Is there anything better on a brisk fall day than cozying up with your child and a favorite book? Reading to your child is such a gift of your time. As I tell my son, books can take you around the world, deep into space, and off into other dimensions in just one afternoon. Every year my son’s elementary school runs a story book pumpkin contest that brings these beloved characters to life.
Non-fiction or fiction these favorite book pumpkins are amazing to see.
The children display their pumpkins & books for 10 days so no carving is allowed. (Stinky pumpkins are not fun.) The categories are by grades (k&1, 2&3, 4&5) and one for staff. Each student gets three votes for their favorites.
This years favorite books included, Harry Potter, Where’s my Mummy, Big Bird and Cookie Monster, and The Adventures of Beekle.
Prominently placed the children walk past the pumpkins several times a day. “I read that last year!” or ” That is my a favorite book!”, “Oh, look at that one!” “Did you read that?” are the comments heard by the teachers in the halls. Jogging minds about how much fun reading is the main purpose of the display.
Story book pumpkins are a whole family project too.
Talking about which book, selecting a picture, deciding on the size and shape of the pumpkin creates a dynamic family discussion. Depending on the age of the children more or less parent participation is involved. As parents you want to consider how much time an effort you can devote to this project and still have it be fun and not so stressful. See our video on Simple Painted Pumpkins!
A kindergartner did a awesome job with a simple concept and one of my favorite books. “Where’s My Mummy” fits all the criteria of a great Halloween Storybook Pumpkin. Plus if you are really thrift you could use a sugar pumpkin that could be baked in November!