SuperLanterns Last All Summer Long

I’m Scottish. For Hallowen, it’s traditional to make lanterns out of turnips. How this was done before power tools, I’ll never know.

In 2015, I decided to make a traditional neep (that’s Scots for turnip) lantern. Yes, I used a holesaw, and turnip goo went everywhere.

Neep Lantern — Age: 0 days

It looked pretty good on the day:

Neep Lantern — Age: 1 day (Halloween)

Unlike pumpkins, turnips last. I left it out in the front garden.

Neep Lantern — Age: 43 days

It went very wizened:

Neep Lantern — Age: 124 days

It disappeared towards the end of May 2016. This was the last time I saw it:

Neep Lantern — Age: 203 days

Happy Samhain!

Hallowe'en 2004
Not bad for my first attempt at pumpkin carving. It smells pretty bad when it’s got the full complement of candles charring the inside.

Update, 9:30pm: Phew — it’s over. We handed out something like $60-worth of candy tonight. I had to make two emergency runs to the shops to get more. I have to say, this “Trick or Treat” thing is getting off lightly. When I was a kid in Glasgow, we’d go guising, all costumed up, and we each did a little party piece (song, poem, joke) to earn our loot. We had a retired teacher as a neighbour, and she was a difficult audience. You’d spend about five minutes inside each house, not just a few seconds at the door. Kids today, eh?