We carve our pumpkins on Oct. 30th because the warm weather here in Ga makes pumpkins turn to mush in about 48 hours. This is the first year that I had no input on any of the pumpkins. I did the labor of cutting Hazel’s, but she decided on and drew the design and the boys needed no help from me at all. I tried to add my own little creative touch to Hazel’s but she made me remove it! Next year I’ll have to get my own pumpkin.
We’ve all been into the series Avatar: the Last Airbender and this year the kids and all their friends were going to go as characters from the show. I give the boys a deadline, usually October 1st, after which they are not allowed to change their minds. (Their choices are usually obscure and specific and I need time to gather materials and figure out how to execute the designs. I think you’ll see what I mean.) Hazel and all of their friends changed their minds about the Avatar costumes, but Dashiell and Ray didn’t mind at all. Hazel inexplicably decided she’d be a bat and that she’d wear clothes that she chose and I’d just make her wings and ears. Last night was much colder than most Halloweens, so I was able to convince her that she needed to wear more than a t-shirt and shorts. Our compromise was this felted wool sweater with the arms cut off.
Ray decided to be the character Sokka, and decided that he wanted to dress in his battle uniform.
Dashiell was Zuko - after he joined up with the good guys.