Happy (early) Halloween!
I thought I’d sign off for the weekend with a picture of our only remaining halloween display – the pumpkins we carved during our trip to the farm with J’s brother, sister-in-law, and our niece and nephew. I’ve always carved a pumpkin for Halloween, and even though there are tons of pretty pictures of painted or otherwise glammed up pumpkins floating around on the web, I couldn’t do it. I had to stick with my elementary rendition of a jack-o-lantern, made possible by my lack of control with a carving knife.
The moral of the story is that I *heart* holiday traditions. Even if a third-grader could have done a better job.
We did learn a new carving trick this year, though: instead of making a hole at the top of the pumpkin, cut out the bottom of the pumpkin. It’s much easier to get the guts out, and you don’t have to worry about the pesky lid on your pumpkin rotting away and falling in. When it’s time to light the candle inside the pumpkin, simply life up your jack-o-lantern, light the candle, and put the pumpkin back down over it. (My pumpkin – on the right – was done using this method. Jason’s – on the left – was not).
(On a side note: remember that halloween candy-filled centerpiece? Ha! What a joke. I think it lasted a week.)
We’re planning on a low-key weekend. J will be watching the world series (he’s a huge Phillies fan), and I will likely be making photo Christmas cards for a few -ahem- clients, and writing a book chapter that I should have written a long time ago. And, if we’re lucky, and the weather is nice, we might even get to clean up some of the fall mess that is plaguing our yard. Thrilling, I know! 🙂
Hope you all have a spooky Halloween!