Happy Halloween!

TODAY’S THE DAY to get all dressed up and be who you want to be; throw an egg at that someone you’ve waited all year to do so and still get away with it (because you’re in disguise); go trick-or-treating and enjoy all the candies without any guilt.

Nah, we are not into ringing doorbells and begging for candies, nor roam the streets and terrorise people. We (hubby and I, and a friend Dr Fauziah) did check out the streets of Georgetown, Washington DC back in 1998 on Halloween night. It was really out of curiosity as Georgetown is known to be a hotspot for Halloween revellers, and we lived nearby. It was also a Saturday night, we had nothing better to do and were hoping to get some cheap thrills! We didn’t bother returning the following year.

While we are not into skeletons and ghouls, we just love taking pictures of/with pumpkins, the lovable orange icons of the celebration. Over the years we have seen a galore of them – small and large.

Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere… (L-R) In an Amish village (1999), Pennsylvania, US; My little “pumpkin” in the US (2000); The same “pumpkin” all grown, in Moscow (2006).

Em's first Halloween experience in HK's Ocean Park (26 October 2009).

Em’s first Halloween experience in HK’s Ocean Park (26 October 2009).

 Our Halloween outings to Ocean Park, Hong Kong, over two years.

 VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

  Neither sombre nor spooky about the skeleton in the coffin, the kids had a good laugh.

Neither sombre nor spooky about the skeleton in the coffin, the kids had a good laugh.

More Halloween props.

More Halloween props.

Move over Hermoine, I CAN FLY too... on the green screen.

Move over Hermoine, I CAN FLY too… on the green screen.

Left: My kids love this adorable litte Dracula; Right: Nah, wouldn't want to get into one of those before my time.

(L) The girls love this adorable litte Dracula; (R) Nah, wouldn’t want to get into one of those before my time.

More pumpkins... (L) Too big to hug; (R) Wonder if it'll grow any bigger!

More pumpkins… (L) Too big to hug; (R) Wonder if it’ll grow any bigger!

The biggest pumpkins I’ve seen so far were in China, and they were real ones. These pictures were taken during my trips to Interlaken OCT in Shenzen and Nanning, China.

Left: These were labelled “Giant Space Pumpkins” found at the Interlaken OCT Resort, Shenzen. Its description says that “the seeds were carried into the outer space by a spacecraft and brought back to Earth after being affected by the synthesis rays in the universe. Researchers planted the seeds after 3 months taking the advantage of greenhouse effect, resulting in these giant pumpkins that weigh 150 kgs. At the peak of its growing period, the pumpkins could grow as much as 5 kgs per day! Right: These gigantic vegetables are being grown at the Guangxi Modern Agriculture Science & Technology Demonstration Zone in Nanning, the capital of southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Left: These were labelled “Giant Space Pumpkins” found at the Interlaken OCT Resort, Shenzen. Its description says that “the seeds were carried into the outer space by a spacecraft and brought back to Earth after being affected by the synthesis rays in the universe. Researchers planted the seeds after 3 months taking the advantage of greenhouse effect, resulting in these giant pumpkins that weigh 150 kgs. At the peak of its growing period, the pumpkins could grow as much as 5 kgs per day! Right: These gigantic vegetables are being grown at the Guangxi Modern Agriculture Science & Technology Demonstration Zone in Nanning, the capital of southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

 

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