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Am I the Only One Who Thinks Pumpkin Carving Sucks? [POLL]

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I love Halloween. I hate carving pumpkins. Am I the only parent who feels this way? Halloween is awesome. The kids get so excited. I love to see what they want to ‘be’ for Halloween each year. I love seeing them trick or treat and what they bring home. I love having them help me decorate the home with all kinds of craziness. I even like stopping by the Halloween aisle in any store we go into all month and letting them play with the electronic decorations for five minutes. But pumpkin carving sucks.

I’m not good at it. I am extremely in awe of those who are. Plus I hate them. Yes, I’ve tried the more “professional” tools. The stencil overlays. I just suck. And I certainly don’t have the patience for it. But I do it every year.

To make them happy, we go to the orchard, we pick out the pumpkin and trudge it home. We decide what face Daddy is going to attempt. Because I suck, my specialty is two triangles for eyes, a circle for a nose, and a smiling mouth with no more than 4 or 5 teeth. Often just 3. Meanwhile, my Facebook friend’s wife carved something so elaborate it could have won any contest. So finely detailed your eyes at first couldn’t understand how it was continuous as pieces appeared to be magically floating disconnected. I’m in awe of those people. And I hate them. As much as I hate carving pumpkins.

You’d think an 8 and a 6 year old would love to get their hands dirty scooping out the glop, too, wouldn’t you? They’re good for about three or four scoops each before they get bored. But oh, they want that finished product. And I can’t very well hand a 6 year old a sharp knife and say here, you want it, you do it. So carve pumpkins I will.

But I hate carving pumpkins. Please tell me I’m not alone. Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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