For the second year Nate and I hosted a Pumpkin Carving Party for Halloween! We invited all of the other people that live on grounds at our camp.
Our pumpkin carving tradition goes all the way back to our early dating days, it was one of the first activities we did together when we were dating. (Precious, I know.)
So back to present day. The party was a pretty relaxed affair—everyone brings a pumpkin and a snack. We had a general idea of how many people were coming, but no real idea until people started showing up. We laid down drop cloths to catch the mess. We ate off disposable plates. No one dressed up. Just chilling, carving, and chowing down.
After all these years Nate and I pretty much have pumpkin carving down to a team science. He cuts off the top, I scoop out the guts, we work together on the “creative process”, and then he carves the face. This year we went for a happy/goofy pumpkin.
For my snack I made pumpkin bread using this recipe I found on Pinterest. Normally, I completely rearrange recipes—adding, deleting, tasting, adjusting—but I basically followed this recipe to a T. I did substitute applesauce for half of the oil, so it was a touch healthier. It turned out absolutely gorgeous and delicious. But we ate it all before I could take a picture. #bloggerfail
Here is most of the gang with their carved pumpkins! It’s always fun to see other people’s ideas and creativity come out—some people are there for the hanging out and some are SERIOUS about the carving business!
Afterwards, some people stayed and watched The Nightmare Before Christmas—also part of the carving tradition. A fun night and a low-stress way for friends to get together at Halloween.
Do you carve pumpkins for Halloween?
What’s your favorite low-stress way to gather with friends? I’m a big fan of doing things you would do anyways—together. It’s way more fun that way.