Family Adventures, Motherhood

Pumpkin Carving with a Little One {Tips & Tricks}

This past Sunday the Florida Morehouse Family decided to take it easy and just accomplish things around the house. It was a “stay at home” kind of day, you need days like this. I like to always keep busy and go places, but now that I have a little one I have to understand that all weekends don’t have to be busy, it was a hard thing for me to adjust to, but I’m starting to slow down and just enjoy the moments at home.

Johnny has been eyeing his pumpkin since the day we got it (one week ago), I’m not kidding! The pumpkin sits right outside our front door and every time we leave he tries to get down and play with it. So I decided it was time to do something with it, which leads me to…pumpkin carving with a 9 month old! I have documented tips and tricks that I found were the best in creating a fun pumpkin carving experience with a little one. And, OH MY…it was quite an experience!

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(all items used were things we had within our household)

Buying the Pumpkin

 The previous weekend we took a trip to Painted Oaks Academy “Pumpkin Patch” we let Johnny pick his own pumpkin (really it was the first pumpkin he touched!) Click here  to visit my previous post and learn more about it. It’s a great place to go if you live within the Orlando area.

Here’s a tip to make it cheaper, that we’ll end up doing next season, because $1 lb adds up to a very expensive pumpkin (you forget how heavy those things are). So, visit the pumpkin farm (preferably a FREE admission one), BUT don’t buy a pumpkin (they’re just way more expensive), instead get one at your local grocery store, Aldi, Home Depot, Lowe’s, or grow your own pumpkin! If you want to contribute to the Pumpkin Patch pay for a hayride, or any other activities they offer (you can’t buy that at your local grocery store).

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  • Before you even start, if you’re little one has never been introduced to pumpkin give them  pumpkin to eat 1 week prior to carving  and see if there is an allergic reaction
  • make sure to put the knife and any other sharp objects out of the reach of children
  • monitor them so that they don’t put anything in their mouth (you know your little one will want to!)

Time to Start Pumpkin Carving

~Just a first time mom and dad learning as they go~

**WARNING** You will get messy and it will take a while to complete (especially with having a little one)


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  •  paper bags
  • washable marker
  • nail
  • hammer (scratch that, you really don’t need it) 
  • kitchen serrated knife (scratch that, we learned that it’s best to just buy a small serrated pumpkin carving knife)
  • ice cream scoop (best tool ever to scoop a pumpkin with!)
  • 2 large bowls (one for seeds and one for the pumpkin pulp)
  • and of course PUMPKINS

{Tips & Tricks}

~but really, there is no right or wrong way, just have fun!~

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  • if it’s nice outside, that’s the best place to carve a pumpkin
  • carve an opening in the bottom of the pumpkin Processed with VSCO with g3 preset
    • it makes it so much easier to carve out the inside of the pumpkin
    • much easier in lighting the candle
  • trace your little ones hands, feet, or both with a washable marker
  • use a nail to poke holes around the outline of the hands and feet
  • then take your serrated tool and carve the outline Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  • make sure to put all tools on a table, your little one will probably want to play with them
  • this is a two person job! while my husband carved the pumpkin I entertained Johnny by playing with the seeds and pumpkin pulp
  • you can use regular tea lights, or at the Dollar Tree they sell battery operated tealights

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Processed with VSCO with g3 presetAfter the fun is done, bring your little one right into the bathtub to clean off the pumpkin and marker (maybe the other person can clean up the pumpkin carving mess).

That’s it! It was a very eventful day at our house.  Johnny even went on a “wagon ride” (really just a walk around the neighborhood in his red wagon) I told my husband while we were walking that we kind of just had our own “Morehouse Fall Festival”!

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Here are two great links to help with preserving the pumpkins and roasting your own pumpkin seeds! Yum! I currently have my seeds soaking right now and will be roasting them tomorrow!

Happy Pumpkin Carving!

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Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

~Mrs. Morehouse~

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