To everything there is a season, and that includes Halloween. This year, though, I am in a resting phase.
I was a purist. No plastic pumpkins, and the pumpkin's innards had to be scooped out and used for seasonal cooking. I've done many years of preparing pumpkins, roasting seeds, carving lanterns and cleaning up the resulting messes. This year I'm off.
I have excuses, if anyone thinks I need one. I'm saving us from having to eat the surplus candy after the trick-or-treaters have come and gone. Even better, I'm saving energy for the Halloween fun I hope to enjoy once more when we have grandchildren.