While Mikey’s Grandma, Granddad, Aunt, and Uncle were in Chicago visiting last week we made our annual trip to the farmer’s market to pick out our pumpkins for this year. Mikey has been looking forward to carving his pumpkin since his birthday at the end of September, asking me every day since then: “When can we get our pumpkins? When can we carve our pumpkins?”
Mikey has also been collecting gourds and miniature pumpkins to decorate our kitchen window, something that has become a little additional family tradition that we like to do every year when he accompanies me to the grocery store or to the market.
This year, Mikey was very excited that he would be able to carve his pumpkin by himself. In past years I have had him draw the design out, pull out the pumpkin seeds inside and then have cut the design myself using sharp knives. This year we used Pumpkin Masters’ Pumpkin Carving Kits to carve our pumpkins and Mikey was able to use the tools to do a lot of the carving himself on his own pumpkins, perfect for a little boy who is at that age where he just loves to be able to take charge!
We chatted and laughed together as we carved, sitting on newspaper in the middle of the kitchen floor, each of us fairly covered in pumpkin. Mikey carefully carving his pumpkin and me using the surface carving kit to decorate my own. The tools were much safer and easier for us to use than our normal kitchen knives and he particularly loved the creepy eyes included in the kid’s carving kit.
Mikey was so proud of his creations and has been so taken with the tools that enabled him to carve his own pumpkins, that he points them out to me whenever we pass the Halloween section in our local grocery or drugstore: “Look mummy, we have those! I made my pumpkin with those!” (Pumpkin Masters’ Pumpkin Carving Kits are also available nationally at Target and Walmart)
We had so much fun that we may end up having to buy even more pumpkins to decorate for our Thanksgiving table, after Halloween is over!
Do you want to show off your Pumpkin Creations?
You can enter your carvings and designs in The Pumpkin Masters’ Annual Carving Contest!, the contest runs from October 1 to October 31, 2013.
Share a picture of your pumpkin via Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #PumpkinMasters2013, submit via the Facebook app, or send via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org to enter for the chance to win one of six prizes, including $5,000 for the Best Pumpkin.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.