It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Friday, October 31, 2008

Chapter 10, Page 31, Book 08

Halloween is here and carving pumpkins should be already on your to do list. But why always do the same old pumpkin faces you learned at kindergarten. Check out these lovely carved orange heads revealing their own spooky Halloween personalities

Q: How do you mend a broken Jack-o-lantern?
A: With a pumpkin patch!

Q. What type of dogs do vampires like best?

Clue: It's a kind of "hound."

Clue: The type of dog is a compound word - first word is what a vampire drinks.

A: Bloodhounds

Q. How does a ghost cry? A. ___ Hoo!

Clue: Ya - Hoo?????? - no...try again.

Clue: You - Hoo??????.... no...think about what a ghost says...

A. Boo - Hoo!

Q: What's black, white, orange, and waddles?

A: A penguin with a jack-o-lantern.



We turned on our porch lights and shared a ***big smile*** and lots of candy with our neighborhood kids. God loves them - and so do we!

My love of Halloween began with sweet childhood experiences
For us it was is a time of family togetherness (going to pumpkin patches and carving pumpkins together, baking treats and goodies, and creating costumes

When my children were young, we went out with our little bags to 'trick or treat', but didn't ever trick, because that wasn't allowed. We simply wanted the candy that went with going from house to house on that special night

It seems no other holiday feels as mutually beneficial to grown folks and kids. When else do 4-year-olds, 14-year-olds, and 40-year-olds put on goofy outfits, play silly games, and eat handfuls of candy together?

I still don't feel like it's harmful for kids to dress up and have fun with their friends. I have found Halloween to be a great way to meet neighbors
And that Halloween for us is about fun, creativity, candy, pumpkins, and hay rides

The name "Halloween" is actually a Christianized term:

It means the night before All Saints Day (All Hallows' Eve).

In truth, the word "Halloween" is a much better name for a Christian

festival than a scary movie


CUT OFF THE TOP: Lord open my mind and fill me with your wisdom and guidance
SCOOP OUT THE YUCKIES : Lord, take out all my fussies and frownies and fill me with your love
CARVE EYES: Lord, open my eyes to see all the beautiful things you have made
CARVE NOSE: Lord, help me to be a swee, sweet fragrance to You.
CARVE MOUTH: Lord, help me always to speak Your words of love and kindness.
CANDLE: Lord let me be a light to others For You have filled me with Your Light.
Unknown Origin

'On Ya' -ma


Jeannette said...

Thank you for the fun entry and for what to think when scooping out a pumpkin. We do not do that anyway and will get no trick or treaters, that is just the way things are around here. For us it is just another day. Happy Halloween. BOO!

Hollie said...

Thanks for such a beautiful entry! Halloween means fun & candy here too. No TRICKS are allowed here either!

Happy Halloween.... TRICK OR TREAT

Cindi said...

love the pumkin prayer!
Happy Halloween!

Adirondackcountrygal said...

The kids will be going out tonight to spook up some treats! Enjoy your Halloween!

Joan said...

It is very quiet in our street at any time and halloween is not different. Hope you have a great evening with lots of children calling. Love Joan.

Kathy said...

I don't get any kids at my house. I miss the little darlings. Our street is on a hill and the houses are too far apart and set back off the road. I enjoyed reading your entry. Happy Halloween.

Alice said...

Halloween is tonight around here but no one comes to our community. As long as it's done in fun I see nothing wrong either. We do see lots of toilet paper in trees and around houses in the little towns and I would hate to have to clean that up :)........

Linda :) said...

Nah, we don't celebrate Halloween much here, lol...
Happy Halloween!!!

Beth said...

Have a fun Halloween and a great weekend!

Janie said...

Jokes are cute. Little kids love to go trick or treating. We went into town and handed out candy to kids at my step-dad's. We don't have any children come in the country. My husband loves to see the little kids and talk to them. They are sooo cute. Hope you had a wonderful Halloween too. Blessings, Janie

betty said...

great entry Ma! I had trouble with Halloween for years when my kids were growing up; our pastor at our current church we are going to said something this year I won't ever forget; he said "every single day belongs to the Lord; Halloween is not the "devil's day"; every day has been redeemed by the Lord's death on the cross and he's in charge of each and every one of them". Him saying that made perfect sense; wish someone would have said it sooner.

seems like you have nice memories to look back on about past Halloweens :)