Pumpkin Carve-nival

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Strong Mad's excellent pumpkin

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 apperance): 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 Halloween 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, on Halloween. We see Homestar's shadow walking on the hills in the background. There are several pumpkins, including one on a table. We cut to Coach Z and Strong Sad, who are talking to each other. Homestar walks by in the back ground.}

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

STRONG SAD: {dressed as Vyvyan} I rarely know what you're talking about.

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

THE KING OF TOWN: {dressed as Mario} No! I'm a video game!

MARZIPAN: {dressed as Left Eye Lopes} 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 (dressed as A Ghost) and The Cheat (dressed as "Russel") stand around them. Homestar Runner walks by in the foreground, silhoutted.}

BUBS: {dressed as Captain Lou Albano} {snickers}

STRONG BAD: {dressed as a bee} 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: {dressed as Angus Young} 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 Cheat noises.}

{Homestar and The Cheat walk up to Strong Sad and his pumpkin, which is a sad looking carving of his face.}

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

STRONG SAD: I call it "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 pumpkin, which is actually a mostly finished pumpkin pie.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Alright 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: {Cheat noises.}

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 you friend here why come he didn't carve his pumpakin.

THE CHEAT: {Cheat noises}


{Strong Mad punches his pumpkin thrice. The view changes to see 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? Witch's 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: {dressed as a Sleestak} {hisses}

{If you click on The Poopsmith's pumpkin, 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: {cheat noises}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I know, me too. {turns to Homsar} What do you have to say for yourself little man?

HOMSAR: 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 falls to the ground}

HOMSAR: And also with you.

{They go to Pom Pom's pumpkin, a carving of a sexy woman laying back.}


POM POM: {dressed as The Kool Aid Man} {bubbles}

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

POM POM: {bubbles, annoyed}

{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 witch's brew or something?

MARZIPAN: Um, I don't know what that means. Anyway, I wrote a song about it. {singing} I left it on the vine, I left it on the line, I mean, I left it on the—

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

MARZIPAN: Homestar, I'm breaking up with you.

{They go to Strong Bad's pumpkin, which has been stabbed, wrapped in barb wire, and had googly eyes put on it.}

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 witch's 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, 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 rip cord, spark plugs, and exhaust pipes shoved in it.}


BUBS: Hey, Homestar.


BUBS: Not a whole lot.


BUBS: That's just my pumpkin.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Cool. Does it do anything?

BUBS: Oh yeah. Check this out.

{He pulls the rip cord causing a motor to start and flames to come out of the exhaust. This makes The Cheat start screaming and run 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: {singing} I feel so fine, I feel so elated, I feel so fine, I feel so elated!

{Cut back to Homestar.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, I guess that's everybody. Thanks for your help The Cheat. {The Cheat is still scared and hanging onto Homestar's legs.} You all did great. Hope to see you again next year!

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

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

{Strong Bad busts out of Homestar's head.}

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 here?

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: Well, wait a minute, then who's that Strong Bad over there?

{The other Strong Bad in the bee costume appears to be dissapointed and puts a hand on his head, but he splits 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 at the beginning of the toon.
  • If you click on The Poopsmith's pumpkin you unlock Homsar, who is dressed as Ghost Dog.
  • 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: Mmmhmm?
HOMESTAR RUNNER: I have a really important question I want to ask you about your costume. Are you supposed to be dressed up as some kind of a witches' brew?
THE CHEAT: {turns away, make a dismissive hand gesture} Meh, meh...
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Wait, wait, I have 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


  • When Homestar is judging the King of Town's pumpkin (pie), he asks the Cheat what he thinks. The phrase the Cheat uses to answer it appears on the cheat talk. He says, "The King of Town is so lame."
  • This appears to be the only toon in which The Poopsmith has made any vocal sound (besides different town). 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.


  • 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 The 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 impossible to make, because of the "floating" piece of pumpkin between the girl's legs.
    • It isn't "impossible". It might be held there by a stick stuck through the other side, or some other elaborate method.
  • This is one of the only, maybe THE only appearance of Homestar in Legwear!


  • Mazipan's "Left Eye" actually changes sides a couple of times.

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.

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 back in the day.
  • 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 the Episcopal and Catholic 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.

Fast Forward

  • Homsar's "Pumpkin" later joins Marzipan's vegetable chorus in an easter egg in the 2004 Halloween toon: Halloween Fairstival.

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