Every year I get excited for Halloween. We’ve already begun decorating the front of our home. We have a few more items to set up inside our home at the start of October- in order to really get into the festive mood.
However, this year I don’t have a costume idea. It’ll probably be some last minute idea or I’ll just wear a previous year’s outfit. Even though I now have a 3D printer and can step up my Cosplay game- I don’t feel like I have the time to get something built. Last year took me a couple of months to make. Besides, my printer is working non-stop lately and I’m already beginning to run out of filament!
While I wait for more plastic to arrive, I will be trying to find a pumpkin carving idea. The kids are excited about carving pumpkins again this year. That’ll be another arduous task for me. I have a passion when it comes to carving pumpkins. Having spent up to 8 hours to get one done only to have it rot a few weeks later- it sees crazy to do them. But I’m getting faster, so I can also help out my teens with their carvings. I’m passing the crazy on to them.
When do you start getting ready for Halloween? What is your costume this year?
Over the weekend I Carved Pumpkins. Our oldest also did her own. Last night, our 14 year old wanted to work on her pumpkin.
For whatever reason, I found this difficult. Part of her design is moderately hard to do. So we started on the easy side. All I wanted to do was carve it myself for her.
I had a tough time relinquishing control. But in the end, I had to let her do it- with some direction. It really should’ve been easier for me to let her do it. I mean honestly- she is taking a Carving Class in her Fine Arts School.
With the first half done, we had to call it a night. The next part will be a bit trickier, but I now know she is fully capable of doing it on her own.
This year my oldest and I were carving the pumpkins. I usually do the more intricate styles and take my time. I shared last year in Pumpkin Carving some of my older styles.
This year my daughter and I went for a Harry Potter theme. I worked on the Sorting Hat and she did the Slytherin emblem. We had a good daddy/daughter afternoon as we watched “Zombieland” and carved the gourds.
I got some decent shading effects and lighting on my pumpkin. I see where I could improve the image. There’s a bit more left to cut out. But we had to break for dinner. Dinner that I was supposed to make… so it ended up being ordered in sushi.
My daughter on the other hand is pretty much done. I’m very impressed by her artistry. Each year she gets better. As a life skill- this isn’t much more than a fun activity that she shares with me. I hope that these are the moments she reflects fondly upon as she grows up.
It’s been a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see next year’s pumpkins and spend more time together being nerds.