Since Brady got two small pumpkins at the apple orchard on his school field trip, I decided that we wouldn't chance the weather to go with both kids to just get a big one to carve. I got a decent sized one at Walmart for $2 (which easily would've cost $10 or more at a pumpkin patch). I had pinned a few ideas on what to carve on Pinterest and Brady made up his mind immediately which one he wanted to do.
If you can't tell, that's Curious George, who is easily one of Brady's favorite cartoon characters. He watches episodes back to back almost the whole way to Pittsburgh most trips. I printed the template, but drew this freehand just by looking at it. I think it turned out pretty darn good.
I love the excited look on his face as he leans in to look inside. The seeds are probably his favorite part.
He insisted that he scoop out the pumpkin.
Izzie was stuck in her high chair observing the carving. We gave her one of the small pumpkins to play with.
The plan was to trace her hands on the small pumpkin and carve them out.
As you can see, she didn't like this plan.
She won the fight and we ended up not carving the small pumpkins.
Brady wasn't getting very far with the scooping, so Andy went in and loosened everything from the sides. He was then able to pull out big chunks of pumpkin guts.
The finished product.
We cut leg holes in the back of the pumpkin so we could sit Izzie inside. She's built like me and there was no way her legs were going to get past the top.
Andy widened the top, but there wasn't enough space to bend her in half so she could sit, so we gave up on that idea and turned the pumpkin around so we could get her inside with George facing out.