Monday, October 30, 2006

Waiting for Tomorrow

My kids have been so looking forward to Halloween this year. We've been decorating our house and planning our party menu for several days now, and I was thinking of making this cake and decorating it like a Jack-O-Lantern. But after watching "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" this morning with Dylan and Caitlyn, I decided to try something else instead. Same recipe, but a completely different look!

Dylan has known for a while now that he wants to dress as Buzz Lightyear for Halloween, but he is having a bit more difficulty deciding how he wants to dress his favorite bear, who he has determined will be trick-or-treating with us this year. He's narrowed it down to a mummy or a skeleton. (I think I'm partial to the skeleton...maybe because I just adore the little sidekick ghost):

Yesterday afternoon, Darren helped the kids carve pumpkins. Lots of pumpkins. Almost enough to rival the Bean family! (Well, maybe not. But we did go a little crazy at the pumpkin patch on Saturday!) The kids had a blast "gutting" their pumpkins. Dylan was all boy with his approach--both hands, elbow deep, in the wonderful, slippery goop. Caitlyn was much more dainty about the whole process, preferring a spoon to carefully scoop out the seeds from her pumpkin. Meghan thought we were all a little silly and really enjoyed watching her brother and sister make such a mess!

We all agreed that the final products were well worth the effort!


Mom to Almost Four said...

Oh my goodness! That is absolutely fantstic! That is a lot, but oh how wonderful they look all lit up together!

Great job!

Jennifer said...

Wonderful creations and wonderful photos!

Jennifer said...

OK, I have never been able to get a good photo of Jack O'Lanterns. How did you take the last shot?

Melissa said...

Jennifer--I really like that last picture, too. Thanks! I ended up using the "night scene" mode on my camera, and set it to "close up". (And we had all the lights off in the house.)

He who wears the most black wins. said...

Whoa! Those are amazing!!! How fun.

Happy Halloween !!!

mom-in-training said...

I loved your cake - it turned out so cute! And what a great bunch of pumpkins! I'm sure it was a lot of work, but how wonderful they all look!!!