Pumpkin Carving and Spider Oreos {Halloween 2011}

by Brooke on November 8, 2011

Each year we carve pumpkins and each year I wonder why we don’t just paint the pumpkins—nobody loves scooping out the “guts”! But in the end it’s worth it when we light the candles and see how cool they look on the front porch (and when we eat roasted pumpkin seeds later on). :)

Everyone designs their own pumpkin and it’s always fun to see what the kids come up with. Here is Haylie sketching out what she wanted her pumpkin to look like. She wanted it to be a flower, like this:

I think she approved.

Brandon requested a Harry Potter theme, and with Jaden’s help they created this:


Annie wanted her pumpkin to have a surprised face, so this is how hers turned out:

I love the eyelashes and we used the flower from Haylie’s pumpkin as an accessory! :)

We ran out of time to carve Jaden’s that afternoon (I hurried and carved his later). And for some odd reason, the pumpkin I chose at the patch was petrified or something, because it was hard as a rock and we couldn’t even make a dent in it with the knife. I had to drill off the top to scoop out the seeds, but after that I got sick of it and stopped! Oh well! Just my luck!

Ooooh, but here are the pumpkins all lit up at night:

After we were done with the pumpkins, Jaden went mountain biking so the kids and I made a simple Halloween treat: Spider Oreos.

Double Stuffed Oreos. Twizzler Pull ‘N Peels. M&M’s. (And a little bit of frosting to make it all stick together). Done!

Our favorite part was eating them when we were done. Yum! :)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsay November 8, 2011 at 9:54 am

So cute! I can’t believe how much Haylie is growing up! She looks like your mini-me. Super cute kiddos!


Valerie November 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm


I just looked at your blog about a week ago to see if you had any updates of your sweet family!!! I’ve missed your awesome photography and glimpses into your sweet life! Anyway, such cute pics. I have to agree with Lindsay, Haylie looks so much like you. They all do, but for some reason that pic of Haylie stopped me in my tracks.

Hope you are doing well!!



Steph H December 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Man, your kids are looking so grown up! I love the creative things you’re always doing with them. And great photos of the pumpkins all lit up!


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