I couple of weekends ago we ventured out to Miller’s Big Red Farms, to pick pumpkins. I remember going to Big Red as a kid, so it’s always fun taking our kids there. Luckily it was a sunny day because the temperature was a little chilly- but we still had a great time searching for the perfect pumpkins. The hayride took us out to the pumpkin patch, Leighton found her pumpkin in the first five minutes, while Jared and Camden searched for about thirty minutes for theirs. Camden had a “maybe” pile of ten pumpkins to pick from before she finally picked the best one- this girl has a hard time making a final decision just like me. The rules for picking out a pumpkin in our house are simple- you have to be able to lift it up.
Instead of carving pumpkins, we have started the tradition of painting the pumpkins while watching a movie and drinking cider. It’s always interesting/fun to see how the kids decided to paint their pumpkins, their imaginations run crazy. Jared usually does a sports team, but since he has covered his favorite Michigan teams he moved onto The Avengers. Camden always wants to outdo herself from the previous year. This year she went with a Sugar Skull and coordinating little pumpkin with help from Target’s Pumpkin Decorating Kit with Spikes. Leighton’s pumpkin was an easy choice, she was set on painting a Harry Potter pumpkin and a rainbow one since October 1st- this girl is obsessed with Harry Potter lately. Steve and I paint our pumpkins together, this year we did one navy and mint (wedding colors) and a black cat.
What do you prefer to do paint or carve pumpkins? What are your favorite Halloween traditions?
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