Pumpkins and Power Tools – My Favorite Way to Carve a Jack-o’-Lantern

Pumpkin carving isn’t a pretty process.  It’s sticky, pulpy, and flat out messy.  As a mom, you can try to combat this messiness.  You can cover your floors (and children) in plastic, use sharpies instead of cutting tools or even buy those foamy “ever-last” pumpkins from the craft store.  In my opinion, carving pumpkins with your kids is kind of like washing your car with your kids – the fun is in the mess.  So why fight it?  Just set you brain up for a big, goopy experience (take it outside if you can) and enjoy the moment.  At our house we embrace the mess and take it one step further by involving some power tools.

Pumpkin Drilling

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to drill a hole or hammer a nail and had my kids beg me for a turn.  Unfortunately for them, most home-repair projects aren’t great “practice” opportunities.  Pumpkin carving, however, is a perfect time to let my kids loose.  Last year, after hollowing out our pumpkins on the deck, I gave them each a turn with their favorite tool – the power drill.  I inserted a wide, paddle-style drill bit and set them free to make whatever polka-dot pattern they wanted.

You should have seen the excitement in their eyes!  Maybe you can get a feel of it from the picture above.  They absolutely loved it!  There was no struggle with sharp knives or cheap plastic saws, no worries about following a pattern, just pure fun.  We even grabbed a hammer and some fat nails and let them pound some smaller holes in their pumpkins while they waited for their turn with the drill.

Overall, it was a great family fun experience.  By the end of the night we four happy kids and a bunch of charmingly-spotted Jack-o’-Lanterns for our front steps.  What more could I ask for?  Just thought I’d pass it on.


1 Comment

  1. You always come up with the most fun ideas! What a shame that I didn’t find this post until today. Next year, I think we’ll try this for our pumpkins.

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