Pumpkin Carving At Our House

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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.

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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.)

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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?

Love,

Maria

16 Comments on “Pumpkin Carving At Our House

  1. I remember the pumpkin carving when our kids were young. It was such fun. One time my daughter was choosing a costume and she said :” I’m going to be what I’e always been….a Princess.” I had to restrain myself from laughing right out loud.

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  2. “The lady on drugs is in jail” – sounds like she aught to be in jail! How are her horses? Did a responsible person ever take them? I hope they didn’t continue to suffer neglect.

    Nice jack-o-lantern.

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    • I know the horses were taken, I don’t know the details. So much drama! I hate drama. She didn’t go to jail for the horses but for driving on the wrong side off the road on purpose, killing a man in the process.

      Thanks.

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  3. We don’t do Halloween, not many of us Aussies do, in our area anyway. It looks like fun. Gold stars for excellent artistic pumpkin carving.
    Its just sad how some people end up isn’t it. Us women should always trust our instincts.

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    • I didn’t celebrate Halloween growing up either, but my daughter loves it. I want her to experience the magic around all holidays as long as possible.

      It is wise to trust our instincts!

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  4. She did a beautiful job on the jack-o-lantern! And she made a very sweet fairy. 🙂
    As a kid I always loved Halloween, not just for the trick or treating, but because it was my birthday. Everyone celebrated with me, one big party! 😉
    Once I had kids, I never got to celebrate my day, but would take the kids around instead. Now I’m done with that with boys now men and no grandkids. Sometimes I head into the village to see the parade and all the cute little kids in their costumes. This year, a big windy rainstorm is forecast, so I will most likely stay home. We don’t get trick or treaters this far out of town, but I might carve up one of the pumpkins I grew to celebrate the day.
    Have fun and stay safe. Post some pix if you can, I love seeing the costumes.

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    • Thank you! I’ll tell her you liked her pumpkin 🙂 We’re going to go out and celebrate early, and then head back home to see if we get any trick and treaters. I’ll promise to share some photos. We tried out the costume today, its awesome! We’re expecting cold temperatures, it is wonderful! It was 37 degrees when I took Gretchen for a walk this morning. Just lovely!
      I’d love to see you pumpkins if you carve some. I didn’t dare try to grown some here, but it’s so much more fun to grow and then carve your own. Fabulous Eliza!

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  5. Oh dear!! So scary and great instincts! I always trust mine and am glad it all ended fine and that person eventually is in jail.

    I LOVE your daughter’s pumpkin carving! Very artistic and original! I can’t wait to see photos of her witches costume. So happy for cooler weather. Have a FUN Halloween! 🎃❤️🧹🧙

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    • It was uncomfortable, but ended well luckily. It is always a good idea to trust your instincts.

      Thank you! She loves anything, and everything creative. I promise to post some photos of her costume later. The cooler weather is marvelous! ❤

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  6. What cute pics of your daughter, Maria! Her costume is adorable and I love that expression on her face! It’s been many years since I carved a pumpkin, but I loved it when I was a kid and when mine were kids. Thanks for linking your post to Sunday Stills!

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