Picture of Carved Jack o lantern result

One year, this was our final result, after carving our pumpkins. The boys had a blast, and a neighbor friend was over as well. They kind of just came up with their own designs for the pumpkins, and did what they wanted to do. I thought these turned out cute, and showed some of their individual creativity.

The process of carving a pumpkin is supposed to be more fun than anything I think. Its great to create a memory with the kids! Life is flying by, have some fun, and don't sweat the small stuff.

Some basic tips we use to make carving pumpkins fun and easy

First, have FUN picking out your pumpkins. If we have time, we spend time at the pumpkin patch and enjoy the whole process of picking out that "perfect pumpkin".

Once home, and ready to start, make sure have some markers, sharpies work well since they are permanent markers. Draw a face without too many details or thin parts, so that you won't actually cut through and break apart the face on your jack o lantern.

Make sure you have sharp enough knives or tools, so that you can do it as safely as possible. If your children are very young, have them help make the face, then you can do the rest, after they have helped to clean the pumpkin out and save the seeds if you want to use a recipe for those.

Keep it light, have fun!! Take pictures, play music, etc. Enjoy the time together creating new memories.

Carving Jack o lanterns out of Pumpkins in the Fall

The years that you have kids at home when you can the fun things like carve pumpkins, go so quickly. Make sure that whatever you believe, that you make time for the kids during the different seasons. Halloween is actually my least favorite holiday of the whole year, but we all LOVE the fall. I have tempered my views some, to allow for some fun for the kids as long as its safe and can help them make another memory.

Here are some photos and our ideas on carving pumpkins at Halloween. Thank you for stopping by.