Recently, I've channeled my Halloween creativity into my annual Jack-o-Lantern. I enjoy the challenge of using leftover fruits and veggies and plants from the garden in my creation. I like to design quickly, because the smell of fresh pumpkin is a bit nauseating to me. In fact, I'm not sure I'd do it at all if I had to gut the pumpkins myself. Thanks to the pumpkin-gutting generosity of my in-laws (who always visit us on Halloween), I start with a hallowed-out pumpkin and go from there.
My son, scared witless by my previous Halloween creation, even added a few embellishments from the refrigerator and garden to his Jack-o-Lantern this year, too. As you can see in the photo below, he wasn't permanently turned off by Halloween costumes. Sporting a custom made shield and sword (courtesy of his grandfather's help) and mom-sewn cap and tunic, he trick-or-treated as Link from the Legend of Zelda video game.
It's pretty safe to say that I didn't scare Halloween completely out of our house seven years ago.