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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

10/28/09 Pumpkin Patch

Halloween is a big deal at our house. The house has been decorated for weeks, the front porch has been ablaze with lights nightly and the giant web is up in the two story foyer. We've got our electronic bats, spiders, and ghost ready to hang on the front porch, the black light ready to shine on the web, and the scary music CD's ready to blast out the window.

The neighborhood is rife with giggles as we 'Phantom Ghost' each others homes secretly leaving goodies on each other's porches. We finally got ghosted last night and DS2 is so excited to be able to ghost two new houses tonight with the plastic pumpkins we bought and filled with goodies.

We went to the pumpkin patch two weekends ago with our 'kids'…there's a huge orchard/pumpkin farm nearby and there are corn mazes, pony rides, cider making and all kinds of activities for the kids. We were laughing as rode the hayride out to the pumpkin patch this year…we were the only ones without a small child, but our 22 yo DD and 14 yo DS2 wouldn't have missed this for anything…my kids love family traditions. They picked their pumpkins, ran through the maze, and drank their cider just like every other year.

Every year we have pumpkin carving night. We each carve a pumpkin while we drink hot cider and I wash the seeds and toast them. I'm always looking for new pumpkin carving kits and ideas to inspire our work.

We've done this kit...kind of like the old-school light bright that works with colored pegs you hammer in. We've also used a regular houshold drill to make cool designs.

We've done lots of 'silhouette' ones like these...a cat against the moon, a spider, a skeleton, and lots of faces. They're easy if you buy or print a pattern online...you can carve right through the paper pattern as you go. You can also carve words (we've done "BOO" and "OSU" before).

Picking the right pumpkin so you can use the stem as part of the design is also something we've done...they make for a pretty interesting faces.

I'm looking for some easy clever ideas this year. Here are a few I found. Pi...

These masks add a nice touch...

Love this...

Clever food...

Cute, but not sure how it would play out at night...

Or if you're really good at carving...

I think I found my design. The PBing Pumpkin...it's just too fitting...

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