Alice has been asking to "decorate the pumpkins" since we brought them home from the pumpkin patch. I wanted to wait until closer to Halloween, so I managed to hold her off for a week by letting her "decorate" our house with them. She'd line them up at the fireplace, load them into any handy tote bag, box, or other receptacle, transport them to a different room, and then "decorate" them into a line somewhere else.
|The bench, "decorated" with pumpkins.|
So finally, this past weekend, Alice finally got to "decorate" our pumpkins. I masked off a jack-o-lantern face on her pretty, white pumpkin and set her up with some acrylic paint. I stripped her down to minimize paint damage/clean up, but I should have known that my dainty, meticulous child would have only two tiny smudges of paint on her little fingers. Nary a stray drop anywhere else!
|all ready to get started.|
|and her pumpkin, masked and ready to go.|
|the first stroke.|
|a blank canvas.|
helped watched, and then used her little safety scissors to cut construction paper into confetti while we finished up. Just before we called it a success, though, Jon went to clean up the paper bag of pumpkin guts and the soggy bottom fell out just as he lifted it off the table. It made a fantastic mess all over the floor which drove Alice to tears ("clean it up! clean it UP!"). I calmed her down while Jon transferred all of the pumpkin guts into a sturdier plastic bag and Alice repeated "Daddy spilled the seeds!" over and over and over. It was, as Alice says, hilarious...
We caught some rays of afternoon sun streaming in our window to give us a preview of our freshly carved pumpkins, and enjoyed their glow while we watched It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and ate Trader Joe's kettle corn cookies and drank apple cider. It was a pretty marvelous afternoon. As soon as we put the pumpkins on the fireplace, Alice proclaimed that we could now get a Christmas tree (I think she's confused by the simultaneous Halloween/Christmas displays at the hardware stores she frequents with Jon...). But yes, Alice. Soon, we will get a Christmas tree.
Ten points for anyone who can identify the characters on our pumpkins!
|jack-o-lanterns glow in the afternoon sun|
|our pumpkins, at night.|