Fall to me always screams pumpkins. When I was younger, we had family friends that grew pumpkins in their back field and then sold them for decorating and carving. It was always fun to go and pick out which pumpkin we would want to bring home and *attempt* to carve. This month I have been talking about getting "Back to Basics," and what better way to get back to basics than if we are spending time together as a family carving pumpkins?
I recently had the opportunity to test out the Pumpkin Masters carving kit. This was probably the best case scenario for me and pumpkin carving. I am not the greatest when it comes to coming up with a design for a pumpkin, and even though my kids absolutely love the experience, we don't always end up with the prettiest pumpkins!
This kit came with everything that we needed. There were templates that we could tape onto the pumpkin to then carve out. Precisely what a carving challenged person needed! The tools that came with the carving kit were easy to use. The children's kit was perfect for my five year old to use, and I felt much more comfortable with her using the children's carving tools rather than a kitchen knife (I would not let her attempt using a kitchen knife!). The kids especially enjoyed scraping out all the seeds and goo from the inside of the pumpkin and feeding it to the chickens.
In fact, my husband proclaimed the scrapers to be the best invention ever and we should consider keeping them in the kitchen for when we need to clean seeds out of our winter squash and pie pumpkins!
Pumpkin Masters is available at your local grocery, drug, or craft store, and nationally at Target and Walmart
Pumpkin Masters is currently running a carving contest, and you can find out all the details here. There are 6 prizes - including $5000 for the best pumpkin!
Pumpkin Masters has offered one reader of Townsend House a pumpkin carving kit! All you need to do is leave a comment below. I will close the comments on October 18th and select a winner. The perfect family activity to do right before Halloween!