It was a dark and windy night, the moon was just a sliver in the sky and wolves were howling in the distance. The mom of the house was weary and frightened at the thought of the creepiness that lay ahead of her that night. Racing from work to home, a chill went up her spine as she opened the apartment door and was greeted by a skeleton and two little ghouls...Halloween had arrived!
It took having kids to get me into the Halloween spirit. As an adult, I didn't go in for costumes, tricks and spooky decor. Now that I am a mom, I embrace scary Halloween messes.
In fact, we embrace the season SO much that we have taken to growing our own pumpkins. Talk about a mess, these beauties come out of our compost bin. Each year we recycle our pumpkins and the "goop" from inside in our compost. Magically, the next summer huge, strong vines appear in the garden. Then by September, we've got a least two or three huge pumpkins in our patch.
Gardening with kids can be incredibly messy--in the best possible way. The girls love to play in the dirt and are so proud of what we create.
We brought this one home to the city last week. The girls promptly plopped it right on my nice clean kitchen counter. It' had loads of mud on the bottom--Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes to the rescue. I had my kitchen back in order in a matter of seconds. And then I used the Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers to clean up the bottom of the mucky pumpkin. The wipe scrubbed the dirt right off.
Then there's the actual scooping out of pumpkin guts (TIP: use an ice cream scoop to get all the seeds and muck out--this really works!). I set the kids out on a plastic mat and let them work. They love squishing the seeds and pulp in their fingers and then chasing each other around. For pumpkin carving tips head here.
In addition to pumpkins and decor, the girls are also into the spookier side of Halloween. I found myself researching fake blood last night--you just know that's going to get messy--here's the recipe from www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/fake-blood-recipes/
How to Make Fake Blood
We've got some zombie costumes in the works and a little fake blood will finish off the fun. I foresee more messes in my future--all in the name of fun. It's not all princesses and movie star costumes!
Scary Halloween Messes
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