Went to harvest a half dozen pumpkins today. These were two handed leg benders that my father-in-law has been growing. He is somewhat of a big vege growing genius.
We are going to cut them up into so called "Jack-o-lanterns" to decorate the home for Halloween. I'm not really sure how to celebrate this tradition as we never did growing up in Australia, but it has become popular here in Japan especially over the last 5 years.
Although there is no "trick or treating" there are some parties for grown ups and many shops are decorated for the Halloween period. Japanese
people love tradition and like to participate in their own and many introduced ones, but sometimes with strange results.
I don't know if this is really true or not but I've heard a story of a Christmas display in a shop window here which had a full sized Santa hammered to a crucifix.