I wanted to let my young kids enjoy decorating pumpkins for Halloween but I didn’t want to let them use a sharp knife. This is what I came up with instead.


I love decorating for Halloween with pumpkins. They’re not expensive and are easily availible from my local supermarket. We eat the pumpkin flesh so they’re not just s frivolous decoration, thus justifying the expense in my thrifty mind. Once Halloween is over I don’t need to worry about storing them, I just throw them on the compost heap where they will eventually feed the garden.

In the long term I’d like to grow my own pumpkins so they’ll be completely waste (and cost) free. I did manage to grow my very first pumpkin this year and I’m so stinking proud of myself. I’ve saved loads of seeds and installed a new veg bed all ready for next year. I’ve also learnt more and have high hopes of a better harvest in the future.

How to Prepare a Pumpkin

I do the sharp knife bit while the kids are otherwise occupied. I start by slicing the top off the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Decorating with Young Children
Pumpkin Decorating with Young Children

Then I scoop out all of the pumpkin guts with an ice cream scoop. This is hard work! I’ve separated the seeds and the stringy bits as I’ll be cooking with my flesh.

Pumpkin Decorating with Young Children
Pumpkin Decorating with Young Children

The flesh goes on one side to make some pumpkin soup.

Pumpkin Decorating with Young Children
Pumpkin Decorating with Young Children

How to Decorate Pumpkins

I have a fantastic waterproof tablecloth for my kitchen table. It’s perfect for crafts.

Pumpkin Decorating with Young Children
Pumpkin Decorating with Young Children

I filled some bits of plastic rubbish with brightly coloured paints and handed the kids a variety of paint brushes.

Pumpkin Decorating with Young Children
Pumpkin Decorating with Young Children

Oh and aprons, there were also aprons!! Little Miss had anew dress on she she striped off before starting.

After the kids had covered their pumpkins in paint I let them dry over night.

In the morning I carved a simple face into each pumpkin and displayed them with an electric tea light inside.


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Pumpkin Decorating with Young Children
Pumpkin Decorating with Young Children

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A Little Bit About Me . . .

Thank you so much for stopping by my corner little of the interweb. I’m Bridie, mum to two small humans, full time homemaker and full time craftaholic – which totally explains why I’m always short on time!

Bridie @ Heart Hearth and Crafting

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