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October 21st, 2013 at 5:00 am

Pumpkin Carving

pumpkin-carvingWell, it is a little over a week to Halloween and one of the things left on my to-do list is to get our pumpkins carved. If you are new to carving, here is a quick how to:

  1. Cover your work space and wipe down the outside of the pumpkin. I usually use old newspaper to cover our table.
  2. Cut a hole at the top of the pumpkin to access the inside with your knife at an angle so the top can be replaced without falling through.
  3. Start scooping. If you plan on baking the seeds, seperate from the guts. There is a great seed roasting tutorial here.
  4. Clean up the inside by scraping to smooth it out.
  5. Pick out a design and either drawn or tape onto the pumpkin
  6. Make a dot to dot pattern to transfer the design onto the pumpkin and then use a knife to cut along the dots.
  7. Light it up! It’s so great that there are battery operated lights for pumpkins instead of worrying about candles.

Need a design idea?

Some people like to use the traditional Jack O’Lantern face, but others are more adventurous. If you are a carving expert, check out these Disney carving templates. This Cookie Monster pumpkin is adorable too and doesn’t involve much carving. Or you can use this amazing site and the 305 stencil links it contains. With everything from Star Wars to a kid’s collection you have to find one you love!

Want your pumpkins to last?

To keep your carved pumpkins from rotting give them a simple bath. Use a large plastic tub and add one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. Soak the pumpkin for 4-6 hours. Make sure to turn the pumpkin several times so all sides are immerse. This will make it last for several days. You can also spritz the pumpkins inside and out every couple days with the bleach water solution to ensure your pumpkins last as long as possible.

How do you like to carve your pumpkins?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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October 13th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

What I Love about Fall

DSC03901Do you ever take the time to just stop and enjoy the season? Fall is my favorite season and it is filled with so many things I love. Take this weekend to enjoy the pleasures that the Fall season provides…

  • Caramel apples
  • Layers of clothing
  • Football
  • Vibrant colors in nature
  • Jeans with boots
  • The crinkle of leaves under your feet
  • Smell of crisp, cool air
  • Hay rides
  • Chili
  • Snuggling under a blanket
  • Pumpkins
  • Pumpkin flavored treats
  • Sweaters
  • Hot drinks
  • Apples
  • Fall sunsets
  • Scaves
  • Flannel
  • Fires in the fireplace

Need some inspiration to enjoy Fall? Check out this past post with fun fall activities!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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October 11th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Planning a Kids’ Halloween Party


Halloween is an exciting time for kids… they get to dress up like someone (or something) else, carve pumpkins and enjoy special “tricks and treats.” But for the little ones, some of the festivities and experiences can be a bit frightening. Throwing a kids’ Halloween party is a great way for them to have some safe, enjoyable fun. Here are some ideas for throwing the spookiest party ever!

Decorations: Think orange and black with pops of green. Streamers and balloons are classic party décor, but take it a step further with fake spider webs, hanging ghosts, skeletons or a “witches broom” section, which are fun but still kid-friendly. These DIY fanged pumpkins are cute tabletop additions. Bonus points for decorating your porch or doorstep too!

Food: The nice thing about a kids party is that you don’t have to go all out gourmet! Keep it simple with foods that are nut-free (oh, those allergies!) and kid-approved. A healthy skeleton vegetable dip platter, hot dog and pizza mummies and some festive cake pops or cupcakes are just a few great options.

Games/Activities: It’s important to keep the kids occupied with fun activities. Easy paper plate crafts and mini-pumpkin decorating are enjoyable ways to pass the time and offer an item to take home! For a physical activity, try Simon Says or musical chairs to classic Halloween songs like “Monster Mash” and “The Addams Family.” A nice way to wind things down is a (not too) spooky story time. One of our favorites is The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams.

Goodie Bags (optional): It’s always nice to send the kids home with a little treat. Since they’ll already be full of candy, a good alternative would be things like spider rings, stickers, an activity book with crayons, or squishy eyes. Check out your local value store for cute items they’ll love that won’t break the bank.

Do you have any other Halloween party ideas to share?

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