Getting in the spirit of Halloween

We finally carved the pumpkins we got at the corn maze last week. Jeremy was insistent upon carving his own pumpkin and Jackson was insistent that someone carve in his an Iron Man mask.  I handed a sharp knife to the ten year old and sent the seven year old to his father with instructions so I could carve my own pumpkin. Priorities, and all.

Jeremy carves Three pumpkins

We have the boys’ costumes mostly ready for Halloween. Jackson is going to be ... wait for it… wait for it... Iron Man.  (I know you’re surprised.) Jeremy, however, has asked to be something scary. This is the first time he’s made such a request, and I’m not entirely surprised. We don’t know what to call “something scary” but we bought some face make-up and (gulp) fake blood and other stuff to attach to his face. We’ll tear up some old clothes and make a mess of him.

On the same subject, I decided to take a break from American history for a short lesson on the history of Halloween. We talked about the Celts and Samhain and Irish immigrants bringing the holiday to America in the 1800s. We talked about Pope Gregory merging All Saints Day with Samhain and how today’s version of Halloween became commercialized in the early-to-mid 1900s. It was an interesting lesson for us and opened the door to discuss other cultures and religions. Those are some of my favorite conversations.

Good weekend to you, reader, on this chilly Friday. Go Vols!

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