Starry Night Halloween

Marie Wise carves 'The Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh on her Halloween pumpkin
The Starry Night Halloween pumpkin!

Never underestimate the power of an artist to implement art-themed holiday decor!

In my case, a recent visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to see (among other inspiring paintings, sculptures and installations) Vincent Van Gogh’s classic and much commercialized painting The Starry Night.

It was everything we expected, and more; including the burly, lurking security guards! But seeing the brush strokes with my own eyes was totally worth the shoulder-shoulder contact with total strangers.

Come Halloween I was ready to carve my own Starry Night pumpkin. Mary helped. Allan contributed the wood carving tools. The Daily News provided counter-top protection. It was a lot of Art-o-ween fun!

Mary Carving

Marie Wise carves 'The Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh on her Halloween pumpkin

Installed on the Porch

Marie Wise carves 'The Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh on her Halloween pumpkin

The Finished Artwork

Marie Wise carves 'The Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh on her Halloween pumpkin

The Inspiration

The Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh


The Starry Night, oil on canvas by the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Painted in June, 1889, it depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealized village. It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941, acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. It is regarded as among Van Gogh’s finest works, and one of the most recognized monuments in the history of Western culture.