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Scary, Silly or Pretty….OH MY Pumpkins!

By: Karen Braga

Twitter: @Karenbabydoll22

Pumpkins also known as Jack O’ Lanterns are often used during the month of October. Whether it’s to decorate the dinner table for Thanksgiving or to put it on your porch for Halloween; pumpkins have been a tradition for many years. There are hundreds of different ways you can decorate or carve your pumpkin, I will name just a few of my favorites that work best for toddlers.

Buying a Pumpkin

Pumpkins come in different sizes and prices. Just like Christmas when many families go out to find that perfect tree, Halloween can just be as exciting to pick the perfect pumpkin for your home. Your typical large size pumpkin can be anywhere from $3.00 (CDN) to $6.00 (CDN) at your local store and your tiny pumpkins can be anywhere from $0.89 (CDN) to $1.00 (CDN). When buying a pumpkin with your toddler, have them see the different sizes and have them help you pick one.

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However, if you and your family have a free Saturday afternoon, I recommend going to the pumpkin patch farm. They have a variety of activities that children and toddlers can do such as picking a pumpkin, hay rides, decorating your pumpkin, etc. Some great ones to check out would be (in no particular order): Downey’s Farm Market,  Springridge Farm, and Warner Ranch Pumpkin Farm. These ones are located in Ontario, Canada but you can always google to see what pumpkin farms might be in your area.

Personalizing Your Pumpkin

Decorating a pumpkin can be hard work, messy but nevertheless a lot of fun. You can make your pumpkin into a super hero, scary monster or even sparkle like a princess.

Here are my top five easy ways to decorate your pumpkin with your toddler:

1. Sticky but no mess!

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