If Halloween arrives and you realize you’ve forgotten to carve your pumpkin, or if you just want a super-quick and easy way to decorate a jack-o-lantern (with out any fuss or mess), you’re in luck! I have a 1-minute pumpkin decorating idea that could’t be any easier! It’s the perfect last minute pumpkin decorating idea for those of you who are too busy or just can’t be bothered to carwith pumpkin-carving.
Mr. Potato Head to the rescue! With this little trick, you can have an adorable, whimsical “jack-o-lantern” in seconds!
I don’t know about you but when I was a kid, carving the jack-o-lantern was one of the most exciting things about Halloween.
Even when my kids were little, carving the pumpkin was an event! I mean, a major event! My husband and I looked forward to including the kids in the process – laying out newspaper, scooping out the guts and carving elaborate well-thought-out faces and design into our beloved pumpkin.
Oh man, those were the days.
Believe it or not, my best friend and I would begin planning and sewing the kids Halloween costumes in August. AUGUST! By the time October rolled around, our kids would have these awesome homemade costumes that we’d lovingly spent hours and hours sewing and painting (yes, painting – see the skeleton costume and the Woody vest below). Teletubbies, Disney Characters, Dinosaurs with head pieces and spikey-spikes trailing down their backs and tails.
It was a beautiful thing.
Fast-forward 10 or years or so, and somehow between seeing the last of the daycare hooligans out the door, getting homework done, and racing a kid or two off to hockey practice and back, we became the family that would scramble after dinner ON Halloween night to pull the costumes together. The kids would end up scrounging through my husband’s and my closet to make something work. Ha! Oh how times change!
And, as would be expected, one year, we forgot about the pumpkin altogether. Yep. The kids were getting ready to head out the door with their trick-or-treat bags, and I realized we hadn’t carved a jack-o-lantern.
What’s a mom to do?
Well, I’ll tell you what she does! She spies the potato head pieces that the daycare kids had been playing with a few hours earlier, and she jams those into the pumpkin. Mr Potato Head saves the day. He’s so handy, isn’t he? Remember when we used his parts to make potato head snow people?
And so you have it, the Potato Head-Pumpkin! The perfect solution when you need a super-easy way to decorate a jack-o-lantern!
This photo was taken back in 2011, shortly after I’d begun blogging.
I’m not sure why I never thought to share it before, but I’m sharing it now, hoping it might help you save face (no pun intended) if you were too busy to carve your jack-o-lantern this year!
Oh, and check out THIS awesome pumpkin carving hack! It makes lighting the pumpkin SO easy! Once you try it, you’ll never go back to carving your pumpkin the old way!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.