Turnips? Jeezus! Surely, a holesaw-drillbit would be easier with those
We did it every year as kids growing up in Ireland. Being a Celtic festival, the end of October, beginning of November (appropriated by the church into All-souls-day (Halloween - all hallows' eve), then All Saints Day (1st November, and used to be a holy day of obligation) - it was always an "important" time. We dressed up as soon as we were old enough to be let loose on your own - that would be around 4 years of age. You'd never dream of not dressing up Nearly every house would have treats. A lot of the families would make us go in and bob for apples, sing a song, etc. It was great fun, mainly because the whole neighbourhood joined. We'd come home with carrier bags so full of goodies, we'd be kept going till Christmas.
Happy memories for me. I don't ever see my son enjoying Halloween the way we did.