Simple Things Sunday: Halloween is Here!

When I was a kid, I remember being so excited about Halloween.  I mean, what kid wouldn’t be excited about the prospect of taking candy from strangers?  LOL  It was the one day of the year when we could eat candy until we were sick.  As it is with school, the holidays always start a little early, and Wednesday was their big Halloween party.
Addison was a GoGo girl…

And the boy was a fireman…

After school, we came home to start my favorite part of Halloween…pumpkin carving!

These guys were pretty huge, with the exception of Cullen’s relatively small (at least in comparison) pumpkin.  We always go to Carrigan Farms for their hayride, and since the pumpkins are included in the price, I go big.  Sometime HUGE.  The one in the back with the twirly stem, that one was 37 inches around.  The other two were much larger!

A big pumpkin calls for a big knife!  This is my ginormous bread knife.  It was actually perfect for cutting open the tops on these guys.  I went ahead and did this part while the kids were at school.  I figured it was safer that way.  The thought of my children, together, in a room with a knife that large… I really don’t think they’d come out without injuries.

Look how thick the flesh was on these guys! 

Addison obviously enjoyed sticking her hands in the pumpkin goo.  Cleaning them out is her favorite part!

Cullen obviously did not enjoy this part, telling me it was yucky and that it scared him, so he retired to the family room for a little Yo Gabba Gabba or something like that while we finished carving.

Three pumpkins (we didn’t carve the biggest one) left us with a huge pile of pumpkin goo and seeds… LOVE the seeds!  I never had pumpkin seeds growing up, but now that I’ve had them, I make sure to roast at least part of them every year.  This year, I split my haul into two batch and made a savory batch and and a spicy batch.

Addison decided that she wanted to draw her own design for her pumpkin, so we grabbed a pen and a piece of copy paper and ended up with this…

After explaining that the nostrils and pupils probably weren’t happening, we used the tools from our pumpkin carving kit to lay out the outline and set to carving.  She helped, but I did most of the grunt work.

Since Cullen wasn’t interested, he got a basic jack-o-lantern face for his pumpkin.  He later decided that he liked it and even gave it a kiss!

After dark, we headed outside to light our carved pumpkins…  I think they turned out pretty well!

What’s your favorite part of Halloween?  Is it the candy, the costumes, the pumpkins???

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5 Responses to Simple Things Sunday: Halloween is Here!

  1. Grandma Deal says:

    Such cute children and awesome pumpkins. Great job on the carving. My favorite part of Halloween these days is handing out the candy to the Trick-or-Treaters.

  2. Sheri says:

    I loved every part of this post! The kids costumes are fantastic! Love Addison’s boots! She rocked!

  3. Ellie A. says:

    Oh what a wonderful post I so loved it. For me I just love seeing the happy faces on my kids face & hearing the giggles after they have gotten their candy.

  4. Jamie says:

    looks like fun… we carved pumpkins tonight!

  5. mary says:

    LOVE the costumes, especially the purple wig.

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