Spooky, Silly, Classic, Clever: Tell Us About Your Pumpkin-Decorating Style and Win Books Perfect for the Season

Which type of pumpkin do you prefer? A classic grinning gourd? A super-scary face with dry ice smoking out? A clever jack-o-lantern twist that makes you smile? What is the best pumpkin you’ve ever carved?

Submit a comment to this blog by Halloween Eve, October 30, and let us know. One lucky teacher will be randomly selected to win a real treat: a set of three books perfect for the season.

Our prize pack includes:

Hello, Fall! (Farrar Straus Giroux)—Celebrate the wonders of fall, from woolly caterpillars to leaf piles ready for kids to jump in.

Monster Academy (Blue Sky Press)—Visit a school that’s unlike any other.

How to Scare a Ghost (Knopf)—Did you know ghosts can’t resist bobbing for apples? This cute book is filled with kid-friendly ghost-scaring tips.

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50 thoughts on “Spooky, Silly, Classic, Clever: Tell Us About Your Pumpkin-Decorating Style and Win Books Perfect for the Season

  1. My favorites are the story book characters – Pete the Cat, No, David, Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid have all been super fun to make with my students.

  2. I like the classic, grinning jack-o-lantern. But, like Nicole mentioned, making pumpkins into storybook characters is fun, too!

  3. I love any kind of jack-o-lantern or decorated pumpkin … seeing a variety of them always makes me happy. The best one I ever made was for school – we made our pumpkin into Mercy Watson (the pig) and it turned out great!

  4. The best pumpkins I’ve ever carved are the ones my kids ask me to carve! I love seeing their excitement once it’s completed! ????????

  5. We always carve pumpkins we purchase at our grocery store and/or pumpkin patch, however, last year we bought an artificial one as well and my husband carved a traditional Halloween scene (from a stencil). We have up again this year on our chimney with battery operated mini candle. Our boys love it! (They still want the real thing too though!)

  6. What a great selection of fall books!! I love classic jack-o-lanterns. But now that I’m a mom, I love helping my children carve their ideas for a jack-o-lantern. This year we carved a cat and also a Captain America star:-)

  7. We always have a take home activity to help disguise a pumpkin so he/she won’t get eaten! Some of my favorites have been: Batman, Pete the Cat, Fancy Nancy, SpongeBob and Llama Llama!

  8. My class and I always make a classic smiling jack-o-lantern, but at home I like to be creative. One year I made a little pumpkin town with two houses and a storefront.

  9. Well, we’re really not great at carving pumpkins, but one year my husband carved in the “pi” sign so that we’d have a Pumpkin “Pi” – yes, we’re that level of geeks in my house 🙂

  10. One year with the after school kids, we put holes in our pumpkin with a nail and hammer and then stuck ghost suckers in it. On Halloween they each got to take a sucker home.

  11. I love the traditional pumpkin – reminds me of my youth and the fun I had trick-or-treating. However, I’m always impressed with the artistic ability some jack-o-lantern creators have!!

  12. My children and I prefer the traditional toothy grins, but my school children love when we make pumpkins decorated as their favorite book character.

  13. We like to change the design of our pumpkins each year. Each family member searches for a design and then we carve them a few nights before Halloween so that we can enjoy them a little longer!

  14. Halloween is my second favorite holiday after Christmas of course. I love carving pumpkins into jack-o’lanterns, sometimes ordinary faces for my first graders but scarier faces for my husband’s class and of course, something in between for the office at school. What is more welcome than a smiling jack to greet visitors.

  15. I love greeting trick-or-treaters with a porch full of shining jack-o-lanterns. We grow our own pumpkins just so I can carve lots of them. Love the look of the ones using stencils. Amazing how great they look and they are easy to carve.

  16. Every year my kdg. group has a pumpkin decorating contest. My favorite was a pumpkin made into a Cinderella coach with all the trimmings-pulled by horses, a Cinderella figurine and mice with a big clock (midnight) on the back of the box. It was so cute!

  17. I pick something different every year, last year I did the Nightmare Before Christmas face. It’s too early to carve pumpkins in South Carolina so I haven’t come with this years carving yet. I might do a minion.

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