when i first moved to newfoundland in the 1970's you couldn't get a pumpkin for hallowe'en. pumpkins weren't grown here and it wasn't the tradition to decorate. a few friends remembered carving turnips as children. then some local grocers began bringing in pumpkins from nova scotia but there were so few that you could never count on getting one. the children made paper cut-out decorations and the windows were plastered with them. hallowe'en was my son's favourite holiday (more than christmas) and he would live the character of his put-together homemade costume. i miss simple.