With Halloween approaching, carving jack-o’-lanterns seemed a fun and fitting way to decorate the courtyard. The kids teamed up to carve the 8 pumpkins (all donated by Kroger), and they did a terrific job scooping the goop and carving cute, funny or scary faces.
This pumpkin-carving activity took place 2 weeks ago (yes, I’m a little behind here), which I thought would be close enough to Halloween – October means cool fall weather, right? But, with the unseasonable heat wave that followed, the jack-o-lanterns were a mushy mess even before the Monster Mash. But, at least for that short while, they added a nice, festive flair to the courtyard.
Eco-conscious footnote: I admit this activity had much more to do with having a fun time than helping the environment. So, here’s a related “help the earth” request – if you can, after Halloween, get your kids to help you compost your pumpkins instead of letting them end up in a landfill.