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Pumpkins In Costume – An Alternative to the Halloween Jack-O-Lantern – No Cutting Involved

Posted Oct 16 2009 10:00pm

Technically, they probably aren’t Jack-O-Lanterns, but my friend Tan turned me onto what has become a great Halloween tradition – turning small pumpkins into costumed creatures.

While we still cut out the obligatory Jack-O-Lantern face on a pumpkin every year, scooping out the gooey seeds and pulp, drawing a face with a marker and carefully (sometimes not so carefully) cutting out eyes, nose and mouth, in addition we make 4 or 5 or 6 “pumpkins in costume”.

Our Pumpkins in Costume start with small pumpkins, about the size of those mini watermelons. Using a glue gun or any strong glue, we add googly eyes. We put on hats, make tails from pipe cleaners and fashion costumes from bits of fabric.

Last year my son made a ghost by tossing a piece of cheesecloth over the pumpkin and adding pom-pom black eyes on the front. This year he made a ninja- which is what he will be for Halloween. Not having a daughter, I went girly and made a cowgirl, complete with finger-knitted braids.

We’ll make 3 or 4 more this year as the mood strikes us – a princess, an astronaut or a cat. An added bonus- they last a lot longer than a cut pumpkin…making them perfect for kids excited about Halloween waaaaay before the actual date!

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