Pumpkin carved into a Death Star
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Halloween artist carves pumpkins into the Death Star

28 October 2013 Last updated at 00:48 GMT

It's the week running up to Halloween and parents across the US are attempting to carve intricate shapes out of the side of pumpkins - usually with limited artistic success.

That is certainly not the case at Noel Dickover's dinner table in suburban Virginia.

The father-of-two is a master pumpkin carver who creates hundreds of intricate designs of monsters, fantasy characters, and even the Death Star from Star Wars - check out his tutorial if you're in need of tips.

The BBC spent an evening watching orange vegetables being turned into illuminated art.

Produced by Ashley Semler and Franz Strasser; edited by Jonie Mazer Field

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