October was a busy month for me, between my trip to Savannah, work, workouts, and Halloween festivities. I almost had a huge Halloween fail because I waited too long to go to the pumpkin patch and by the time we went all they had left were those gross pimply pumpkins that no one wants. Publix was out of pumpkins completely and all hope was lost. Luckily, Dan surprised me with some little sugar pumpkins last night and we were able to carve jack-o-lanterns while listening to Halloween music even though I didn’t get any trick-or-treaters and cursed the gods all night. All I want is a few trick-or-treaters. Is that so much to ask? I was even going to give them full sized Hershey’s Special Dark bars from my secret stash of dark chocolate because I know better than to buy bags of Halloween candy these days. I’ve bought candy for the last eight years and have never once gotten a trick-or-treater, so I usually end up
eating the candy myself bringing it to work and sharing it with my department.
Anyway. Check out my Halloween festivities and be jealous:
That’s right, I was Count Jacula, NOT just a measly vampire. A few years ago I was a Jac-in-the-Box and now I like to find new ways to make my costume a play on my name. I was pretty proud of this one, even if it didn’t look like much on the surface.
My BFF Miranda is several months pregnant and decided to dress as a 1950s pregnant housewife. She should have had a drink and a cigarette to complete the look, but I think she looked really cute!
Miranda’s husband Joey dressed as Scumbag Steve and left the tag on his hat so he could return it in true scumbag fashion.
Our friend, Todd, had the best costume of the night. He was Beaker! He and his wife made that costume and it was amazing. The best part of the night was when he just walked around out front and waved at people, then went across the street to a playground and went down the slide.
You know, when I was in kindergarten the other kids called me Jack-o-Lantern and I was NOT amused. I’ve mostly gotten over it though. We had fun carving these little baby pumpkins and they still yielded a ton of pumpkin seeds, so I was able to make roasted pumpkin seeds:
Which are a huge pain. It took me over an hour to get the pumpkin guts separated from the seeds, and then drying them was a whole other issue. I tried putting them in a salad spinner (which was an obvious fail) and then I tried drying them with paper towels (which they stuck to) THEN I remembered that my mom used to dry them with a hair dryer. That was just the ticket. Pumpkin seeds give me a stomachache, but I like sucking the salt off of them and Dan likes to eat them, so all of my hard work didn’t go to waste.
All in all, Halloween was a success, but if I don’t get any trick-or-treaters next year I will cut someone.