The night before Halloween, I stayed up late (probably too late) carving these two pumpkins we picked up earlier in the month.
In previous years, the seeds always got thrown away along with the rest of the stringy pumpkin guts, but this year I decided to save them to roast. There seem to be a million recipes on the internet for roasted pumpkin seeds, so I picked one at random… and then mostly ignored its instructions, but even in spite of that I think the pumpkin seeds turned out reasonably well when we roasted them earlier tonight. (Not that I have any idea what roasted pumpkin seeds are supposed to taste like due to never having had them before!)
Anyway! Back to the pumpkins. I know you can get pumpkin carving pattern books with designs for witches flying over the moon, and gravestones, and all kinds of other iconic Halloween imagery, but I’ve always liked carving faces. Good old fashioned facey Jack-o’-lanterns. For this year I wanted the faces to be funny and not too spooky, so I started Googling around for ideas and came upon this fun little “Jack O’Lantern Maker” Flash game that lets you combine various face components to make your own design.
It made for some good inspiration, and the faces I ended up carving on the two pumpkins were loosely based on playing around with the Jack O’Lantern maker game:
We managed to bring the freshly carved pumpkins outside on Halloween morning to hang out next to our doorway, just in time to greet the trick-or-treaters that would come by later in the day.
And speaking of pumpkins, we picked up this cute pumpkin costume for Lillian’s second Halloween. (She was only a week old on her first Halloween, and longtime readers might recall the “costume” she wore — more on that here.) These days Lillian is super mobile and energetic, but thanks to one of the oblong balloons leftover from her first birthday party I was able to distract her for long enough to take a picture:
We didn’t attempt trick-or-treating this year, although interestingly I spotted a young couple going door to door with a baby girl dressed as Minnie Mouse, so I guess the “run around with costumed baby to get free candy” thing is totally an acceptable practice in our neighborhood. Which is awesome.
Anyway, this concludes the final installment of the impromptu three part blog series about big before-the-end-of-October things to do — in case you missed it, part one was a trip to a pumpkin patch and part two was celebrating Lillian’s first birthday. How was your Halloween? Anyone carve any interesting pumpkins or dress up and/or trick-or-treat with any babies this year? Feel free to share your stories or links in the comments!