Jack-O-Lantern Fun


My daughter came home to spend the night this weekend. I think she knew I’d have her some Halloween treats waiting for her. Ever since she out grew trick or treating, I make her a treat basket. 

Before she came, I wanted to have a pumpkin to carve. The past couple years, we have painted little pie pumpkins for Halloween but I decided to have the fun of carving one. I waited last minute to find one. I did not know stores ran out of pumpkins but I went to two Walmarts and a Food lion looking for one. No luck. 

On the way home I asked Nick to stop by another Food lion on the way home. “If they do not have any pumpkins, we will just not do one”. I said.
He pulled up to the door so I could jump out and run inside. When the sliding doors opened I saw the best looking pumpkin sitting on the floor like it was was waiting on me. I was so excited, I snapped a photo before snatching it up and taking it to the register. 

Before my daughter arrived, I went ahead and cleaned out the insides and prepared the seeds for roasting. I knew it would be late when she comes in and I wanted to have it ready to carve. She was so excited when she came throught the door and saw ole Jack O waiting on her. We could have printed out a cool stencil to use and got realy creative but we decided to go with the traditional Jack O lantern face. 

Well, Sort of. 

I let her do all the carving this time. Nick got nervous when he saw her cutting with a knife. Me and her are both left handed so it freaks right handed people out when they see us use a knife. He left the room. His nerves could not handle it. 

I stood watching as she carefully brought the pumpkin to life. She played around with it then said, “It’s throwing up”.

We did not let him stay sick. We added some battery tea lights to make him presentable at night. 

Meanwhile, we snacked on some candy corn and peanuts to add to the fun.

Do you carve a pumpkin or paint one? 
I’d love to hear how you create pumpkin fun during Halloween. 


  1. I LOVE that you make your daughter and treat basket and how I love me some candy corn & peanuts. GREAT pumpkin...Happy Halloween to you!!

  2. It sounds like you and your daughter had a nice time! Awesome pumpkin! Happy Halloween!

  3. What fun to have your daughter home to celebrate with ! I don't carve pumpkins any more but enjoy those of my grandchildren. Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!

  4. Ahhhh, what a sweet mama! I love the bond you guys have. My Sherry always wanted a daughter, it just never happened. She remembered the bond she had with her mother and I think of it when you write of you youngin'.
    I always smile at the sick pumpkin, No one thought of that when I was growing up. Of course I like the smiley one best!
    Have a great one tonight.
    Sherry & jack

  5. That pumpkin looks great! Great job! I am going to have to try adding peanuts to my candy corn! That looks delish and it probably cuts down on the sweetness of the candy corn!

    1. The sweet and salty together are wonderful!
      But still too sweet for me to enjoy a lot of.

  6. I like the traditional carving of the pumpkin. Great Job. Some years we have pumpkins, some we don't, this year we don't.