This week’s cool adventure was making Bat Pumpkins! They’re adorable, fun to make with youngsters, and better yet, the squirrels don’t eat these nearly as fast as carved jack-o-lanterns.
What you’ll need:
- Pumpkins –real or plastic
- black acrylic paint
- black and white craft foam
- hole punch
- black duct tape
- wooden skewers and toothpicks
First paint the pumpkins black.
While they dry, make wings from black craft foam. Draw your own, or download a template here. Cut them out, then tape them to wooden skewers, leaving about a 2 inch point exposed. Then push them into place on the pumpkin. (They were surprisingly stubborn to get into our real pumpkins…hence the hammer)
Next make silly and scary eyes using white craft foam and a hole punch for the pupils. Glue these on. Cut ears from black craft foam and attach them to toothpicks, leaving 1 1/2 inch of point to insert into the pumpkin.
Now that your porch is decked out for Halloween, how about initiating a Block Pumpkin Fest. Invite each house on your block to carve or paint a pumpkin, then vote on their favorite the week of October 25. The day before Halloween, award the winners with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons, and a platter of Halloween Goodies as the Grand Prize.
This has been a fun way I’ve created unity in with my neighbors, while showing off my awesome pumpkin creations! Happy Haunting!