They opted not to go to a pumpkin patch, saying a grocery store pumpkin was fine. They spend so much time playing in the woods I think the idea of a pumpkin patch is sort of boring to them. We really lucked out yesterday and showed up at the grocery store right when they were holding a Halloween event. The boys got to color a picture for a contest, take part in a cake walk, and "trick or treat" through the store. Fun!
Carving pumpkins has always been a tradition in my family. My mom used to take my sister and I to a local nursery to pick out pumpkins. We would then make the big decision of what to carve. This was before the day of kits and fancy tools. I remember free-hand drawing the Batman symbol one year and my sister cutting her finger on a kitchen knife while carving. Definitely a labor of love back in the "olden days." I can't talk about carving pumpkins without mentioning the year my best friend and I searched for a pumpkin on Halloween, the small college town she lived in not having any, and finally settling on carving a spaghetti squash. I don't think I have ever been a year without carving a pumpkin...or some sort of gourd!
This year was super easy as I bought a new kit with plenty of skinny carving tools, a little rotary puncher for the templates and a scoop.
I still had to use my artistic skills to make a Creeper template for E's pumpkin. If Minecraft is the cool game for boys right now, then my EZ is the king of cool. Levi opted for a spooky face, he says is a devil. Cool.
The whole process took less than an hour but we had such a great time. We danced to the Monster Mash and also listened to Thriller in it's entirety. Yep, it's still scary!
|My template for a Minecraft Creeper|
|Hard at work. Photo courtesy of Ezra.|
|Levi preferred playing with the guts.|
|Ezra taking a turn at carving.|