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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 8, 2016

Pumpkins to become carved art

By Sally Y. Hayes

By SALLY Y. HAYES

Mt. Pleasant News

Crimson, gold, brown, auburn, rust and orange colored leaves are beginning to fall as the crisp winds of October rustle through the treetops.

Pumpkins, gourds and marigolds seem to have sprouted overnight to adorn the front steps of homes all about town.

Jackets have made their ways out of the back of the closet to keep nearby when the temperature drops, especially for those Friday night high school football battles.

Witches, ghosts and ghouls have arrived to decorate yards and windows.

Soon it will be time to carve those orange garden globes with faces and various Halloween designs. Candles will be placed in the hollowed-out pumpkins to greet Trick-or-Treat visitors in silly and scary costumes alike.

Carving pumpkins is jokingly what I declare my favorite day of the year at the Hayes house. A day I always came home from college for, often with all of my laundry in tow.

I remember when we were younger, Mom and Dad would spread newspapers on the floor in the kitchen when it was too chilly outside to carve. Back then it was the kids drawing our masterpieces on the pumpkin rinds what to carve and Mom and Dad doing the cutting.

It always seems to be a time of laughter and creativity; while dodging the pumpkin innards that my sister, Maya, tosses at me.

In a family of artistically gifted people, I’m the black sheep so to speak.

My mother and father are both talented with a pencil and sketchpad. Maya contemplated studying art post-high school. She can sculpt, sew, scratch and spray paint impressive pieces of art. I, on the other hand, would rather appreciate and study the history of art.

We joke that when Maya and I would bring artwork home from school Mom would say, “Sally, nice work. Maya, let’s put yours on the fridge.”

But come pumpkin carving day, I can hold my own. Two of my favorites in recent years include a spider web and a green pumpkin with the Green Lantern logo.

Seeing what neighbors and others around town have created out of their pumpkins is rather enjoyable in October, similar to cruising about looking at folks’ Christmas light displays in December.

I am still contemplating what this year’s pumpkin will be. Perhaps a skeleton or a tiger-hawk or another super hero logo will greet the costumed visitors on Halloween. Or maybe a traditional triangle-eyed Jack-O-Lantern will carve its way into the best day of the year at the Hayes house in the next couple of weeks.