Dress up your pumpkins for Halloween!
Instead of carving jack-o’-lanterns, have kids decorate pumpkins as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters.
What you’ll need:
- pumpkins of various sizes and colors
- construction paper, yarn, fabric, and other decorative items
- Top a white pumpkin (or an orange pumpkin painted white) with the Cat in the Hat’s red and white striped hat. Use a black marker or black paint to draw the Cat’s facial features and a little fur around his face. Wrap a red scarf around the base of the pumpkin and tie it in a bow to complete your Cat in the Hat.
- Double your decorating fun making pumpkins of Thing Two and Thing One! You’ll need two small white pumpkins (or orange pumpkins painted white). Use a black marker or black paint to draw facial features on each pumpkin for Thing One and Thing Two. Add a mass of blue yarn for hair for each, or cut some crazy locks from blue construction paper and glue them to the pumpkins.
- To make a Lorax pumpkin, use yellow construction paper to create the Lorax’s distinctive mustache. Print and cut out the mustache and glue it to an orange pumpkin. Use black and white paint to make the Lorax’s facial features. Place your Lorax pumpkin near a tree for all to see!
- Choose a pumpkin with a long stem to create a Horton the Elephant pumpkin. Paint the pumpkin and stem gray. Print out these ears and paint them gray as well. When everything is dry, lay the pumpkin on its side. Use a marker to draw Horton’s eyes just above his stem trunk. Cut out the ears and glue them on either side of his face. Display your Horton pumpkin in a “nest” of raffia or surround it with clover.
- A green pumpkin or squash (or an orange pumpkin painted green) will make an excellent Grinch pumpkin. Add the Grinch’s facial features with a black marker or paint, including a touch of red for the eyes. Top your Grinch pumpkin with a Santa Claus hat and invite him to stick around until Christmas!