The thought of a large knife and two three-year-olds scares the crap out of me, so we have turned to pumpkin carving alternatives.
A natural klutz, I'm even worse with sharp objects. Add two overeager preschoolers wanting desperately to get their hands dirty so to speak and you can see where I'm less than willing to take on the challenge of carving not one but two pumpkins.
The year the twins were born we skipped carving all together, going with the natural pumpkin look. The next year, we drew faces on the twin's pumpkins with markers. Last year, we took it up a notch and broke out the glue. We used string, squiggly eyes, pom poms and pipe cleaners to decorate the pumpkins.
As you can see, I'm building up to (or avoiding) the year we finally carve pumpkins but I'm still not ready this year. However, I had to do something new.
Enter Mr. Potato Head. Or at least his accessories. Target was selling these Potato Head kits for pumpkins. And I'm a sucker for a gimmick.
But turning pumpkins into potato heads is a little harder than it looks. So we had to turn to Daddy for help.
So on Sunday afternoon, my husband helped the twins decorate their pumpkins for Halloween. My daughter chose a princess kit for her white pumpkin. And my son turned his orange pumpkin into a pirate. Aargh!
The twins are very happy with their creations. My husband had a good time helping the kids. And I've put off pumpkin carving for one more year.