Tuesday, October 30, 2007


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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Anonymous bp mcg said...

Son's translucent forehead pumpkin is Best in Show.

10/31/2007 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

How are the rest of us artistically challenged losers supposed to take a knife to pumpkin after seeing this masterful and chilling tableau? bp mcg knows what he's talking about.

10/31/2007 07:55:00 PM  
Blogger mcglinch said...

thanks. a high compliment indeed. the son has been duly notified of his accolades.

10/31/2007 08:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I write, a disgruntled squirrel chews madly on my sad attempt at a jack-o-lantern. He actually gives it more depth and nuance with his chislers than I ever could carve.

I love the pulsing forehead, too, but my favorite is cute and cuddly jack-o-bear.

11/01/2007 05:07:00 PM  
Blogger mcglinch said...

may your squirrel meet this fate.

that's no bear, that's a cat. the daughter is officially offended.

11/01/2007 05:18:00 PM  
Blogger Deborah Gamble said...

The glowing forehead rocks!

11/07/2007 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger mcglinch said...

dg - i'll let the boy know. he's getting a big forehead himself with adulation he's getting.

11/08/2007 10:12:00 AM  

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