So last weekend we picked out four of the cutest little pumpkins along with a handful of water based paints. We weren't even to the car yet and the big kids were talking about how they were going to paint their pumpkins. There was no talk of carving, of slimy hands pulling out pumpkin seeds or what designs they wanted dad to make on their pumpkins. I think I may have even seen Paul do a happy dance because it meant no staying up til 2am to finish a pumpkin carving of Elsa after a 6 year old got bored after 15 minutes. See in years past this is 100% a dad task. I will roast the seeds but that is where my part ended.
We ended up having the most awesome pumpkin 'carving' night ever. A new tradition has been formed in our house. I love the idea that our pumpkins will last into November on our porch instead of finding the green waste bin 2 days after Halloween. It was messy but no where near the mess I was expecting with 4 toddlers and multiple cups of paint. When we had rotated all 7 colors we carried kids to the shower and they had fun watching all the paint wash off their bodies. A no stress activity in which the parents got to enjoy watching each little artist create their masterpiece.
|She did not like the first paint splatter that landed on her hand but it didn't take long before she decided being messy wasn't so bad after all.|
|Can you guess who was the first to decide to find another canvas besides his pumpkin?|
My pumpkins are now asleep eagerly anticipating their costume parties at school. I am praying the rain can hold of until at least 7pm. And our painted pumpkins are hoping to at least greet one or two trick or treaters tomorrow night.
Do you have any traditional activities that you have added your own twist to? May everyone have a very safe and fun Halloween and if you get any Reeses Peanut Butter Cups you are welcome to send them my way because for some reason my kids all inherited the same favorite in terms of Halloween candy.
|The hired help, aka husband, was deciding if he wanted to be a chimney sweeper for Halloween. He has decided to pass.|
|Every time it came time to rotate this is how Kenzie protested until she realized she would be getting another cup of paint.|
|Originally she was going to paint Elsa but it quickly changed into 'I'm just going to paint' after Elsa's hair was completed.|
|Yes you really are seeing a painting of Spiderman. Just go with it to make the 4 year old happy.|
|The paint also doubles as beautiful lipstick if you run out of your favorite color.|
|Only one paint brush hit the floor.|
|6:00 in the morning and my kids were more than happy to show of their pumpkins. Why, oh why, do they need to get up so early? There is nothing that exciting going on at that time of the morning.|
|Only one more holiday (Thanksgiving for all you stores and commercials that skip right over it) until |