What kid doesn't love carving a pumpkin? It's enticingly messy and squishy, and it's a tradition that's been celebrated for centuries. But there's even more fun to be had: Here are some inventive ideas for pumpkins that kids will adore, whether you're using them to scare away Halloween ghosts or in a sweet treat.
This year, treat your gang of goblins and ghosts to a jack-o'-lantern tricked out with creative carvings. Inspired by paint-by-numbers kits, our carve-by-color technique uses color-coded templates to show you how much and where to cut, shave, or scrape your pumpkin to create a jack-'o-lantern that looks richly textured, multitonal -- and terrifying in the best way possible.Be sure to look for a pumpkin that fits your chosen template and is firm all over -- soft spots near the stem or base can indicate premature rot.
At our Easter Eggstravaganza, MSLO staffers were invited to demonstrate their Easter egg ideas. What we ended up with was an array of impressive ideas -- from pretty twists on the classic polka dot to quirky personifications of hula dancers and flamingos. Click through to browse our most eggcellent ideas!