CELEBRATE. MAKE TRADITIONS.
Ever since Jeff and I started dating (except for the first year because we hadn’t been dating even a month by Halloween), we have been carving pumpkins together. It was a tradition we started off doing with his parents and then we just continued to do it over the years.
A few years we just did it on our own or with one other couple, but now we like to make a party out of it. It’s a great way to celebrate Halloween with our adult friends since we’re busy with the kids on Halloween night.
1. We try to invite everyone over 2-5 days before Halloween so all the pumpkins will still look good lit up Halloween night.
2. We always have chili, fritos, and cheese for a simple yet fulfilling meal. Sometimes we also make carmel popcorn and/or cider.
We usually make a batch of our spicy traditional chili and a batch of chicken chili. I love pumpkin carving day because the house smells d-lish all day long while the chills’ are brewing. The recipes for our gooey carmel popcorn and hot spiced cider will be coming later this week!
3. Cover tables with newspapers or wipeable tablecloths if you want to protect your tables.
4. Ask people to bring a pumpkin, tea light, and some carving tools (unless you plan on providing them).
We always buy extra carving tools so there’s plenty to go around, but we still ask people to bring what they have because it always seems like we end up with a few broken by the end of the night.
5. Have some big bowls to put pumpkin guts in.
6. Have some pens/pencils and paper on the tables for people to sketch out ideas.
7. Let people choose to eat or start carving.
9. Once everyone is done, it’s tradition for each of us to take a picture with his/her carved pumpkin. This is no traditional picture though, you have to match your pumpkin face! It’s so much fun and makes for hilarious photos!
10. We also always take a picture of the entire group with all the pumpkins and then one with just the pumpkins lit up and the lights off.