Samhain 2005

Today was pumpkin carving day with my daughter:

I don’t often underestimate my daughter, but she did far more to help today than I thought she would. The rind on this pumpkin was particularly thick, about 1.5″ on average, 2″ thick in places. So she didn’t quite have the hand strength to do the actual carving, but she made the dotted lines by sticking the tip of a nail through the template, so I’d know where to carve. I thought she’d maybe do a few and get bored, but once I got her started with this she did it all, finishing it by herself! It was very cool. She also did the bulk of the pumpkin-de-gutting.

It was fun and, of course, messy. Perfect for a dad and an 8-year old.

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