No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

It’s October which means it’s pumpkin time! I love taking my kids to the pumpkin patch and we always come home with a pumpkin for each kid. When they were younger we used to carve pumpkins but they weren’t huge fans of the texture and mess. Nowadays we don’t really have the time, nor the interest, to spend a whole afternoon carving pumpkins anyways so we stick to no-carve decorating options. I wanted to share some of my favorite ideas in case you are looking for pumpkin decorating options that don’t include ooey-gooey pumpkin guts. You can also use faux pumpkins instead of real ones if you want to make some pumpkins that you can use to decorate year after year.

Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkins

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Melted Crayon Pumpkin from Mom Spark 

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Galaxy Pumpkin


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Felt Pumpkin from See Vanessa Craft

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Pokemon Pumpkins from Happiness is Homemade

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Disney Princess Pumpkins from As The Bunny Hops

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Emoji Pumpkins from Cutefetti

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Creepy Crawly Spider Pumpkin from The Kim Six Fix

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Monogram Glitter Pumpkin from Third Stop On The Right

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Pumpkin Mummies from That’s What Che Said

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Washi Tape Pumpkin From Made With Happy

What ideas do you have to decorate pumpkins without carving them? Let me know by chatting with me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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Family Fun At The Pumpkin Farm

(Disclosure: We received free tickets into Pumpkin Fest but all thoughts are my own.)

I love going to Fall festivals with my family. Last weekend we went to Pumpkin Fest at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm in Crest Hill, IL. There was so much to do there and the kids were in awe as they ran from activity to activity. We only were able to stay a couple hours but they jumped on inflatables, rode a pony, went on a hayride, went through a haunted barn, went through an obstacle course, saw animals at the petting zoo, and played on giant climbing structures.

There were pumpkins for sale throughout the farm and a big pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Other activities we didn’t get a chance to do included paintball, stories told by the Pumpkin Princess, a big bouncy inflatable “cloud”, a giant corn maze, a rock climbing wall and a train ride.

Here are some pictures from our afternoon of Fall fun:

The boys posing on the pumpkins {the one must-take pumpkin patch photo!}

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Wooden train play area

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The cornfield maze

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Jacob and Daddy

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Big spider web climber

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Luke on his pony ride

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The haunted barn we went in (which wasn’t all that scary but good for kids)

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The playland area the kids loved

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The pick your own pumpkin patch we got to by hayride

What a fun afternoon! Visit Siegel’s Pumpkin Fest in the next couple weeks to make great memories with your family.

Spooky & Bright Halloween Ideas

School has just started but, based on the posts being read recently on my site, I know many of you are already thinking about Halloween! I’m really excited to share about a book I received called Spooky & Bright: 101 Halloween Ideas from Country Living magazine.

There are 125 great Halloween ideas in this little book. I’m already planning which ones I am going to do in the next couple of months. Here are some of my favorite ideas from the book:

Enchanting Tree

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Miniature graveyard

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Mama and baby bird

Need ideas for pumpkin displays, Fall home decor, or tasty treats for your Halloween party? The Spooky & Bright book is perfect! You can purchase it online here.

(Disclosure: I received the book for review but all thoughts are my own.)

Pumpkin Patch {Wordless Wednesday}

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Halloween Crafts For Kids {Saturday Stumbles}

Last year I featured Halloween treats I’d found around the web (you can see the post here). This year I want to feature fun Halloween crafts I have found online (click the pictures to be taken to the website they are from). Looking for adult crafts? Find that post here!! :)

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10 Pumpkin Recipes To Try

Since last year’s apple recipes post has been so popular I thought I would do a post about 10 pumpkin recipes I’d like to try.

Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts.

Pumpkin Pudding

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Pork and Pumpkin Chili

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Pumpkin Butter

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Chicken, Pumpkin, and Feta Pesto Pizza

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles

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Pumpkin Granola

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage and Toasted Hazelnuts

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Pumpkin Fudge

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Pumpkin Cake Roll

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Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Soup

Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe? If so please share it below! :)

Tot School: Pumpkins

MONDAY:

Craft- Family Pumpkin Patch

Song- The Pumpkin Song

Activity- Play with pumpkin playdough

TUESDAY:

Craft- Paper Bag Pumpkin

Song- Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Activity- Carve a pumpkin

WEDNESDAY:

Craft- Paper plate Jack O Lantern

Song- Pumpkin Song

Activity- Family outing to the Pumpkin Patch

THURSDAY:

Craft- Paint a pumpkin

Song- Five Little Pumpkins

Activity- Make pumpkin pancakes as a family

FRIDAY:

Craft- Pumpkin Collage

Song- Five Pumpkins Fat and Round

Activity- Roast pumpkin seeds

Top 10 Tuesday: The Pumpkin Patch

Lucas liked the little pumpkins and tried to eat them because he thought they were apples.

Camden and Madelyn taking a ride in the wagon

Jacob pulling Lucas

Camden enjoyed his doughnut.

Lucas and Madelyn sitting in the pumpkins.

Jacob looking for the perfect pumpkin.

Some of the pumpkins were almost as big as Lucas!

Jacob and Lucas with mommy.

Lucas trying to get all of the pumpkins.

Madelyn playing in the pumpkins.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Pumpkin Picking

This weekend we went to the pumpkin patch. Here are my ten favorite pictures:

 

In search of the perfect pumpkin...

 

 

Jake finds one but it's a little too big...

 

 

Jacob finds a bad pumpkin.

 

 

Sitting on a pumpkin

 

 

Lucas tries to lift up a pumpkin

 

 

Jacob finds another pumpkin but it's still too big.

 

 

The pumpkins were bigger than Lucas!

 

 

Perfect sized pumpkins for little boys :)

 

 

Jacob was very excited to find a pumpkin.

 

 

Jacob buys his pumpkin to take home.