Wanda Says…Gourd-geous Halloween Pumpkins!

I love Halloween.  It’s one of my favorite holidays.  On a good year, I will go crazy and decorate the house with all kinds of cool stuff.   However, the past few years I’ve been less enthusiastic about putting the effort into it.  It just seems like so much work, and that stupid bastard we call Depression has done its best to ensure that I have no energy or desire for the project.

Halloween pumpkins are a different story, though.  I never slack on the pumpkins, and my family and I take our pumpkin decorating seriously.  It’s become an annual tradition that we enjoy so much for the creativity, as well as the time spent being together as a family.

We set up the back yard as our work area.  Sometimes we do themes, or coordinate our pumpkins.  Here are a few examples of our work.

This first picture is Halloween 2012.



Halloween 2013…as you can see, we chose a Peanuts theme.



We put so much effort into our pumpkins, but typically within two days our pumpkins look like this….


Last year it took exactly 48 hours for our pumpkins to disintegrate and turn into pumpkin mold soup on my front porch.  It’s disgusting.

I remember our pumpkins lasting forever when we were kids.  We would carve them two weeks before Halloween and they would just be starting to form the dots of mold a few days before the holiday.  But living in a cooler climate was responsible for that extended preservation.  When the temps drop to 40 degrees at night, the pumpkins are basically refrigerated.  That is not the case here in southern California.

So this year we decided to do something a little different.  This year, we painted our pumpkins instead of carving them.  We went to Michael’s and bought props, acrylic paint, googly eyes, fake mustaches and eye brows.  We didn’t follow a theme, but I think they turned out pretty good.

Here is our 2014 completed collection…

Halloween pumpkins

Individually, I would like to introduce you to Bryn’s creation,  Ms. Pumpkin 2014.


Bryce’s creation (with Daddy’s help), Mr. Mario Cart.


My husbands creation, The Clown.  I told my husband his clown looked worried, like he may have just accidentally shit himself.


And lastly, there was my pumpkin.  I don’t have a name for it, but I think it looks pretty badass.

silver pumpkin 2014

Happy Halloween!  🙂

PS…Bryn wants to know which pumpkin you like the best.  I kept insisting that this was not a contest, just a fun family activity.  But she would still like you to vote, so if you don’t mind please cast your vote in the comments section.  Thanks!

23 thoughts on “Wanda Says…Gourd-geous Halloween Pumpkins!

  1. Wow ! we don’t celebrate Halloween in India as such ( though the Halloween parties are beginning to shape ! ), but I keep reading about it in books and watching it in Hollywood movies , but watching the actual effort that you all put in Pumpkin carving and decoration is simply awesome ! I loved the carved ones esp. the first one and the painted ones are so creative too…
    My vote goes to Mario , but Miss pumpkin , comes a close second..have a great Halloween and keep sharing 🙂


  2. I liked the silver one best. 🙂

    We buy a pumpkin every year and let it be simply au natural … it lasts until April or May and we live in Texas. I think the carving is what kills the pumpkins … so, maybe this year your painted pumpkins will last much longer this year.

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