We carved our pumpkins 2 days before Halloween. The kids picked a pumpkin from our "pumpkin porch" and we got to work. As usual, they didn't like pulling out the stringy goop - it's that way every year. Henry made multiple comments like "that's gross" and "oh, great - now I need to wash my hands".
Our kids are more interested in getting to the final result. So, as Nathan and I carved, the kids ate caramel apples.
In the end, the kids got what they wanted - tons of sugar stuck in their teeth and their Halloween jack o' lanterns.
Where's Samantha's pumpkin, you ask? Well, she has always been too cool for pumpkin carving - she sat in the kitchen reading a book the entire time!