K.M. asks from Friedens, PA on October 20, 2008
E.S. answers from Pittsburgh on October 21, 2008
Take a look at all the cute decorated pumpkins at local grocery stores or pumpkin patches. Use paint, marker, squiggly eyes, yarn, whatever.
L.B. answers from Philadelphia on October 21, 2008
V.S. answers from Philadelphia on October 21, 2008
Walmart carries pumpkin decorating kits. The plastic pieces kind of look like Mr. Potato Head accessories. Each has a different theme, like funny faces, dogs, monsters, etc. and comes with several sets of eyes, noses, mouths, and ears to mix and match. My daughter is 3 and not ready for carving, so these were perfect for her. I laid out each set and let her pick which of each she wanted. The result is adorable. The pieces push right in and she was able to help me do it. The best part is the set was only a couple dollars and can be used again next year.
A.R. answers from Lancaster on October 21, 2008
My 4 year old daughter paints hers. We bought pumpkin paint at the store where we bought our pumpkins. She loves painting them. Even my older son who carved his ended up adding some paint to his. They look great!
H.F. answers from Pittsburgh on October 21, 2008
2. My friends used precut foam shapes (I believe she got them at Michael's... special Halloween ones) to glue on to make a pumpkin face. She also made hats for the pumpkins out of the paper.
Anyhow, hope this helps.
A.P. answers from Allentown on October 21, 2008
Last year, I let my preschooler paint our pumpkin w/ acrylic paints. We did it outside, so I didn't have to worry about a big mess & I just put a smock on her first.
She had a blast & it looked adorable!
M.M. answers from Sharon on October 21, 2008
I work with people with disabilities and it is often hard for them to carve a pumpkin so we draw a design on the pumpkin with marker. We then have them paint glue on the pumpkin inside the marker lines with a paintbrush. After they are done paining on the glue we sprinkle it with glitter. They really look nice and when the light hits it the glitter shines beautifully. Good Luck!
L.S. answers from Lancaster on October 21, 2008
stencil black cats or witches, spray paint over lace, hot glue seasonal ribbons on, hot glue pieces of dried corn, raffia, wood buttons, bits of flannel or felt, leather, birdseed, feathers, small stones, the possibilities are endless.
M.B. answers from Kansas City on October 20, 2008
A craft store like Michael's will sell faces that are foamie and have adhesive on the back. We bought a witch, frankenstein and a pirate. SO very cute!! Everything came in the envelope. Even my 2 year old did one and was sooo proud of himself.
V.D. answers from Philadelphia on October 21, 2008
I have always let my children paint their pumpkins.
Good luck. V.
D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on October 20, 2008
What a great idea! Put that Mr. Potato Head to use! LOL