Saturday, October 31, 2009

Jack-o-Lantern

On Thursday we decided it was time. Time to bring in the pumpkin and carve it for Halloween. I appreciated all your ideas on what to carve, but here's the thing: your ideas were too complicated for me! We had limited time to get this done. You see, now that basketball season has started, Chris doesn't get home until around 8 PM every night. We were busy on Friday and this morning he has practice and a soccer game, so if he wanted to participate (which I'm not actually sure he did, but I wanted him to participate!) our last opportunity was Thursday evening. Chris did a great job of helping me carve the pumpkin and pretending to be really into it even though The Office and Parks and Rec was on tv :)

By the time we finished eating dinner and did the dishes it was already pretty late, so we decided to go simple: two eye holes, a nose, and a mouth.

We hacked off the top of the pumpkin so we could clean out the insides.

The insides of pumpkins are pretty nasty. I mean, have you ever really looked in there?

And to think we eat that stuff in various forms...

After the pumpkin was hollowed out, we began the carving. I was trying to keep things clean so I tried pushing the first eye hole through into the center of the pumpkin. It didn't work. It got a little stuck so I decided to push it from the inside out and ended up launching it clear across the room!

When we finally got done we were pretty pleased with our results. Looks a little scary right?

But here's the thing. If you look at it from the top down, sure, it looks evil and Halloween-y...
 ...but if you look at it from the ground up, it just looks like it's smiling. 
I mean look at that face. It's so happy.

What do you think? Creepy from a down-ward facing angle; gleeful from an up-ward facing angle. Not what we were going for...

Well, we may not have been overly successful at creating a jack-o-lantern to scare all the little kids tonight, but we sure had fun trying!

6 comments:

Patty said...

Awesome post and love the pictures (the one of the inside looks like the inside of body parts or something)! It's a dual personality pumpkin! Great job.

Liz said...

i think it looks great, especially in between your two faces! happy halloween!

Aunt Paula said...

I think they call that bi-polar!

Dorothy said...

A pumpkin with personality - like you two!! Enjoy all the kids!

MIchele said...

It looks like you had a blast! Good for you!

jennie said...

it looks good! and yes it definitely has the friendly and evil side. shoo that's hard to do!