Pumpkin Palooza Party

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We love Halloween. It’s been a fun holiday for us even before kids. Now, with kids, the fun factor has multiplied exponentially.

Pumpkin Palooza Party #spon

Last Saturday, we had a few friends over for a morning of pumpkin carving & decorating fun. As nice as my house might appear on social media, let’s be honest – it’s very “lived in” all the time. For every pretty picture, there is a disaster behind the camera. Seriously. I shared proof on Instagram recently.

Messy Kitchen photo on Instagram

Thankfully, my house isn’t quite that messy 24/7, but it’s far from perfect. I did want it tidy & clean before having company over though. Thankfully, I found a new product that helps me get nearly every surface clean. No fumbling with multiple bottles or sprays. I just grab my bottle of Mr. Clean Concentrated Multi-Surface Cleaner (Did you spot the bottle of it in the photo above?) and a sponge.

Knowing that clean up would be a breeze, and our yard unfit for guests due to re-seeding, I confidently brought the pumpkins inside for our party. With a quick push of the kitchen table to the side and a few newspapers spread out to help catch the extra seeds and pumpkin “guts”, we set out for a morning of messy fun.

We carved, gutted, and painted pumpkins.

Pumpkin Palooza: Pumpkin Carving Tools

Pumpkin Palooza: Scooping Pumpkin "Guts"

Pumpkin Palooza: Carving Mess

Then we ate fun treats including a twist on caramel apples. Thinking the kids might find slices easier to eat plus have more fun (and make a bigger mess! Why not?), I cut a few honeycrisp apples into thick slices, speared with a candy apple stick, and then let them loose to dip away in caramel and sprinkles!

Caramel Apples Collage

It was a hit! The kids devoured the apples. The adults too. And, well, this was the after:

Pumpkin Palooza: Caramel Apples After

Sprinkles everywhere and bits of sticky caramel – but nothing that couldn’t be tackled with a light sweep of the counter (carefully into a bowl – those sprinkles fly!) and a little bit of Mr. Clean Concentrated Multi-Surface Cleaner. I quickly had my counters and even the floor clean & mess free so I could enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

Pumpkin Palooza: After - Easy clean-up with Mr Clean Concentrated Multi-Surface Cleaner #spon

Along with their pumpkins, each of our guests left with their own bottle of Mr. Clean Concentrated Multi-Surface Cleaner and a new sponge prepared to tackle their own messes with ease.

Halloween Mr Clean Party Favors #spon

And one lucky guest won a Mr. Clean Pumpkin Palooza Party Pack complete with items to host her own pumpkin carving party! It included an idea book with tools, sticks for candy apples, recipes, hosting tips, a beautiful pumpkin tureen from Sur la Table, a sponge and, of course, a bottle of Mr. Clean Concentrated Multi-Surface Cleaner!

Pumpkin Palooza: Dining Room Decor

How do you prepare for holiday guests? Get Fall Hosting tips from Mr. Clean here and download tasty recipes – including recipes for the caramel dip and honey roasted pumpkin seeds. Yum!

Pumpkin Palooza: Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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This post has been compensated by Mr. Clean. All opinions are mine alone.



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6 comments on “Pumpkin Palooza Party

    • Glad you liked it! We had fun with our apple slices. The kids were 6 and under so much easier for them to manage. Plus it gave them ample opportunity to dip in the caramel and sprinkles multiple times. ;)

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