Another Halloween in the books! We had such a nice time. The small Bears were bouncing off the walls for the past couple of days, with Halloween activities at school and the buildup to the big night. We carved our pumpkin on Wednesday night; when I say "we," I mean my husband and children because I don't enjoy carving pumpkins. I'm not very good at it, for one thing, and I can't stand the smell. I cooked dinner while they carved. The small Bears opted for objects instead of a jack o'lantern face; between them, they asked for an owl, a moon and a mouse. The Bear encountered some difficulty with the mouse and owl, but we ended up with a really distinctive pumpkin.
The small Bears were both happy with the costumes I made for them. I didn't have patterns, I made them up myself. Those years I spent sewing in a
I'm glad they had warm things on because it was cold! Windy, too. Actually, it felt like the perfect Halloween night, like you'd read about in a short story. We went out at dusk. The sky was clear. Jupiter was plainly visible to the southwest, shining brightly. Our neighborhood is fairly high and we could see the city lights spreading across the mesa. There was pinon smoke in the air. We rely on the honor system with our giveaways (which included Smarties candy as well as pencils, stamps and mini bubbles this year) because we both like to accompany our kids for trick-or-treating. It's a good neighborhood. One man always serves hot dogs in his driveway. Some neighbors wear costumes to answer the door and everyone comments on kids' costumes. It's a great place to live and we're always reminded of that on Halloween.
The streets were quieter than usual this year, though. Earlier in the week, we had quite the catastrophe on our street when some workers laying underground cable caused a water-main break. We lost our water for about a day at our end of the street, which was inconvenient but we managed. At the other end of the street, they lost their water for several days and there is currently a hole in the middle of the street about sixteen feet in diameter as they continue working to repair the main. The road is closed down there and we've had to take a detour to get in and out of our street. Even the sidewalks are cordoned off at that end. I imagine this had something to do with the quietude tonight.
I cooked a "spooky" Halloween dinner tonight, as I do every year. Do you enjoy cooking fun foods for holidays? I think silly finger food is where I really shine. I made Crescent Mummy Dogs, which are an old favorite around here. I also made a recipe I devised myself a few years ago, which I call Spooky Eyeballs. These are made with slices of carrot and cucumber with a smear of cream cheese and a slice of olive on top. We also had tater tots and what I'm calling Witches' Fingers...otherwise known as cornichons. Dessert was not needed, given the massive piles of candy hauled home. It was a happy Halloween for this family. I hope yours was too.