Pumpkin carving seems to be on almost everyone’s Fall bucket list, except ours. Carving pumpkins is so messy & tedious. We’re no good at drawing which doesn’t make it any easier when it comes to carving a pumpkin. So, for a safe, less messy, quick & fun pumpkin experience, we’re painting pumpkins instead.
Amayah hates touching the icky slime insides of the pumpkin & we’re no good at craving anyway, so we’ve been painting pumpkins for the last 3 years.
As much as we wanted to go, we didn’t get a chance to go to the Pumpkin Patch this year. With school & work, bedtime at 8:30, soccer every Wednesday & Saturday, not having Amayah every weekend, & birthdays, it got a little too busy to head out to the Pumpkin Patch this year. So, I bought our pumpkins at Trader Joes for $2.99 each.
The paint & paint brushes were bought at my go-to craft store, Michaels.
The paint was $6.99 for 12 colors & the paint brushes were $9.00 for 50 brushes (We only used about 8 brushes, but I’d rather have too many than not enough). We barely made a dent in each color, so we can store away the paint & brushes for a different project.
Painting Pumpkins is a great alternative to craving pumpkins. It’s completely safe. No worries about working with sharp objects, & being a complete helicopter parent while the kids use a sharp tool.
Painting pumpkins gives Amayah the freedom to decorate her pumpkin any way she wants with minimal supervision & direction.
I laid down newspaper in case any paint went anywhere other than the pumpkin (which happens with a 5 year old).
Amayah’s Apron is from Crayola, which came in a Troll’s paint kit.
We had a lot of fun painting our pumpkins. Once Amayah was done painting hers, she said, “I wish I had two pumpkins to paint.”
Here are our finished pumpkins. My boyfriend (Aj) & I know we are not artistic. However, in Amayah’s eyes were all really good at painting.
Whether we paint or crave pumpkins, all that matters is Amayah having fun & we’re spending time together as a family.
To be honest, I felt bad, we didn’t get to go to the Pumpkin Patch, & we didn’t carve pumpkins. We didn’t do any of the traditional halloween activities. But, when Amayah saw our 3 pumpkins sitting on the table waiting to be painted, she was so excited. I believe she loves the quality time more than the pumpkin painting.
When your kids get older, they won’t care whether you only baked spooky cookies or cupcakes, didn’t carve and only painted pumpkins with them every year. They’ll care that you made me the effort. Keep that in mind when planning activities. You don’t always have to go all out, what matters is you did something at all.
I hope you enjoyed my family’s “spooky” pumpkins. Who knows, Maybe next year we’ll actually carve pumpkins.
I hope you & your little ones have a safe & fun Halloween!