I may have loved Hallowe’en costumes but I never liked the pumpkin carving part. Sticky and slimy at the same time. Scary texture. Stubborn seeds.
In this year of the empty nest I said to myself, “To heck with pumpkins.” I took two Whole Foods grocery bags, turned them inside out, cut faces in them, set down two little hurricane-ensconced candles in each one, and surrounded the candles with some gravel for stability.
Looked kind of silly in the afternoon.