It’s that time of year again on Halloween Eve to get a little bit crazy. There’s nothing quite like repeatedly stabbing a pumpkin with a knife and scooping out the guts while maniacally laughing to get you in touch with your psychotic side. In case you can’t already tell, I get a little weird around Halloween, ok? It’s normal.
This year marks the first year I’ve carved a pumpkin since middle school. That’s at least 8 years ago. How could I have gone 8 years without carving a pumpkin for Halloween? Shame on me. Needless to say, I was quite enthusiastic today when it came time to transform these pumpkins from woefully drab to fabulously frightening. Thankfully it didn’t end with a trip to the ER. Don’t play with knives, kids.
Of the two pumpkins my mom and I bought earlier in the month, I chose to carve the smaller and wonkier one. Continuing with my love of odd and quirky things, this pumpkin is as odd and quirky as a normal pumpkin can be. Trust me. I wanted a kooky-looking pumpkin to match the kooky-looking smile I planned to carve on its face. And if that didn’t sound a bit like something disturbing the Joker would say, I don’t know what would. I’ve clearly been watching too many Batman movies.
As I’m sure you know, the first step to every pumpkin carving process is to cut a hole in the top and use your hand to scoop out the innards while squeezing the orange slime between your fingers (gross sound effects optional). Of course when I opened my pumpkin, I got a little surprise. There were not one, not two, not three, but nine little seeds sprouting roots inside my pumpkin. One had grown to the point that it was already green. INSIDE MY PUMPKIN. Science, how is this possible? (Can you tell how confused I am by my use of italics and capital letters?) Naturally, I just had to plant a few of them in a flower pot in the backyard. My fingers are crossed they’ll grow!
All in all, my mom and I spent about a good hour and a half Halloween-ifying these pumpkins. And considering our carving skills are more than a bit rusty, I’m quite pleased with the final results. These jack-o-lanterns are more than ready to light up our front porch tomorrow night. Happy Halloween Eve!