Pumpkin heads, that is. This is the time of year we used to go pumpkin hunting. When the kids were little, it was a literal ‘Pumpkin Hunt’ with small-ish pumpkins hidden like over-sized Easter eggs throughout our yard. The treasures were brought back to be painted, carved, and otherwise embellished as traditional Halloween pumpkin heads.

Nowadays we grab them out of huge bins at the supermarket or local garden supply center which is nowhere near as fun. The weather had been rainy and ucky for so long, that we just couldn’t wait any longer for a proper romp through local pumpkin fields.

Essential Pumpkin Carving Ingredients

Note how efficiently we prepared for carving: paper bags to cover the table, cutting and scooping tools, small gourds for non-lit embellishments, even tracing patterns for carving (margarita optional).

Our grandsons were hyper-excited, wanting to carve before scooping, and quickly learned that some pumpkins are very hard to poke, saw, scoop, and carve. They became very vocal supervisors to the process, no less involved than the hands and arms that did the actual poking, sawing, scooping, and carving. This year Liam chose the pumpkin patterns tool set. They worked remarkably well, and quicker than a traditional carving process which involves a lot of looking, squinting, and peering this way and that to determine the best personality of each pumpkins’ potential.

Conor and boys tape on a face to the pumpkin headConor taped on the pattern and, cheered on by the boys, commenced to carve. A third pumkin still needed to be prepped with the scooping thing, so tools were passed to Grampa. Grampa isn’t big on going totally by-the-book and added essential teeth to the pattern. SEW Pumpkin Edits

The end results:

My pumpkin at home:
Pumpkin Head 2009

working-modeThis year I mourned the loss of another annual work event, the Halloween Pot Luck lunch. This is all I managed as decoration in my cube.

The fact that the skeleton is there year-round is irrelevant.