Pumpkins ain’t cheap! Every year around this time parents are are loading up their kids and carting them off to the pumpkin patches all across the country! Shelling out hundreds of dollars for a vegetable that is rarely eaten, and is usually left outside to rot for a few days. All in the name of Halloween. Now don’t get me wrong….I freakin’ love Halloween. It is my favorite of all of the holidays! The gifting nature of Halloween is still mostly intact….Some folks give candy, others give great performances and costumes. Many people really go big on decorations to help families have memorable thrills and chills on the one big night. But pumpkins ain’t cheap. I am standing in our driveway talking to Brian, our upstairs neighbor. He is a dad too. His 3 year old son Colin is here about half the time. I tell Brian that we have a bunch of pumpkins in the garage….37 at the time of last count. I gift a few of them to Brian….”take a few pumpkins and carve em up!” I hope he does. We are going big this year (like every other year) for Halloween. Our plan is to carve 50 pumpkins total and scare the heck out of many kids and a few of their parents. Brian says he is going to grab a few pumpkins for Saturday night. I am glad I could make this gift. He is our new neighbor and he seems really cool. And pumpkins ain’t cheap!
This painting is really about that hypnotism that all parents go through. We are made to feel that if we don’t buy the right things then that makes us bad parents….mediocre at best! But I am shooting to be average dad. Not super dad…certainly not terrible dad….Just average dad. Lol. Don’t fall into the traps! Be who you are. Buy the cheap grocery store pumpkins…..make your own costumes! Make your own decorations! Your personality will come through and that’s what creates Halloween memories. Not store bought costumes and pumpkin pattern carving kits (although these are a lot of fun). You being you for Halloween….wow.