It happens this way every year in Krinkeland-- the last-minute carving of the pumpkins. It's no surprise really... the dad around here, when he is around here, can be a bit of a procrastinator and a bit of a perfectionist. And, as far as pumpkin carvers go, Dad is all my kids have. Just the thought of pumpkin guts, much less the texture or the smell, makes me gag. That's probably why I put off the selecting of the pumpkins until we're up against the Halloween deadline. Maybe I think my kids will forget and we'll just be able to avoid the whole pumpkin carving scene this year. Yeah, that's not going to happen.
So, it was long and grueling, but we have our 2011 Works of Porch Art, lined up and lighted just in time to greet trick-or-treaters.
It's no surprise Elisabeth found an outline of a chipmunk to carve into her massive pumpkin.
Madeline couldn't really choose a template on her own, but her ears sure perked up at the mention of Minnie Mouse.
Benjamin, also true to form, requested Patrick from SpongeBob Squarepants, and Daddy delivered.
Naturally, Amanda is much too original to subject her unique pumpkin to a standardized stencil, but she based her silly-yet-traditional jack-o-lantern face on this.
Hope they make you smile! (All they made me do was scrub pumpkin bits off the kitchen floor.)