Though I do not dress up for Halloween anymore or go trick or treating, I have kept up with the tradition of carving pumpkins. It is a psuedo-art. One year I felt especially ambitious (and especially fond of Gwen Stefani) and carved the words, 'No Doubt' into a pumpkin.
Anyway, my artistically inclined friend, Leah, came over to carve a pumpkin with me. It was her job to pick up the pumpkin at Safeway, but she called from the store and said that they had no pumpkins left in stock. I was disappointed until she called back only minutes later to say that while Safeway was still out of pumpkins, they had plenty of Funkins, foam carvable pumpkins. I was curious and told her to bring this odd but potentially genius alternative.
Yeah, maybe the foam is kind of strange but at least there would be no mess and my house wouldn't smell like pumpkin for days. We carved the thing up in the shape of a cat and it worked out rather well. It even came with a pre-cut hole in the bottom for the candle. However, as I prepared to light the candle I notice a sticker on the bottom of the pumpkin warning the user about foam's flammability. I thought that was a little ironic, the pre-cut hole was not designed for a candle. Anyway, I ignored the warning and enjoyed my funkin.