Carve a professional-looking pumpkin this Halloween

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Carved pumpkin photo from 9NEWS viewer Stephanie Zwick


Barry Brown is a professional pumpkin carver. His carvings have been featured in magazines and on televisions shows like People Magazine, The Today Show. This year, he will be featured at Pumpkin Palooza, right here in Denver.

His intricate carvings aren't your typical ghost or witch pumpkin carving, but portraits of celebrities and other well known figures; although Brown says he can carve just about anything or anyone including 9News Reporter Brooke Thacker's face.

"I used to live in Erie, Colorado in the middle of a bunch of pumpkin patches. We carved pumpkins every year and when I was 10 [years-old], I got my very own pumpkin and that was very important to me when I was a kid. I could finally do my own thing... and it was mine and I really appreciated that," Brown said.

Brown often refers to himself as the Dr. Frankenstein for the "secret sauces" that he makes to help preserve pumpkins, and make them live longer. He says all you have to do is dunk the entire carved pumpkin in the solution and it is sure to last the entire Halloween season.

"Here is a magic trick, open the pumpkin from the bottom and not from the top. Also, put the pumpkin on a plate before you set it on concrete. When you set it on concrete draws the water out of the pumpkin and it doesn't last as long. And that's the whole idea is to make it last as long as you can," he said.

But not all of the pumpkins he carves are real. "Some are called 'funkins' and they are carvable foam pumpkins. And since I like to carve elaborate pumpkins and it's kind of a shame when they go away at the end of Halloween," he said.

You can catch Barry brown at the Pumpkin Palooza on October 30 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Sanctuary Downtown. The event will include pumpkin carving, Trick-or-Treating, photo's, kids game. Remember to bring your own carved out pumpkin and carving kit. Winners will be announced at the end of the event.

For more information, click on the link below.

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