I did not realize that Pumpkin Carving was an American tradition. What did we have to do in Australia? Teach them how to carve! So we had a party.
I went to Kikki.K, an expensive store that was having a great sale. I got all the paper goods for under $20.00. As she handed me the receipt she said, "you saved $46.00." Like I said an expensive store with a good sale.
Of course a pumpkin carving party would not be complete without pumpkin food. We had pumpkin mac and cheese, pumpkin pie, pumpkin dip, and pumpkin seeds. I did have a couple of things that were not pumpkin, incase they hated pumpkin. None of the recipes were mine, so I can tell you they were really good. The only thing I had to change was can pumpkin. They don't sell that in Australia. I had to cook the pumpkin fresh, which isn't that hard, and tasted great.
After we ate, we started the pumpkin carving competition. Now, don't worry they did come with the, "big guns." They all brought their own carving tools, one brought their dental tools, and another brought a dremel saw. They had to be creative with their tools. Since they do not really carve pumpkins in Australia they did not have the carving kits.
While we waited on everyone to get finished with their pumpkins everyone played with the photo booth. My friend Courtney helped with this. She went on pinterest and found props, printed them, and glued them to sticks. She also made the cute banner and came up with the # for everyone to post their pictures.
I would say everyone did really well. Most of these pumpkins were carved by first time carvers.
Now, some people may be wondering, why is pumpkin carving so special to me? Years ago, my GrandVol started a tradition with us grandkids. Carving a pumpkin every October. Now, anyone that has been around me for very long, knows I love my GrandVol. He has been gone since 1996, so anything we can do to carry on his traditions, I do.
When GrandVol would carve pumpkins we would have to do the "Pumpkin Dance." Which was everyone line up around the pumpkin and dance around in a circle. I haven't shared that tradition with everyone. I can't let everyone know how crazy my family is, but we made our own version. A competition.
When my cousins and I were in college we would have a competition every year. The competition has continued and now spreading around the world.
What is a family tradition that you like to share?