to be honest (and you might be surprised), i’m not to fond of the holiday decorating. (actually let me re-state, i like christmas decor, but i’ve never been very good at decorating for the “other” holidays.) but, i have a two year who LOVES pumpkins & everything else associated with halloween, so i find myself going a little overboard. yet, i’ve put my foot down about carving pumpkins. i don’t know why, i just don’t like it. they are all slimy & gooey, i don’t like pumpkin seeds & they always end up wilting right before the big day. so, i usually just pile up a load of pumpkins on the porch & call it a day. but i came across this idea in the martha stewart halloween issue… instead of carving or painting the pumpkins, save yourself a headache & slap on mask. suddenly your plain jane pumpkin can be a pirate, skeleton, or a simple masked avenger. then, when halloween is over, take off the mask & you have instant thanksgiving decor! fabulous!
I have a 2 year old who is really into every holiday as well. We spend a day with pumpkins and paint. We setup a little spot on the grass and I let her paint her own pumpkins while I try my best to make a few cute ones. Somehow hers seem to turn out better though.