On Halloween, each person or family has a different scenario going on. One person might dress up in preparation for the trick-or-treaters who will show up at his door. A family might take their kids trick-or-treating and no one is at their home. Some people meet the trick-or-treaters at the door to offer them candy and others simply put a bowl of candy on the porch and rely on the honor system for the kids to help themselves. If your plans will take you away from your home this Halloween, or you go to bed early and you don’t want to get up and down to answer the door, or you just love making new and unusual things each year, there’s a quick craft you can do that will be just perfect for your own scenario. Just set a pumpkin outside or on the porch and let trick-or-treaters help themselves to a lollipop this Halloween.
It’s a simple matter to make a lollipop pumpkin. You can make a small one or a large one, you can use a tiny pumpkin or a huge one, and you can even use a gourd instead of a pumpkin. Just decide on about how many lollipops you’ll need then set about preparing the pumpkin to hold them.
Cut a circle out of the bottom of the pumpkin and scrape out the meat and the seeds. Replace the bottom and set the pumpkin on a table or elsewhere. Use a drill, a nail, an ice pick, or a similar implement to make holes in the pumpkin. The holes should be the size of the sucker sticks and should be made at a slightly downward angle. Make rows which go from the top of the pumpkin, down to the bottom, and space the rows evenly apart. Make rows that go all the way around the pumpkin or just down the front and sides – depending upon how many lollipops you’ll need, and where the pumpkin will be sitting.
If you need few lollipops you can space the holes further apart than if you need many. Just be sure to allow enough room between the holes to accommodate the ball-type suckers. When you’re finished making the holes just slide in the lollipops.
If you want, you can make a little sign for the pumpkin that says “Please Take Only One” or “Happy Halloween”. Glue or tape it to a wooden skewer and push it into the top of the pumpkin. The pumpkin lollipop holder is great for a child’s party or for just setting outside for trick-or-treaters.