Several years ago, we started decorating our front porch with giant spiders, a huge web, and crows above the doorway. On Halloween night we set up a bubble machine lit up by a strobe light. The bubbles fly all over the neighborhood, needless to say, attracting a lot of trick-or-treaters. Since then, little by little, other neighbors have joined into the decorating with skeletons, more spiders, witches and headstones. The other day on my walk, I noticed a great roof display. I love the expressions on the pumpkins and the way it looks like the spider has captured the pumpkins as its prey. Notice the tiny pumpkin in front. The second photo is of a scowling pumpkin that sits over the home’s front door.
Mike, my significant other, spent the past two weeks in Illinois helping his parents. He grew up in a town called Sycamore that every year holds a pumpkin festival. We went a couple years ago. There’s a pumpkin contest for the kids, a parade, and other festivities. The pumpkin contest is on display on the front lawn of the town hall for quite a few days. Mike took these photos of this year’s contestants. I love them all, but my favorite is the peacock. Look at his wonderful gourd feet.
Then today I went to my weekly French class, which is held in a community center in nearby Lake Oswego. I had to take a picture of this particularly cute pumpkin sitting near the front door. I thought, “Finally, a good use for candy corn.” I have to admit, I did not enjoy receiving it for trick-or-treat. I much prefer chocolate.