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Halloween Jack-o’-Lanterns With the Kids!

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As many of you know, I am just not a crafty, DIY kind of mom.  But as I’ve been talking about on the site recently, this Halloween I’m trying to resist the temptation to beeline into one of the party mega-stores and smack down money on costumes, decorations and the like.  I’m trying to do a bit better this year, to encourage my kids to use what they have and think outside the box.

So this year chez moi it’s either last year’s costumes or home costumes, our own haunted house… and here’s something more.  Next weekend I am taking the plunge: homemade, fun jack-o’-lanterns with faces my kiddies have devised themselves.

Let’s be clear, this is something we barely do every year and many years we’ve skipped it all together.  The whole pumpkin has sat there untouched — couldn’t get to it and just didn’t have the mental energy or, to be honest, the time.  I think there was even a year when we didn’t buy a pumpkin (yikes!).

But since Marielle is nearing two and I feel I’m coming up for air a bit, I think this year it’s time to try.  I want a easy, breezy experience, so I’ve come up with a basic plan for carving creative pumpkins with the kids and getting them to talk about the whole thing in a way that gets their imaginations rolling.  Here it is:

So that’s my plan.  I’m feeling less intimidated and as if this is more doable.  I’m thinking we can pop these “Jacks and Jills” outside our door for the trick-or-treaters to see, and that this gives my kids a sense of pride in their work!

If you end up carving these jack-o’-lanterns with your kiddies, send me a pic!  And if you decide not to do them, remind yourself that you don’t need to carve pumpkins, make costumes or decorate the house — to be a good mom.

Posted by on October 23, 2012.

Categories: Celebrating, Easy Crafts, Melissa's Daily Vlog

6 Responses

  1. Kitty ones!

    by Lisa F. on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:11 am Reply

  2. We plan to carve a “traditional” smiling jack-o-lantern with our big pumpkin and will let the two boys decorate their own little pumpkin with markers.

    by Kathy Damron on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:18 am Reply

  3. My kids love making spooky and scary pumpkins! I think Halloween-time brings out the brave in them. :)

    by Jennie on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:34 am Reply

  4. My girls are 3 & 4 so I pre cut out a bunch of different shapes from construction paper. I give them each a pile and first I let them move them all around on a big picture of a pupmkin. Once then have figured out which shapes they want to use on their own pumpkin then we tape them on and my husband and I cut them out. While we are cutting the girls are still playing with all the leftover shapes seeing what other faces they can make.

    by Katherine T on Oct 24, 2012 at 7:53 am Reply

  5. We love to carve cartoon characters into our pumpkins for a more whimsical approach to decorating for the holiday

    by Sharon on Oct 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm Reply

  6. Hi everyone, thank you so much for your great comments. We’ve selected our winner and are notifying her — we will post her name here and on our Facebook page in the coming days. Keep checking back for more giveaways and Happy Halloween!

    by Melissa Lawrence on Oct 31, 2012 at 10:37 am Reply

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