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Halloween 2010

Posted by joeabbott on November 7, 2010

004On Halloween in the distant past, before I went back to school, Suzy and I used to celebrate that night in grand fashion. I think the most memorable costume idea was when we went as sheep and instantly became “the sheep people”. Which is fun to say but that costume was mighty hot. And, to be clear, the most memorable thing about it was that I can recall night after night with a hot-glue gun and a sweatshirt realizing, “we still don’t have enough cotton balls!”

But, those days are past and we spend Halloween now doling out bars to the neighborhood kids … and those children driven into the neighborhood by their parents who wait at the end of our long driveway in their car. And, of course, the odd teen or two without costume just looking for a few sweets.

And that’s fine, but we mostly enjoy an annual tradition of getting together with my nephew, David, and his parents, Steve and Julie, for our yearly pumpkin carving!

My usual style is to cut a couple gaping holes for eyes, slash a mouth into the thing, and call it good. Suzanne, on the other hand, will draft a meticulous design, prepare her pumpkin just so, and while I’m off feeding my face and playing video games with the boys, she’s rendering an artistic tableau in her chosen gourd. Or that’s how it seems to me.

Allow me to present his:


and her pumpkins:


020At the annual gathering, Julie will always put out a bunch of chow … and I get my fill! Sure we have snacks around the house but it’s usually one snack at a time, whereas Julie indulges me and I over-do it. Always.

The treats typically have a Halloween theme: little hot dogs “mummified” in strips of mozzarella, cookies in the shapes of spiders, cakes with tombstone decorations, and a punch with an “icy hand” to keep it cool.

This year she proclaimed to be “taking it easy” but I didn’t notice a lack of snackage. It was a fine spread of chow and we, once again, had a fun time carving pumpkins with one and all.

I feel a bit bad that I don’t have pictures of Julie, Steve, or David’s pumpkins, but I’d forgotten my phone at work (no camera), Suzy’s shots didn’t come out, and Steve has yet to send me the photos he took. And so, you get ours and ours alone.

But, great evenings carving and seeing all the kids coming to the door were had. We hope you had a Happy Halloween!


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