I got started a little early this time. Back at the beginning of the month, I took advantage of the Living Social Pumpkin Picking and Haunted Farm Adventure with Mary El. We boarded a bus in Rosslyn, VA, and traveled out to Ridgefield Farm in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
We picked pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, ate a picnic dinner, went through their haunted house, and then tried not to break an ankle traipsing through the corn maze with screams and chainsaws buzzing in the background. It was a blast!
I finally got around to carving my pumpkin this weekend and I think it looks pretty damn awesome.
Like my mom always did growing up, I separated the pumpkin seeds from the goop, rinsed them off and heated up the oven for roasting pumpkin seeds. I was out of butter to melt over them with salt, so I mixed them with Worcestershire sauce and garlic salt before tossing them onto a baking sheet and sticking them in the oven. Forty-five minutes at 300 degrees later, my apartment smelled delicious and I had a hot batch of roasted pumpkin seeds.
For my costume this year, I dressed as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's -- Holly Golightly. Had so much fun pretending I was still in college all night. Started at a small house party and ended the night singing karaoke at a gay bar and helping my friend win the $100 best costume prize. So. Much. Fun.
And once my hangover subsided today, I got around to finishing up my little Halloween craft projects. Had a fake black pumpkin from Target that I drew a spiderweb on with a silver paint pen and then glued on a sequined spider. That was easy -- 10 minutes max.
But then I decided to put my inner Martha Stewart to a real test, breaking out a real white pumpkin and a couple of black paint pens. After washing off the pumpkin, I settled in on the couch with the Criminal Minds Marathon and started drawing.
|Here's what I started with.|
|And here's how it turned out.|
Yeah, I'm impressed, too.