I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from a little pumpkin anxiety. Gone are the days where simply carving a pumpkin is good enough. When I was younger, my grandfather used to come over on Halloween and he would pass out one piece of orange construction paper to me and my 4 sisters. He would instruct each of us to draw a jack-o-latern and then we would vote on our favorite. The winning design would be the one he carved into our pumpkin. It was awesomely exciting and makes me smile when I think about it. But people don’t do Jack-o-lanterns anymore. Let me illustrate with a brief sampling:
Exhibit A: Decoupage Pumpkins Exhibit B: Pantyhose Pumpkins
Exhibit C: Peekaboo Pumpkins Exhibit D: Etched Monogram Pumpkins
I’m not even really sure what to say about all this, but if you press me, these are my initial thoughts.
1. Where are your kids when you are creating these fancy schmancy pumpkins? I can barely cut a peanut butter and jelly sandwich fast enough without my kids getting into some kind of mischief.
2. If I jazz it up and do something that involves something along the lines of say…..chalkboard paint, whoever sees it will immediately say, “Omg that is sooooo creative! (brief pause) Pinterest, right?”…………. Exactly. So what is the point if the creativity isn’t even your own, which brings me to another thought…
3. Creativity is dead. Or maybe it is just a facade. This was my brain the other day, “Hmmm, what super fun Halloween phrase could I put on my DIY chalkboard mirror for our Halloween party? Hmmmm… how about ‘Boo’? Nah. Hmmm… let me think of something super fun aweseome and wow-ish…hmmmm. Ok enough thinking. Where is my computer I need to log on to Pinterest.
So I wanna know. How many of you are carving regular ole Jack’s and how many of you are going Pin-tastic and turning your pumpkins into five-star meals?
We are taking the middle road and this is what we came up with: