Pumpkin Carve-nival

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Homestar Runner throws another Halloween party, this time where everyone carves pumpkins which get judged. Of course, when Homestar judges them, anything can happen.

Cast (in order of appearance): Coach Z, Strong Sad, The King of Town, Marzipan, Bubs, Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, The Cheat, Strong Mad, The Poopsmith, Homsar (Easter egg), Pom Pom, The Goblin, Marshie (Easter egg)

See Pumpkin Carve-nival Costumes for more information on what everyone was wearing.

Places: Spooky Forest

Date: October 29, 2002

Running Time: 5:32

Page Title: A Pumpakin Carve-nival



{We begin at nighttime. In the foreground are several pumpkins, including one on a table. Homestar's silhouette walks across the hills in the background. Cut to Coach Z and Strong Sad, who are talking to each other. Homestar walks by in the background.}

COACH Z: I mean the first one was great. After the second one, they really fell orf. I mean, a pajama jammie-jam?

STRONG SAD: I rarely know what you're talking about.

{Cut to Marzipan and The King of Town, who are also talking to each other. Homestar walks past in the foreground, silhouetted.}

THE KING OF TOWN: No! I'm a video game!

MARZIPAN: I don't play video games, so I wouldn't know.

{Cut to Bubs and Strong Bad, who are talking to each other as well. Strong Mad and The Cheat stand around them. Homestar Runner walks by in the foreground, silhouetted.}

BUBS: {snickers}

STRONG BAD: What?! What are you laughing at?!

BUBS: Oh, nothin'. You look great. {snicker}

STRONG BAD: Course I look great! I'm da bee.

{Homestar Runner stops in front of a banner that reads "Homestar's Pumpkin Carve-nival"}

BUBS: {faded, offscreen} In actuality, I don't think he looks that great.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: OK, everyone. Thanks for comin' to my party, you all look great, blah, blah, blah. {leans in} It's time for the judging of the pumpkiiiins! Pchew! Pchew! Wchew! That was... the lightning... The Cheat, would you mind assisting me?

THE CHEAT: {affirmative The Cheat noises.}

{Homestar and The Cheat walk up to Strong Sad and his pumpkin, which bears a striking resemblance to his own head.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Okay, contestant number one, your name is— {curiously} Strong.. Sad? Oh. Anyways, please explain your pumpkin.

STRONG SAD: I call it {close on pumpkin} "Self Portrait in Late October".

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I call it last place. Ding! {As Homestar says "ding!", a "LAST" ribbon appears on Strong Sad's pumpkin.} Next contestant!

STRONG SAD: I'm doomed.

{They walk up to The King of Town and his exhibit, a pie dish with one slice of pumpkin pie and some crumbs remaining.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: All right Mr. Of Town. Just what is going on over here?

THE KING OF TOWN: Well, I was at home...


THE KING OF TOWN: With the pumpkin...


THE KING OF TOWN: It was looking...


THE KING OF TOWN: Particularly luscious...

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Yeah, that's gross.

THE KING OF TOWN: And then...


THE KING OF TOWN: The next thing I know it was a...


THE KING OF TOWN: A pie and then...

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I see, go on.

THE KING OF TOWN: The next thing I know it was...


THE KING OF TOWN: Oh, the pie was gone and...

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Right, right.


HOMESTAR RUNNER: Whadaya think, The Cheat?

THE CHEAT: {says "The King of Town is so lame" in The Cheat}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I concur. Worst place! Ding! {A "WORST" ribbon appears.}

THE KING OF TOWN: Sorry, King, but our princess is in another castle...

{They walk up to Strong Mad and his pumpkin, which hasn't been carved.}


HOMESTAR RUNNER: All right. This guy's tall. Hey The Cheat, ask your friend here why come he didn't carve his pumpakin.

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}


{Strong Mad punches his pumpkin three times. Cut to close of the pumpkin from Strong Mad's angle.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Now that's talent! Good prize! {A "ding!" noise is heard, although Homestar doesn't say it. A "GOOD" ribbon appears.}

STRONG MAD: {surprised} Gah?

{They go to Coach Z's pumpkin, which has a W carved into it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Alright coach, whadaya got for me?

COACH Z: Check it out, yo!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Cool, a W. What's that supposed to stand for? Witches' brew?

COACH Z: No, no, no, it stands for tha Wu-Tang!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Coach Z, are you a poser?

COACH Z: Nah, man, I'm down.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Down with second to last place. {sarcastically} Ding. {A "2nd to LAST" ribbon appears.}

{They go to The Poopsmith's pumpkin, which is rotting, brown, and sunken in.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {whispers} Just keep walking The Cheat.

THE POOPSMITH: {bares his teeth and hisses}

{They go to Pom Pom's pumpkin, a silhouette carving of a buxom woman in profile.}


POM POM: {bubbles}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: What's up my main man? My dog! My ace in tha hole! 2nd place. {A "2nd" ribbon appears with a "ding" sound effect.}

POM POM: {lowers eyelids, bubbles}

{They go to Marzipan's pumpkin, which is uncarved and still on the vine.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Whatcha got here, Marzipan?

