Pumpkin carving might be our favorite Halloween pastime, but it’s one we know can be dangerous for little fingers. Rather than the traditional carving, why not try something different this year to allow for the extra little ones (almost) total independence in the pumpkin decorating process?

1)   Sketching a “scary,” “silly,” or “spooky” look for your jack-o-lantern on a piece of paper.

2)   Making a template of their sketch and let them use safety scissors to cut it out.

3)   Stick the template to the pumpkin and have them outline the shapes with a marker and color in the outline with markers, crayons, or paints.

4)   You can either leave the pumpkin as is or, for fun, scoop out the insides! Let your little ones help scoop — and don’t forget to save the pumpkin seeds to roast in a pan and eat later for a fun and healthy snack!

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