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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Halloween Craft: Painting Plastic Pumpkins (And Other Fun Memories)

Every year we usually carve pumpkins, but since we're all going to a Halloween party at mom's friend's house this year, we're not carving pumpkins. On Pinterest, yes... I've become addicted to Pinterest lately... I saw some ideas for painting plastic pumpkins. I decided to paint a pumpkin.

I didn't get pictures of what I did on Monday, only yesterday. On Monday, I painted Bob's blue overalls with kid's paint. I then took fabric paint and made his eye and goggles. Yesterday I added more kid's paint to the overalls, then filled in his goggles with black and gray kid's paint.

Since we're not going to be around, I decided to send the pumpkin to Phoebe and her brother Jack. Phoebe is the daughter of's owners. She has Leukemia and this week was a challenging week for her - yesterday she had her head shaved since she was losing a lot of hair from chemo. I finished the Minion and thought it would put a smile on Phoebe's face. I sent it yesterday and it should arrive on Monday. (For those of you interested in learning more about Phoebe and her cause, check out Friends of Phoebe.)

I like these crafts because they're easy, you can get creative, it's a safe project, and inexpensive. I paid $1.50 for the paint set last year, then the plastic pumpkin was on sale for $2 at Michaels. They're fun to decorate your porch with as well.

For those of you who love carving pumpkins, here are a few pictures from Halloween 2011 when we still carved pumpkins. We usually carve every year, but 2011 was my favorite. Whatever you decide to do, have fun!

And that was the year we had four inches of snow three days before Halloween:

Halloween is my favorite time of the year. :) In 2011 the snow worked in my favor since I was Clay Matthews. I recreated the Tundra Bowl on Halloween with Marsha.

One of my English professors was Troy Polomalou from the Steelers. We recreated Super Bowl 2011. Kidding, but we had to pose for a picture. I loved this Halloween.

Enjoy creating!


  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    How nice of you to paint a plastic pumpkin and send it to ailing Phoebe and Jack. You are a great friend.

    When I look at those Halloween 2011 pictures of pumpkin carving I can almost smell the pumpkin meat. As a kid I loved this time of year and H-ween was my favorite holiday, surpassing Christmas.

    It was nice to see you in action and hear your voice as you co-starred in Haunted Wood Adventure. I haven't been so scared since The Blair Witch Project! :)


    Have an excellent week, dear friend Jessica!

    1. Hi Shady,

      After reading about Phoebe's day, I figured a pumpkin would spread more cheer to someone else rather than sitting here not getting any use. I like making things for people - there is more fun in making something and giving it to someone as a gift. I'm that way with all holidays and birthdays: I'll make a scrapbook, take a photo, or some other craft and give them as gifts. I try not to buy.

      Halloween is my absolute favorite! I love the foods, the crafts, the coolness, and just the beauty in autumn! I also love the spookiness - ghosts and jack-o-lanterns are my favorite. :)

      Haha, thanks, Shady! We both enjoyed making that movie. I should have posted the organ piece I did before we went on this haunting. I used to play the organ and it added to the ambiance of Halloween.

      Thank you, dear friend Shady, I hope you have a wonderful week as well!

  2. OMG, the pumpkin upchucking. Too funny!
    Enjoy your remaining hours of the weekend.

    1. That pumpkin was my favorite! I almost want to buy a real pumpkin and do it again.

      Thank you, you too Sandra!

  3. Such fun creativity! Love it. But my heart aches for Pheobe. I wish her strength and healing.

    1. Thank you, Hilary! I'm really hoping this will cheer up Phoebe and her brother - such sadness lately and we're all hoping for her. I used to be a bone marrow donor - I should see if I'm still on the registry.Leukemia is just sad; I had a friend that died from it... but she was in her early 70s.