Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pumpkin carving and Halloween

On Thursday we turned our pumpkin into a scary jack-o-lantern.  Buddy designed the face and we even let him draw it on, though next time we'll be sure to use washable marker and not the permanent marker.  He said he'd helped pull out the pumpkin pulp at school and he was really good at it, so he dug in elbow deep for us.  Ella had a go, but wasn't too sure about the texture of the pulp, as you can see.
       

  
Last night was the big night.  Trick or treating on Stanley Mound Road!  We couldn't ask for a better location.  We had kids up and down our stairwell, up and down the street and we saw some really great door decorations.  There were probably a couple hundred kids out and about.  And of course, in Hong Kong, we didn't have to worry about staying warm in our costumes - the weather was quite balmy!  We had two VERY sweaty heads at the end of the night.


 
  
The night was not over until we made our usual trip over to Gooning's for special treats.  She'd decorated her doorway with a big black spider that she made, an eyeball poking out of the peephole and even some paper geckos stuck in the crack of the door to scare me.

Upon arriving at her house, we said a quick hello and trick or treat to Grandad who was on skype and then our lovely Gooning turned into Scary Monster Nining!!!  Out of her scary bag, she produced teddy grahams, an apple each and some string cheese sticks.  Not only that, she also had a little set of squishy balls for Ella and a 3D insect puzzle for Buddy. But perhaps the biggest hit were the two devil pitchforks she produced.  

As we packed off in the car to go home, she came out to the parking lot and ran along side the car scaring the kids by making silly faces and funny noises.  Buddy and Ella giggled and Buddy said, I love it!  Joey responded with, she is a crazy Nining!  Further up the road, Buddy asked why Gooning had bought them pitchforks.  She'd had a little help from me earlier in the day and I knew Buddy had been eyeballing them at Taste. Buddy was so happy to finally have one.  How did she know?  he asked.  My dream came true!

And really, it has.  Even three years in, I have to pinch myself still to think about what a wonder it is to be here.

3 comments:

emily said...

i was thinking yesterday about halloween when i was a child. i remember that my favorite part of the day came after all of the trick-or-treating was over... we all hopped in the car and drove out to grandma and grandpa's house. of course, she had treats for us as well, but it wasn't that i remember... it was how much they loved us, how excited grandma got over having us there. i'm so glad that gooning has you, too. happy halloween!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love that they get to go trick or treating at mum's.....it's so special for everyone! michael's words make me giggle...but he's right...really is a dream come true! =) xn

Anonymous said...

I love that they get to go trick or treating at mum's.....it's so special for everyone! michael's words make me giggle...but he's right...really is a dream come true! =) xn

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