Not that we tend to do things at the last minute around here, but here are our jack o'lanterns, which finally got converted from mere pumpkins last night. Hijo had originally picked the larger pumpkin (direct from Grandpa's garden!), but once he remembered the chore of cleaning out the insides, he opted for the smaller version and then chose to give it three eyes. Despite this ocular deviance from tradition, he is still fond of the triangle-for-a-nose concept.
I overestimated my own carving abilities, not to mention the sharpness of our cutting utensils, and therefore picked a rather elaborate design, the carving of which proved a tad bit frustrating. I might have used the "s" word inadvertently when the pointy part of a tooth got chopped off. I am normally not so frustrated by Halloween-based art, but it was coming up on nine o'clock and I'd had a stressful day at work, followed by a beautifully prepared but rather labor intensive dinner, and I really was no longer capable of much in the way of productive enterprise.
Today will involve the buying-of-the-candy part of the Halloween tradition, which will involve me highly overestimating the amount of Reese's peanut butter cups that we need in order that I might have a stash of them to munch on guiltily but happily over the next several days. Then we have the trying-on-of-the-costume part of this yearly ritual, which almost inevitably ends up with us discovering--again at the last minute--that some vital part of the ensemble is missing. In the city, this sort of thing was usually pretty easily remidied. I shudder to think what fate might befall us if we are lacking in something that one can't find in a small town at 7pm on October 30th.
All of this rigamarole is merely a way to avoid saying that I am actually a bit sad this Halloween season. An acquaintance of mine here in town, someone whom I am getting to know but am not close to, whose kids Hijo plays with regularly, has just lost her mom. Those kids have lost their grandma. And that is simply too scary to think about.