FARMINGTON — Ken Klinker has another crop of jack-o-lanterns ready for Halloween.
The pumpkins, carved with images ranging from spooky figures to pop-culture icons and university logos, will remain on display at Farmington City Hall Oct. 28 until 9 p.m. Then the collection, which often tops more than 150 pumpkins, will move to Klinker’s home. They’ll be on display there on Oct. 31 from dusk to midnight.
“I really enjoy carving the pumpkins, looking at them when they’re carved, and showing them to people,” he said. “It’s what motivates me to do this year after year.”
Klinker carves both real and foam pumpkins, and saves some of the foam pumpkins from previous years to use in the exhibit. He also carves several pumpkins new each year, finding patterns he likes on websites such as stoneykins.com and zombiepumpkins.com.
Among this year’s collection is a Lon Chaney Jr.-style werewolf, a witch’s hut, and a pirate skull with crossed swords. Previous year’s designs have included minions from the “Despicable Me” movies, football team logos, Anger from Pixar’s “Inside Out,” birds, Frankenstein’s monster and more.
“I look around on the Internet for designs I find interesting and I think other people would enjoy looking at,” he said.
Sometimes, however, he ventures out into a wider world of patterns. He said two of his favorite designs he carved this year, a ghost ship and an optical illusion, were from patterns meant for other mediums.
“I also look at scroll-saw patterns and paper-cutting designs,” he said. “If I like it, and it works on a pumpkin, I’ll use it.”
He’s also done some pumpkins that use silhouettes of classic Halloween figures such as witches, ghosts and zombies. Though they’re slightly less detailed than some of his other designs, he thinks they look good in the display.
“They’re fairly simple, but really effective,” he said. “I think people will enjoy them.”
Though Klinker normally also has them on display at Farmington City Hall on Halloween day, he decided to have them there all this week instead.
“I’m just going to take them to my house,” he said. “Otherwise, I have to have them at the office, then bring them home and set them all up again before trick-or-treaters arrive.”
Once the trick-or-treaters are done on Oct. 31, however, he hopes that the real pumpkins he’s carved end up going to good homes.
“I hope to have about 25-30 (real pumpkins) carved,” he said. “Starting about 10 p.m. or so, people can take them home if they want them.”
Farmington City Hall is located at 160 S. Main Street. Ken Klinker’s home is located at 1288 S. Cannon Drive (15 East). The city hall display will run later than usual on Oct. 28 so they can remain on display during the Miss Farmington Halloween event.
Videos of previous displays can be found online at Ken Klinker’s YouTube channel (which will pop up if you search “Ken Klinker – YouTube” on Google).