Halloween Pumpkins, French Gifts - une femme d'un certain âge

Thursday Miscellany: Happy Halloween 🎃 & More

My wonky little family of Halloween pumpkins. Details at une femme d'un certain age.


Pumpkins carved ✅ Candy bought ✅ Witch hat dusted off ✅ I think we’re ready for another Halloween. 👻 Our neighborhood is a popular trick-or-treat destination, and the last few years, we’ve had between 400-500 kids show up. We park ourselves on the front porch with a glass of wine and go until we run out of candy or wear out. 😆

A few years ago, I would have carved more elaborate jack-o-lanterns. These days I freehand it with a boning knife, and keep it simple. Still, I was happy with how this year’s batch turned out. With the continued high fire danger, you bet I’m using flameless candles!

There’s Still Time…

My Stylish French Box for August has a Provence theme! A look at the contents at une femme d'un certain age.

…to order the November My Stylish French Box! Sharon Santoni of My French Country Home personally selects all of the uniquely French items for each box. They make exquisite holiday gifts, too. Contents are kept a surprise (which is half the fun!) but I can reveal that one of the gifts will be something from La Savonnerie Royale, an artisanal maker of high quality soaps and candles.

You can read about the August box HERE. My Stylish French Box is delivered four times per year, and always sell out. You can also give a gift subscription for the holidays.

And Sharon has introduced a limited-edition Holiday “Daughter Box” for a daughter, granddaughter, niece, or other special young person.

Do you get a lot of trick-or-treaters where you live?

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  1. Susan
    October 31, 2019 / 4:02 am

    Halloween hasn’t been celebrated in Australia up until quite recently, so trick or treaters depends on the area where you live (generally where there are lots of young families), but I don’t think anyone does in my street, but it would be difficult anyway as we all have 6′ high brush fences and electric gates to deter unwanted visitors. Also , it is over 100 degrees F this evening so any chocolate sweets would be well and truly melted.

    • LeeAnn
      October 31, 2019 / 5:39 am

      Halloween as a Spring holiday would be a big adjustment. Kids in some parts of the US have to ensure their Halloween costumes fit over their snowsuits!

  2. LeeAnn
    October 31, 2019 / 5:41 am

    I *love* your jack-o-lanterns! You have great talent with that boning knife. Even your pumpkins are stylish!

  3. October 31, 2019 / 9:10 am

    No thrick y or treats at the door over here. And I love Halloween so much. Happy Halloween to you!!

  4. Berenice Wolpin
    October 31, 2019 / 9:18 am

    That’s a lot of trick or treaters! I wanted to mention that after reading you for a while now, I have really started to adjust the colors I wear. Black has been my go-to for so long (growing up and being a professional in NY certainly contributed to that!). I am about to get on a plane to California, and am wearing leggings and a shirt that can be described as pumpkin/nutmeg – never would I have thought to do so before. So – thank you! (I even put on a long necklace, which I rarely do, even though I own a bunch. See what impact you’re having!)

  5. Jacqueline DeWolf
    October 31, 2019 / 11:58 am

    I also love Halloween but we have a gate and all retired people on our street. When we lived in Portland we got hundreds of children. Your pumpkins are great.

  6. Darling Lily
    October 31, 2019 / 9:32 pm

    Your Jack O’ Lanterns are PERFECT! We don’t get trick-or-treaters out where we live now, and I do miss it.

  7. Cola
    November 2, 2019 / 5:32 am

    I love the Holiday Daughter box! What a great gift idea for a late teen/ early 20s young woman. Do you have any ideas for where to find a similar type gift box for an early 20s young man? Thx!

    Also, brava on your pumpkins!

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