To Trick or Treat? Or Hand out Treats?

pumpkin smash

As a parent of young children, you often find yourself in a bit of a dilemma on Halloween. Do we go trick or treating as a family? Or does someone stay home to hand out treats for the other trick or treaters?

At our house, we don’t usually get more than 5 or 6 kids. I don’t like the idea of missing out on all the fun with my family just so I can stay home and see if someone will ring my doorbell. I’d rather be with my kids and husband and have loads of fun with them.

Some of you may have dozens or even hundreds of children come to you door on Halloween night. Oh my! So many children would be disappointed if your house was empty while you were out having fun with the kids. This year, we’ve come up with a plan to make sure we can have the best of both worlds.

We will go out as a family while making sure not to forget the young children in our neighbourhood who may come knocking on our door.

Some people put out a bowl of candy on their front step for children to serve themselves. We’ve done that before. It works OK.

This year though, we thought we’d try something different. We are having a Pumpkin Smash. Let me show you how we made it.

pumpkin smash


  • a piece of plywood
  • black garbage bag
  • staple gun
  • red disposable plastic cups
  • orange tissue paper
  • rubber bands
  • glue gun
  • construction paper
  • candy and/or treats

I started by wrapping the piece of plywood with a garbage bag and using a staple gun to tack it down.

Take each cup and fill them with treats of your choice. I added lollipops. Then cover the openings with a piece of orange tissue paper, cut to size, and hold in on with a rubber band.

With a hot glue gun, glue the bottom of each cup onto the board (covered with a garbage bag) and create the shape of a pumpkin with them. pumpkin smashYou may want to set them down in the correct shape before you begin to glue them. Once it’s glued, you can’t reposition it!

Add a leaf and stem made with construction paper to complete the look of the pumpkin.

I’ve added a sign above so the kids will know what to do.

The kids simply punch through the tissue paper to collect their treats inside the cup. Of course, this idea works best if you only have a handful of trick-or-treaters. If any of you are able to make one big enough for 100 kids, you MUST show me your finished product! I’d LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see it!!!

pumpkin smash

Happy Halloween everyone!



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