Official Grump-O-Lantern Meets its Match

Official Grump-O-Lantern Meets its Match

Ray Villafane poses with Grumpy Cat and his Grump-O-Lantern

It's that time of year again when all things spooky and freaky come out to play and show off for the normal of the world. This is the time of year when the normal can stop acting and be themselves. It's also the time of year for Jack-O-Lanterns, and in this case, a Grump-O-Lantern. Yep, a Grumpy Cat Jack-O-Lantern has made its way into the dark and misty world of Halloween. And Grumpy Cat met her doppleganger face to face last week in Arizona, when sculptor Ray Villafane created this spooky likeness of the famous cat with the permanently grumpy look. All this took place at PetSmart in Phoenix, AZ as a promotion for Friskies cat food to jump start the Halloween season.


Official Grump-O-Lantern Meets its Match


Grumpy Cat and Friskies' Sculptor Ray Villafane meet and present the Grump-O-Lantern

Rick Scuteri/AP Images for Friskies/PetSmart Halloween Promotion

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Official Grump-O-Lantern Meets its Match


Grumpy Cat and his Doppleganger

Rick Scuteri/AP Images for Friskies/PetSmart Halloween Promotion



Modeled after Grumpy Cat's famous mug, Friskies and Villafane created its own likeness of the puss for promotions. A stencil of the design was used to create this amazing Grump-O-Lantern design. The whole set up was brought to Grumpy Cat's hometown, where the two met puss to puss.

“Sculpting distinctive pieces is a serious passion of mine that has allowed me to meet many fascinating people and celebrities over the years, but I haven’t come across anyone as furry and grumpy as Grumpy Cat!” said Ray Villafane. “Teaming up with Friskies and PetSmart to bring the Grump-O-Lantern to life with my own personal touch using the exclusive stencil has been such a fun experience for me. What’s great about this stencil is that you don’t have to be a skilled sculptor to create a Grump-O-Lantern that will impress all the neighbors.”

You can even create your own Grump-O-Lantern by downloading the stencil at www.petsmart.com/friskies.

“Pumpkin carving is a tradition in many households so we are thrilled to partner with PetSmart to bring the Grump-O-Lantern stencil to homes everywhere this Halloween season,” said Jason Vita, Senior Manager Shopper Marketing for Nestlé Purina PetCare. “We hope everyone enjoys this unique stencil experience and we are anxious to see all the Grumpy Cat pumpkin creations on social media.”