Pumpkin Carving Night

Our goal: get three pumpkins carved.  The location: our church’s family pumpkin carving night.

First things first: get pumpkins prepped.  This means cleaning them out of seeds and gunk.

Tad was good for exactly three scoops with the spoon before he turned to me and uttered the magic words: “Mama, you do it.”

Once the pumpkin was cleaned out, a design needed to be chosen.  Ane found a jack-o’-lantern cat face that she liked.  The Webmaster decided to make a more traditional jack-o’-lantern face for Rerun’s pumpkin.  And Tad had already requested his design well in advance – so much so that I had come prepared with our own pattern.  Guess what it was.

I had gotten a stencil pattern from Google Images, and the rest is history.  Tad loved it!

Ane’s cat face turned out pretty well, too!

The Webmaster had traced the line at the top with black Sharpie, which, of course, does not come off the pumpkin… so he improvised and made a spider web pattern on the pumpkin lid.  Clever, right?

Rerun was given a pretty wide berth to run around and play – so much so that the Webmaster and I were constantly saying to each other, “Where did he go?”  Usually, we could find him quickly, but other times, we had to go looking.  And once we found him behind a table, looking for the best stuff.

He loved examining the candy, but it apparently never occurred to him to try and eat it!

There were several prizes handed out in all the age groups, and Tad and I won for “best mother and child team!”  I laughed when his name was called – I think it was because we came with our own design and it was an instantly recognizable one.  He was thrilled with the attention, and the goody bag of prizes.

One of the prizes in Tad’s bag was a Playmobil play set of two swimmer/surfer figures, with a surfboard and a jet ski.  Somehow, I think they will be ending up in a shark attack reenactment in our bathtub very soon.

And once we got home, the pumpkins went on the table for display – the better to keep little baby fingers out.

I rubbed all the exposed pumpkin flesh with vinegar (to keep them from spoiling quickly), and took this picture to always remember this year’s pumpkins.

I hope you enjoyed seeing them, too!

3 Responses to “Pumpkin Carving Night”

  1. linda
    October 27th, 2011 04:58

    oooohh…What wonderful creations!
    Sounds like a Fun Church Adventure! Have Fun on Trick or Treat evening!

  2. Aunt Lynda
    October 27th, 2011 07:13

    I did enjoy seeing them, and I’m still playing the pumpkin song over and over. He is a great singer!

  3. Laura
    November 2nd, 2011 09:11

    I love the bat man symbol! So cute!