This Halloween was an amazing experience. The community garden program brought 7 pumpkins, some carving tools, and a bag of candy down to studio. We were going to help the children carve their very own jack-o-lanterns to bring home in time for trick-or-treating later that night. We had just started to carve the tops off of the pumpkins when a handful of children had arrived. Some even wore their costumes. One little kid was batman, while another girl was batgirl. They were all very enthusiastic to show off their unique and fun costumes to everyone. All of the children were very excited to get involved. They were smiling, and choosing pumpkins before any other person could steal it from them. Most of the children didn’t want to get the seeds out of the pumpkins; in fact, one of them said it was one of the most disgusting things they had ever seen! However, there were some brave souls who stuck their hands right in and pulled out the messy insides. After the pumpkins were mostly cleaned out, we gave some of the children a marker to draw a face to carve out, while the other children painted their pumpkins different colors. Many of the children decided to give their pumpkins a smiling face and then went right into carving. Using some small carving tools that we brought and a little help, the children starting to bring their pumpkins to life. Piece by piece they hacked away until a wonderous masterpiece was the only thing that was left. One child even let some of his friends who did not have their own pumpkin help him carve out his own. During this time, Mikayla held a small trivia game about fruits and vegetables, and whoever got the right answer to her questions got a piece of candy. All of the children were completely engaged, laughing and having a great time making a piece of art that they could take home and show off to their family.
Rachel Siegal, Community Garden Volunteer