From left to right, artist: Ken, Kali, Sean, Shannon, Brian & Michelle We carved these beauties a few weekends ago with our fellow "jack-o-lantern alumni," Sean and Shannon in their new home atop Queen Anne. Also joining in the fun was Shannon's workmate Brian and his wife Michelle. A fun, creative time had by all.
In the interest of science, Ken and I staged an experiment as to how to get the carved jack-o-lanterns to last for extended periods. Last year we noticed that wrapping them in plastic and putting them in the refrigerator until the night of Halloween kept the carving fresh and mold free. This year we did that for Ken's but to contrast simply doused mine in lemon juice and put it out on the side porch. Within a week mine started to decompose, while Ken's remains in the fridge at a stable 40 degrees--mold-free in plastic. So if you have the room and you need to sustain the life of your jack-o-lantern, use the fridge. And definitely do it from the beginning so there is no chance of any mold.
This year we're laying low, hanging out at the house and handing out candy. In years past we've gotten into the spirit of the holiday and dressed up but Ken has been banned from dressing up as The Undead Pimp--we found out that one doesn't go over well with the young children.
Cheek bones Guy Pierce would kill for.