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Adventures in pumpkin carving

October 30, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
It’s been awhile since we’ve done anything with real pumpkins at our house for Halloween. As the years passed and my kids got older, the desire to carve pumpkins waned and the only time pumpkins were bought were for deer feed.

I ended up getting a fake carved pumpkin that lights up when I plug it in. That became my only pumpkin decoration for Halloween each year.

Now with a two-year-old around, her dad bought her three large pumpkins this year to decorate for Halloween. I got into the spirit of things and bought a kit where you can make a witch with Mrs. Potato Head pieces. You just have to make a hole with a knife and push the pieces in where you want them and you have your own pumpkin witch.

That was the first pumpkin that Maddy did with her dad and had fun taking out the hand with a witches broom several times. The next day, the more serious carving was done on the remaining pumpkins with my husband getting into the act and coming up with a drawing of how the pumpkin would look. He got the OK from Maddy and started to cut it out. She preceded to take the drawing and color it for me and it’s hanging on my refrigerator.

She also got into the act with her dad of cleaning out the pumpkin guts. She wasn’t squeamish at all about digging it out and the pumpkin was so big, she got into it — almost putting her head all the way in the pumpkin.

Then there were the small candles that she and her dad bought to put in the pumpkins. She spent a lot of time smelling the different scents and deciding which one went with what pumpkin. And she was so excited when they were done and lit up — it certainly brings back a lot of memories of my sons carving and painting pumpkins over the years. Most of these memories of pumpkins and Halloween costumes I captured on film and I did the same with this year’s pumpkin carving with Maddy.

And thanks to Maddy, I also have monsters, fall leaves and ghosts on my front window. Pulling out a step stool, she has rearranged her masterpieces of window clings several times already.

All in all, I’d have to say that Halloween came back to my house this year with Maddy’s decorating and adventures in pumpkin carving.


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