Family,  holidays

Happy Halloween

It’s here! It’s here! My kids are busting with excitement. They love Halloween!

For those of you who have wondered, yes, Halloween is celebrated in Ireland.

The kids do dress up and go trick-or-treating, so that is on the agenda for later today.


We also carved pumpkins! The teeniest, tiniest pumpkins.

Honest to goodness, I don’t know why we didn’t do this sooner.

See that little hole in the top of the pumpkin? Mom and dad cannot fit their hands in there.

Therefore, mom and dad’s ability to help with this process is very, very limited.

Or so I told my kids. Worked like a charm.

These were Irish grown, “medium-sized” pumpkins. They cost a buck.

Or, as the locals say, a quid.

Quid is slang for euro in the Republic of Ireland. It is also slang for the British pound.

The large-sized pumpkins were still small by U.S. pumpkin standards, but the store by my house didn’t stock them. Oh, darn.

And do you know what? My kids didn’t even care.

The point was the tradition – no matter the size of the pumpkins or where we live. The point was having fun and making scary faces at the camera. The point was making daddy feel really uncomfortable with these antics.

Oh, wait. That last one wasn’t the point – that was just a happy side benefit!

My kids are off school this week for a mid-term break. Remember, Thanksgiving is not a holiday in Europe, so we won’t have time off later in November.

I’m taking the rest of the week off from blogging to spend time with the kiddos exploring Ireland. Have a wonderful, happy and safe Halloween. See you next week and follow me on Instagram in the meantime to see snaps of our adventures!

P.S. If you want to see how NASA scientists carved pumpkins this year click on the link. It is out of this world! Pun totally intended.

Thanks for stopping by! Here are some other posts you might enjoy. All treat, no trick! Promise! 

Golf Ball Pumpkins

Paper Pumpkins

Denim Braided Pumpkins

Striped and Flower Petal Denim Pumpkins

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