Inspired by a friend’s work, I decided to make my own Jack-O-Lantern with my son this year. Honestly I was clueless as to how to make one but my friend gave me the basic ideas. She said, “all you need is a perfect pumpkin and a knife. The rest is up to your imagination.” After printing out my Jack-O-Lantern design from the internet, I was ready.
My son and I went around groceries for the right pumpkin but nothing caught our fancy. One day after bringing him to school, my wife and I spotted a Pumpkin Patch along a small road. We got excited. Right after school, we brought our son to find his very own perfect pumpkin. He was so thrilled.
Which One Dad?
After going around the patch and looking for our future Jack, my son asked me, “which one should I choose dad?” I answered back, “choose the biggest you can carry.” He smiled back satisfied with my response. He then grinned and said, “okay!”
Mid-sized and perfect!
Being patient and finding time to look around pays off. I learned that from my wife who reminds me every time I make “hyper mode” decisions.
I heard my son’s excited voice from the other side of the patch. He kept yelling, “got it, got it.” He ran towards me and handed me his special pumpkin. As he handed the pumpkin he said happily, “found it!”
This message made me reflect when it compared us to pumpkins. The thoughts that struck me the most were, “he removes the seeds of doubt, hate and greed. He carves you a new smiling face and puts his light inside of you to shine for all the world to see,” So true. God does takes away our yucky selves , cleanse our soul with his love and make us shine with a renewed heart. Perhaps even be a light to those around us.
First we took the top off. That wasn’t so hard. Then we had to get rid of the seeds and sticky stuff. My eager assistant did a great job in clearing the pumpkin down to the last seed. He saved the seeds in a bowl so we can plant them later. His teacher taught him and his class where pumpkins came from and how to plant them.
Time to carve. I did the easiest pattern I could think of. I also wanted our pumpkin to be a happy and optimistic one. Thus the huge smile on its face. For little kids, Halloween is suppose to be fun, joyous, colorful, exciting and magical. I’m not really into the “nightmare” provoking costumes and theme for them. We should let kids be kids!
The Haunted Museum
What’s Halloween without visiting Haunted places? There’s the famous haunted house and haunted mansion. Today I bring you the haunted museum. To pass the next trick or treating booth we had to meet bravely the dark and spooky inhabitants of the museum.
First task was to pass the serious looking Merlin. “Dungeon or tickets,” he said. My wife with a shaky hands said, “tickets I guess?” The pirate next to him whispered, “good answer. Aar!”
Creepy Giant Bugs
As soon as we entered, giant bugs creeped down towards us. We had to walk really fast. Whew!
Now Or Never Entrance
Enter if you dare. The light dimmed and something above our heads was hovering. Time to toughen up if we want our treats.
The Witch And Her Potion
The witch that haunted our childhood dreams. If you answer her question right, you got to move to the next level and not be a part of her new potion called “bits and pieces”. The name got me wondering and looking disturbed.
Mutated Freaky Bats
If we survived the huge bats, some bigger than me, we got to to make our Jack-O-Lantern orange bag. My son wants to make one so we tried our best to overcome the flying creatures of the night. We barely made it!
Hiding his pointy teeth called fangs, Count Dracula asked all of us, “bite or treat?” The answer was easy, “treat!” I was curious though if those plastic vampire teeth do work. By the way, Dracula told us he’s a penguin. Penguin with fangs? Hmm…
The sweetest character was Snow White. She got away from her wicked step mother, the Witch and made her own magical booth. We got to make a magical Halloween bracelet too. No spell sleep inducing red apple for us.
Scary-looking yet harmless and friendly, we met a couple of hospitable ghosts that led us to a short cut that led to the next booth.
After watching “Children of the corn” horror movie as a child, my perception of cornfields and scarecrows were never the same. If we pick up a pumpkin and not wake them up, then we pass the final test. I wasn’t sure what they will do though if they did wake up. I guess scare us? Scare….crow!
Mr. Incredible said invitingly, “another round?” My son said, “nope.” I said politely, “thanks but we’re good.”
It was a fun Trick or Treating event. Hope you don’t mind if I added some fictional characters and thoughts to make this visit to the Haunted Museum come alive. After all , Halloween is a creation of our wild and colorful imagination. Nothing is real or is it?
How was your Halloween? Did you light a candle for All Saint’s Day or All Soul’s day?Every culture has a way to celebrate Oct. 31st and Nov. 1-2. However we do it, hope we made it as meaningful and memorable as possible. It’s all about remembering, paying our tribute, prayers and respect for those we care about that fate chose to take from us. Tonight ,we hope they are in a place where peace and happiness never ends.
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