The story at our house is that once there’s a chill in the air, the ghosts come out. To keep them at bay you need to set out a jack-o-lantern. R takes his ghost warding very seriously, so today we made our first jack-o-lantern.
This is a great story because
1 It removes the fear and anxiety of ghosts for the other nine months of the year
2 provides a clear and actionable ghost deterrent plan.
This has been very useful for an imaginative and somewhat anxiety prone child that lives around the corner from a sizable old graveyard.
As we did when I was growing up, we follow the procedure in which the kid draws the design and the adult faithfully cuts (aka hacks away like a bad horror movie) the pattern the kid drew. It’s a good deal. There’s no pressure to be perfect and a lot of times the faces the kids draw are absolutely hilarious. R actually drew five eyes but I got tired of hacking, so I owe him. I told him my hand was tired and maybe we could cut more eyes tomorrow.