For centuries, American’s have carved pumpkins for Halloween as a part of a festive tradition. In fact, it was an age-old ritual that originated from Ireland. According to the History channel, the practice of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns” came from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack.
Originally Irish folks used turnips and potatoes as a form of early canvas, however, once the tradition was brought to America, orange pumpkins quickly took over and became an essential part of Halloween festivities. Pumpkin carving is most definitely a fun and creative way to get into the Halloween spirit, but it is indeed a messy one as well. For kids, carving pumpkins is also a hands-on activity that gives them a chance to stick their hands into the center of a ooey, gooey pumpkin. For those of you with young children, you may not mind the messy cleanup of pumpkin carving because it offers your kids the true Halloween experience. With that being said, for those of you who still want to enjoy the Halloween experience and the creative process of pumpkin decorating, without the stress of knives and pumpkin pulp, there is an equally fun and creative alternative. A less messy one at that- pumpkin painting!
Pumpkin painting is a fairly new trend that is popular for those who want the fun, and not the hassle. It is simple, there are no knives, no pumpkin pulp and very little clean up involved. Instead of cutting into the pumpkin and cleaning it out, you get to paint right on top of it, using acrylic paints. This alternative process not only allows individuals to be creative with their designs, but it also allows them a chance to get even more creative and intricate with their designs because they have much more control with a paint brush, rather than with a knife. Unfortunately, your pumpkin will not illuminate in the night with a candle, but it can still glow-in-the-dark! Check your local craft store for glow-in-the-dark acrylic paints, so your pumpkin can shine bright on Halloween night.
For full details on how to ‘paint a pumpkin,’ click here! Happy painting, or carving!