Pumpkin Decorating without carving! Melted Crayon Art and Painting!

How do you decorate your pumpkins? Do you carve? Paint?
This is what we do. The no carve pumpkin decorating way.

My youngest son does not like to carve pumpkins. In fact he hates it. He can not stand it. And he will not touch the inside to clean it out.
So this year for him we decided to try out two different ways to decorate his pumpkins. He loves to paint and was waiting for his chance to do some melted crayon art after his brother got to do craft recently. So after some thought and time on Google we came up with a couple of ideas.
1. Melted Crayon Art on the Pumpkin.
2. Painting the Pumpkin.

Here is the how to on both.

How to do Melted Crayon Art on the Pumpkin.

First you need a pumpkin, crayons, and a hair dryer.

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Next peal the crayons and break them in half.

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After you have broken the crayons in half, it is time to put them on the pumpkin. Some people use glue to get them to stick, others melt them a little bit with lighter to get them to stick. We ended up using a hot glue gun.

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I attempted to get some bright colors in there (and pink!), however I was told that its Halloween and pumpkins don’t need to be bright and colorful, or pink!
Be careful when starting to melt them, the crayon can, and probably will splatter.
It will also start to peel away at the bottom of the pumpkin. After we were done we went back and heated that part up trying to get it to stick back down.

You may want to add more crayons depending on the look you are going for. With the boys in charge there is no question about it, more crayons had to be added!
Continue to melt until you get a look you are happy with.

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And it is done!

Our Melted Crayon Art Pumpkin!

Next up, our Painted Pumpkin!

How to decorate your Pumpkin with Paint.

First you need a pumpkin and paint!
(Check out your local dollar store for craft paint!)

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Next, start dripping paint on top and watch it slide down.

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The boys did not want to stop until the whole thing was covered. They had such a blast! They loved doing this!

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Almost done, just one more thing. Glitter!

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And done!

Let them dry and enjoy!

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Happy Halloween!

~ Michelle

Monster Pudding Cups

This was a favourite craft/activity of the kids. Mostly because they could eat it after! But also because with little help of actually making the pudding, they pretty much can do this on their own. They decorated the cups all on their own. They poured in the pudding. They crushed the Oreo Cookies. Pretty much all I did was dance around the kitchen with my daughter while they worked away happily on this.

So here is what you need to make your own Monster Pudding.

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Pudding (Vanilla so you can use Green Food Coloring in it)
Food Coloring
Sharpie
Plastic Cups
Oreo Cookies

Something to mix the pudding in.

After you have made the pudding, and let the kids decorate their cups, and let them crush up a bunch of Oreo Cookies (of course after testing some to make sure they are good), turn your pudding green (or any other color you would like, and place in cups. Top off with crushed up Oreo Cookies.
For an added bonus you can add gummy worms to the top.

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Eat and Enjoy!

~Michelle

Favourite Halloween Movies

Its October, so lets talk Halloween.
Actually lets talk Halloween Movies!

I used to hate scary movies. I’m talking I would cry, and sleep with my light on, and this was in college! Then I started dating this guy that would one day end up being my husband. He loved scary movies. And now that I have him to check under my bed and close the closet door, the movies don’t seem that scary anymore!

My husband and I started a tradition that every year after Halloween is over, and the kids are in bed sleeping, we stay up late and watch a scary movie.

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So here is my list of my top 10 favourite Halloween movies!
(These are not in any real order.)

1. Edward Scissorhands. Tim Burton is amazing at what he does. And Johnny Depp, well I don’t think I really need to say anything more.

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas. Again Tim Burton. I saw this for the first time last year, and couldn’t help wondering what the heck too me so long to watch it! It was actually a pretty decent movie.

3. Harry Potter movies. Not really “Halloween”, but come on its filled with Witches, Wizards and all things magical. Not like I really need an excuse to watch Harry Potter movies, I love them all!

4. Sleepy Hollow. Johnny Depp. Need I say more? Again Tim Burton. I think I am starting to sense a theme here, are you?

5. Practical Magic. Love Sandra Bullock. Ok, so it doesn’t have Johnny Depp in it, but I still love this movie! Sisterly love, witches, magic, and love!

6. Casper! I love Casper! What is not to love, its Casper the Friendly Ghost! I love this one because I remember watching it when I was younger and now I can watch it with my kids!

7. Ghostbusters. Such a classic. I remember this movie scaring me so bad when I was younger. Still every time I hear eggs cooking I think of this movie, and that scene where the eggs popped out and started cooking on her countertop.

8. Trick ‘r Treat. I don’t even know where to start with this one. I have such a love hate relationship with it. It scared me the first time I saw it. I think it is one of those movies that is bad, but so bad it makes it good, so really it is a good movie. You know?

9. Interview With The Vampire. Brad Pitt. That is all.

10. Nightmare On Elm Street. All of them. Oh those movies, the whole it happens in your dream thing, oh man, that gets to me. And if you watch the first one, a very young Johnny Depp.

What are your favourite Halloween movies?

~ Michelle