So that was Halloween

So Halloween 2017 is behind us.  I actually had a lot of fun with Halloween this year – between the decorating and the snacks and the costumes I would say that we made the best of it!  Well, except for the fake cobwebs and spiders that I bought 2 months ago and still have NO clue where I put it.

My morning started with a Halloween brunch at Pulp Kitchen with these fab blogging ladies! It is always so amazing to meet other bloggers with an interest in healthy living. This group was just oozing enthusiasm and it was contagious! (Picture courtesy of Morgan, who also organized the brunch.)

Left to right: ME!, Lisa, Sarah, Morgan, Preena, Danielle, Therese, and Amanda.

How awesome is that saying on the wall??!! “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astound the rest” That’s something to strive for I think!

It was GORGEOUS out when I got home and all the neighbours were out raking up leafs in the golden sunlight while I was carving our pumpkin- aaaah bliss!

I wanted to complete the moment by making myself a chai latte – but then I burned the milk and the little loose leaf tea holder opened up and spilled the chai everywhere so I didn’t drink it!

Would you believe I have never carved a pumpkin before?  Blame it on me living in apartment buildings up until recently, or growing up in Africa.  So today, armed with my very amateur skills I went to town hacking at a pumpkin with a very sharp knife.

No fancy carving designs for this chick though – basic was the only way to go today!

Future roasted pumpkin seeds and late night TV snack:

A little rascal of a racoon got at our pumpkins overnight and skillfully used its little hands and fingers to make holes in the pumpkin and politely scoop the guts onto the back deck.  I secretly think this is super cute and would loved to have seen the dude going about his work!

And now, to reward you for reading all the way to the end of this post, here are my classy husband and I in our Halloween finest:

We went to friends’ house for a party last night and I got to play “saloon girl”, while Derek donned an awesome mullet, brutal handlebar moustache, faded AC/DC T-shirt and a huge can of cheap beer. Good times were had by all!

Did you dress up for Halloween??

What was the cutest outfit you saw at your door??  The little cute and shy ones in fuzzy animal suits steal my heart every time!

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  • revel
    August 10, 2020

    Ha – Alana, lucky you for seeing the ‘coonie! I’m a little afraid of them in the dark, but their hands and fingers and eye masks are so darn cute!

  • Laura
    August 10, 2020

    We did carve pumpkins for one of the Halloween parties we had, but I’m not sure if you were around that year Nienke. Your costumes look really great!

  • Kristina @ spabettie
    August 10, 2020

    we live out on a couple acres and a dead end road with no street lamps… no trick or treaters for us!! 🙁

    we had Easy costumes this year – Jason wore a camo jacket + black pants, and I wore camo pants + black top… we were UPPER & LOWER G.I.s!! 😀

    that is so crazy cute about the raccoons & pumpkins… I love it!

  • revel
    August 11, 2020

    Hey Alli – yeah Cutco is awesome! It’s funny that you used to sell those because the only reason we have it is because my husband used to sell them way back when he was in school too! Hehe

  • revel
    August 11, 2020

    Hey Catherine – I had to think really hard and couldn’t remember ever carving a pumpin, even way back in uni. Yay for more candy for you – boo for no kids.

  • alli/hooray
    August 11, 2020

    sounds like a fun weekend! the pumpkins look so cute on your front porch.
    ps. can’t help but notice your Cutco knives! I used to sell those in college – they’re the best : )

  • Catherine
    August 11, 2020

    Didn’t we do pumpkins at one of your Halloween parties back in the day? I seem to recall toting pumpkins down to Front St from my apartment.

    Great job by the way! The raccoon thing is hilarious! I saw a great raccoon costume tonight across the street, but he sadly did not come to my house. Did the other side of the street, but I think it’s because mine doesn’t have a sidewalk. Definitely did not run out of candy. Shucks! 😉

  • Preena @ A Teaspoon of Turmeric
    August 12, 2020

    Nice job on your first pumpkin! Hallowe’en bloggers meet up was a great way to start the day. My costume by the way was a wild cat and I hardly had any trick-or-treaters!

  • Therese
    August 12, 2020

    It was so great to meet you yesterday and that’s crazy what the racoon did! How strategic of him (or her)!

    And I’ve been carving pumpkins since I was a kid and I STILL suck at it so no worries! 🙂

  • ok
    August 12, 2020

    Haha – cute costumes! Too bad about not getting trick or treaters. I hope you still got yourself some candy 🙂

  • Ashley
    August 13, 2020

    Love this!! I want to know more about you growing up in Africa!! I just carved my pumpkin today…better late than never. I haven’t carved one in SO LONG and kind of forgot how…I messed up cutting the top out…not that the top matters!! I also screwed up the mouth…but I was able to salvage it and insert the mouth back in that I cut out…you’ll see on my next post, hehe. 🙂

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    August 13, 2020

    I LOOOOOOVE that you took photos of the raccoon disaster!

  • alana (at) the food
    August 14, 2020

    i’ve seen a raccoon doing this act and it is hilariously cute to see!
    my dog also eats the pumpkin every chance she gets!
    who would think pumpkin was so enticing to animals??