ABOUT US

MANIAC PUMPKIN CARVERS BASED IN BROOKLYN NYC

 

"The Pumpkin Carvers" for The New Yorker, by Sky Dylan Robbins and Nate Leavey

MANIAC PUMPKIN CARVERS HAS ELEVATED PUMPKIN CARVING FROM CRAFT TO ART FORM.

Maniac Pumpkins are made from locally grown, REAL pumpkins. Throughout each step of the creation process, our carvers take the utmost care to ensure the highest quality products. From selecting the perfect pumpkins for carving, to the level of skill and expertise that goes into each sculpture,  your pumpkin is sure to be a one of a kind hit. We pretreat each pumpkin with an all natural solution, and carve within 24 hours of delivery to ensure that your pumpkin arrives fresh--giving you more time to display your masterpiece. Maniac Pumpkins are perishable, but with proper care, can last two weeks or longer.

MANIAC IS FOCUSED ON ADVANCING THE ART OF PUMPKIN CARVING, EXPLORING THIS EXCITING MEDIUM AND TAKING THE CLASSIC PASTIME TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL. THE NATURE OF PUMPKIN CARVING BRINGS YOU INTO THE MOMENT, CAPTIVATING YOUR SENSES. IT IS EPHEMERAL AND TEMPORARY AND ALL ABOUT THE NOW.

 

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers started out as a labor of love but quickly spiraled into something that is so much more. Founders, Marc Evan (@marcmaniac) and Chris Soria (@chrissoria), have been collaborating creatively for over 20 years, creating all manner of artistic wonders. The roots of Maniac go back to while Marc and Chris were still in high school. Each year they spent weeks transforming a section of the school into a series of successfully terrifying Haunted Houses. Later, while both studying at Parsons School of Design, the duo rekindled their love for Halloween by discovering a love for pumpkin carving. Experimenting and developing their own styles and techniques with a new art medium, Marc and Chris, began to push the boundaries of what had previously been achieved with pumpkin. Word of mouth spread about the carvings. And after a couple of very flattering stories in the press, bigger clients like the New York Yankees, Food Network and Martha Stewart began to request their services.  It was then, that Maniac Pumpkin Carvers was formed with the mission of creating the best pumpkin artwork available. What started in a basement apartment has now grown to a full creative studio, with a dedicated team of talented artists and pumpkin carvers. Each season we have been lucky to find increasingly awesome spaces to house our Brooklyn, pop-up studio, which we refer to as Maniac HQ. 

Maniac Pumpkins have been displayed at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, Yankee Stadium, and across all forms of media each Fall. Appearances include Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, The Kitchen, The Chew, Martha Stewart, Wired, Popular Mechanics, Yahoo News, CNN, and so many more. Each year they continue to elevate the art of pumpkin carving. Winner of Food Network's Halloween Wars, they have impressed viewers worldwide, with their carving skills and talents.

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers can be scheduled for press and media requests.  

 

Outside of the Fall season, Marc Evan and Chris Soria are fine artists and active muralists, with public art throughout NYC.

 

 

Marc Evan - @Marcmaniac            chris soria - @chrissoria

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our Artists

Chris Soria

Chris Soria

Marc Evan

Marc Evan

Adam Bierton 

Adam Bierton 

Jose de Jesus Rodriguez

Jose de Jesus Rodriguez

Ben Angotti

Ben Angotti

Adan Palermo Rojas

Adan Palermo Rojas

Danielle De Jesus

Danielle De Jesus

Mr. Prvrt

Mr. Prvrt

Lenny Calvin

Lenny Calvin

Jeff Henriquez

Jeff Henriquez

Monica Müller

Monica Müller

Iain Burke

Iain Burke

The Maniac Pumpkin Carvers team consists of many fantastic and multi-disciplinary artists. We all put blood, sweat, and tears into our work, as we consistently challenge ourselves to continue raising the bar for elaborate pumpkin art. We love what we do and think you will too!

OUR CLIENTS

You'll be in good company

 

Industry leaders, innovators, media giants, non profits and more. When they want to create unique promotions, unforgettable events, viral advertisements, or special gifts, they hire the best. We make it easy for you to create lasting impressions. Lets work together to make something special!

 

BMW USA

Carving BMW's i3 Hybrid for an electric campaign

Carving BMW's i3 Hybrid for an electric campaign

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Maniac at the MS headquarters carving for Martha Stewart Living

Maniac at the MS headquarters carving for Martha Stewart Living

Disneyland

Time-lapse still frame for Disneyland social media

Time-lapse still frame for Disneyland social media

 

So many ways Maniac Pumpkins can enhance your Fall outreach.

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS

CORPORATE GIFTS

LIVE EVENTS

TRADE SHOWS

BOARD MEETINGS

ADVERTISING

CONTESTS

BRANDING

LOGOS

MASCOTS

 

ARTWORK

PROPS

DECORATIONS

PHOTOGRAPHY

TIME LAPSE

 

Contact us to see how we can help you make an impact this Fall.

Please note: Our schedule for October fills quickly. Please plan ahead and book early to ensure that we get to work with you. Its never too early to start planning your next Halloween. Pumpkins are typically available Labor Day through Thanksgiving.

THE FARMS

Locally Grown Pumpkins

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers specializes in REAL pumpkins, sourced directly from local family farms. We strongly believe in supporting local agriculture and have had an ongoing relationship with New York City's famous GrowNYC Greenmarket, located in Union Square, since the inception of our company. Some of our favorite pumpkins growers are Sycamore Farms, in Middletown, NY, Van Houten Farms, in Orangeburg, NY, and Balsam Farms in Amagansett, NY. 

Please support your local family farms by shopping for all your harvest needs at local farmers markets, farm stands, and food co-ops.

We love our farms!

 
Farmer Kevin Smith and family, of Sycamore Farms, watching Adam Bierton carve on a beautiful day at the Sycamore Farm Stand. 

Farmer Kevin Smith and family, of Sycamore Farms, watching Adam Bierton carve on a beautiful day at the Sycamore Farm Stand. 

 
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Photos from Sycamore Farms by Wendy Lynn

THE GREENMARKET

The Union Square Greenmarket was one of the first venues to give us a chance when we started this crazy path. The Greenmarket farms and staff have been extremely supportive of us in so many ways. From helping us track down all of our odd requests for various pumpkins and gourds, to putting us in touch with the best farmers in town, and providing us with opportunities to share our work with thousands of NY residents and tourists. Doing various events with the Greenmarket year after year is always such a joy because it always feels like home. At no other event do you get as many people from as diverse a range of places, ages, and backgrounds as in Union Square. Its always exciting and you never know who will show up. We've caught Chef Emeril Lagasse, a Prince and Princess, and countless other fans of all ages checking out our Greenmarket demos. The Greenmarket has been putting NYC consumers directly in touch with the farmers who feed them for over 30 years. We are grateful for this amazing resource in our city. For more information on Grow NYC's mission, history, and programs for health, education, and sustainability visit GrowNYC.org  #letsgrownyc

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It is always a funny sight to see: a couple of Maniacs, piling pumpkins by the dozen into a taxi cab, as it holds the already congested traffic running alongside the Greenmarket.