Pumpkin Anxiety

October 28, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from a little pumpkin anxiety. Gone are the days where simply carving a pumpkin is good enough. When I was younger, my grandfather used to come over on Halloween and he would pass out one piece of orange construction paper to me and my 4 sisters. He would instruct each of us to draw a jack-o-latern and then we would vote on our favorite. The winning design would be the one he carved into our pumpkin. It was awesomely exciting and makes me smile when I think about it. But people don’t do Jack-o-lanterns anymore. Let me illustrate with a brief sampling:

Exhibit A: Decoupage Pumpkins                   Exhibit B: Pantyhose Pumpkins











Exhibit C: Peekaboo Pumpkins                   Exhibit D: Etched Monogram Pumpkins



etched monogram pumpkin










I’m not even really sure what to say about all this, but if you press me, these are my initial thoughts.

1. Where are your kids when you are creating these fancy schmancy pumpkins? I can barely cut a peanut butter and jelly sandwich fast enough without my kids getting into some kind of mischief.

2. If I jazz it up and do something that involves something along the lines of say…..chalkboard paint, whoever sees it will immediately say, “Omg that is sooooo creative! (brief pause) Pinterest, right?”…………. pumpkinsExactly. So what is the point if the creativity isn’t even your own, which brings me to another thought…

3. Creativity is dead. Or maybe it is just a facade. This was my brain the other day, “Hmmm, what super fun Halloween phrase could I put on my DIY chalkboard mirror for our Halloween party? Hmmmm… how about ‘Boo’? Nah. Hmmm… let me think of something super fun aweseome and wow-ish…hmmmm. Ok enough thinking. Where is my computer I need to log on to Pinterest.


So I wanna know. How many of you are carving regular ole Jack’s and how many of you are going Pin-tastic and turning your pumpkins into five-star meals?


We are taking the  middle road and this is what we came up with:





  • kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS
    October 28, 2013 at 9:08 am

    We go classic carve! It’s my favorite and it’s fun. We light them up at night and sit them on a bench/table out on our deck. It’s visible when we’re watching tv in the living room or having dinner in the kitchen. It’s what works for us and has become a tradition!

  • Casey Leigh
    October 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Carving pumpkins with pop pop really was the best 🙂

  • Melissa
    October 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

    We carved an awesome pumpkin, put it on our porch and a squirrel ate it! So, we painted pumpkins with the kids’ initials (put sticker initials, painted over it, then peeled). We also made luminaries out of mason jars and tissue paper b/c our neighborhood is so dark! And, umm, yes we found these ideas on Pinterest, but it was completed by kids and was fun!

  • Gina Badalaty
    October 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    We tried something *completely* different this year, by going on a date and leaving our sitter and kids to their own devices. We now have a completely carved and hilarious pumpkin on the steps…yes, he’s vomiting his own guts, so I guess we got what we deserved, lol!

  • Xandra O'Neill
    October 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I love the panty hose pumpkin! We bought some pumpkins the other day for carving, but it’s still to be seen if we’ll actually get around to it. The only time I remember carving a pumpkin was when I was in college, and what I remember most about that is roasting and eating the seeds. I think it could be a fun tradition to start with our daughter though.

  • Carrie @ Chockababy
    October 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I love a simple jack-o-lantern. I learn a lot about my kids by their creative drawings that I can cut out for them: 3 eyes? Why not? 1 loose tooth? Oh, because of your 1 lost tooth…. they turned out cute too!

  • PS3
    October 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    That’s one good looking pumpkin.

  • Heather
    October 28, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I love your pumpkin…and this post 🙂 I am not carving a pumpkin OR decorating one this year. I am too tired. I have a pumpkin that a squirrel took a bite out of sitting on my front porch…and that will have to be enough 🙂

    • Sisters to Sons
      October 29, 2013 at 7:46 am

      I think you have a pretty good excuse this year! The squirrel tainted pumpkin is authentic 😉

  • stephanie
    October 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    We have a few pumpkins this year but have yet to carve them. The boys have been asking to do so, but it has been years since I’ve carved one. I’m sure ours will be a classic carving with no frills though.

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