My children are beyond thrilled that their mother participated in a Fall Home Tour on the blog a few weeks ago, and therefore already has pumpkins to carve for Halloween.
This truly is a big deal in our family.
You see, years ago, when my boys were 3 and 7, their mother, me, did the unthinkable.
First, I had planned for us to go the local pumpkin patch as a family, but the two weekends we had available ended up getting rained out.
While I was sad that we missed out on the pumpkin patch, I wasn’t too concerned about our lack of pumpkins because I knew if all else failed, I could buy one at the grocery store.
Well, before I knew it, it was the night before Halloween…
…and we were pumpkinless!
So, we all loaded up in the car and headed out to the grocery store to pick one up to carve that night.
Unfortunately, the first store we went to was sold out.
As was the second, third, fourth and fifth!
At this point, we decided to head home… pumpkinless… with my kids in the back seat crying and I feeling like the worst mother on the planet.
So, I did the unthinkable….
…I stole one.
Oh yes, there is more to that story, but first, let me share with you a fun and easy craft to help you decorate for Halloween…before the night before Halloween!
Bowling Pin Ghosts
3 Old Bowling Pins
Black Paint Marker
Step One: Grab yourself three old bowling pins. (This is where working in an antique store comes in handy!)
Step Two: Paint the bowling pins white.
I used three coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.
Step Three: Tie ribbon around the neck of the bowling pin. (I did this step here because it showed me where my ghost face and letters would fit best.)
Step Four: Print out “BOO” letters. I used a font called “The World is Yours” that I downloaded from www.dafont.com.
Step Five: Shade the back of each letter with a pencil.
Step Six: Place a letter, shaded side down, onto the bowling pin.
Trace your letter.
Once you remove it, it will leave the traced letter behind.
Step Seven: Using your black paint pin, color in the letters and create a spooky face on each of your ghosts.
There you have it! Super easy little bowling pin ghosts!
So, back to my story… before you start to think horrible thoughts about me!
At the time, we lived in a master planned community, and the weekend before Halloween, our neighborhood had a Monster Mile walk for the kids. As the children walked down the main street of the neighborhood, there would be staged areas where the children could get their picture taken with hay bales and pumpkins, and their favorite characters would be there along the way passing out candy.
Several of those staged areas were still set up from the weekend before, and as we drove past each one, I noticed each and every pumpkin along the way and I began to feel sorry for them.
You know, because they would be thrown away the next day and would not get to experience being carved for Halloween.
So, I begged my husband to pull over at the next one we saw…
…and I did what any mother would do for her children… I stole a pumpkin!
I know. I know.
How could I do that? What a bad example!
Well, that night, in front of the children, I emailed the community manager and let him know what I did. I explained our situation and what a horrible mother I had been. I told him I would gladly pay for the pumpkin if he would just let me know how much I owed him.
Of course, he replied and told me he understood. He said I didn’t need to pay anything and they were happy we were able to use it.
Now, every year when Halloween rolls around, my husband has to kid me about the time I stole a pumpkin!!
So, as you see, my children are overjoyed that we have not only one pumpkin, but four!
Please tell me you’ve done something dumb for your children before too?