Get Ready for the Release of Monsters University {+ Monsters University Pumpkin Bowling Tutorial}

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I have been excited for the release of the Monsters University Blu-Ray Combo Pack since the very first time I saw the movie.  We were attending the Disney Social Media Moms Conference at Walt Disney World and were invited to a pre-screening.  I was instantly smitten with the prequel to one of my most favorite Disney titles, Monster Inc.

I’ll just go ahead and tell you– I’ve actually had this movie pre-ordered for months now… even before they’d finalized the actual release date!

Needless to say, I am thrilled that October 29 {my mom’s birthday AND the highly anticipated release day} is just around the corner.

To get ready, we’ve been doing all sorts of monster-y things around our house.  We’ve been playing the Monsters University world on Disney Infinity a lot.  We’ve read books about Mike and Sulley and made some crafts and sweet treats as well.  And, of course, we’ve watched Monsters Inc. a few times.

I wanted to share one of my favorite Monsters University activities that we’ve created.

Monsters University Bowling!

Let me start by saying this is just as much fun to create as it is to play.  After a fun time of creating and crafting, you’re left with a cute game the whole family can enjoy.

pumpkin bowling with monsters university

Ready to make your Monsters University Bowling Set?  I thought so.  Let’s get started.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 small pumpkin {not the teeny tiny ones– more like the ones you’d use to make pie}
  • Lime green paint
  • Bright blue paint
  • White paint
  • Black paint
  • 10 FULL bottles of water, labels removed
  • Double-sided tape {or some other adhesive you really like}
  • Printable Sulley Water Bottle Labels DOWNLOAD HERE {you’ll need 3 copies of the sheet}

monsters university pumpkins

We’re going to start by painting our pumpkin.  We decided to make our pumpkin look like Mike Wazowski.  Raileigh spent quite a long time in the grocery store choosing a pumpkin that she felt was the most Mike-shaped.  You’ll want to coat the entire pumpkin in a good coat of lime green paint.  We actually added several coats of paint for ample coverage.

Next, you’ll want to start forming Mike’s signature eyeball.  I just chose to freehand this.  Start with a rather large white circle.  Again, this took a few coats to completely cover the green underneath.

monsters university pumpkin painting in progress

When the white is dry, it’s time to pull out the blue paint.  Paint a smaller blue circle on top of your white circle.  This is the iris of Mike’s eye.  Once the blue has dried completely, add a black pupil on top of that.

Your Mike pumpkin is complete.

Now we’ll created our Sulley bowling pins.  You’ll need to print out three of the Sulley Water Bottle Label sheets.  If you haven’t already, download the Sulley water bottle labels here.  I actually just printed these out on regular old computer paper.  You can use that or cardstock– either is fine.  This will give you 12 labels, but you really only need 10.  Cut the labels out.

sulley water bottle labels

Next, you’ll want to adhere the labels to your water bottle “bowling pins”.  I tried to mimic the same lines as the original label on the water bottle.  I attached the labels to the bottles using double-sided tape.

That’s it– your Monsters University Bowling Game is complete!

Now, go have some fun bowling with your family!  We set our bowling game up on our driveway and enjoyed a nice and fun evening bowling at home.  Yes, Mike did experience a bit of road rash, but somehow it just seemed to fit in with all the fiascoes the little green monster gets into in the movie!

monsters university bowling

Don’t forget to pre-order the Monsters University Blu-Ray Combo Pack now.

I invite you to connect with Monsters University for even more fun leading up to the release:


  1. loriag says:

    I have been thinking that it would be fun to host a carnival type thing in the front of the yard for Halloween one year. This would be perfect for one of the games.

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