Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Pumpkin & Candy Day!

Step 1: Take the kids to pick out their pumpkins. A pumpkin patch with hay rides would be ideal, but Alberston's fits a full schedule and is equally as effective in procuring said pumpkins.

Step 2: Mom scoops out all the goopy-goo, picks out seeds one by one and puts them in bowl with salt for a pre-roasting soak. This takes a long time because she has to stop and wash her hands ever three minutes to answer the phone, get someone's sweatshirt off, stir the hamburger, settle an argument, etc.

Step 3: Kids draw faces on pumpkins.

Step 4: Mom fixes faces and explains why she can't carve out hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, eyes, a curvy nose, cheeks, a mustache, a mouth with lots of little teeth and a goatee all in one pumpkin's face.

Step 5: Mom carves faces in pumpkins, stopping to re-explain step 4 to youngest child.

Step 6: Mom arranges pumpkins on front porch, lights and inserts candles. (This is a good time for the kids to get ready for bed, especially since this is taking place on a school night because all the we-can-stay-up-late nights have already passed.)

Step 7: Kids come running out to the street and squeal at how cool the pumpkins look all lit up.

Step 8: Everyone insists their pumpkin is the best.

Step 9: Savor the smell of burning pumpkin as it wafts in the second story window that's above the porch.

(Clockwise from top right: Ian, Brit, Jordan, Taylor.)

May your evening be filled with laughing children in colorful costumes, cool pumpkin faces and lots of candy.
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MooBeeMa said...

I made my kids do all their own pumpkins this year. And you know what? They turned out pretty dang good!

Midwest Mommy said...

I love how you broke it down! We went to a pumpkin farm but we got our pumpkins at WalMart much cheaper.

Thany said...

Those pumpkins are REALLY cool!!

Mandi! said...

I had no idea ya'all were professional pumpkin people- they turned out great:)