There is something simple and charming about Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor that just makes my kids smile and at times laugh so hard. I think that if we allowed it; the kids would roll pumpkins down our hill. This little book, I'll admit, has added to the atmosphere of the annual tradition my children have come to enjoy. Every year, with Grandma and Great Aunt, they love going to collect pumpkins, coming home to carve them and roasting the seeds.
I just have to giggle at our trip this year. Our usual spot has become such a hot spot that we thought we'd save on the admission price and check out a seasonal spot by the mall. Well, the kids had fun....But did not want to buy their pumpkins there. After lunch we headed over to the usual farm and just shopped for pumpkins at their store. A simple sugar pumpkin will not suffice. My kids are really becoming pumpkin snobs ; ) They each wanted either the biggest, orangest, least orange, smallest, weirdest or most unusual shape. I think they accomplished picking just the right ones.
We enjoyed several other books from the library this past week about pumpkins and Halloween. There was one in particular the kids really enjoyed. I have a feeling Mouse's First Halloween by Lauren Thompson will become a must around this time of the year. In case your wondering; I am usually the last one at the table carving out their designs while they go off excitedly waiting to put the candles in them. As for all those other pumpkins, well, they become part of next months tradition ; )