The Great Pumpkin Plan Week Four Keep Boo’ing Away Week! October 8 - October 14 Pumpkin Planning If not done already, determine where you will purchase pumpkins for carving and plug it into your calendar tool of choice! Locate/purchase proper tools or sharpen knives Do you have sharpie markers or other desired items for marking patterns to cut? Have children choose pumpkin stencils online - purchase and/or download Locate or purchase pumpkin lights/Confirm you have batteries as needed Will you try to paint pumpkins this year? There are a ton of fun pumpkin “disguises” ideas floating around - add supplies to your list or just locate them in art supplies you already have. Where will you carve? Do you need plastic trash bags to cover the table surface? To cover the kids? Will you roast the seeds? Look up recipes and decide what you will try this year! EXTRA: A Better Way to Carve a Pumpkin Costume Prep Continue ordering, shopping for or DIY’ing all costume related elements; NOTE: Unless you have Amazon Prime planned for an item, it would probably be safest to finish online ordering by early this week! Double check you have candy pails/buckets for the kids located or purchased Candy Stock-up Purchase at least one bag of candy during normal grocery trips this week - HIDE! Watch for coupons online and in the paper! Continue reviewing blogs like Hip2Save for candy deals! Decide on and then locate or plan to purchase the container you will use to hand out candy in (if applicable) - add to budget, shopping list and calendar tool as needed! Party Planning (Hosting Scenario) Depending on your party date, finish shopping and prep this week! If you have another week or so to go try to get as much done this week as you can! Every little bit helps! Family Fun Is this a week you choose to attend a community event option? Or to do something fun and festive as a family at home? Have fun! Have you always wanted to try making caramel apples at home? Add supplies to your grocery list for this week and go for it! TIP: Roughing the apple skin lightly with sandpaper makes the coating stick better! Too much work? Is there somewhere locally that makes great dipped apples? Plan to surprise your loved ones with a few. Kilwin’s Ice Cream Shop is a chain that makes killer ones!!! Find a similar option in your area and schedule your trip to purchase them on your calendar!