Halloween always elicits fond memories for me. Chili, scones with honey butter, me wearing the same princess dress about four years in a row; all good memories. And of course, an evening dedicated to carving pumpkins. This was always a family activity, and we always enjoyed cleaning out the pumpkins, being grossed out at my mom eating the guts (no really, she does), and carving according to how we liked them. I always chose a nice, round pumpkin with a good stem and carved a happy face. Totally predictable but it’s what I like.
So of course, I was thrilled to give the Pumpkin Masters kits a try with my own little family!
Our girls are finally starting to get to the ages where they really understand holidays, and are getting into them more. It is so fun to experience the excitement through them! I tell you, they each laid claim to one of the Pumpkin Masters kits, and were carrying them around the entire day that we were going to carve pumpkins.
The first part of carving pumpkins is of course, to get out all of the seeds and guts. After I struggled with a knife to cut the tops off, Daddy got out his electric saw and got the job done much more quickly. My girls were not too sure about getting the seeds and guts out, so that became my job (and no, I do not eat the guts like my mom, thank you very much). While I was busy emptying pumpkins, the girls were looking through the books for the designs that they liked.
We ended up just using the Pumpkin Masters Kids kit with our girls. They were pretty excited about the plastic eyes that you could stick into the pumpkins. I started out by tracing the design on to the pumpkin with the crayon provided in the kit.
Once it is all traced on, it’s time to get carving! My husband and I tag teamed it on the carving part to get it done more quickly. I love these kits because the knives are so much safer than using some type of sharp kitchen knife. Much better with so many curious little hands around!
These girls were chomping at the bit to see the designs they picked come to life! And this little one was having a grand old time scooping the seeds back into the pumpkin while she waited. Stinker.
That’s when my oldest decided to get brave and get those seeds back out.
Once I finished up with the spider design on one of our pumpkins, we put in the plastic eyes from the Pumpkin Masters kit. Even without the light factor, these look pretty cool! And in case you were wondering, those are girl eyes according to my three year old.
Once we were done carving all three pumpkins, we put the cool flashing LED lights from Pumpkin Masters in two of our pumpkins, and an LED tea light in the other. Those flashing lights are pretty neat! We took our pumpkins out to the porch, and admired our work!
I think they turned out pretty great! And the girls loved them, which of course is all that matters.
Aren’t those eyes cool? Seriously love those!
We had a great time spending our evening together as a family with Pumpkin Masters, and know that this is well on its way to becoming tradition for our family.
Are you ready to carve some pumpkins now with the help from Pumpkin Masters? You can find their kits at your local drugstores, as well as at Target and Wal-Mart.
And if you find that you are quite the pumpkin artist, Pumpkin Masters is having a carving contest! Share a picture of your pumpkin on Twitter or Instagram using the hastag #PumpkinMasters2013, or enter using the Facebook app, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter. You can find all of the rules for the contest here. There are six prizes, one of them is $5,000!
Would you like to win a Pumpkin Masters carving kit? Just leave a comment telling me a Halloween tradition you have or want to start with your family.
This is a quick turnaround; I’ll be choosing a winner TOMORROW!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.