Today I led the Sunday-school kids at church in making Halloween centerpieces for the soup kitchen that M and I volunteer at. (Remind me again how gay people are a threat to society?) The goal was to have centerpieces that would be festive, inexpensive, and simple to make for a mixed-age group of kids ages 5 to 15.
I wound up buying a bunch of small pumpkins for $1 each. (Well, slightly less — I don’t know if it’s the fact I was buying them for a soup kitchen, or that the last $2 would have been paid in quarters, that prompted the pumpkin seller to let me buy 24 for $22.) I bought a large packet of pipe cleaners at the dollar shop. I had some orange paper already, and used it to print out and pre-cut pumpkin shapes, which I reinforced with tape on the stems before hole-punching them.
The Sunday-school kids all got to decorate the paper shapes with crayons. Everyone got to draw a face on at least one pumpkin, although I said that kids who weren’t in at least 3rd grade had to draw in pencil then get an older kid to fill it in with permanent marker. (This rule went over better than I had hoped — and it was funny to hear the 3rd graders cheer at making the cutoff.) The older kids were also very helpful at attaching pipe cleaners and helping younger kids with final assembly.
Here’s an example of the final result:
And here’s what the box of all of them looks like, ready to be schlepped off to the soup kitchen:
Festive indeed, and quite a success!