Matthew and I carved pumpkins together tonight using the same knife set I picked up on a whim in Pittsburgh my freshman year for about $4 at Walgreens. That first year I bought pumpkins at the Presbyterian church’s lot, packed them into my duffel, and heisted them to DC where we carved them on the newspaper-covered floor of the hotel room where we were staying on our weekend together.
We’ve carved them together as many Halloweens since then as we could. It’s the perfect holiday for us to celebrate with our microcosm of a family. It’s silly; it involves the sugar content we so dearly love; it’s messy and creative. Matthew went for pure traditional in this year’s design:
I pulled out the power-tools, drilling dozens of holes to make this pin-head’s face:
After living with a gas stove for 2 years, I hadn’t thought of getting matches to light candles for our pumpkins. But, I pulled together a solution. Look:
All you need is a smartphone with a flashlight application, and a plastic bag to keep pumpkin guts off of your phone. And tomorrow I get to be She-Hulk for a day!
“Drain the whole sea
Get something shiny
Something meaty for the main course
That’s a fine looking high horse
What you got in the stable?
We’ve a lot of starving faithful”
— “Take me to church,” by Hozier