I think this year I managed to balance it out pretty well.
Due to Gty being out of town the week leading up to Halloween, and my extreme to intense hatred of carving pumpkins, I figured out a way to do pumpkins this year with out having a sore arm afterward. We painted pumpkins and then the kids stuck on some foam pieces in the general configuration of a face.
(Note: We don't get the paper. So I had no newspaper to put down on the table. I decided to stick a couple pieces of Press-n-Seal down in front of each kid. Yeeeeah, no. I still have some residue on the top of the table from that stuff. You've been warned.)
Here are the final products.
You can't see but the "pumpkin princess" does have a nose that you can't see (pumpkins are heavy, you gize!). That balloon is supposed to be her blowing a bubble gum bubble. Oh, and that line of circles is a necklace. I'm sure that was obvious though.
I'm guessing we will be doing this again in the future. The kids loved it seeing as I can count on two fingers the number of times I've let them paint something in the kitchen. And no scraping out pumpkin guts. Ding! <---- bonus sound.