Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fun Monday - Spooky Edition

Sayre, over at SayreSmiles is our hostess this week. Keeping with our Halloween time of the year she has given us the following assignment:

Tell us about your favorite Halloween as a kid (pictures, if you have them!), and show us your costume for this year. If you're not dressing up, show us a picture of a pumpkin carving that really tickled your fancy or how you decorated your house.


I grew up in England during my prime trick-or-treating years, and I don't know if it has changed much, but back in the early 1980's they didn't really trick or treat over there. I remember one Halloween my mom loading me and my two brothers and my sister into the car and driving us to all of our American friends houses to trick or treat. Needless to say, we didn't ever get a lot of candy while we lived there.

Another Halloween in England my mom threw a big Halloween party for all the different families we were friends with. She went all out and hung up creepy homemade decorations and had scary music playing. We had a long window over our stairs right at the front of the house that we could open. She strung a ghost made out of a white sheet to a tree outside and then strung the end of the rope into our house through that window. It was the kid's job to pull on (or let go of, I can't remember now!) the string and send the ghost flying right down to the entryway outside our front door. It was great fun scaring adults and kids alike, though my best friend at the time wouldn't come into my house after that! My mom also served foods with scary names like witch's brew for green kool-aid or Vampire's blood for red punch. I'm sure the adults had stronger concoctions, but I wasn't aware of it.

I don't have any Halloween pics of costumes for myself this year (though one of my favorite costumes was the first year after I was married and my new husband went as Fox Mulder and I went as Dana Scully!). So here are our pumpkins we carved for last year's Halloween. One is the traditional scary pumpkin, and the other is a little more artsy fartsy (we like to say "creative.")



Here's a close-up of the scary pumpkin.


And here's a close-up of our creative pumpkin.


Finally, here is a picture of my youngest daughter helping her Dad to make our creative pumpkin. She is 3 1/2 in this picture. (Yes, that's an electric drill if any of you were curious how we achieved such an effect.)

14 comments:

Alison said...

great idea for the pumpkin!! I have never seen that before!!

Hootin' Anni said...

What a super FANGtastic idea for a jack-o-lantern!!! I'm gonna do that next year.

My costume this year, in all my glory, is posted for Fun Monday....

::::witch's cackle::::

Sandcastle Momma said...

That Halloween party sounds like a lot of fun! I love your pumpkins.
Men will use any excuse to get out those power tools, won't they? My husband uses his to carve pumpkins too LOL

Sayre said...

Your Halloween party sounds like it was a lot of fun! Your mom was very inventive - sounds like my boy who had a moving skeleton a couple of years ago.

Great pumpkins!

swampy said...

This is the first year I've seen "power tools" used for carving pumpkins. The other morning on the TODAY show, some guy had every tool he had using them to create masterpieces.
I never thought to use my electric mixer to help dig out all the middle.
What a great idea.

Thanks.

hulagirlatheart said...

What fun memories! Your mom sounds like a hoot. And I love the pumpkins, especially the artsy one.

Gattina said...

I never carved a pumpkin in my life ! I think I have to do it once at least, lol !

Tiggerlane said...

OMG...your daughter is absolutely precious! Reminds me of how my baby girl looked when she was that age. Now I want my own artsy-fartsy pumpkin, too - using a drill is a GREAT idea.

SwampAngel65 said...

It sounds like y'all had a good party in England that time with the flying ghost! I never realized they weren't really into Halloween over there. Their loss!

Your pumpkins look fantastic! I love the creative one...what a neat idea!

Molly said...

Great pictures. I like carving pumpkins too. Although our children are in their mid-thrties and live elsewhere with their own families, my husband and I still carve a pumpkin and roast the seeds for a Halloween snack.

Faye said...

I've seen several artsy fartsy pumpkins and they're very effective! Is there an English equivalent to Halloween, or did you celebrate because you were a transplant for a time?

My very late FM post is up if you have time to take a look. I was out of town until late. . .

nikki said...

Halloween is the best holiday ever.

Jo Beaufoix said...

That pumpkin looks so pretty and your little one looks like she's having a fab time making it. Brilliant. :D

Bobbie Leigh said...

Cool pumpkins!
I was traumatized by Halloween in 2nd grade. My mom wrapped me in foil and stuck a Hershey's Kiss banner out of my neck. I cried the entire night. Two years later I was a bag of chips. I sense a theme here...