The Great Pumpkin..Happy Halloween

With Halloween being a week away, I thought I would post a little inspiration for some ‘Jack ‘O Lantern’ carving ideas.

Bur first a few facts about Halloween and where this tradition came from.

Who knew??

  • Trick or Treating evolved from an ancient Celtic tradition of putting our treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets during Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic Calendar year some 6000 years ago.
  • The first Jack o Lanterns were actually made of turnips
  • Halloween is the second grossing commercial holiday after Christmas
  • One quarter of all candy sold annually in the US is purchased for Halloween
  • The first known mention of Halloween Trick or Treating in North American was in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada

Truth be told, Halloween is really not one of my favorite holidays.  I hate being scared, really dislike scary movies or scary things and the candy thing really does not appeal to me. (Especially the nutritionist in me.) Oh I am sure as a kid I loved it, like all kids and I still celebrated the holiday with my kids.  I loved dressing them up but I tried to focus the holiday on other things like the decorations in the house and the halloween themed supper we would make.

Brains and eyeballs (spaghetti and meatballs), mummy smokies (smokies wrapped in dough), and I think I even did a skeleton with veggies and dip..(Yep, I was that mom).

The one thing, I did enjoy was the carving the pumpkins with the kids.  Well, again if we are telling the truth, carving the pumpkin was my husband’s thing to do with the kids.  He has all the artistic skill.

He always did 2, one for each of the kids.  They would come to him with an idea and no matter how off the wall it was, he figured it out.  The kids and I would do the ‘guts’ scooping and he would do the rest. His tip was; draw the design on the pumpkin first and then you would have something to cut around. He would also use a pin to poke through the lines which would allow him to cut the smaller detail. Oh and an exacto knife was his friend when he would make lines without cutting through the pumpkin.

I have to say, they always looked amazing.

And this was before Pinterest.

The Mummy and The Scary Scarred Pumpkin

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How about Dracula and the Grim Reaper?

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Even better in the dark!!

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Frankenstein was a good one.  But we had to look for the right shape of pumpkin first to accommodate the long face.

Being Goofy!! Googly eyes and Big Teeth 🙂

How about a little Rock ‘n Roll using KISS as some inspiration.

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Thank you for taking the time to walk through some of our Halloween memories and I hope this give you a bit on inspiration for your Jack o’ Lantern this year.

Happy Halloween!!

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