After an emotionally-charged post like that, it’s time for some fun!
I’m really not sure who came up with “Jack-o-Lantern” because my pumpkin this year does not look like a Jack at all.
You may remember our ‘ohana trip to Kula Country Farm’s pumpkin patch last weekend. I’m super excited to show you the final product :).
There was a huge selection of pumpkins in Kula when we went. We all had different ideas of the “perfect” pumpkin. Mom’s was small and oblong so that she could carve a fun face, Ben wanted the pumpkin that was most symmetrical–regardless of size, and I just wanted a pumpkin that seemed happy, haha. Zak (our best friend who has become a brother) wasn’t there, so Ben chose one for him.
I must have wandered around that huge patch for ten minutes before my pumpkin found me 🙂 Everyone’s pumpkin was a different size and shape, which I really love.
The pumpkins sat patiently all week until we had a chance to carve them this weekend. This was the first pumpkin I’ve carved in years, and I don’t know if it’s my adult strength or genetically modified pumpkins, but I swear it was so much easier than I remember it being. I don’t remember them having so few seeds, either.
I wanted mine to include all the shapes, so I made what turned out to be a winking girly pumpkin (the eyelashes were a last-minute addition because it looked kind of strange without them).
Since Zak worked during the day, we had two pumpkin photo shoots: the first when Mom, Ben and I carved ours and the second after Z came up to play.
[Mom’s awesome pumpkin. He’s Japanese, can you tell? 😉 ]
[Mom’s, Ben’s, Haley’s]
[Zak’s pumpkin actually looks spooky]
[Mine glowed (glew? glued?) so bright we pondered what types of pesticides would cause such a thing…]
We ate our roasted pumpkin seeds and made mom send us a picture of her pumpkin from home:
Ben and I have a hard time at Halloween because we don’t encourage children eating a crap-ton (yes, that’s an actual measurement) of sugar, but we like watching all the kids come by with their outfits. Since kids aren’t allowed to eat home-made treats, that means healthy creations are out of the picture, too. Hopefully this year the pumpkins will take away some of the disappointment of getting non-candy treats from us (they’ll have an entire pillowcase-full anyway).
Happy [Almost] Halloween!
Do you celebrate Halloween? What do you typically give to the kids?