Before being a mum, we never really bothered to decorate our house, let alone carve pumpkins on Halloween. The only preparations we had was making sure we had enough sweets for the little “trick or treaters” in our village. But then of course, T came along. The first time, she was too young. But I did start decorating and carving, she just watched me.
But not on the second time around, she actually helped! And so pumpkin carving has been one of our little yearly traditions with my little girl.
I remember printing out a few stencils for the faces when I first did it. But nowadays, I just wing it. We still draw on it though, using simple triangles for the eyes and nose and just carving the biggest smile ever, because it’s the easiest! And besides, according to T, we don’t like scary pumpkins, although we admittedly made the husband’s pumpkin look grumpy. I have yet to find a non-grumpy historian. I think it’s part of their job description.
And here’s my little helper cleaning out the pumpkins. It’s messy and a bit icky, but my daughter loves it.
We bought our pumpkins last week, to think I though that was early. But apparently not, we couldn’t even find a decent one in the supermarket pile. All of them had dirty faces. My husband thought that once we’ve carved that part away, it will be alright. If only we had a pumpkin patch nearby, Instagram has been filled with lovely photographs from pumpkin patches. Perhaps next year!
After carving the faces, I tried to scrape the dirty bits away. I told T not to worry, once it’s dark and all lit up, the black bits won’t show.
I think I did manage to clean them up and can you spot the grumpy pumpkin?
Little T admiring our window display. No one will really see it though, apart from the farmer who lives down the road, since we live in a private road. Ever since moving away from our little village, there won’t be knocking on our door either. To go trick or treating, we have to drive back to our little village, where T will meet up with her friend and cause mayhem. You can read about what it’s like here. Hopefully it won’t be as mad this year as it was that year.
Does our house look spooky enough? I hope so.
What about you? …