Merry October!

UPDATE – scroll down for photos of Halloween fun in our Alexandria neighborhood!

I scanned this very old photograph of a long-ago jack-o-lantern I carved for the boys.

I scanned this very old photograph of a long-ago jack-o-lantern I carved for the boys.

“October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins…. Merry October!” — Rainbow Rowell

I can’t remember what year it was when I carved the jack-o-lantern pictured above, but it’s probably representative of what they all looked like before my kids were grown and I quit decorating for Halloween.  My skill with a knife never matched my father’s, but the design is copied from my  memories of the deliciously fiery grins on the ones he carved for his own children for so many years.

For you and your family or neighborhood children, I wish a safe and Merry Halloween!

And treat yourself to some laughs – thanks to Eric for sharing this hilarious video:

Here are some shots of the Halloween fun in our neighborhood:


This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Thanks again for making me smile, Julia!

    • You’re welcome! 😀

  2. Susan


    • Thank you Susan! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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