This post is sponsored by HERSHEY’s and Publix. The opinions and text are all mine.
How many pumpkins is too many? In my opinion you can never have enough. My favorite month of the year is here and it’s all about pumpkins. You can do so much with them, everything from carving to painting. They are also a cheaper way to decorate for the season. Pumpkin painting has been one of our favorite fall activities for years. It is something the kids look forward to year after year. And because my level of extra increases each year, with the help of HERSHEY’S candy, I decided to turn this activity into a mini party.
I can’t believe that when we first started painting pumpkins my oldest two kids were 3 and 6. We would set up in the garage with a few paints, paint brushes and a fall snack. Now we’ve added 2 additional family members to make these memories with. I’m really excited that Nox is able to fully participate this year. He is the same age as Ryann when she started painting her own pumpkin. I was actually able to find this old picture of Isaiah and Ryann painting pumpkins from 5 years ago. 🥰
Since the beginning of September, the kids have been asking when we were going to paint pumpkins. I knew I wanted to do something different this year. So, when I got the opportunity to partner with one of our favorite candy brands, I knew a mini pumpkin painting party was a must! I was already envisioning the snacks I could create with REESE’S and HERSHEY’S candies. I knew the s’mores dip that I made a few months ago with HERSHEY’S candywould be on the menu along with candy spiders using REESE’S candy! When I told Isaiah and Ryann about the collaboration and my plans to do a pumpkin painting party, they were ecstatic. They love these candies and request them all the time for movie nights and party snacks!! Also, if you follow along with my Instagram you can see when we also incorporated REESE’S and HERSHEY’S candiesinto our s’mores board. Just in case you needed more inspiration on how to incorporate HERSHEY’S candy into your own Holiday magic. 😉
Setting up for this pumpkin magic was super simple and cost friendly. We used a lot of supplies we already had on hand. Although we started off using real pumpkins, the last few years we went with faux pumpkin options. This was great because it allowed us to reuse them the next season. During our Publix shopping trip, we picked up the Jumbo bag of REESE’S candies and Jumbo bag of HERSHEY’S candies. We all know that these candies are great on their own, but I don’t like to miss an opportunity to get festive. First up the s’mores dip! I made the dip by putting the HERSHEY’S candies in the bottom of a skillet and topping with ghost marshmallows. You place the skillet in the oven on 350 degree for 15 minutes and it’s done! This is a convenient option to traditional s’mores and taste just as yummy if not better. Making sure I continued with the theme, I made a tray of chocolate spiders using REESE’S candy. I added stick pretzels for the arms and these fun little edible eyes. These would be so cute for any celebration this season and takes minutes to put together!
I can say this was a great success. I’m sure the kids are going to expect this type of pumpkin painting party every year now. Lol I can’t say I would be mad if this became an annual thing. 😌 Do you include painting pumpkins in your fall activities? If not, I 100% recommend. Halloween falls on Sunday this year so you can include this activity into your full weekend celebration.