Baby’s First Halloween – A Little Handprint Pumpkin

Even though we made four puffy painted pumpkins already (one for each family member), we knew we couldn’t let Clara’s first Halloween go by without some traditional pumpkin carving action as well. And last weekend’s trip to the pumpkin patch definitely got us in the mood. Here’s the queen of our world flinging her arms out as if to say “I’m the queen of the world!”

And we even gave our royal highnesss the option to choose her very own pumpkin for herself, and she quickly picked this one out:

Ok, so maybe “picking out” meant more like touching one of the pumpkins we sat her next to. But she truly couldn’t keep her hands off of that one in particular, so we brought it home for a mere $2 (she’s already thinking frugally!).

We knew we wanted to keep the carving simple, since we don’t always have time for complex around here anymore. And thinking about how Clara was getting all hands-y with the pumpkin back at the patch sparked an idea. All it took was Clara keeping her hand still long enough to get a good tracing.

Maybe “good” is a stretch, but we deemed the one of the left “workable enough.”

We traced it on cardstock, so cutting it out left me with nice template to trace onto Clara’s pumpkin.

The plan had always been to use two handprints as the pumpkin’s eyes, but the fact that the fingers made them look like feminine eyelashes was a happy accident. An accident we then ran with by adding some puckered lips for the mouth and a wavy hairline at the top. Guess our baby girl is getting a girly pumpkin!

Some careful cutting later, we ended up with this:

And with the addition of a flameless candle votive we’ve got our traditional jack-o-lantern with a first-year-of-parenthood twist. Simple, but we quite like it.

Oh, and speaking of Halloween, check out how we’re embarrassing dressing our kiddos this year for their first hurrah together.

Yup, Clara’s a hamburger (in honor of her bro) and Burger’s reprising his role as a hot dog to complete the theme. Both are store bought (Clara’s from Old Navy, Burger’s from Target). Somehow I feel like our little lady’s gonna give us a hard time about this when she’s 16…

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Comments

  1. says

    Love the jack-o-lantern! I never would have thought of that! Girly and spooky all rolled into one. Enjoy Clara’s first Halloween!

    • says

      Hey everyone,

      The costumes are both store-bought (we’re not that good with a sewing machine). Clara’s hamburger is from Old Navy and Burger’s hot dog is from Target.

      -John

  2. says

    So stinkin’ cute! I’m so going to be a copy-cat for Halloween and steal your pumpkin idea. But how in the world am I going to get my little guy to sit still long enough? :)

  3. amy says

    i have a random question for you guys.

    i believe you mentioned before that you have plaster walls in your house, is that correct?

    if so what reccomendations do you have for hanging pictures, shelves and other potentially heavy items in your walls. this has been a curiosity for us lately with trying to add things on the walls and not wanting to cause any cracks or damage if not necessary.

    thanks

    • says

      Hey Amy,

      We just drill a small pilot hole in the wall, hammer in a plastic anchor, and use a screw that fits right into the anchor to hang things that are especially heavy. Otherwise a nail will do the trick! And small pilot holes in the wall beforehand can head off cracks.

      xo,
      s

  4. Rebekah says

    I heard an strange tidbit that coating Vaseline on a jack o lantern will preserve it a bit longer. I have yet to try it, but it did sound interesting!

  5. Hedi says

    How hysterical! My one year old son and my five year old shih tzu have IDENTICAL costumes as your little ones! We got our hamburger costume at Old Navy as well.

  6. says

    I was a picnic table for Halloween in 4th grade, talk about embarrassing! I think the more embarrassing part is that I picked out the costume.

    I think I might have to steal your pumpkin idea, too cute!