It was a cool, dark, fall evening much like tonight and Purdue Pete was hard at work hammering and chiseling his famous "P" out of the hardest stone known to man when an accident happened. Pete lost control of his mighty sledge and the statue he was working day and night to complete took his life. That is why the P is unfinished, it was the last P that Pete ever carved. To this day, on cool, fall evenings when the moon is full, folks still say they can hear Pete swinging his hammer and the sound of it hitting the chisel, "Clang, clang, clang!" It is said that to this very day his spirit tries to complete the masterpiece he started but could not finish. So tonight, if you here the clang from Pete's mighty hammer, be weary lest he come for you!
This is the story I told my son today as he carved his first pumpkin with me. Of course he is 19 months old so he just kept pointing at my pumpkin and shouting "Purdue, Daddy, Purdue!" over and over again. He does know how to make me proud. At the very least, even if my story goes unnoticed, it should class up our Colorado neighborhood for a few nights. I thought it might be fun to share any fun pumpkin carvings you may have done to show our support for our beloved school or Purdue related traditions you might have around Halloween.