I have a love-hate relationship with Halloween. I love getting dressed up as something pretty and sparkly, like a mermaid or a princess, I love eating Halloween candy, and I love seeing all the neat decorations people come up with. I also hate skeletons, zombies, creepy babies, things with flesh melting off, corpses, disembodied parts, etc. As a kid, I thought trick-or-treating was a painstaking, somewhat embarrassing way to get candy, and yet I never missed a year unless I was practically dying from the flu. The worst part about Halloween in Canada? You could never wear the same costume that you wore to school that day, because it was freezing out and you had to wear a snowsuit. My beautiful Swan Princess dress didn’t have a hope of fitting over my puffy down coat, so I ended up as a gypsy.
I did love carving pumpkins though. Actually, as a kid I didn’t have much patience to finish the whole job, but now I do. In fact, my last pumpkin carving was an attempt at the Disney castle (see a theme yet?). If you’re looking for some pumpkin inspiration this year, check out Villafane Studios. This teacher-turned-artist is an amazing sculptor and has become somewhat of a celebrity for his 3D pumpkin carvings and sand sculptures. And remember- the best part about carving pumpkins is roasting the seeds! Spread them out on a cookie sheet with a little olive oil and salt, bake them for a few minutes, and voila, it’s the best way to tempt yourself away from the Halloween candy.
“This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night.”
– Danny Elfman, The Nightmare Before Christmas