I don't think it's a secret that I'm not a fan of Halloween. The only part I really enjoy is carving pumpkins. By default, this has become a tradition on Emily's birthday. I didn't even attempt to get fancy this year because I didn't have the time or the tools (our pumpkins were huge and thick-skinned). Both kids were excited to design their own faces anyway. I ended up doing 95% of the work because both kids were also grossed out by the insides and didn't want to touch anything except with a spoon. I did use a good tip pinned by my sister about cutting a wide slot down the back as part of the lid for ease in cleaning out and lighting the pumpkin.
I seem to always find myself scrambling around looking for votive candles at the last minute, so this year I splurged and bought some special battery-operated pumpkin lights I recently saw featured on The Today Show in a waiting room. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry, so I didn't read the package label closely and ended up with strobe lights instead of the color-changing LED lights I was looking for. I guess it might be scarier, but it's definitely more annoying! The kids had a lot of fun with them, though. I must admit it was pretty tricky trying to get a picture of both pumpkins lit since they were only briefly in sync every minute or so. The kids tried to make scary faces, too. :o)