The Grant Family Continues Amazing Halloween Tradition!
October 31, 2019
The Halloween season is upon us, and with that comes my family’s annual Pumpkin Carving Party. As the name implies, my friends and family get together to carve pumpkins. However, in recent years, the party has morphed into so much more. It has become a full-blown competition among the family, with everyone trying to win the prize for best costume and pumpkin.
This party has been a tradition in my family for a long time.”My mom started it 15 years ago with immediate family of about seven people and since then it’s grown to about 30 people,” says Bethany Grant. Such a big tradition takes a long time to prepare. “I start planning the menu and gathering decorations about a month ahead of time. Some guests start planning their costumes six months before the party,” she continues.
The party is always a big hit among the guests, whether it’s their first time coming, or their 15th time coming. “I like getting to hang out and talk while we carve pumpkins,” says Erin Fisher, who has been coming to the party for two years. “I guess I like seeing what everyone carved. Everyone does such an amazing job,” said Dawn Fishel, who has been coming to the party since its start.
At the end of the night, guests vote for their favorite pumpkin and costume for both kids and adults. After all the votes are tallied, guests gather together for the results. This year’s adult winners were Alice in Wonderland for costume and a skull for best pumpkin. In the kids category, Beetlejuice was the clear winner for the best pumpkin, and who could resist a baby owl for best costume? Prizes are handed out and guests spend the rest of the night sitting by the fire, making S’mores, and relaxing.