On October 31st, I shall wake up in Montevideo and go to sleep in Buenos Aires, which is to say away from my children; and I regret it keenly. So we bought pumpkins early and carved ’em today; maybe the pictures will help get you in the mood.
The jack-o-lantern above is for and somewhat by my four-year-old daughter. Her instructions were approximate: “Big teeth!” But she seems to like my interpretation.
The lower offering is from my 11-year-old son, who had selected his pumpkin by a simple metric: Largest he could carry. His first instinct was to search Google for interesting designs, which I thought deeply wrong. So I convinced him that this was an opportunity for creativity, and he executed four pencil-on-paper designs, of which this was the least conventional and also best. It’s not that structurally sound but hey, this is short-lifespan maximal-effect engineering. He even did quite a bit of the pumpkin-guts-shoveling and face-carving. If you have a decent set of kitchen knives what you want is the one called a boning knife.
This is the awesome Canon S90 at work, and you might want to enlarge that second photo; why was it again that I need an SLR for low-light photography?
I’m wondering what they do in Buenos Aires on All Hallows’ Eve.