Playing in Pumpkin Goop

Some families take their kids to a farm where they ride hay wagons out to a pumpkin patch and pick their pumpkins right from the vine. We’ve done that with our kids many times, but not this year. This year we took the kids on a car ride to a florist where they picked their pumpkins right from the blacktop. The story isn’t as nostalgic, but the end result was the same – we had pumpkins to carve!

Friday morning we brought the pumpkins inside to warm up all day before carving. We learned that lesson the hard way; scooping goop out of frigid pumpkins is not much fun. I wasn’t sure how well the evening would go because we’d had a wave of the pukies take down Little Guy, Princess and Peanut the previous night. That’s why Little Guy is in mis-matched PJs; when you’re dealing with puke you’re just happy to have clean PJs even if they don’t match.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Teacher and Little GuyTeacher opened Little Guy’s pumpkin so he could start scooping out the goop. I was afraid that after being sick he wouldn’t be able to take it, but he was fine. Princess not so much so instead of getting down and dirty she took the pictures.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Pumpkin GutsMmmm, I love the smell of fresh pumpkin! Start scooping, Little Guy.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Angel FaceBrrrrr! Looking at Angel Face makes me cold, but she didn’t want to deal with sleeves when scooping out the pumpkins. Personally I’d just pull up my sleeves – I hate being cold.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Z-ManZ-Man was really excited about carving his pumpkin and could hardly wait for someone to open it for him. He kept begging to be allowed to cut it himself but I wouldn’t let him. Taking one child College Boy when he was younger to the E.R. because he tried to cut his hand open is more than enough for me!


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Z-Man and Little Guy Scooping GoopFinally both boys’ pumpkins were opened so they could dive into the goop.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Angel Face ScoopingAngel Face dove right into her pumpkin too. College Boy was never fond of getting his hands into the pumpkin guts, but his siblings don’t seem to mind at all.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Jo-Bear ScoopingJo-Bear tried an ice cream scoop on his pumpkin. We used to have a big metal spoon that worked great for scooping out pumpkins, but last year it broke. The ice cream scoops are almost as good.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Z-Man with SeedsZ-Man really loves playing with his pumpkin’s goop.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Teacher helps Sort SeedsWe always separate the seeds and goop so we can roast the seeds; Teacher, College Boy and Jo-Bear are especially fond of roasted pumpkin seeds.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Angel Face DrawingAngel Face is ready to start her design. The kids have tried many different methods to transfer their designs to their pumpkins; their favorite method is drawing right on the pumpkin.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Little Guy and MeI’m obsessed with getting ALL the goop and strings out so I helped Little Guy finish cleaning out his pumpkin.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Empty PumpkinPerfect! Time for Teacher to take over – he’s our Master Pumpkin Carver.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Mater PumpkinThis is one of those times where Teacher’s art background comes in handy. Little Guy is still deep in his Cars obsession and wanted a Mater pumpkin.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Angel Face CutsAngel Face is ready to start carving. Watching her I have the first cut is the deepest going through my head.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Angel Face's CowCan you tell what she’s carving?

I’ll give you a hint: she also carved “Oom” into the pumpkin. Does that help?”


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Z-Man with Goop Z-Man is STILL playing in the goop.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - J-Bear's WolfJo-Bear often makes his pumpkin similar to his costume. This year he was a werewolf so he chose a wolf design for his pumpkin. He traced around the pieces with a Sharpie, which worried me at first because I didn’t know if it would come off, but it did.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - WolfAlmost done – it looks great Jo-Bear!


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Z-Man's SharkZ-Man finally stopped playing in the pumpkin goop so his dad could start carving. He had a hard time deciding what he wanted on his pumpkin, but eventually decided on “fish.” Teacher carved a small underwater scene with a shark, starfish and little fishies. Z-Man was so excited about it, especially the shark.


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Little Guy on CouchLittle Guy was still tired from being sick so once his pumpkin was done he cuddled on the couch with his blanket. Poor little guy!


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - PeanutPeanut was feeling much better, but wasn’t 100% either. She wandered around on the floor, weaving between our legs for a while, then settled on the couch to watch TV when Backyardigans came on. She’ll get to carve her pumpkin with her mommy and daddy when Cowboy gets home from work


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - Teacher Carves My PumpkinEvery year Teacher carves a pumpkin especially for me. One year it was the Zany Zebra logo, last year it was a haunted house…


Carving Pumpkins 2010 - This year it’s flowers!

Thank you Teacher – I love them!

What did you carve on your pumpkins this year?

Amy Sue


  1. I love the pumpkin with the flowers carved in it, it looks fabulous. I have a friend that uses squashes instead of pumpkins, never really understood why, but they always look just as good as the pumpkins look!

    • Thanks Lyss!

      I’m partial to that one too – maybe cuz Teacher carved it just for me. 😉 This is the first year we’ve experimented with carving only partway into the pumpkin, like he did for the vase. It’s really cool and gives you more options for designs.

      Thanks for taking time to comment!
      ~Amy Sue

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