MARZIPAN: I didn't want to kill mine, so I just left it on the vine.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: What for? So you could, like, use it in a witches' brew or something?

MARZIPAN: Um, I don't know what that means. Anyway, I wrote a song about it. {singing, to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell"} I left it on the vine, I left it on the line, I mean, I left it on—

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Not necessary! Last place! Ding! {A "LAST" ribbon appears.}

MARZIPAN: {fading into the background} Homestar, I'm breaking up with you.

{They go to Strong Bad's pumpkin, which has multiple stab marks, a protruding butcher's knife, three turns of barbed wire, and nine craft-type "googly" eyes.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey Strong Bad. So, um, are you supposed to be the Green Hornet?

STRONG BAD: What?! No!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, right, right, you're supposed to be the um, the witches' brew.

STRONG BAD: No! I'm the bee! Like, from nature.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, great. So what's up with your pumpkin?

STRONG BAD: Well, {close on the pumpkin} I stabbed it a bunch and then wrapped it in barb wire, and then I felt sorry for it so, um, I gave it some googly eyes.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: That sure was nice of you. You get most improved. Ding! {A "MOST IMPROVED" ribbon appears.}

{They go to Bubs' pumpkin, which has had a starter cord, two backwards spark plugs, and exhaust pipes protruding from it.}


BUBS: Hey, Homestar. {an owl hoots in the background}


BUBS: Not a whole lot.


BUBS: This is my pumpkin. {wolves are heard in the distance}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Cool. Does it do anything?

BUBS: Oh yeah. Check this out.

{He pulls the cord three times. The sound of an engine starting is heard and the pumpkin contorts several times. It leaps off the table and flames come out of the exhaust. The Cheat's eyes widen in fear and he screams. The engine sputters out and the pumpkin falls back into place, but The Cheat continues screaming and runs off.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Whoa. Looks like you scared The Cheat.

BUBS: Yeah, I guess I did.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Not last place. {A "NOT LAST" ribbon appears with a "ding!" sound effect.}

BUBS: {rhythmically, extending his arms and bobbing his head from side to side} I feel so fine, I feel so elated, I feel so fine, I feel so elated!

{Cut to close on Homestar.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, I guess that's everybody. Thanks for your help, The Cheat.

{The Cheat is clinging to Homestar's ankles, his eyes still wide and twitching.}

THE CHEAT: {panicked The Cheat noises}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: You all did great. Hope to see you again next year! {music stops with the sound of a record scratching}

MARZIPAN: Well, who won? I think that your rating system is questionable.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, right, right, a winner and such. Well...

{Homestar's head flies off as Strong Bad's head bursts from Homestar's torso.}

STRONG BAD: I won! Ding!

BUBS: What the—?

COACH Z: What's goin' on here?

{The real Homestar walks up.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Yeah, what's going on?

BUBS: Huh?!

STRONG BAD: Oh man, you guys are so stupid. You thought I dressed up as the bee? This is the best costume ever!

MARZIPAN: Now wait a minute. Then who's that Strong Bad over there?

{The other Strong Bad in the bee costume puts a hand on his head, but he unzips in half to reveal The Goblin. They all gasp.}

BUBS: It's that goblin!

{The Goblin's organ music plays and he does his dance.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ohhhh! That explains everything. Ding!

{A "THE END" ribbon appears on the screen.}

Easter Eggs

  • While loading, you can change the features on the pumpkin. They will stay the way you changed them when the toon starts.
  • If you click on The Poopsmith's pumpkin, you unlock the following scene, which will be inserted between The Poopsmith's and Pom Pom's:
    {Homestar and The Cheat walk up to Homsar, whose "pumpkin" is an eggplant with a spoon taped to it.}
    HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh brother. What do you make of this guy, The Cheat?
    THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}
    HOMESTAR RUNNER: I know, me too. {turns to Homsar} What do you have to say for yourself, little man?
    HOMSAR: {unusually dejected voice} I'm the ghost of Christmas past.
    HOMESTAR RUNNER: Wow. You set a new standard for last place. You don't get a ding. {A "LAST" ribbon floats to the ground}
    HOMSAR: And also with you.
  • At the end, click on Homestar (the REAL one) to have him talk to The Cheat.
    HOMESTAR RUNNER: Psst! Um, hey The Cheat—
    THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noise equivalent to "Hm?"}
    HOMESTAR RUNNER: I had a really important question I want to ask you {whispers} about your costume. {back to a low speaking voice} Are you supposed to be dressed up as some kind of a witches' brew?
    THE CHEAT: {turns away, make a dismissive hand gesture and The Cheat noise}
    HOMESTAR RUNNER: Wait, wait, I had another question I wanted to ask you. It's not about witches' brew. Okay, it's about witches' brew, but just hear me out.
  • At the end, click on The King of Town to play Super Kingio Brothers.
  • At the end, click on the moon to make a ghost-like Marshie appear and say his signature line, "Made from the best stuff", in a freakishly demonic voice.

Fun Facts

Contestant Places

These are the places each contestant ended up with (in order).

