No-Carve Candy Pumpkin
Create a candy-covered jack-o'-lantern!
- A pumpkin
- Candies:Candy corn, gum drops, licorice sticks, gummy worms, jelly beans, gum balls, tootsie rolls…almost anything. (Just make sure you buy enough to cover what you eat on the way home!)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks:Only grownups or big kids should use the hot glue gun!
- Head out to the pumpkin patch (the grocery store's fine, too) and have your child pick out her pumpkin.
- Pick up the candy while you're out too. Any sort of candy works, but avoid anything that melts easily (so skip the Snickers minis), and try to get a good selection of shapes and sizes.
- Lug the pumpkin and candy home, and have your kid wash and dry the pumpkin.
- Plug in your hot glue gun. Be sure to keep it far away from your kids reach.
- Open up all the bags of candy and put them in little bowls on the table. So you and your child can see everything you have to work with.
- Have your child design her pumpkin face on the table before you begin gluing, because once the candy is hot-glued on there, it isn't coming off! (Well, except for whatever the kids pick off. You know kids love to pick at things!)
- Creatively challenged? Try these ideas: User candy corns to make a toothy grin or glue on white Chiclets for a Hollywood smile. Try a gummy worm, a marshmallow or a gum ball for nose. Licorice, Fruit by the Foot or Nerds Ropes for eye brows, hair or moustaches.
- Hot glue all your pumpkin's facial features in place. You've got yourself one groovy gourd!