Though Halloween is more than a month away, the stores are already displaying bags of Halloween candy and huge round pumpkins fill large boxes, waiting to be brought home and carved. Except – if you’re like me, the thought of carving a pumpkin makes you cringe.
I dislike the process of pumpkin carving – from the smell of pumpkin (I don’t even like the pumpkin lattes at “that coffee place”) to the act of scooping out stringy pumpkin guts. My children, however, still love Halloween – so what to do?
Paint is an excellent alternative for your Halloween jack-o-lantern.
A nice thick paint works best (watercolors will not work). My favorite option is to buy chalkboard paint from a big box home improvement store.
Clean your pumpkin completely and let it dry before painting it. Set the pumpkin on a piece of newspaper or other protective covering so as not to get paint on your floor or table tops.
Paint the pumpkin in its entirety with chalkboard paint and let it dry.
Once it dries, break out the chalk and have fun! Your “jack-o-lantern” can have a different face every day if you want. Happy drawing and happy Halloween!