In our house, as soon as October is upon us, it’s Halloween! I love this festival. I enjoy not only the decorations and trick or treating, but also the history of the festival fascinates me. (Read my recent post 13 Halloween facts to find out more). My kids absolutely love pumpkin carving. It’s a great family activity that can take care of an hour (or two in our case). We bought 2 large pumpkins from Asda priced only £1.50 each.
We then spotted a pumpkin carving kit for £3.00 – we usually use knives and spoons to create our ghoulish pumpkins, but I thought this carving set would make our creations look a little more professional! The set contained a number of tools, as well as a really useful book containing pumpkin stencils.
After much deliberation, the girls finally chose their designs – Aurelia chose a skeleton stencil and Kerri a cat! They then moved onto the pumpkins. They scooped out the insides of the pumpkin using the tools provided in the kit.
This was incredibly messy, but so much fun. This took the best part of an hour!
Getting the stencils onto the pumpkins was rather tricky. We used sellotape to hold the stencil in place while we drew around it. We used red marker pens so the lines we made would stand out.
The tools were relatively easy to use (much easier than the kitchen knives we have used in previous years). Under my supervision (of course) my 4-year-old, Aurelia was even able to help with the carving.
Eventually, after around 30 minutes of carving, the pumpkins were ready! They might not be the most professional pumpkins, but they are certainly the best we have ever made!
With a 12 year age gap between my children, I’m always on the prowl for things they can do together. Pumpkin carving is certainly one of those activities.
I recently read that squirrels like pumpkins! Once we have finished with our pumpkins, we have decided to take them to our local park so the squirrels can feed on them. I think this a great use of used pumpkins! An autumn walk is then another family activity we can get from our pumpkin carving afternoon!
If like me, you love Halloween, you can download a free Halloween Countdown Calendar from Festive-Lights. This is a great way to plan all of your spooktacular Halloween activities!