For most people today is known as a day in which youngsters dress up and walk the streets begging their neighbors for candy. One of the most common Halloween decorations is the carved pumpkin, and if you haven’t carved one yet today is your last chance. Today is Carve a Pumpkin Day.
With my knife to thumb incident about a month ago I was a little hesitant to be celebrating today. The last time I attempted to use a knife to cut something other than food I ended up going to the ER and getting stitches. I was determined to not repeat myself today however. I’ve always enjoyed carving pumpkins. As a matter of fact when I was in elementary school I entered a contest with my father in which we won the “Funniest Pumpkin” award (we think it was either an alligator or a dinosaur that won it for us, it’s been 20+ years).
A couple days ago we celebrated National Pumpkin Day buy purchasing a pumpkin. Not all that exciting, I know. Today we decided to convert our five day old pumpkin into a masterpiece. Sticking with the theme of a few of our other holidays we thought it would be appropriate to carve a pumpkin that displayed the year in which this project is taking place, 2011. After what seemed like too much of an effort to cut the top off our pumpkin Brittany had the lucky task of “gutting” the pumpkin. We set the seeds aside and are planning to bake them to later have them as a snack. I decided to take the approach of starting at the easiest point and end at the hardest. I carved out the two ones, cleaned up the inside around where I had just carved and continued on my way. Next up was the zero. It was much harder to cut the round shape of a zero than I had remembered. Then again it may have been our lack of a real pumpkin carving knife. Finally I had made my way to the two, surprisingly the two was a little easier than the zero. In just a matter of ten minutes or so I had a unique pumpkin that read the message “2011”.
Be sure to pay extra special attention to your pets tomorrow and cook them up a nice fresh meal. Tomorrow is National Cook for Your Pets Day!