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5 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

Today I’m highlighting 5 of the best no-carve pumpkin ideas I could find.

Truth be told, I have never been good at carving pumpkins. I honestly think I’m intimidated by it and so I start off shaky and I usually end up with a very basic, triangle eyed, jagged grinned, and totally asymmetrical pumpkin.

The great thing is my kids still think it’s the best pumpkin ever — which is all that really matters.

But, this year I decided to get creative and hunt down some no-carve pumpkin ideas that make me feel really good about not having to pick up those carving tools. I hope you enjoy!

Mad for Plaid

I am a sucker for anything that has washi tape, it seems to make everything it sticks to look pretty. Including these plaid pumpkins from Real Simple Magazine. Extra bonus – they are so simple to do.  Click through for instructions. Image via Real Simple.

Polka Dot Pumpkin

This modern, no-carve pumpkin is from Sweet Paul Magazine. I love the look of a white pumpkin and my kids love to paint anything and everything, so they would enjoy this easy paint and stick idea. Click through for instructions. Image via Sweet Paul.

 

Get Glitzy Pumpkin

For anyone that likes a little glitz and glamor on Halloween, this Better Homes and Gardens pumpkin is for you. I know you have rhinestones in your craft basket, but did you ever think to decorate your pumpkin with them? Click through for instructions. Photo via Better Homes and Gardens.

Get Glitzy Pumpkin

The Chalkboard Pumpkin

I had to highlight this no-carve chalkboard pumpkin because the options are endless, but this word find chalkboard pumpkin from Thistlewood Farm is my favorite — it is adorable! Click through for instructions.

 

Jack-o-Totem

What trick or treater would love to see this Jack -o-Totem when them came to your front porch? These quirky guys scream Happy Halloween! Thanks HGTV for the idea. Click through for instructions. Image via Jack-o-Totem.

Happy decorating your no carve pumpkins! 

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5 Things I Don’t Like About Halloween

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Confession: I am a tad of a secret Halloween Scrooge.  On the outside, I will be smiling from ear to ear tonight watching my girls go house to house filling their buckets to the brim with candy beaming with excitement.   But on the inside, as a mom, I have to admit I don’t really care much for the holiday. At all.

And when I thought about the reasons why, it made me laugh so I am going to tell you 5 Things I Don’t Like About Halloween.

1. Gory decor. There is a house a few blocks away from us that has a yard full of bloody baby dolls and Barbie body parts hanging in the trees with a sign that says, “Happy Hell oween.”  I have issue with a holiday that celebrates the fact that it is actually OK to display a scene of this nature on your lawn.

2. Costume drama. Every year there is always some issue with my kids and picking their costumes. This year’s drama had to do with the fact that my oldest is obsessed with matching her little sister.  So I got them matching cheerleader costumes early October because we had an event to go to.  Now last week my two-year-old announced she is going to be Snow White and pulled out the wrinkled dress from our dress up box. She will not budge. She insists she WILL be Snow White. Then my oldest told me since her sister wasn’t going to be a cheerleader anymore, now she wants to be a fairy princess and pulled out another wrinkled dress up costume we had all along. So I am wondering why I didn’t just pull out our dress up box in the first place and tell them to go shopping?

3. Oversized trick-or-treaters. Nothing bugs me more than teenagers that are WAY too old to be trick-or-treating standing at my door in jeans, sweatshirts and some stupid mask to pull off as a costume with a bag full of candy. Glory days are over kids. If you are as tall as me, you are TOO OLD to be trick-or-treating. Come to think of it, maybe I should mark an amusement park-style line in masking tape at my door that says, “anyone taller than this line is not eligible to receive candy.” I wish.

4. The most offensive trick-or-treater of all. No joke, even more offensive than the trick-or-treating teenager is a trick-or-treating parent. Yes, I have actually had on occasion a PARENT carry their own candy bag in addition to the one their child is carrying collecting candy. Seriously?

5. The candy. Here’s where I am really going to be a scrooge.  When the candy comes home and gets dumped out the sheer quantity of it makes me crazy. Sugar highs and tummy aches are all I see in that stack. What kid needs all of that candy?? So I will allow them to delight in the pile and then the candy will tucked into the back of a cupboard until it is forgotten and I will throw it away. But then of course, guess who ends up sneaking a bite sized Snickers in the meantime? Hello most unwelcome extra lbs. 🙁

BOO HUMBUG!

