For many years, creating a vegetable-based lantern at Halloween meant hours of hard graft with a knife and a turnip. Designs were pretty basic because carving a turnip is only moderately less difficult than carving a lump of granite with a plastic umbrella.
However, a few years ago I progressed to the North American imported idea of pumpkins and have never looked back.
Maggie might complain that Halloween isn't the same without the smell of burnt neeps, but as far as I'm concerned, it's a small price to pay to avoid a sprained wrist.
Last year my son, Rogan, decided he fancied a go, and I was rather impressed with his first attempt (see Halloween Pumpkins), which was considerably more creative than my early constructions.
This year we took advantage of the local supermarket's "2 for £3" offer once again and both spent a few hours cutting, scooping and sculpting this most versatile of vegetables.
Modesty aside, I think we've both created our best ones to date
Rogan's pumpkin with the lights on
Rogan's pumpkin with the lights off
Kim's pumpkin with the lights on
Kim's pumpkin with the lights off