Don't limit yourself to just carving this year. Let your children try their hand at something a little more creative and see the spectacular pumpkins they can create. Read on for some alternate pumpkin decorating ideas.
Dress up your pumpkin using other vegetables. Let your children create a three-dimensional face for
their pumpkin using vegetables. The possibilities are endless try adding a carrot nose, green onion
or lettuce hair, slices of squash for eyes.
Children can do the creating while parents do the necessary cutting. Then use toothpicks to stick the
face together. If the toothpicks are too difficult to push through some pieces by hand tap them lightly
with a hammer.
Many of the vegetables will wilt if it is warm so create this vegetable faced pumpkin just before
Halloween and keep it refrigerated during the day if it is too warm outside.
Paint A Pumpkin
Every year we get a large pumpkin, which we carve and three smaller pumpkins that my children paint.
We spread the table with newspaper, pour some paint, and then armed with their paintbrushes they go
to work. My daughters usually end up with a pumpkin that looks like it's been scribbled on, but they
don't mind. My son likes to try and create monster faces, which scare his sisters. But that is
the whole point.
My children love creating their own special pumpkin. Since they are too young to
carve the jack-o-lantern it isn't truly theirs but the ones they painted are.
Dress It Up
One year for Halloween instead of carving we dressed up our pumpkins like ourselves. We gave
them yarn hair, painted on facial features, stuck in earrings and added bows for the girls,
and put a tie around the boy's necks. It was fun to see our family sitting on the front porch
You don't usually associate pumpkins and frosting unless it's a pumpkin cookie frosted with
cream cheese icing (Yum!). But using this idea your pumpkin will look good enough to eat,
just don't try it. Instead of carving, use royal icing to decorate your pumpkin. Royal icing
is different than traditional icing because it hardens as it dries. If you don't have a
decorating kit you can cut the tip off a sandwich bag and use it to create the facial
features. Be sure to let the icing harden before touching it. Also if it gets too warm the
face might melt away, so keep your pumpkin cool.
This pumpkin decorating idea is based on decorating a pumpkin instead of carving
it. There are several advantages to decorating your pumpkin instead of carving it.
I recommend carving a jack-o-lantern as a family because every home should have
a bright smiling pumpkin face on their doorstep. But also let your children
create their own personal Halloween using one of these creative pumpkin decorating
ideas and other pumpkin tricks-and-treat. Whatever you decide to do just take a few minutes to have fun with pumpkins.
- Decorated pumpkins tend to last longer. They will not wilt or mold
like carved pumpkins.
- The process is safer. You don't have to worry about knives or your
children cutting themselves.
- Decorated pumpkins don't need a candle to shine and are a great
decoration for your porch during the day.
- After Halloween you can use the pumpkin to bake a pie,
cookies, or any number of delicious items.
- It's always fun to do something new and
let your creative juices flow.