We cut it close this year but spent our Mischief Night carving up the pumpkins. Usually we’re done a week or two ahead of time but busy social, sports, and academic calendars kept us tied up down to the wire. I came out of jack-o-lantern retirement after several years and went right in for the kill — foregoing the normal family procedure of drawing up a design on paper and then tediously transferring it by pushpin onto the pumpkin surface. This is usually followed by frustration of trying to figure out what needs to be cut and not cut.

[Side benefit of all the cutting, scooping, digging was that no one complained tonight about being cold and looks like I will finally reach my goal of not turning the heat on til after Halloween for the first time in about ten years.

Here’s the finally family results via slideshow. Kick back, crack open a fine fall microbrew (I went with Victor Storm King Stout) and grab some toasted pumpkin seeds.

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