. CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, & LIVE EVENTS Our carvers can work on site (or in our workshop) to create an incredible display of classic Jack O' Lanterns for your event. We also offer Jack O' Lantern classes, workshops, and carving parties, so you and your group can get hands on pumpkin carving tips from a pro. Contact us for info!

A display featuring over 100 Jack O Lanterns, carved for the Standard Hotel, NYC.

CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, & LIVE EVENTS

Our carvers can work on site (or in our workshop) to create an incredible display of classic Jack O' Lanterns for your event. We also offer Jack O' Lantern classes, workshops, and carving parties, so you and your group can get hands on pumpkin carving tips from a pro. Contact us for info!

FUN AND ORIGINAL DESIGNS If you need one Jack O' Lantern or one hundred, our carvers can provide you with pumpkins that are sure to impress and add a fun classic Halloween vibe to any location. 

FUN AND ORIGINAL DESIGNS

If you need one Jack O' Lantern or one hundred, our carvers can provide you with pumpkins that are sure to impress and add a fun classic Halloween vibe to any location. 

We love classic designs of the past are always inspired by the iconic jack o lantern postcard illustrations from the early 1900s. 

We love classic designs of the past are always inspired by the iconic jack o lantern postcard illustrations from the early 1900s. 

A Halloween Tradition

Carving Jack O' Lanterns dates back to the old Celtic holiday, Samhain. For this precursor to Halloween, people would often carve scary looking turnips, lighting them up with candles, in order to ward off spirits. When the Irish came to America, they found that pumpkins being grown here were an even better medium to carve. They adapted the custom to utilize the beautiful pumpkins that were now available to them.

Long before social media, DMs, or text messages, people would send each other hand written messages on the backs of wonderfully illustrated postcards and many of these were in celebration of Halloween. These beautiful postcards dating back from the late 1800s through early 1900s, give us a glimpse into the past traditions of Halloween. Some of these original postcards still exist and are now highly sought after collectibles!

A whimsical Jack O' Lantern carved for an event.

A whimsical Jack O' Lantern carved for an event.

WORKS OF ART

The Maniac Artists Series

Dali's "Persistence of Memory", for the Museum Of Modern Art in 2015.

Dali's "Persistence of Memory", for the Museum Of Modern Art in 2015.

Halloween is a time when people frequently pay homage to pop culture influences, athletes, icons, and pop stars. At Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, we like to pay homage to our biggest influences as well. Each year since we started Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, we have reinterpreted several extremely detailed, famous works of art into pumpkins, as part of our Artists Series.

In 2014 we created the first ever gallery exhibition of pumpkin art at The Cotton Candy Machine gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Each of the 16 unbelievably detailed pumpkins was inspired by an artwork by a contemporary artist who shows at the gallery.

Our Artist Series has also been recognized by the Museum of Modern Art. Each year since 2011, we have reinterpreted a famous work on display at the museum from either the most current special exhibition or their permanent collection.

Artists series pieces are among the most labor intensive pieces that we produce, but the effort is well worth it. Contact us for availability, as pumpkins including this level of detail require additional lead time. 

A highlight of our season is carving a masterpiece for the Museum of Modern Art each year. We have also carved for the Queens Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, and many top agencies, galleries, and other businesses across all forms of media. Maniac Pumpkin Carvers has continually raised the bar with the Artists Series, elevating pumpkin carving from craft to art form. Have an idea and want to collaborate? Contact us!

Warhol's Mao for Peter Brandt/Interview Mag

Warhol's Mao for Peter Brandt/Interview Mag

Matisse at MoMa

Matisse at MoMa

Alfons Mucha

Alfons Mucha

Camilla D'errico

Camilla D'errico

Munch's Scream

Munch's Scream

Shepard Fairey/Obey

Shepard Fairey/Obey

Dima Drjuchin

Dima Drjuchin

Alex Pardee

Alex Pardee

Mark Ryden's Lincoln

Mark Ryden's Lincoln

Van Gogh's Starry Night for MoMA

Van Gogh's Starry Night for MoMA

Rene Magritte for MoMA

Rene Magritte for MoMA

Tara McPherson

Tara McPherson

"FINDING IMMORTALITY ONE PUMPKIN AT A TIME."

Chuck Palahniuk