H wanted to try carving so I had her draw her design/face with a marker. We used a washable marker. H is a perfectionist when it comes to her artwork, so if she messed up she could easily wipe it away and re-draw.
Next the fun part?!... taking out the goop and seeds. This was H&N's first time and I was curious to see if they would enjoy it.
H's reaction: "This is disgusting", but happily helped me get the seeds out.
I assisted H at first but once she got the hang of it she was carving away.
N's reaction: He tried a little then decided he had enough, "I don't like the smell."
I got this Mini Pumpkin Push-Ins kit (Mr. Potato Head) on clearance last year. You probably could just use the pieces from the toy if you have some.
N had much more fun with this as you can see. I did carve out small holes so he can attach the pieces. The kids even had fun making "Picasso pumpkins" (Ex: sticking the nose on top of the head and eyes on the bottom.)
Our pumpkins are ready and chillin' outside!
How did you make your jack-o-lanterns? Do you carve? paint? stickers? kits?
Any tips on how to keep a carved pumpkin last longer?
It's been a crazy month for us but we are able to squeeze in a couple fun treats for the kids.
Unfortunately I don't think we'll have time to go to the pumpkin patch this year but we'll be sure to pick up some at a local farm/store so we can do some pumpkin carving next week!
Two Saturdays ago we stopped in at Lowes and attended their Build and Grow workshop. We made a Spooky Stacker. It's a fun and interactive family activity. H&N built a cute monster candy stacking game. Speaking of monsters... don't forget to check out our BOJ's Monsters too!
This weekend we'll be heading to a nearby mall where they have their annual Malloween. There will be some activities and a mall wide trick or treating for kids. Hopefully this year it won't be as crazy as last year because of a Hurricane Sandy. (That was not a treat for sure!)
What fun activities did you do this month? Did you pick your pumpkins yet? Eva * This is not a sponsored post.
H&N costumes are ready to go! They actually had their minds set back in September and I'm happy to say they stuck with it. Phew, otherwise they would have one disappointed mommy haha!
At first H wanted to be a peacock. How was my fashionista aware of this trend? Haha
(I noticed this was actually one of "the costume themes" this year, at least for little girls.) But she actually decided to be a bunny in the end. This is the easiest costume I made by far. I'll do some face painting, throw on a pair of bunny ears, a white sweatshirt and leggings. I made a tail with a giant chenille pipe cleaner and sewed it onto her leggings.
As for N, he first wanted to be Darth Vader.
... then Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc.
... then he wanted to be Yoda!!! Final answer!
This was a little more complicated to create so I did some research on Pinterest to get some ideas. I bought green fleece to create a yoda hat/head. Cream and brown fleece for the robe. And my brother's green light saber that he played with as a kid. This should keep N nice and warm since it's usually pretty chilly out.
Now that the kids are older and realize they get free candy they can't wait to go trick or treating this year!
What was your favorite candy that you got when you went trick or treating? Do you buy candy you like or "not like" to pass out to the trick-or-treaters? Eva
It is that time of the year again, when neighbors have their Halloween decorations out already and I still haven't gotten a pumpkin yet. Will probably get one soon though and probably some mums to decorate our porch. I'm not big on decorating our porch for any season BUT I have already started to think about the kids costumes, since all 3 older kids will have some sort of parade and/or party at their school for Halloween this year.
E1 started out wanting to be a lion this year and I totally fell in love with this lion coat I saw on Pinterest but it is super expensive and I was considering making a similar version myself.
A couple weeks later though, he changed his mind and wanted to be a mouse again this year. But he didn't want to wear the same costume from last year that changed from an elephant to a mouse last minute. He is really sensitive to the "feel" of his clothes these days and said the hoodie with the ears is to "itchy" so he didn't like it. I found some ideas on Pinterest so will probably try another DIY costume for him that doesn't involve a hoodie.
As for the girls, they have an obsession with cats, especially E2, so they both decided that they wanted to be black cats this year. This should be pretty easy--some black headbands with ears attached, a tail, some face paint paired with a black top and black leggings.
* From jksketchy.deviantart.com
Have no idea what to dress up E4 as yet but I am tossing around the idea of dressing him up like a piece of cheese so it co-ordinates with the 3 older kids.
Feel free to also check out some other fun Halloween ideas on our Pinterest board here.
And don't forget about our Monsters line of magnets if you are looking for some fun gifts for the kids this Halloween season.
What will you and/or the kids be dressing up as this year? And will you be making or buying costumes this year? Zi