8 October 2009

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Pumpkin Painting: Halloween Activity For The Whole Family

You can eat them...
You can carve them...
And you can even paint them.

If you like playing with your food, Halloween could be the perfect time to do that without being told off...

All you need to do is follow the instructions given by JoAnne Westcott, our Guest Writer for today, and you'll now have a wonderful golden excuse that you can use for many years to come.

Two cousins, the boy dressed in military camou...
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"Painted pumpkins, now that could be a great Halloween treat for all those little "trick-or-treaters" methinks... I mean, hey, that would definitely be healthier than giving sweets, don't you think? 
Oh, alright then... Have it your own way."

We've added a video-clip to today's post...
It's about,well... yes, you've guessed it... pumpkins.
But, it's an alternative take on Halloween
and what we do to the poor things at that time of year...

Watch it, but be warned: After that,
you won't look at pumpkins the
same way ever again.


Loup Dargent

spooOOooky halloween pumpkinsImage by striatic via Flickr


Pumpkin Painting:
A Halloween Activity
For The Whole Family
JoAnne Westcott

A carved jack-o-lantern may very well be
the most recognized symbol for the Halloween
holiday. But using a sharp knife to carve them
is not exactly an activity that everyone, especially
the children who are the biggest fans
of Halloween, can do.

And how many parents have stayed up late,
the night before Halloween, carving their
jack-o-lanterns, only to see that same
pumpkin collapse just days after the big holiday?

During a field trip to a pumpkin farm, I discovered
a Halloween craft activity that even the youngest
members of the family can participate in.
Pumpkin painting is a fun and safe way to
celebrate autumn and Halloween.

This quick and easy craft is perfect for family
activities, preschool or elementary school parties,
Girl Scout gatherings or Halloween parties.

With just a few supplies: pumpkins of any size,
craft paint, brushes, sealer and your imagination,
anyone can transform a plain pumpkin into a
whimsical, life-like character.

By tracing a pattern onto the pumpkin,
young children can “paint by numbers” to
create their own Halloween masterpiece.

With a bit of creative planning, scrap fabric,
craft supplies, hats and jewelry can transform
the painted pumpkin into a character worthy
of name-giving.

The best feature of painted pumpkins is
their lifespan. A pumpkin, once carved, will last
three to five days at the most before it begins to
collapse and rot. A painted pumpkin, when sealed
properly, will last four weeks or longer!

Because of the extended lifespan, painted pumpkins
make the perfect porch decoration, dining table
centerpiece or gifts for teachers, friends and family.

And a great way to make your pumpkin work
double-duty is to paint one side for Halloween.
When Halloween is over, turn the pumpkin around,
paint some autumn leaves and leave it on your porch
for a beautiful Thanksgiving decoration!

About Today's Contributor:
JoAnne Westcott is the publisher of the
full-color, step-by-step instructional e-guide
She is also the publisher of
the e-guide Easy Face Painting.


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