We only had three carved ones this year. Kiddo did one "freestyle", the others following a pattern. Must say he's getting the hang of things. Only one type of pumpkins seeds this year - the more savory with a touch of garlic olive oil, garlic salt, hint of pepper. These came out quite well. My kitchen tho, did not fare as well. Apparently, I attacked the scraping out the insides with a fury. Bits of pumpkin flew everywhere. Must have needed to work out some aggression or something...dunno.
Admit to in addition to slacking a bit on the pumpkin carving, didn't really go all out on the outdoor decor. Used all the fun motion sensitive stuff, the scary music, fog machine, new talking face in the tree, but no spider webs, not a bunch of lights. Few pieces out in the garden, under the watchful eye of Kutya the wonder dog. (which reminds me, I never put his costume on either...what was I thinking???)
This year we did stop by a party for a bit. Kiddo even got second in the costume contest for his "when the Brewers slaughter the Cardinals" costume. Found the food names a great touch - shredded rat sandwiches (pork), moldy fruit pizza, maggots (a great coconut and banana rice pudding), vampire bat wings (homemade tortillas shaped like pumpkins and bats. WOW), blood soaked deviled eggs, bat guano, mummy wraps, witches fingers.
Looking back at last year's post, made me realize another Halloween weekend tradition....tackling the leaves. The job was somewhat helped by last week's wind storm, moving a good part of the masses of leaves covering our lawn into the woods. The rest were piled around the driveway farm pots, my potting shed. Hubby and son pile the leaves onto a tarp, and drag them to our woods. Kutya supervises all outdoor activity. In the woods, Mt. Leaverest is about 4 feet high by 12 feet in diameter, and growing. Should have a good bit of leaf mold for the garden in a year or so.
While checking out the pile had a thought....maybe we could make a little bit of singletrack through the woods. Kiddo and I had been practicing riding over rocks and logs last week in the yard.... may have to add this to our yard skills area ;-)