There is, however, one event every year that I look forward to preceding Halloween. It's H.Y.P.E.'s annual pumpkin carving contest. I won the first year, when it was just a wee event in the church basement. Now, we fill the fellowship hall with families and their pumpkins.
Of course, here is my favorite participating family: niece Kara, husband Steve, niece Nora, and father-in-law Bob.
Bumble Bee Kara made a tree house pumpkin.
Minnie Mouse Nora made an ornery pumpkin.
My pumpkin didn't exactly turn out as planned. They rarely ever do. I had big plans to make this fat-faced alley cat three-dimensional. The original design had big, beady eyes and ears that stuck out...but it just couldn't happen in an hour's time. Oh well, the kids seemed to like this version.
The winning pumpkin, though really gross, was really brilliant. This, my friends, is the heart of a deer. Definitely a first to have a real organ at our event. New pal Mason was the brain behind this idea. Sounded like he had saved the heart in the freezer...ya know, for a rainy day. How lovely that he chose to debut it at our pumpkin carving contest. We're honored and amazed.