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Creative Ideas for the Unimaginative Penny Pincher


Jack Skellington Scarecrow with Zero



Pirate Ship Pumpkin



Ezio from Assassin's Creed Revelations





Edward Scissorhands Scarecrow




Peanut Men? Why Not?



Mad Hatter Costume



John and Kate Plus 8 Pumpkin

Bert and Ernie Pumpkin



Jon and Kate Plus Eight Halloween



Sesame Street TV Pumpkin




Creative Geocaches


Other Weird



About the Author

I think the first time I ever remember anyone calling me creative was in grade 11. We had a test in Geology, and I really knew none of the answers. I have always refused to leave blanks on tests, so I just did the best I could. The next day when I saw my teacher, he had this HUGE grin on his face, and he said, “Kerry, I'm pretty sure you retained nothing about this unit, but your answers were so creative that I wasn't you got a B.” I really didn't deserve that B.

I think being broke helps imaginative people to be even more creative. I know that's the case with our family. We are a blended family with six kids (most grown now). Money was VERY tight, and coming up with ideas to entertain six kids of different ages (and ourselves) was sometimes challenging. Christmas was never a favourite time of year for us. We were just far too broke to enjoy it.


We Love Halloween


Halloween on the other hand was AWESOME. I wasn't always a fan of Halloween. It wasn't until the year 2000 when my husband, my three kids and I stumbled across a park that was having a pumpkin carving and scarecrow building contest. It was like Disneyland for me! I was awestuck. They had this path of scarecrows that people had created. Some were really good. I remember being really impressed that someone had made The Headless Horseman and had him riding on a straw horse. It was really creative. Unfortunately, we didn't come prepared to build a scarecrow that year.

The boys wanted to carve a pumpkin. Since we were only allowed one pumpkin per family, we had to come up with an idea that all three boys could agree on that was different from the norm. I think in a pumpkin carving contest, it's often the pumpkin that's the most unsual that wins, not necessarily the best carved. We put our creative minds together and decided to turn the pumpkin on its side, so that the stem was the nose. The boys carved a face and then gathered hundreds of sticks from the woods and jammed them into the pumpkin until it resembled a hedgehog. It turned out pretty good, and they won! Unfortunately, we don't have a picture of that pumpkin. I've since seen a lot of hedgehog or porcupine pumpkins, and I wonder whether we started it or we just thought of something that other people also thought of.




Scarecrow Competition


In 2001, we planned ahead. Since we have six kids between us, we knew it would be difficult to make just ONE scarecrow. So, we decided we'd make a team of scarecrows. This time we planned ahead and brought all the supplies we needed. I think we had a wagon load of stuff. We made Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Scarecrow and The Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz. The yellow paper on the ground is the Yellow Brick Road, and we even had a little basket with Toto in it.


The kids all had a great time, and we came 1st! The prize was four passes to a Pumpkin Farm, which was great for us, because then we could afford to do something else with the kids. We only had to buy four passes instead of eight!

We are missing pictures for a few of the years due to a computer virus. If you click the links below, you can see some of the more up-to-date Halloween stuff.


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