  • Strong Sad: Last
  • King of Town: Worst
  • Strong Mad: Good
  • Coach Z: 2nd to Last
  • Poopsmith: N/A
  • Homsar: Last (No Ding)
  • Pom-Pom: 2nd
  • Marzipan: Last
  • Strong Bad: Most Improved
  • Bubs: Not Last


  • This appears to be the only toon in which The Poopsmith has made any vocal sound (besides different town and highschool). One might wonder if this violated his vow of silence or was produced by electronics.
  • While the cartoon is fading out (to the costume section) Homestar tries to keep track of the screen by moving his head under the "The End" sign, an instance of Homestar Peeking.


  • To answer Marzipan's question, by Strong Bad's rating system, either Strong Mad (good prize), Bubs (not last place), or The Goblin as Strong Bad as Da Bee (most improved) should have won. Everyone else got worst, last, 2nd or 2nd-to-last, none of which could be 1st.
  • When Strong Bad pops out of his Homestar costume, he is wearing his Da Bee shirt.
  • Pom Pom's pumpkin is actually very difficult to make, because of the "floating" piece of pumpkin between the girl's legs. Though it might be held there by a stick stuck through the other side, or some other elaborate method.
  • In Bubs' pumpkin, the spark plugs are facing backwards.


  • Marzipan's "Left Eye" actually changes sides a couple of times.
  • Strong Bad wasn't really dressed as The Bee, but after he pops out of the Homestar costume, a yellow garment is visible, similar to the apparel of The Bee.

Inside References

  • The blue ribbons, as well as the way they instantly pop into existence, is a reference to "Isle of Pom." In one scene, a ribbon reading "FIRST" appears on Pom-Pom's chest.
  • Pom Pom's pumpkin carving is very similar to "The Ladies" icon on his Pom Pilot in the bird.
  • Homestar walking on the hills at the beginning may be a reference to Old Intro 2.
  • Strong Bad dressing as Homestar and The Goblin dressing as Strong Bad makes this an instance of Twin Characters.
  • This is another instance of Homestar Peeking

Real-World References

  • Captain Lou Albano (whom Bubs dressed as) played Mario (whom The King of Town dressed as) in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show!.
  • Strong Sad is dressed as Vyvyan, a character from "The Young Ones," a British sitcom about four college students. Vyvyan was a loud, violent, insane punk rocker, something that Strong Sad definitely isn't.
  • After Homestar judges the KoT's pumpkin, the disappointed king says, "Sorry, King, but our princess is in another castle..." This is a reference to the Super Mario Brothers game. At the end of the fourth level of each world (World 1-4 to 7-4), Toad says, "Thank you, Mario! But our princess is in another castle!".
  • Coach Z's pumpkin is carved with the symbol for the Wu-Tang Clan, a popular rap group that started up in 1991–1992. Of course, Homestar (or rather, Strong Bad dressed as Homestar) mistakes this symbol for Witches' Brew, thereby touching off a score of future brew-related inside jokes.
  • Homsar's response to getting last place, "And also with you," is from Catholic and some Protestant church services. It is the usual response from the congregation after the priest says, "The Lord be with you."
  • The Green Hornet, as Strong Bad was wrongly accused of being, was the crime-fighting vigilante hero of a '30s era radio drama by the creator of the Lone Ranger. It spawned several serials during the '40s and in the '60s spawned a cult hit TV show remembered mainly for its casting of Bruce Lee as the Hornet's trusty sidekick, Kato.
  • Marzipan dressing up as Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes was a tribute to the TLC group member who had died in a car wreck earlier in 2002.
  • The "Pajama Jammie-Jam" that Coach Z is talking about at the beginning of the toon is a reference to the movie House Party 2. The tagline of the movie was "The Pajama Jam." Coach Z is dressed as Kid from the movie.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Past is a character in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Fast Forward

  • Homestar dresses up as Angus Young from AC/DC. Two days after this cartoon, Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 7.0 was released. In an Easter egg, Homestar tries to sing "Back in Black" and mentions at the end, "I just like that guy's little schoolboy outfit."
  • On the "Learn to speak The Cheat" record in the Strong Bad Email cheat talk, one of the phrases is "The King of Town is so lame." The Cheat uses this phrase here when asked what he thinks of the King of Town.
  • Bubs' movement as he says "I feel so fine! I feel so elated!" is extremely similar to his "Checkitout!" dance in Lookin at a Thing in a Bag.
  • Homsar's "Pumpkin" joins Marzipan's vegetable chorus in an Easter egg in the 2004 Halloween toon: Halloween Fairstival.
  • The Poopsmith appears in the foreground in the short TrogdorCon '97 in his Sleestak costume.
  • A reference to this toon is made in Main Page 19: When you roll over Toons, Homestar says "Contestant number one, your name is—Toons?" In this cartoon Strong Bad (dressed as Homestar) introduces Strong Sad the same way.
  • Besides Pom Pom, Homestar identifies Strong Bad as "his dog" in Biz Cas Fri 1, and, evidently, Bubs in A Folky Tale.

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