Have a very Happy Halloween and enjoy your little cuties in their costumes!  Be safe and see you tomorrow…

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Mad Science South Orange County Birthday Parties [+ Giveaway!]

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Do you have a little Einstein on your hands? Or perhaps an inquisitive young Marie Curie?  Do your kid’s eyes light up when hearing the words slippery slime, bubbling potions, or rocket launch? Then a birthday party with hands on experiments by Mad Science South Orange County might be just what the little scientist ordered! And I have a FREE birthday party to give away in this post (that you can use anytime within a year) so please make sure to read more on the details on how to enter.

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Camp Spooky at Knott’s Berry Farm

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On Saturday my family and I had the opportunity to attend “Snoopy’s Costume Party” in Camp Spooky at Knott’s Berry Farm.

I hadn’t been to Knott’s Berry Farm since probably my sophomore year in high school, which was, um, quite some time ago so I was excited to visit again and take my girls for the first time.

During the weekends in October, Camp Snoopy, the area in Knott’s dedicated to rides for little ones, is transformed into Camp Spooky, a knott so scary way to celebrate Halloween!

Geared towards little ones ages 3 – 11, your little ghosts and goblins (or in my case matching cheerleaders) can dress up in their costumes and enjoy Halloween festivities like trick-or-treating, a “Haunted Harvest” corn maze, Linus’ Foam-tastic Pumpkin Patch, a costume parade, Monster Mash Dance Party and more.

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Bug Invasion at The Cube {Giveaway!}

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They’re coming to get you…at Discovery Science Center! No magnifying glass needed here; these bugs are larger than life! Transport yourself to a world where ants, praying mantises, and scorpions tower over you at 1,000 times their actual size in the new fall exhibit, Bug Invasion, now through October 31st at The Cube!

And I have a SUPER DUPER giveaway for one lucky winner who will receive 4 FREE tickets to Discovery Science Center & VIP wristbands to enjoy all the rides for free at the The Pumpkin Factory which is conveniently located across the street.  Read last paragraph on how to enter!

My daughter Emma and I  got to check out this creepy crawly exhibit where over two thousand square feet of exhibit space features giant bug animatronics, a world-class insect collection, and interactive educational stations including big robo-bugs and a 3-D maze (amongst lots of other things!)

Check the calendar for updates on special weekend events including Dr. Sue’s Traveling Insect & Arthropod Zoo, “It’s a Bug’s Life” story time, and bug demos from OC Vector Control and the So Cal Rat & Mouse Club of America.

Dr. Sue was there when we went and Emma and her friend loved the bugs! I was shocked at how fearless she was with petting the little critters!   Here the girls are inspecting Dr. Sue’s friends…

It is a great exhibit, fun and educational for all ages.  Here is a special Discovery Science Center coupon for you to use this month (through 10/31/10) to save $5 off Super tickets! Click HERE to download a bigger version.

Halloween Weekend Activities

AND Discovery Science Center is the place to be for Halloween! In October come for weekend costume parades, and on Halloween weekend, October 30th and 31st, dress in your Halloween costume for pumpkin painting, and trick-or-treating at your favorite exhibits! Click HERE for the full run-down for this weekend & all the fun deets!

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a family 4-pack of general admission tickets to Discovery Science Center and 4 VIP wristbands at The Pumpkin Factory which allows you to enjoy all the rides and attractions for free!

Contest runs through Thursday, 10/14/10 at 5pm PST (quick one!) and I will email the winner that night so I can get the mailing address and mail you the tickets the next day.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry option!

1. Simply comment below and tell me your favorite bug (laughing as I type this) – 1 ENTRY

2. {Like} Discovery Science Center on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

3. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

4. Follow @DiscoveryCube on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

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7. Subscribe to my email updates – top right column – 1 ENTRY

GOOD LUCK!

{Disclosure: Discovery Science Center is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor and I received tickets to preview The Bug Invasion exhibit & The Pumpkin Factory to facilitate this post.}

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