How to Choose a Halloween Pumpkin
Choosing a Halloween pumpkin can be one of the most fun aspects of the holiday. Kids in particular love picking out their very own Halloween pumpkin. Here are some tips to help you pick out the perfect Halloween pumpkin.
- Halloween Bone Recipes for Kids
Nothing scares up the ghosts and goblins at your Halloween party like festive food. Halloween recipes for kids can be found in a variety of places. Here we've got some fun family Halloween recipes for bones...
- Halloween Recipes for Kids
Halloween is a great time to go all out on the fun. Silly or scary foods can add a lot to your Halloween party. It's come a long way from grape eyeballs and spaghetti intestines. Try out some of these ideas at...
1. Consider how you will use the pumpkin.
Before going hunting for the perfect pumpkin, decide how you will use it. Will you carve it to serve as a jack-o-lantern on your front porch? Will you paint it? Or will you simply set it in your house as-is? If you are going to carve the pumpkin, decide on what type of carving you will do, and look for a pumpkin to match. For example, a short, squat pumpkin can be carved to look like a jolly, round face, while a tall narrow pumpkin can be carved to look more ghoulish. Whether you are carving or painting a pumpkin, you will need to find one with a smooth, unblemished surface to decorate. If you are not going to alter the pumpkin at all, choose one that has a pleasant-looking side to it.
2. Decide what size you want.
The size of the pumpkin you need depends on what use you will put it to (discussed above), and also where you plan to put it. If you plan to carve a jack-o-lantern to sit on your front porch, you may want a big pumpkin. On the other hand, if you want one to sit on your mantle, you will want a smaller one. If you plan to get several pumpkins, determine what different sizes will look good together—you may want to get a large, medium, and small pumpkin to create a nice set.
3. Choose a pumpkin from the patch.
While pumpkins can be purchased at grocery stores around Halloween, nothing beats the experience of going to an actual pumpkin patch to select your pumpkin. If you have kids, take a camera and let them wander among the pumpkins. Some pumpkin patches have rides and activities as well. If you are looking for pumpkins to carve, you will want to pick a pumpkin close to Halloween (or at least wait to carve it until close to Halloween), since a carved pumpkin will rot in a few weeks. On the other hand, if you are not cutting into the pumpkin, it will last for a long time. Going to the pumpkin patch early is a good idea to guarantee a good selection.
More by this Author
Interested in starting a Halloween boo in your neighborhood? Check out this article to learn more about this fun tradition, what to do if you're boo'd this Halloween, and learn what boo sign is.
This article has halloween poems for families wanting to participate in the neighborhood "boo-ing". Be inspired by the boo signs or get creative and write your own halloween poem!!
Find out the early signs of being pregnant, how your stomach feels, when most women start seeing signs, and how to know if you're really pregnant. Hint: You need to take a pregnancy test.