Halloween Pumpkin

A shopping centre in Glasgow wanted to install a Halloween photo-opportunity for their customers and as it was Halloween, the obvious choice was a giant pumpkin that members of the public could get inside and have a photo taken of them peering out of the cut-out eyes and nose.

We began by sculpting the pumpkin in polystyrene. 

We had to make sure that the cut-out nose and mouth were positioned in such a way that adults and children alike could look out of them without the height differences affecting the look of the pumpkin face.

Once the shape was sculpted, we added tin foil prior to hard-coating with fibreglass.

The pumpkin with its fibreglass hard-coat, ready to be sanded to a smooth finish.

Outside in the bright sun, sanded and ready to be primed and painted.

As it was hollow and also had to be a particularly narrow depth to allow it to fit through some tight spots before gaining access to its final position, we had to make sure it was balanced just right so that it wouldn’t topple and cause injury to the many members of public using it.

To make sure that the pumpkin prop was balanced we had to add weight to its lower section and build an integral base which counter-balanced the weight.

The prop arrived a day early as requested by our client and looked great, and, most importantly, it fit through the tight spots and was balanced and safe to use by members of the public.

What our client said about the pumpkin:


“Just back from taking delivery of the pumpkin, it arrived today at lunchtime, glad we booked it with 1 day in hand! Many thanks again, I’ll send a photo when it is in situ! Ian is really impressed with how it was packaged by the way!”

Philippa Porritt Red-I design & Display ltd