The first thing that comes to mind when many of us think of Hallowe’en is jack-o-lanterns. Of course they look cool, but carving them is a great family activity, too.
If your kids want to be hands-on about it before they’re old enough to actually carve them, here are some ideas from around the web.
- Get each child a little pumpkin and have them decorate the outside of it with paint, stickers and glue.
- Try out kid-safe carving kits that feature safe tools and templates.
- Have a grown-up carve the pumpkin and let the kids scoop out the guts (don’t forget to save the seeds for roasting!). Then, the kids can decorate it with Lite-Brite or try one of these toddler-friendly decorating approaches.
- Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, use the pumpkin as the centrepiece for a piece of art you can create together.
If you do carve a pumpkin this year, here’s our favourite recipe for those lovely seeds. It calls for garlic salt – but if your family prefers sweet to savoury, try replacing it with an equivalent amount of cinnamon and granulated sugar. *chef’s kiss*