October 20, 2013

The ghost of pumpkins past.

Halloween is coming up up in just a few days and we still have no idea what we will be dressing up as.  The boys started out wanting to be Mario and Luigi, but now we are at zombie soldiers.  So who knows where we will end up.  I usually just paint my face.  Not sure what I will do this year either.  But what I love most about Halloween is not the dressing up, or the candy, believe it or not!  My favorite part is the pumpkins.  I love carving pumpkins.  And every year I try to challenge myself.  I'm not a pro by any means, but there is something so relaxing about cutting away at the pumpkin and then lighting it up and watching the design come to life.

Here are a few of our past pumpkins!  Cant wait to see what we come up with this year!

2008:  I only did one pumpkin this year.  I had just been diagnosed with Budd Chiari and G20210A.  I was pregnant, swollen and was pretty much running on auto pilot.  But I remember telling myself that I had to snap out of it because my baby was so excited to dress up and go trick or treating.  We only made it around the block but it was one of them best times with Anthony I've ever had. 


2009.  Kept it super easy this year.  No stencils just faces.  Most of our pumpkins were painted.  Much easier, more messier but so much fun!

2009 Alexanders First Halloween

The 3 stooges.

2010:  The first appearance of the scary clown.  This guy looked so cool.  I got so many compliments but I had to confess, its was just from a stencil.  One of these days I will make up my own cool creation.  For now, I will take all the help I can get!

The whole bunch

My all time favorite!

The bat was cool too!!

2011:  OH man were my hands hurting by the time I got though with these.  I did all but 3 of these.  I wish I had a shot of them lit.  I know I do on my hard drive but its dead at the moment, so....

7 carved and 3 painted

2012:  The scary clown returns and I fell in love with instagram.  I really hope I have more pics on my hard drive of these pumpkins.  Its like the one holiday that I didn't over share photos of and so this is all I have right now.  Thank God for instagram :)

Who knows what I will be carving out this year.  I suppose I should but some pumpkins first, that might help.  I've been craving some pumpkin seeds too.  I love roasted pumpkin seeds.

Do y'all carve pumpkins for Halloween?  Are you the creative type or a classic Jack O Lantern type?  What other fun Halloween traditions do you have?


  1. Your pumpkins are awesome! We have painted our pumpkins every year and are going to explore carving them this year.

    1. Thank You Stephanie! Carve some up. Its so much fun!!

  2. You are a trooper! These look fantastic, I have no ambition even though i would love to make something great like these lol.

    1. If you pick a simple template, you will be surprised at just how fun and awesome they turn out. Give it a try this year!

  3. Found you via the link up! Seriously, even if these are from stencils, it still takes work! I love them all. My twins just turned one and I would love to be able to get them in on the celebrations. But we'll see :)

    1. Let them play in the goo. My boys loved scooping the seeds out with their hands. They still do! LOL Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth!

  4. I am so loving your pumpkins Kim!