This Halloween I won't be handing out candy, or even carving a pumpkin, which makes me sad. When the kids were little, they got to each pick out a pumpkin design idea, most of which weren't in those pattern books you can find everywhere these days.
The requests ranged from eagles to animated characters and everything in between, and it allowed me to get my inner artist on and have fun creating something special for each of them. In our old neighborhood, we had lots of kids come to the house to trick or treat, and I loved hearing them ooh and ahh over those fun pumpkin creations while I ooh'd and ahh'd back at their creative costumes. I would spend hours on each pumpkin and then hustle to get the kids dressed, eat dinner, do homework, and then hit the neighborhood for some good old fashioned trick or treating. A few of those years it was just me and the kids, as Mr. Tide was out of town for work. I have no clue how I was so organized back then and seemingly so disorganized now...ahh youth!