This is my favorite time of year, I have so many feelings of nostalgia for it. My personal tradition is to contemplate those who have passed on. Traditions with family include carving jack o'lanterns, watching spooky movies (this year's feature presentation will be HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL starring Vincent Price), and if we're lucky, handing out treats to kids in my dad's neighborhood (last year was rained out).
I try to do some seasonal crafts with friends on Craftster. This year I participated in a swap of "Ninni" dolls. This was the doll I swapped:
Not particularly artistic, but had fun doing them... Mom told me to make something origami she could mail to my great-nieces. I made these, and we sent them to other kids too. 4 little girls between 5-9 got monsters! RAWR!! If you remember making things like this as a kid, you can open up the sections and have stuff written in there. If you open up the mouth section of these they all say "Hey! Close my mouth!!"
I have always preferred them as things that talk. We were at a restaurant when I was about 11 or so, I noticed the cloth napkins were square, so I made my napkin into one. It was a bit big for my hands (about a 14 inch napkin) my dad took it from me because his hands were big enough, then had it tell the waiter what we were ordering :)
One of the little girls who got one is a creative kid that I'm watching to see what she does in the world. She got a blank one with hers, so she can reverse engineer it and make her own. Bet she will. She's 5 or 6, and has a lot of potential. I'm hoping to get time with her to teach her techniques, NOT "what to make" but "this is how you cut something square, this is how you make round, this is basic geometry and physics, fastenings, slot and tab construction" so she can create with more tools in her mental toolbox, but not being told WHAT to create, just how to manifest it easier.
I love Autumn time, its my fav time of year and ive developed a few fun traditions over the years!
First is garlic planting season! Its about the right time where i am to plant and overwinter my garlic, so its in the ground, with some leaves for mulch :) The pic is from this years planting
Another tradition is Squash Frieeesss!!! YUM! So good. If you havent had them, i highly recommend
Next, is, of course, the beloved Jack-o-lantern carving!! I had this perfect compost pile volunteer pumpkin that i carved, looks kinda goofy but cute! I named him Jaque.
Lastly, i started a new tradition for myself this year, but Pumpkin On a Stick!! Theyre real!! Also known as Pumpkin Peppers! Found them at Trader Joes, got a bundle as a house warming gift, took one of the ones that were falling off to save for seeds, so that i can plant and enjoy them myself next year!! Super excited, turns out they are a variety of Eggplant that turns Orange, and makes them look like adorable little pumpkins!
"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't; you're right"
Doubt we'll get many kids, cold night, and got about 8 last year. I made 8 more monsters to give away, and will be answering the door like this:
Edit: We got one batch of kids, 2 children, but they were perfect ages for monsters, about 4 and 3. They were VERY excited, and were only impressed by the candy because the monsters had it in their mouths. They loved the monsters! And they will last a lot longer than the candy.
Well worth the effort of making monsters! :D
Took me right around an hour to make them, so I seem to work at 8 MPH, 8 monsters per hour :)