For my daughter who is almost two, we’re not carving pumpkins this year. I’m going to cut pieces of black construction paper out in various eye, nose and mouth shapes and let her glue them onto the little pumpkins we bought. They may not look just like normal jack-o-lanterns, but they should give the idea (besides, a nose floating above your eyes is a little scary looking, isn’t it?). Of course, we also bought one of those cheapie light-up jack-o-lanterns to put out for night time, too.
Those fake light-up pumpkins actually look pretty good from a distance. Every year we bring ours out and use it as mood lighting in the living room — the kids love it. Then, on Halloween, we turn it around facing the window and let it peer out on all the trick-or-treaters.
I will also say this: the cheap little pumpkin carving sets you can pick up anywhere these days really do make pumpkin carving easier and safer, even for little ones.
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