My Celeste Jack-O-Lanterns

by Matthew Thompson

Every year I carve a gaming-themed Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween. Sometimes this process goes swimmingly. And sometimes… it does not. Last night things did not go as planned. Audibles had to be called. But I set out to carve a pumpkin based on the wonderful game Celestewhich you should really play if you haven’t – and I accomplished that, so I’ll take it!

Celeste Pumpkin Carvings

What I ended up with was the above pair of Celeste-themed Jack-O-Lanterns. The left one is based on one of the character portraits of protagonist Madeline from the game’s dialogue boxes. On the right is one based on Celeste’s title screen logo. I have posted screenshots of both inspirations below.

Celeste MadelineCeleste Logo

While I had something a bit more ambitious in mind when I started, I’m still pretty happy with how these two carvings turned out. I hope you guys enjoy them as well. I have posted links to my Jack-O-Lanterns from previous years below for any new followers who may have missed them the first time around. As always, thanks for reading and checking out the pictures!

Yoshi

Tanooki Mario

Link and Tetra from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Ratchet & ClankSly Cooper and Jak and Daxter

Rayman and Koopa Troopa

Fringe (TV Show)

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