Thursday, October 23, 2008


Last year, for the very first time in our relationship, we carved a pumpkin. It was our attempt to participate in the general frivolity of fall and Halloween since we don't dress up. Part of that, I'm sure, is that John is a professional dancer and performer and I worked in theatre for so many years. Dressing up or creating a character in our household means going to work. There's no trick or treating in the RV park (in some parks there is, but we've never been in one at the right time of year). We just had to do something to "mood up", John decided. Carving the pumpkin (oh - and dressing up the dogs, much to their collective canine dismay) seemed to do the trick. You can see the results of our carve above. It was fun and made us feel like kids again, something John and I do on a regular basis (feel like kids, not carve pumpkins).

This year I took to looking on the internet to find what was "in" in the world of pumpkin carving and I wasn't at all disappointed. It's an election year, you say? I hadn't noticed. Click over to for some Obama-mania in gourd form.

There's also an amiable artist out there by the name of Ray Villaphane, who carves pumpkins so well, you will likely exclaim out loud when you see the photos of his work, like this one:

Look for more of his incredible pumpkins at:


Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!

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