Preparing for Halloween

When I was in elementary school, we used to sing a Halloween song that went something like:

H A DOUBLE L O W DOUBLE E N — Spells Halloween!

Val thinks I’m crazy and says she remembers learning that song but instead of spelling Halloween it spelled something like Harrison or Harrigan. The World Wide Web allowed me to learn that the real Halloween song I remember is called Halloween by Wade Denning & Kay Lande. I still use that song pretty much every time I need to spell the word Halloween.

Val got into the holiday spirit by decorating the house and knitting a pumpkin.

Knit Pumpkin

You should check out Val’s other knitting projects in the Knitting Corner, although she’s been spending much of her posting-online-about-knitting time on The good news is she’s been posting many knitting images on Flickr for use on

When shopping for something in Target, we came across the Halloween section. This holiday probably being Val’s favorite (think: dressing up and eating candy), we had to explore! She didn’t go crazy in the candy department, but did get a few Halloween things for the house (like a Halloween face towel).

Then we saw it.

A chicken hat costume for a cat!

We brought it to Val’s family who recently got a new cat (Nera? I just call her cat) and proceeded to prep her for Halloween.

Chicken Cat

Yes! The cat is a chicken!

More recently we continued our Halloween fun by getting a pair of pumpkins to carve.

Val Carving Pumpkin
Val carving her pumpkin

Ian Carving Pumpkin
Ian (me) carving his pumpkin
Val went with a classic jack-o-lantern done quite nicely.

Val Pumpkin

I decided to attempt to be creative and try something new. A bat!

Ian Pumpkin Design

And I tried doing it with new techniques that I’ve never tried before (my typical jack-o-lantern is like Val’s except more basic!).

Ian Pumpkin

Not bad for my first time doing something like this, although I have some ideas on how I can improve upon it.

Let’s see them lit up!

Ian Pumpkin Lit

Well…pretty cool. It did work like I envisioned it, but like I said, I have some ideas for improving it (or doing over for next time). For a design like this I made sure to make a chimney in the back.

Val’s pumpkin looks pretty great lit up…

Val Pumpkin Lit

Ooohh…Happy Halloween!