Halloween 2000

For Halloween we dressed up as almonds. Everyone could tell we were nuts.

Halloween 2000 (Page One)

We have been performing this ritual for years but this was the first one "digitally captured" for posterity.  We had some great artistic efforts here and some great roasted pumpkin seeds.


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Eddie cleans out the pumpkin

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Eddie has pumpkin cleaning duty (ugh!) while Pete supervises the girls in preparing for cutting the pumpkins into frightening shapes and faces!

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Quiet... Artist at work!

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Cassie learns to clean the pumpkins

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Scoop it out

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This is the hard part
This is precision work requiring great skill!  Connor inspects the final work to make sure it is OK!

Grandsons Zack And Jon At Work

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Pin on the diagram

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"It's easy Grandpa"
Zachary and Jonathan begin the process by pinning the templates onto the actual pumpkin and marking them carefully so cutting can begin in earnest!

 

Did you know? - Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

Pete Gets Serious About The Carving

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Pete is hard at work

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Did you know? - Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

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Mr. Hollywood

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Mitch gives Connor a hand

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Sunny Southern California

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Mr. Hollywood (Jonathan) relaxes while carving this pumpkin into something weird!

Laurie Joins The Fray

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Everybody it outside while Laurie is busily creating a work of art inside. Notice the facial expression of utter and sheer creative concentration. Or, does she have gas???

Dave Is Busy Inside Doing His Pumpkin

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Ol' Dave learns new tricks

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Dave gets into the act by initially supervising and
then taking an entire pumpkin on his own!

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Good job Jon

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"Careful... There is a snake inside"

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Did you know? - Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!

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Eddie is working up a storm

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"It's bright out here!"

They Are Multiplying In Here

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The work is nearing completion as the completed art work begins to accumulate on the table in preparation for transit to the front yard for picture taking!

Meanwhile In The Kitchen Magic Is Occurring

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Mitch and Sue are cooking this up

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Boo!

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Dave is still hard at work on his work of art.

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The garlic keeps the ghosts away!

Did you know? - Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

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Still working hard

Decorations...

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The decorations are enjoying all the activity

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Splat!!!

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Even the spider gets in on the celebration

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Meanwhile back in the kitchen