Wearing dress-up clothes outside? Going door to door asking for candy? Playing with your food? For the littlest trick-or-treaters, Halloween is almost too good to be true and decorating pumpkins is definitely one of the highlights of this spooky season. Check out our twisted takes on traditional pumpkin carving to get your preschooler in the (mischievous!) mood for fall fun.
- Paint the Town Orange! Skip the carving and paint your pumpkin instead! Outline the eyes, nose, and mouth with a Sharpie and let your younger kids fill them in with acrylic paint. Older kids can trace a Halloween template like a bat, witch, spider, or our very own Pete the Cat ® (see below) with a marker, and can paint it in themselves. Try painting in black on a white pumpkin for an especially devilish design. You could even get really creative, and re-imagine your pumpkin as a flying saucer or a burger, or a doughnut!
- The Eyes Have It! Your kiddos will hardly believe their eyes with this silly pumpkin hack. Instead of carving or painting, try googly eyes, home-made construction paper eyes, or magazine cut-outs for your pumpkin’s peepers! Looking for a bit of alien appeal? Glue your baby blues to small paper plates and pop them up with a coiled pipe cleaner for an especially eye-popping look!
- Try a Template! Carving is easier (and more fun) with a template and you can download our adorable Pete the Cat® template for free! Just print it, cut it out, pin it to your pumpkin, and carve along the lines to bring a favorite friend to life this fall.
- Drip Drop! Design your own drip pumpkin! Take turns squeezing streams of colorful acrylic paints onto the top of your pumpkin and watch the colors slide down the sides. Continue to layer until your entire pumpkin is covered; sprinkle glitter on the wet paint for some sinister sparkle. Dry and display.
Snacks make everything more festive, so don’t forget to check out our Spooky Snacks Pinterest board for some fun, Halloween-themed drinks and desserts for your decorating party!