Here is a cute project that we did for All Hallow's Eve:
My sister did a cute craft with my niece after seeing it in a magazine before passing the idea on to me during a phone conversation yesterday. I remembered to take pictures so that I could tell you all how it's done!
cardboard (I used empty cereal boxes)
adhesive felt or foam in multiple colors
Sharpie markers (optional)
Step One: Cut out jack-o'-lantern face shapes from cardboard.
Step Two: Put a thumb tack through each piece. I used two tacks for each mouth.
Step Three: Cover one side of the cardboard (the side with the head of the tack showing) with adhesive-backed felt or foam. Decorate pieces further using Sharpies and additional pieces of felt or foam.
Step Four: Throw the eyes, noses and mouths into a small box or tray and let the kids decorate their Mr./Mrs. Pumpkin Head to heart's content. The tacks only make teeny-tiny holes in the pumpkins, leaving your options open as you can paint or carve the pumpkins later if you wish. This is a great way to include toddlers in the making of jack-o'-lanterns (I showed my 2 1/2 year old the pieces and pointed to the tacks, explaining that they were sharp, and he did just fine.)
Ultimately, the project only took me an hour and a half, costing me nothing as I already happened to have all of the supplies on hand-does it get better than that?! The kids are looking forward to painting their pumpkins tonight, and apart from a few pumpkin-juice spots, I'm thinking that I'll be able to store these until next Halloween, when I can add to the collection. I'd love to write a longer post, but I've entered NaNoWriMo and my dog just ran by with a packet of Skittles (her favorite!) <3