When in Pennsylvania visiting Amy's family with Mom, Amy decided that, after Thanksgiving in October, we should make jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. Heck, all of the holidays in the same week, nice!
We stopped off at Walmart (or similar) one night and helped Amy pick out a bunch of pumpkins. I mean, A BUNCH of pumpkins! We walked around after choosing big pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns and looked at the produce section, where they were selling even more decorative gourds and pumpkins. Autumn is cool already with the changes in leaves and cooling temperatures...but then you go and add the earthy colors of pumpkins and odd shapes of other gourds and squash!
We probably had ten pumpkins total. Little did the pumpkins know, they were in for a slaughtering! Over the top? Don't like the word "slaughter"? Hey, you ever see the better part of a dozen pumpkins being carved, stabbed, jabbed and eviscerated by a bunch of Halloweeners? Hallo-wieners? Hollow-weiners? Stop!!! Sorry, talking to myself...
Pae and I shared a pumpkin and Mom carved one of her own. I'm guessing that this was Pae's first Halloween jack-o-lantern! We decided to use a stencil to help us make our pumpkin. Others made faces, more traditional. Kelsey went ahead and made sure everyone knew which was hers...carving her initials into her pumpkin...spoooookyyyyy!! Haha!
We went with an owl stencil with "Boo" on the side. There was a lot of difficult detail to carve out and many places where one little mistake would take the owl's head off or a wing...but together, we did a nice job I'd say! Unlit, perhaps a little underwhelming, but when lit, our owl in addition to the rest of the family's lanterns was pretty cool!