Monday, October 25, 2010

Getting ready for Halloween

It's that time of year again ... when the veil between the living and the dead becomes thin and spirits can be seen walking the earth. Shadows come alive and threaten to grab us ... witches fly and ghosts materialize before our very eyes.

In other words ... it's almost Halloween and time for our annual "Spooky" post!

Question: What's the ratio of a pumpkin's circumference to its diameter?

Answer: Pumpkin Pi

It's almost Halloween ... that creepy night of ghosts and ghouls. Little goblins everywhere are getting ready. Can Moms and Dads make it green? Well sure!! Here are some tricks and treats ... I mean tips:

-Are you going to carve a pumpkin ... or decorate one?
  • If you haven't grown your own, buy one from a local farm or farmer's market.
  • Use every part of the pumpkin. The seeds can be toasted and eaten as snacks ... they are healthy and taste great. One can toast them in the oven or in a dry frying pan on the stove. When they are brown, carefully remove them (they are very hot at this stage) and immediately sprinkle your favorite seasoning on them (mine is creole seasoning but kids might prefer something less spicy ... like a little salt). Not in the mood for toasting seeds? Try tossing them, either wet or dry, into the yard for birds ... they love them.
  • Use the flesh of the pumpkin to make a pie, soup, cookies or flan ... it might require a bit more sugar than the smaller, pie pumpkins.
  • After Halloween ... compost the shell instead of sending it to the landfill.

Question: How do you mend a broken Jack-O-Lantern?

Answer: With a pumpkin patch

-Are you planning a party for your little ones?
  • Send email invitations rather than the "snail mail" variety. There are a lot of seriously spooky e-cards on the Internet.
  • Use re-usable plates, cups, utensils, napkins and tablecloths. Paper party goods can be expensive and just add more clutter to our nation's landfills.
  • Serve some healthy, fun treats that aren't individually wrapped ... popcorn, apples, fruit leather (in the shape of worms and snakes) and ghostly cookie skeletons.
-Get creative with costumes.
  • Make costumes from old clothes (downsize adult suits, dresses, etc.)
  • Check your closets for "retro" clothing (got any old "hippie" duds? Cool, dude!).
  • Pull out costume jewelry ... little princesses, gypsies and pirates love "bling".
  • Hats of any kind can "top off" an outfit.
  • Shop at Goodwill ... they have not only organized merchandise into a special Halloween section but also offer some creative costumes ideas made from second-hand garb.
These are just a few ideas. I'm sure that with a little thought ... you can conjure up a few of your own.

OK ... one more ... then I'll stop ... I promise!

Question: What is a pumpkin's favorite sport?

Answer: Squash

OK ... I'm done!


  1. I am going to tell all of those jokes tonight when I have my grandsons over.
    Great suggestions! I just toasted some pumpkin seeds a few days ago. Been snacking on them frequently since then. Really delicious!

  2. I can't wait to tell my grandson your jokes!

    Here is an idea that you might be able to use. My daughter's b'day is in October. Some of the flowers she received were in a small pumpkin instead of a vase. The pumpkin has a waterproof liner in it and the flowers were in green floral foam. While these 2 things were not recyclable, the pumpkin and flowers were. The arrangement made a pretty centerpiece for my table for a while.

  3. I'm over here from Angie's (Gumbo Writer) site --- you live in Asheville? I'm in Maggie Valley!

    On my msn blog: I have recycle/green tips I place there - I'll link this site :-)

  4. Hello hello,

    Great post again - I made some pumkin soup a little while ago so I'll certainly make some more with the lantern left-overs.

    Thanks again for reading,


  5. Great those jokes!

  6. Nice jokes! You are not only profound, you are funny as well.

    Happy Halloween!

  7. I have just stumpled across your site. I love it! The jokes were so cute and great advice.

    I hope you don't mind but I am going to follow your blogsite.

    Great posts!


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  9. How festive. Love me some pumpkin seeds! Tried pumkin soup once, but I think I need a new recipe.

  10. I'm ashamed to say it, but I'm giggling at the jokes . . .

    For the past few years, I've used craft pumpkins instead of the real thing. Aside from not having to worry about what to do with the pumpkin guts and scraps, you can reuse them every year.

    If you don't like the idea of not carving a pumpkin every year, you can always mix craft and real, or add to your craft pumpkin collection on an annual basis.

  11. What I do with my pumpkins so they'll last longer (so it's not such a waste to only display them one night) is I coat them with vegetable oil inside and out to retain their moisture, then I drop glowsticks into them instead of candles. They actually look cool all glowing purple and green!

  12. I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin pie, but I'll make an exception for your pumpkin pi. That was just brilliant!

    Still laughing.

  13. Cool post, RT... I srtarted a Halloween Blog just for the month:

    Just for fun.


  14. Cute riddle.
    Have a fun Halloween!


    I am all for a green time.

  16. BAHAHAH! Oh girlie, you are too much! I love your humor :D Great Great Great post!! Happy spooky hugs to you!