A Silver Lake Halloween: Get out the saw, drill and steel rebar, it’s time to decorate the pumpkin

"The Giant Spider"/Photo courtesy Guy Vida

Anyone who lives near the Vidal home in Silver Lake knows that this family is not content to simply put a  carved jack-o-lantern on their door step. Instead,  interior designers Guy and Karen Vidal and their children, Ginger and Levi,  have become known for creating and carving “pumpkin sculptures”  that  turn heads and attract photo takers  to their home across the street from the Silver Lake reservoirs.

This year’s sculpture – titled ” The Giant Spider” – was inspired by seven-year-old Levi’s love for all things spiders, said Guy Vidal.  A pair of giant pumpkins make up the body; the pincers and feet are  made from gourds and squash and the legs are cut from steel rebar.  The big challenge, said Guy Vidal, is carving through the thick skin of the giant pumpkins.  Vidal uses a dry wall saw for that purpose.  “It carves through very  thick pumpkins very easily-like butter.”

Vidal has one more pumpkin carving pointer: spray the interior of the gourds with bleach and water to keep them from rotting out so quickly.  After a couple of hours of work on Sunday afternoon, “The Giant Spider” was finished and ready for Halloween.

Besides power tools and bleach, does Vidal have any other advice for ambitious pumpkin carvers?

“The rest is just using your imagination,” he said, “and hoping for good weather so it does not completely rot out before Halloween comes around.”

Photos courtesy Guy Vidal


  1. I saw this as I drove by……..very cool!

  2. They sure attract people ,do they even hand out candy..bright future ahead of them nice work …

  3. Such a treat for the eyes. Good job.

  4. One of the many perks of being their neighbor. Every year we look forward to what they will create and it is always amazing!

  5. Gourd-jous spider!

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