Celebrating The Fall Season With Fun Family Activities

Host a Pumpkin Decorating Party for family and friends!

Image from Artful Parent

Image from Artful Parent

Autumn has arrived and Halloween is right around the corner, have you and your family chosen a costume yet? Spending time with family and friends is what the holiday seasons are all about so why not kick it off with a great activity for all ages! When you think about October, what is one of the first things that come to mind? PUMPKINS! Host a pumpkin decorating party and keep it simple because carving can be difficult for younger kids, decorating them is a great alternative.

Gather a few simple supplies and some small pumpkins and you can assure that the kiddos will have a fantastic time! First, you need to get some smaller pie pumpkins rather than the big ones because they are a lot easier for small hands to handle. On the plus side, they are also relatively inexpensive and you can get a variety of colors at some retail locations. Next, try and supply some fun things that can easily be glued to the pumpkins, like large sequins, rhinestone gems, buttons, and little spiders. Be careful, some items might require hot glue and a parent, be sure to have Mod, Podge, glue and glitter glue available for other options. If you have ever been to a craft store this time of year, you know there are also a lot of fun seasonal scrapbook pages and paper punches that would be great add-ons for the pumpkins as well. Other supplies you might want to set out could include paint markers, acrylic paints and brushes (for the super artsy youngsters).

For the grown up in attendance, put together some seasonal treats. Our personal favorites are apple cider doughnuts from any local farm or orchard, candy corn and some delicious pumpkin spice coffee because you deserve a treat too! If you need some inspiration to get you in the spirit, check out some of these links to get the juices flowing!

These shadow puppets from One Perfect Day blog would be great add-ons for the pumpkins, printed or traced on to colored or patterned paper. http://www.oneperfectdayblog.net/2013/10/03/halloween-craft-for-kids-shadow-puppets/

Reader’s Digest has free pumpkin carving patterns that could easily be used as add-on’s as well, you could even mix and match the faces and designs! http://www.rd.com/slideshows/pumpkin-carving-patterns-ideas/

Or if you are feeling extra fancy and creative check out this post from the Artful Parent with some ideas and tutorials that might need a little more parent supervision. http://artfulparent.com/2014/09/best-pumpkin-decorating-ideas-for-kids.html

Happy pumpkin decorating!

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