Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween all from Australia!  Although I've never lived in a country that really celebrates it as seriously as perhaps it is in the United States.  I'm amazed at how much effort Americans I know living in the UK make in decorating their houses for the season and in organising their children's trick or treating expeditions.  My sister has just come back from a trip back from the States in awe of the amount of Halloween decorations being set up in preparation for today.

Usually the boyfriend and I don't do anything to celebrate Halloween other than buy a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern and make pumpkin soup for dinner.  I wish I could say I was going to some fancy dress Halloween party dressed in layers of black as Morticia but this year we've enjoyed a big barbeque with my family instead.  We thought we would still keep up with our jack-o-lantern tradition though!

The boyfriend is a dab hand at pumpkin carving and here are his efforts with the local Australian species (we couldn't get hold of a large plain orange one here).  I do like how they glow in the dark.  Pumpkin soup for lunch tomorrow!

14 comments:

  1. I love those cat's face pumpkins, your boyfriend is a talented guy!
    I'm well impressed that you're posting whilst in Oz. When's the wedding? xxx

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  2. He did a fantastic carving job! I always had a big Halloween bash when I lived in Madrid because there wasn't much Halloween action going on there. It's probably my favorite holiday. This year, though, I'm going low-key. I ran a 5K in costume yesterday, but tonight I'll be staying in and working on some projects while watching football.

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  3. Happy Halloween to you, too.
    You know in Spain it is mainly children stuff. No big deal in the south as far as I know.
    Disfruta de tu tiempo en Australia, de tu familia y de tu tierra. Refuerza y renutre tus raíces.
    Un abrazo siempre amiga.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  4. Fabulously creepy! I feel quite sad I didn't try doing it this year...though am looking forward to visiting the reduced aisle so I can knock up a few pumpkin-themed meals! Hope you had a fabulous Halloween, dear lady.

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  5. They are beautiful, feline pumpkins. And yes, the Americans can commercialize just about anything. sigh.

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  6. Oh I love those pumpkins, you can't get them here in the UK. Hope the weather is lovely in Oz, though my folks tell me it has been a bit rainy and rotten lately!

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  7. Happy Halloween! Love the pumpkins!

    My hubby really had a good time celebrating his first American Halloween. We didn't carve pumpkins, but as you can see from my latest post, we definitely got into the spirit and dressed up.

    ♥ V
    http://www.gritandglamour.com
    twitter: @gritandglamour

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  8. The cat carvings are wonderful and I love the unusual coloring of the pumpkins. I only ever see them in bright orange around here (in Brooklyn).

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  9. Wow! Great carvings!!! My husband and I carved a couple this year, but they didn't look as good as yours!

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  10. Happy Hallowe'en to you too! (I still celebrate Hallowe'en in my heart for a couple of days after, because that's when I get to see everyone's pictures from the holiday itself). I love those striped pumpkins, and I don't believe I've seen them here in the Midwestern USA, although I easily imagine them being the next big Hallowe'en hit -- like white "ghost pumpkins" several years ago. They work perfectly with your cat faces, making them into stripy tabby cats. :-)

    To answer your haircolor question -- I did recently do a deep brown color rinse. Ever since...2000? 2001? I've fluctuated among deep brown, medium brown, and auburn, depending on what palette I feel like, and how energetic I've been about refreshing the color. I never dye to red anymore, but my hair still looks reddish that way sometimes as the deep brown fades to my natural medium golden brown/auburnish tint.

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  11. HEy!! Thank you so much for commenting your thoughts on my post. I really do value everyone's opinion. And like you, I was pretty shocked to realize that some of the sites were invite only. I thought we left that behind in HS, but I guess not!!
    I am a little like you (although I do live in the states) in that I dont really celebrate Halloween much. We don't even carve pumpkins which I guess is sad but I just dont really like it all that much and I would rather save all of my energy for Christmas decorating!! LOL
    Your bf is an amazing pumpkin carver though!!

    XX

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  12. Hope you're having a great time "down under" and that the preparations are going well :)

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