The next event on the calendar in 1994 was Halloween, and for the first time David carved his own Jack O’ Lantern all by himself at home in Hetzerath.
In years prior, carving pumpkins was always a team event – with David and I both working on the design and the finished result together.
Carving the Jack O’ Lanterns was always a task for David and I to accomplish together – a messy but fun project for us to have fun with.
Working with the skill of an artisan, David gives this task his full concentration and effort – along with using a little artistic license on the traditional Jack O’ Lantern design.
Since our house in Hetzerath was set way back from the street where no one would see the Jack O’ Lanterns, we decided to just display them on the tiled wood stove or “Kachelofen” in our living room.
Because the Kachelofen was off in a portion of the living room by itself, the area didn’t get a lot of use – but the Jack O’ Lanterns looked nice on the top of the tiled wood stove.
I carved a more traditional design for my Jack O’ Lantern on the left – but David’s was more experimental in design on the right.
Jack O’ Lanterns are fun to carve and look the best in candlelight of course, and this one was quite cheerful I thought – with his big toothy grin.
The year before we had more of a clown shaped Jack O’ Lantern along with a traditional design, so David took the concept one step further and entered the realm of experimental design this year.
David did a quick change into his Batman Halloween costume, and all of a sudden it was the Caped Crusader and defender of Gotham City – right in our own living room.
David was taking karate classes at the Spangdahlem AB Recreation Center at the time, so it was a perfect opportunity for him to demonstrate some moves as Batman.
Halloween can be a great time for kids to play-act and take on the persona of a larger-than-life character – which helps them to explore who they really are – and want to become.
Halloween should remain a fun and harmless activity for children to participate in, but sadly in society today that’s not always the case.
Here David goes through the crime fighting moves and techniques that enable Batman to protect Gotham City – and safe from the criminals that lurk in the shadows.
The job of a superhero is never an easy one, and Batman needs all the strength and skill that he can gather to fight crime in Gotham City.
Standing watch to ensure the protection of the citizens of Gotham City, Batman must remain ever vigilant and on guard to be able to act in the blink of an eye.
With his cape always ready to shield him from the eyes of criminals, Batman must be ready to depart on a moment’s notice if a citizen of Gotham City needs his assistance.
Superman and Spiderman know that that the true protector and defender of freedom is indeed Batman – and for a short moment the Caped Crusader appeared in our home – and then departed to ensure the safety of all citizens that need his protection.