On Monday we carved pumpkins at our house. Well, we were going to do a few, but when we got groceries there was only one big pumpkin left, so we had to settle for that.
My daughter was very excited about the pumpkin carving. She wanted to do it all by herself. She usually wants to do things her way, and I encourage that. I want her to grow up with a spine in her back, brave, confident and with a curious, beautiful mind. This time we agreed that it was probably a good idea to draw the jack-o-lantern face she imagined with a pen, before she started carving.
I have to say that I was a bit relieved when she decided that a regular table knife was better than a sharp knife for carving..
The pumpkin carving is traditionally not a fast affair in our family, it usually takes at least a couple hours. We take our time talking through our ideas, and when we start the carving we usually tell stories about past Halloweens we celebrated, and talk about the upcoming festivity and our expectations.
Halloween two years ago, my daughter was a fairy. I so enjoyed these girly, cute outfits.
When my daughter was little she wanted to be cute things like fairies, and glittery bats. This year she’s going to be a witch, (I’m sure it’s going to be a cute one though. LOL.)
She was extremely proud of herself, and happy with her pumpkin. Is it scary?
The scariest Halloween I’ve experienced was the one two years ago. The children never understood that something was wrong, they had a blast, and I did too, until the last house. The last house belonged to someone we knew briefly, a few months prior to Halloween she had two horses in a big pasture I had. Unfortunately I had to kick her out because she didn’t take care of her horses, and it started too become a liability. I gave her many chances, but at the end I didn’t have a choice. She never paid the board we agreed on, and didn’t feed her horses. Things were just not right, I felt it the whole time, but couldn’t put my finger exactly on what it was. When we came to her house at Halloween she and several friends were outside waiting for trick and treaters obviously on something much harder than alcohol or marijuana. I’m fairly sure it was meth. It was very uncomfortable, and I held my daughter back. We were going trick and treating with another family, and the mom in that family didn’t notice that something was wrong. I eventually got everyone home, but that was the scariest Halloween I’ve ever experienced. This all took place in a picturesque country setting. (The lady on drugs is in jail.)
Are you celebrating Halloween this year? Does your family have any Halloween traditions? If you have children and are taking them trick and treating, are you thinking about safety?