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Celebrate with Pumpkins

Posted on: October 21, 2009

Yoda Pumpkin I love fall time with all the varieties of gourds, squash, and pumpkins. There is an over abundance of the treasures that wait to come home with you to be made into some wonderful. Whether it be decoration or food. This little family can provide so many great opportunities for you and your family.

Pumpkins can be use to carve, paint, decorate in almost any way you can imagine and eaten too.

Here are some ideas on how to make your pumpkin special.

Pumpkin Painting

Get yourself a great big pumpkin or whatever size you like and paint a face or anything you like. The sky is the limit and there are tons of ideas out there.

Links:

http://painting.about.com/od/gourdartpaintedgourds/ht/paint_pumpkin.htm

http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/painted-pumpkins-663178/

http://www.decoart.com/cgi-bin/Featured.cgi?Pumpkin_Tips

Use felt to decorate your pumpkin. Take different colors and shapes and glue a face to it. You could even add some feet and other things too.

Pumpkin Carving

One of the most popular things to do for this time of the year is carve your pumpkin. Find a nice size pumpkin with a good outside. Pick one that has a least one side that is nice, round and blemish free.

There are many different pumpkin carving kits to choose from when it comes to carving and I would suggest getting one if you are going to have children help with the carving. I think having a kit makes it easier to carve as well. Using a knife can be really hard.

Clean the pumpkin. Wash the outside of it off so that you can have a good area to start your project.

Get tons of newspaper or an old tablecloth to cover your workspace with. You will get messy so be ready.

This next part is the funnest part of all. Taking the seeds out. You want to cut a circle around the stem (You will need a knife for it) and then remove the top to get to the seeds. Get a bowl ready for all your seeds. In your kit you should find a scoop. If your not using a kit use a small cup of some kind that will fit inside the pumpkin to scoop out the seeds. Then you want to keep your seeds in a bowl for later.

After you get all the seeds out you want to scrap the insides of your pumpkin clean. Make sure you get all the goop out and make the walls of the pumpkin as clean as you can.

Pick out your favorite design and carve the pumpkin into something amazing that your family and friends will enjoy.

There are a ton of sites out there with templates and other helpful tips on carving. I have provided some of my favorites here.

Links:

http://www.bhg.com/holidays/halloween/pumpkin-carving/

http://www.ehow.com/halloween/templates.html

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/halloween/mpatterns.htm

http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/pumpkin-carving-decorating/

Want to carve your some of your favorite cereal character visit this site for Lucky Charms, Trix, and Frankenberry.

https://www.bettycrocker.com/freecereal/lanternguides.aspx

Pumpkin Fact

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Jack-o-lantern carved is 1,469 pounds.

Enjoy this Halloween with your new friend. Make sure to take pictures.

Come back soon for more Halloween ideas. I’ll show you how to make ghosts using your feet and spiders using your hands. Plus a recipes for all the pumpkin seeds you’ll have.

Kids in costumes

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