It was now fall in Germany – one of my favorite times of the year – and David and I carved pumpkins for Halloween; this was the sunken back porch just off the kitchen with steps leading up into the back yard.
David and I carved two very nice pumpkins for Halloween and we took David to Ramstein AB for trick-or-treating on base where many other children would be trick-or-treating too.
Germany was only discovering Halloween as the Americans that lived in their towns brought with them the tradition of carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating for Halloween.
David and I always liked to goof around and make faces for the camera or add, “rabbit ears” behind each other’s head in a photo – here he makes his best attempts at a pumpkin face.
This was the view out the kitchen window at the carved pumpkins on the low wall of the back porch – you can see a portion of our back yard in the distance.
A close-up of the jack-o’-lanterns through our kitchen window, grinning back at us and waiting for nightfall to give us their best Halloween impressions.
An evening photo of the kitchen window looking out at the lit jack-o’-lanterns grinning at us in their candlelight toothy grins – you can tell by the depth of the window sill just how thick the stone walls were of our historic farmhouse.
This view is out through one of our dining room windows looking at the lit jack-o’-lanterns on the wall of our back porch.
Here’s the same view through our other dining room window looking at the two jack-o’-lanterns that David and I carved – sitting on our back porch’s wall.
I took the camera outside and used a flash in this picture, which lit up the night enough to see part of the woodpile off to the left of the carved pumpkins sitting on our back porch wall.
The top of the wall surrounding our back porch was tiled, and in this picture the two jack-o’-lanterns are sitting on the wall looking back towards the house.
I tried to make my pumpkin – sitting on the right – a traditional jack-o’-lantern design, and David’s – on the left – was made into more of a clown design to keep everything fun and not very serious.
David wore the same Robin Hood costume as he did the year before because it still fit over his jacket, and here he poses by the carved pumpkins as they display their toothy grins in the chilly Halloween evening air.
My wife made up David’s face to better resemble the original Robin Hood – just the same as she did last year; and here David provides the stern look of, “really meaning business” with his drawn sword.
David is framed between our two jack-o’-lanterns with their smiling Halloween grins while David does his best portrayal of Robin Hood – extra freckles and all.
David defends the two jack-o’-lanterns as if they needed Robin Hood’s personal protection on a chilly fall Halloween night in Albersbach, Germany.
We took David trick-or-treating to the Ramstein AB housing area, and although Halloween was becoming known in Germany at the time – it really wasn’t practiced in the villages unless many American children lived there – I think we were the only military family in Albersbach at the time.
David draws his sword in our living room, and in this view the pattern of my wife’s handmade crochet lace curtain panel shows up very well.
Children grow up so quickly that it is times like this – dressed in his Robin Hood costume drawing his sword – that we remember how precious all those years were while watching David grow up.