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Jack O Lanterns and Fall Fun

Updated on October 30, 2011

Having Fun at Halloween

I have mixed feelings sometimes at Halloween. Generally speaking it is probably my least favorite "holiday" of them all. Having children, and enjoying the fall season, tends to temper some of that in me, and we like to have fun like anyone else.

I am wanting to share here, few pictures of some jack o lantern carvings my kids did. They love to dress up and go trick or treating as well. We do not emphasize anything that gory or overly scary or get into the ancient pagan practices that surround some of the history of Halloween, or All Hallows Eve.

Having a different view of the spiritual realm than many do, I tend to see things a little differently I believe there is much more going on than meets the eye, and that there is definitely good and evil in the world. One day I think we all will understand it more. In the mean time, its still good to enjoy time with one's family and have fun with the kids. Keeping a close eye on them is an absolute must, of course.

Here are the best tips we have that keep it fun and simple to carve a pumpkin.  Take a sharpie marker, or some other marker, and draw your face on your pumpkin first.  Leave enough space inbetween the parts of the "face" of the pumpkin, because if it gets too thin, it can break.  After cutting out a top portion, and then cleaning out the pulp and seeds, start to carefully cut with a very sharp knife.  If its too dull, it can be more dangerous actually.  Exerting more pressure to get a cut done, can result in a slipping of the knife and can hurt you or others.  Please always practice caution, or let the parents do the cutting part, after the kids have done the "designing". 

Thank you for stopping by, and have fun with your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews. They grow up way too fast.

The group of pumpkins, all together.
The group of pumpkins, all together. | Source
At the pumpkin patch
At the pumpkin patch | Source

Some neat things I came across for Jack O Lanterns

Its always amazing to me what people come up with and jack o lanterns are no exception.  The "canvas of a pumpkin" seems to be really inspiring to some and you can really go all out in not just your design but in in layers in your carving of a pumpkin.  There are surely many resources out there, but Martha Stewart is just on place to go to get ideas for taking your pumpkin carving a step further.  From what I have seen, it is just amazing what you can do with the right templates, tools and tenacity!  I don't think it is as hard as it looks at first blush, so why not give it a try?

You can get patterns and pumpkin templates by doing a search or looking in local magazines and books for ideas.  There is some carving by color out there now as well, and this process seems to have an extra great effect.  Basically, the idea is to go beyond the regular cut outs of a pumpkin, to a scraping off, carving off just the outer layers of a pumpkin, so that the light from within shows through.  Its really rather beautiful!


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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks for the comment Phoenix!

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      PhoenixV 7 years ago from USA

      Its almost halloween!