We LOVE Halloween!!

     We are officially into October and I finally feel like it’s appropriate to start talking HALLOWEEN.  I have severe rheumatoid arthritis, and a five year old.  As an artist by trade, this combination makes for some interesting pumpkin decorating with my uncooperative hands. Yesterday, I saw the latest edition of Family Fun Magazine.  Not only do they have very creative ideas, but they are doable for me with my bad hands and safe for my five year old.  Here are my favorite ideas:


Bats anyone?

Celeste and Pearl
Glitter Pumpkin – I actually just made one of these as a gift and put a circle monogram on it – so cute and well received!

Crystal-Covered Pumpkins  Brush on a thin coat of glue, then roll your pumpkin in sugar crystals for a look that's sure to sparkle. (i've heard that you can use epsom or sea salt also)...

Crystal Covered Pumpkin – just use sugar crystals and glue – simple and sparkly. Thanks Family Fun Magazine

Get your Halloween party started with a mirror-ball pumpkin. Lay strips of metallic silver duct tape onto parchment paper, then cut the tape into squares. Peel off the backing and stick the squares in place. For greater realism, use smaller squares near the top and bottom of the pumpkin, as shown. Everyone loves a great disco ball pumpkin!

Think Beyond Orange!

Paint your heart out.

I’m sure, with my husband’s help, we will also create some traditional carved pumpkins.  If you have any of my luck, they sometimes get moldy, rotten, and smelly before the big day. I found this recipe on Pintrest that helps to prevent pumpkins from turning nasty. I am looking forward to trying this recipe to help “preserve” our carved creations.

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Carved Pumpkin
Bleach and Water
Bucket (If you don’t have a bucket big enough for your pumpkin, don’t worry! Grab a garbage bag, your pumpkin and head to the tub! Make sure to tie your bag closed.)

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1. Place carved pumpkin gently inside the bucket.
2. Pour 2/3 cup bleach into the bucket & fill with enough water to submerge the pumpkin. Don’t forget to put the  pumpkin lid in the water too.

3. Keep the pumpkin & lid in the bleach water for 24 hours. (During this time the pumpkin will disinfect itself and the water it soaks up will aid in the prevention of mold. This won’t work forever.)

4. After 24 hours, pull your pumpkin out of the water and pour out any excess liquid. (make sure you dispose of it correctly)

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6. Once it’s dry, let it grace the scariest of haunted houses!

Good Luck, have Fun and be CREATIVE!