All Hallow’s Eve 2015

In all, we only got about a dozen trick-or-treaters at our door last night, and another friend said they only got 8. And driving home from the stores at dusk, which is when you expect to see the wee ones out with their parents, the streets were empty except for the odd pair of teenagers. Is Halloween just not that popular anymore?


Maybe it’s the rise in popularity of organized festivities like haunted houses. LaRonde, Montreal’s Six Flags amusement park, was a very popular choice last night. Their Fright Fest featured 6 haunted houses, access to the rides, and park employees running around in ghoulish costumes ready to terrify you at every turn. My boyfriend took the kids last weekend, and a chainsaw-brandishing employee (chainsaw minus the chain) had my 9-year-old stepdaughter suitably petrified lol. That’s where she was with her mom last night, and apparently, it was so packed it took an hour just to get out of the parking lot.  Maybe that’s where all the trick-or-treaters were…


This year’s pumpkin was designed by my 13-year-old stepson. It’s pokemon-inspired and suitably frightening, I think 😉

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Yup, Halloween is just around the corner, so it will soon be time to select the perfect pumpkin to carve into a spooky jack-o-lantern for your front doorstep. If you’re looking to create something a bit more exotic than your standard carved out pumpkin, I thought I would share these pics. For the past two years, my boyfriend has designed some pretty unique jack-o-lanterns that have received many compliments from trick or treaters – small and large. By adding vegetables, he’s transformed a flat pumpkin face into a 3D character. Rather brilliant, I think, and our youngest still gets a huge kick out of the activity.

Guillaume pumpkin