Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More CREATIVE and FREE Pumpkin Stencils!

It's pumpkin carving season and what would Halloween by without a Lionel Richie, Colonel Sanders, or Gary Coleman Jack-O-Lantern? Pretty boring.

This year was a tough one for my annual stencil making. My daughter was requesting a Princess and the Frog stencil - thanks to the commercials and billboards all around town for the upcoming movie. Oddly enough they don't make any pumpkin stencils for the new Princess so I created one for her.

An oldie I've always wanted to try was Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Now after creating it, I don't know if it'll live up to the neighbors expectations. They really liked the Lionel pumpkin last year and the Colonel Sanders one the year before that.
I have considered making the Colonel one again and improving upon it by putting real KFC fried chicken in it.
I'm still thinking about that one. It may be something I put together for a Halloween party.

Or I may just carve up the Balloon Boy. Although now looking at it, I may have to add his Dad getting arrested while he floats away...

Here are this year's stencils (click to download)

"Balloon Boy" Pumpkin Stencil

"Linus and the Great Pumpkin" Pumpkin Stencil

"Princess and the Frog" Pumpkin Stencil

"Evil Queen" Pumpkin Stencil

Prior year's Pumpkin Stencils can be found here:
Jack Skellington, Lionel Richie, Gary Coleman, Colonel Sanders, Chewbacca, Mud Flap Truck Girl, Fairy, Ninja, Doodlebop.

A big thanks to all of those who have emailed me directly with pictures of their pumpkins using my stencils. Even though I can't respond to all emails, I do appreciate you taking the time do to so and really enjoy seeing the pictures.

Monday, October 05, 2009

What To Do When There Are Monsters Attacking The House…

I’m not telling, I’m asking.

According to my 4-year old monsters keep attacking our house every night and according to her the only way to keep them away is to stay up late, sleep in our bed, eat Root Beer floats, and watch cartoons.

I think she’s lying because I do most of that already.
Well maybe not all of that. Just replace cartoons with ‘Glee’ and the ‘new’ Melrose Place (don’t judge me.)

Oddly enough this is the first time we’ve ever has to deal with nightmares. My daughter has never had any up to this point before, even, after that one incident we had awhile back with monsters behind our sofa. Or that incident with the Potty Training when I told her monsters ate poop in diapers and that’s why she needed to use the toilet.

Or that one time we watch some of Pirates of the Caribbean together.

Or that time we took her to a Tom Jones concert.

Or that time we watched Rambo. But she wasn’t really paying attention anyway because we were too busy playing Blackjack.

I just don’t get it?

So like the practiced and skilled father that I am, I stepped back from the situation and did some well-researched, logical, scientific studies on just what are the primary causes of children’s nightmares.

What Causes Children to Have Nightmares:
  1. Mom and Dad NOT locking the door
  2. Kevin Costner babysitting puppies
  3. Major events like starting a new school, divorce, death in the family, or new sibling
  4. Mom and Dad NOT locking the door
  5. Recent firing of Walt Disney Studios president Dick Cook
  6. The entire state of California on FIRE all the time
  7. Mom and Dad NOT locking the door
  8. Zombies attacking Orlando, Florida while on vacation there
  9. Lady Gaga
  10. Typhoons, earthquakes, mudslides, floods, and train derailments
  11. The Halloween display at Target
  12. Mom and Dad NOT locking the door

So now that I know the causes, I came up with some quick solutions…

How to Get Rid of Children’s Nightmares:
  1. Mom and Dad taking the time to LOCK the door
  2. The horn of a unicorn and crystal necklace
  3. Spraying the room with monster repellant (plain water)
  4. Leaving an uneaten box of KFC popcorn chicken downstairs before going to bed
  5. Child signing affidavit that they won’t whine or cry when getting ready in the morning until age 18
  6. Stranding Kevin Costner on an island with no movie camera, electricity, and friends
Any other suggestions?