If your kids are anything like mine, the moment they see a pumpkin at a store, it is game on. They want pumpkins everywhere. Trader Joe's? Pumpkin. Farmer's Market? Pumpkin. Target? Pumpkin. Orchard Nursery? Pumpkin. I can't seem to go anywhere without a pumpkin display.
BUT-- it is also Indian Summer in Northern California. That means you can't actually carve a pumpkin until a week out, at the most, from Halloween. It is (usually) in the 80's and 90's through late October so you never know what the weather is going to be on Halloween.
So-- to keep those pumpkins fun (and not rotting from being carved too early), one good activity is painting.
Yes! Paint those pumpkins. You can paint them plain, or with faces, or dots, or multi-colored, or???