Pumpkin Carving Isn’t Just for Kids

I think as I get older, pumpkin carving gets better. There is something so satisfying in looking at a bright orange pumpkin Our witch and spooky claw pumpkin carvingsand weighing the possibilities. Short fat pumpkins always seem to lend to a comical facial appearance while the taller pumpkins make good ghosts and black cats. Witches, monsters, ghouls, and creepy creatures take shape on the not-so-uniform. As a child, I had to find the “perfect” pumpkin. Perfect in shape, size, and no blemishes. Now, some funky texture adds “warts” to a witch’s face, or “scars” to Frankenstein’s brow.

This year was no exception, though I feel we outdid ourselves in the design department. We usually try to be more creative than two eyes, a nose, and mouth, but this year we went all out. The whole process took us almost two hours, including some pensive brainstorming.

My sister carving her pumpkin

My sister and I always try and get together for Halloween. Some years we go to the local parade, others we bake spooky cookies and dine on “deviled” eggs. No matter what happens on our Halloween weekend we always make room for carving pumpkins.

Our black cat Lizzy checking out our witch pumpkin

Our black cat Lizzy checking out our witch pumpkin

Going ghoulish this year, our pumpkins glow with a certain spooktacular light.

Our carved pumpkinsWitch with spidersThe claw


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