In 2007 we started a family tradition called the Nason Family Pumpkin Glow. Each year we carve a big Jack O'Lantern display of 20-35 pumpkins. This year we have 28.
The night before Halloween we have a party. We had 50+ people here last night, and if I do say so myself it was FUN. (We invite other families -- parents and kids together)
Because of predicted rain and eventual thundershowers, we had the pumpkins inside last night, in our basement playroom. It was cool. With all the lights off it was awesome. I loved hearing the screams of the kids.
The pumpkins are lit with LED lights. Some change colours. My husband scoops the pumpkins out and I carve them. I do them freehand, making it up as I go along. I only make faces of some sort. No patterns. More fun that way.
Tonight they will be on display outside for our Trick or Treaters.
So why? Why do we do it? A lot of reasons really. I love Halloween. I love making stuff. I always have extra creative energy that needs an outlet. I love having a unique special family tradition. Life is short. And, I do love making something that you can't buy, that can come only from a handmade effort. As more and more decorations are available in the stores, and everything is commercialised, I feel more and more compelled to go traditional, old school, with the original decoration if you will -- the carved Jack O'Lantern. It's just my thing.
Thanks for stopping by ...
...and Happy Halloween!
Posted by Riel Nason.