My pumpkin carving talents are limited, and let's be honest; scooping the "brains" out of a Jack-o-lantern can get pretty messy.
The secret for carving pumpkins has eluded me, but I admire the looks of painted pumpkins. Since painting and creativity appeal to me, the idea of a pumpkin painting contest was born.
The contest ran for a couple of weeks on Facebook. I created videos and encouraged adults as well as children to get involved. The goal was fun, fun, fun! And I wanted to increase my Facebook followers on my business page.
The rules were simple: Like my Facebook page, tag a friend, and take a selfie with your painted pumplin. Carving was discouraged.
The entries were all good, but at the last minute a client's 12 year old submitted a pumpkin design I could not resist. It was 3 stacked ceramic pumpkins fashioned into a lamp. She designed and painted it herself, and took it a step further by adding skeleton hands to each pumpkin.
Lily was excited to win the contest, as any 12 year old would be, but you should have seen her eyes when I presented her with her prize, a ghost pumpkin filled with assorted Halloween candies. Even better, she was in costume and her home was one of the best dressed Halloween home on the block.
I called her mom and arranged to be at Lily's home by 5:30, just as the Trick-or-Treaters began circling the neighborhood. Most municipalities decided to have Trick-or-Treat last night and Rankin and Madison County Sheriffs Department were out in full force to keep our children safe. It was so fun seeing all the kiddos in costume while parents kept a watchful eye from the street.
Can you guess Lily's costume? I admit having to Google it; but at least I had a hint. Her character is "Sally" from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas.
The contest was fun, and one I may have to repeat next year.