Other than the candy (bring on the chocolate!), I'm not a big fan of the holiday. Basically, because it's scary and spooky. And carving pumpkins is messy and difficult. But the theme colors - orange and black - are pretty. So if you're like me, and peeking through one eye open until November 1, here's a few ways to enjoy the color of the season, without all the ghouls and mess.
Decorate with mums. I can't grow anything, but I love flowers. Potted plants are the solution. I'm sad when they finally wilt away, but I love the burst of color while the flowers are still in bloom. The bright fall mums are the obvious choice for front steps or a flower arrangement inside.
Go to a farm for pick-your-own fields. The kids and I enjoy picking our own whatevers - fruit, flowers, berries. If you're lucky, there may still be farms with a few apples left, great for applesauce, apple pie, apple cake, caramel apples. Of course, you can pick up the biggest, fattest pumpkin for carving and pumpkin seeds - or several little ones for a pretty table setting. If you're lucky, there may even be a corn maze in your area and the kids can get lost for an hour or so (in a good way.)
Make orange jack-o-lanterns. Skip the carving and scooping and "what do we do with all the inside guck?" Get a bag of oranges and a black Sharpie and let the kids decorate oranges as little teeny jack-o-lanterns. Quick, easy, not messy. Fun to throw in the kids' lunchbox or sports snack bag.
|Easy to make and cute for the lunchbox.|
|An asymmetrical triangle-shapped scarf, made from a light-weight sock yarn.|
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