Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

This is a pumpkin that George and I carved two years ago. We actually won the village pumpkin carving contest that year with this one!

Because we live way out in the country, we don't ever get that many children visiting on Halloween. Sometimes my friends will come out, dragging their children with them. I'll always make it worth while and load the country-stranded children down with way too much candy. The first year we lived here, I bought bags and bags of candy to pass out. I was certain that we'd get trick-or-treaters. Nobody showed up. As all my two older boys still lived at home, it was easy enough to divide the fun sized candy bars between them. George was just a baby so he didn't get any. Well, maybe one or two.
Now years later, we still don't get any children coming to the door and we are down to one kid still living at home. So, I buy smaller bags of my favourite, mini Bounty bars. I can nibble on those for days and days. If I keep them on a bottom shelf, in the back behind all the cans of beans and the seldom used kitchen appliances, I find that I won't eat them all at once. I'm not hiding them, really! Incidentally, out here in the UK, most of the costumes are horror costumes. You must be a ghost, zombie, witch etc . . . I initially followed US tradition of dress up as anything. It didn't take me long to figure out that most folks thought I was a bit odd. "What is scary about Bo Peep?"
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Happy birthday to my brother-in-law! Jay, I don't know how you can continue to have birthdays like the rest of us mere mortals and still maintain your boyish good looks.

12 comments:

Claude said...

Quite an impressive pumpkin! In Paris, Halloween has become a commercial tradition in the last ten years, but not a French tradition at all.
Happy Halloween all the same ;)
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The Bird Woman said...

I hate Halloween - but Happy Halloween anyway :oD

Joe said...

Happy Halloween, Peggy!

sally said...

Happy Halloween! Love the pumpkin, who clearly ate waay too many Bounty bars.

Jay said...

Love the pumpkin.

Happy Halloween

susan said...

Talk about puking your guts out...

Happy Halloween!

Xtreme English said...

My favorite pumpkin! How nice to have started a tradition like that.

And yes, happy birthday to Jay. I have a very good photo of him at home, but of course, I forgot it. tomorrow....

I sent him a VERY SCARY BOOK...about Karl Rove! Shudder...

gawilli said...

Happy Halloween! Grrrreat Pumpkin!

Jeanette said...

love your pumpkin he has clearly eaten 2 many bounties We dont do halloween either but happy halloween to you

Kell said...

That pumpkin is great. No wonder you won! We're in a big neighborhood, but we didn't get many kids either. Of course, it was freezing! And what's the fun of a costume if you have cover it up with a coat. We did get rid of all the candy, though. And I guess that's a good thing.

UKBob said...

Thats how it is here too, we never get anyone calling round on Halloween. I tried trick or treating the wife a couple of days before by telling she needed to get plenty of sweeties in because we were bounded to be over run with kids. For some reason she seemed to think I was pulling a fast one, as if I just wanted a load of sweeties for myself - as if I'd do that!

Felicia said...

that pumpkin made me laugh!
Thanks!