A family job: the hollowing out and carving of the pumpkin on the kitchen table, the night before Halloween. The flesh of the pumpkin is saved, ready to be made into pumpkin cupcakes, an annual favourite treat. Its seeds, if we get time, will be roasted and spiced. The eldest boy has sketched out a design for the pumpkin’s face. My addition, as usual, is a pair of pumpkin horns, attached to the lid using cocktail sticks.