Here they are, the morning after. Using this technique, you can do very intricate designs. And today, (sniff) they go into the yard debris can because carved out pumpkins begin to collapse and moulder so soon! Once they reach the gooey stage, they're too far gone to lift. Then you just have to wait till the grey, hairy mold consumes them. Better they should go quickly to the compost.
They were different varieties of pumpkins this year. One was very hard-skinned with thick meat. One was tender-skinned, and the third was kind of like a spaghetti squash on the inside - very stringy and yellow fleshed. I almost want to bake it an see how it turns out.
From the top, Norwegian Forest Cat, Genie, and happy cat. I have used the happy cat stencil for years.
We had over forty trick-or-treaters by the time we brought in the pumpkins and turned out the lights. My favorite was a tiny dinosaur, just barely able to stand up by himself, who was totally befuddled by the whole thing. He tried to give me candy. His mom made sure to get one of our full-sized candy bars.
I ate ONE candy bar - a Snickers. Oh, that first bite was divine! By the time I was half-way through it, I was sugared out. You really need to get into training for these high-fructose holidays.