Here’s the PERFECT Halloween porch decoration for 2020! These pandemic pumpkins are just the comic relief everyone needs, am I right?!
If I had seen these pumpkins a year ago, I would have thought, “What in the world…?” Why are we wearing masks and clutching rolls of toilet paper??? Well, welcome to 2020! HA!
It’s so easy to make these pandemic pumpkins for your own porch, and I think they are actually a funny way to hand out candy without contact. Of course, if you leave the bowl unattended, you’ll probably get someone who comes along and clears the bowl… We’re planning to put this out, but also sit near it.
In all seriousness, we do need to be careful about spreading germs this year. We have a close friend whose live has been severely affected by the after-effects of covid, so I’m taking this virus seriously. We do plan to hand out candy, but we’ll be keeping a distance!
How to Make Pandemic Pumpkins
These pandemic pumpkins are SO easy to do.
We wanted a parent and child, so we bought two different sizes of pumpkins. The hay bales were useful for propping up the arms. We found those at Hobby Lobby.
First, choose items to fill your pumpkin peoples’ bodies. I used a metal bucket (IKEA) and two plastic containers. Put rocks in your containers, if needed, for extra weight so they don’t tip over.
Then, place shirts over the containers. Stuff the arms with tissue paper.
Don’t stuff them super tightly because you want to be able to bend and pose the arms easily.
Decorate the heads with eyes and masks.
For the eyes, I used Sharpie oil-based paint pens. Regular Sharpies do NOT draw well on an orange pumpkin. You can, however, use regular Sharpies on a white pumpkin.
We used rubber bands to attach the masks. For the smaller pumpkin, we used two rubber bands and tied them together in the back.
A small hay bale was the perfect thing to prop up the toilet paper rolls and arms.
I made hands out of orange craft foam. To get a good shape, I traced the kids’ hands (my 6 year old for the smaller pumpkin and my 8 year old for the larger one).
That’s MY shirt on the plaid pumpkin, but I traced my hands and they looked way too big. Didn’t work with adult hands, and I’m a petite adult.
Then add pandemic accessories! Toilet paper, of course! And then hand sanitizer, Chlorox wipes (if you have a canister to spare – maybe an empty one?). The kids also suggested gloves and water bottles.
I printed the 6 ft social distancing sign on PowerPoint. Just search in clipart and there are a few options!