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20 Fun Things to Do With a Pumpkin

Updated on August 7, 2018
Fun things to do with a pumpkin
Fun things to do with a pumpkin | Source

20 fun things to do with a pumpkin

As we approach the fall season our minds turn to crisp air and Thanksgiving. What better way to celebrate fall than to craft with a pumpkin, whether in cooking or decorating.

Once I made up my mind that a pumpkin, that traditiional autumn symbol, would be my choice of mediums, I found more ideas than I dreamed I would. I found that pumpkins are surprizingly versitile. You can cook them, in more ways than you realize. Did you know there was such a thing as pumpkin pudding? Pumpkins are nortoriously popular as a carved decoration. You won't believe how many different ways you can carve a pumpkin. They are also unbelievably cute used as a decoration for Halloween and Thanksgiving time.

Pumpkin Crafts
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Fun ways to use a pumpkin

  1. pumpkin vase - Carve out your pumpkin, add a handful of autumn flowers and some fall leaves of various colors and you have a dramatic fall centerpiece.
  2. pumpkin bread - What a heavenly aroma waffles through your kitchen when you are baking pumpkin bread. It makes your mouth water. I have found if you freeze your pumpkin bread for a couple of days it will make the flavor richer and sweeter.
  3. pumpkin bird feeder - Imagine looking out of your kitchen window and watching the birds flocking around your pumpkin bird feeder that you made with your own two hands. Oh, what a feeling.
  4. pumpkin man - Choose a large pumpkin, about the size of a man's head, and paint on two eyes, a nose and a mouth. Add some straw for hair, top it with a hat and there you have your own personal pumpkin man.
  5. pumpkin pie - What Thanksgiving season is without a pumpkin pie. Just about every home's menu during this holiday includes pumpkin pie.
  6. pumpkin wagon - Round up a wagon and place it in your front yard. Fill it with pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and corn stalks and you have yourself one heck of an outdoor fall display.
  7. pumpkin fireplace - Fill your fireplace with pumpkins, thrown in some Indian corn and gourds and you have created a sticking fireplace decor.
  8. pumpkin place setters - What could be cuter than a little pumpkin holding your seat at dinner. Choose a tiny pumpkin, make a place card and place it on top of the pumpkin. Set them around the table to show everyone where to sit.
  9. pumpkin dip - No fall get-together would be complete without pumpkin dip. Add tortilla chips, a few appetizers, and something to drink and you have yourself a party.
  10. pumpkin totem pole - Find yourself three or four pumpkins about the same size and either carve them or paint them. Place them securely one on top of the other and you have yourself a pumpkin totem pole that would look great placed beside your front door.
  11. pumpkin cake - Frost a cake with orange frosting. Sprinkle shredded green coconut across the top and add candy pumpkins. You now have your own edible pumpkin patch.
  12. pumpkin spider - Choose a nice big pumpkin and paint it black. Add 8 fuzzy chennile stems as legs. Glue two big eyes on the front. You children will love their new scary pumpkin spider.
  13. pumpkin seeds - Home made roasted pumpkin seeds are a healthy delicious snack. Making different flavors adds a whole new dimension to this snack. Below you will find a recipe to make bbq pumpkin seeds.
  14. pumpkin candle holder - Pick out some small pumpkin, cut off the stem and carve just enough of the pumpkin to hold a candle. If you group together three or four of these and scatter a few fall leaves about, you will have a dramatic fall centerpiece.
  15. pumpkin pudding - This is a delicious pudding that will be finding it's way to my Thanksgiving menu. I have included a recipe below.
  16. pumpkin painting - Instead of carving you might try painting your pumpkins this year. You can paint faces, scenery, or anything else you can imagine.
  17. pumpkin soup - Try it, it's absolutely delicious.
  18. pumpkin soup bowl - Carve out your pumpkin, clean it well, and serve your soup in it. People will be impressed with your creativity.
  19. pumpkin ice bucket - Carve out a large pumpkin, clean it thouroughly, fill it with ice and add a few drink bottle and you have your own pumpkin ice bucket.
  20. pumpkin carving - No fall is complete without this age old favorite. Pick out one of the new carving kits that are out there and have yourself a ball.

A pumpkin is a fruit. Most people think of it as a vegetable.

Pumpkin Recipes
Pumpkin Recipes | Source

BBQ pumpkin seeds

Prep time15 min - Total time60 min

Ingredients for 2 servings 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds • 4 tsp sea salt • 1 tbsp olive oil • 2 tbsp brown sugar • 1 tsp chili powder • 1 tsp garlic powder • 1 tsp onion powder

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. Coat pumpkin seeds with oil then add rest of ingredients and mix to coat evenly.

3. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake 40 to 45 minutes

Pumpkin Pudding

Prep time10 min - Total time10 min - 249 cal/serv

Ingredients for 4 servings 1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz pkg) • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream • 1 1/2 cup cold milk • 1 tsp pumpkin spice • 1 can pumpkin (15 oz) • whipped cream

1. Whisk together pudding mix, heavy cream, milk, and pumpkin pie spice until smooth and thickened.

2. Place in refrigerator in refrigerator for 4 to 5 minutes to allow pudding to thicken.

3. Spoon into dishes and top with whipped cream.

This recipe contains, per serving, 17g fat, 63 mg cholesterol, 22 grams carbohydrates, 273 mg sodium, 2 g fiber and 4g protein.

Pumpkins were once recommended as a cure for freckles.

© 2013 Susan Hazelton


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      Vespa Woolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Pumpkins are used in Peru year-around since they are a basic part of the diet and are used in soups and main dishes. I personally like using pumpkins in bread and muffins! Yum. Thank you for sharing these ideas.

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      we don't have such a big pumpkin, maybe i will make a pumpkin cake

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      &peachpurple that would be adorable. Maybe you should make it with a smaller pumpkin.

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      too bad, we cant find that big pumpkin here, otherwise i would have made angry bird punpkin

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      FlourishAnyway it's a great idea to leave what is leftover from your projects with your pumpkins to the animals.

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      5 years ago from USA

      Very cool ideas here! I can't wait for this hot weather to break and autumn to get here -- my favorite time of year. I shall try some of these ideas. When we're all done with our pumpkins, we alway make sure to leave them for the critters.

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      Tori Canonge 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Pumpkin bread sounds delicious right now! There was a pumpkin spice muffin that I had one time, though I can't remember where I had it. Anyways, it was so tasty! I wish that you could get more pumpkin stuff year round. At least fall isn't too far away! :)

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      6 years ago

      Definitely going to try out the vase for my wife. Nice tips.

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      rose-the planner 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article! The pumpkin certainly is very versatile. You have offered some really great ideas and I really enjoyed the video. The recipes look awesome. I love pumpkin seeds and they are very healthy for you, but I have never tried pumpkin pudding. I will definitely have to try it. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from North Central Florida many ways to use and enjoy our pumpkins. Fall is one of my most favorite times of the year and making dishes from pumpkins is a way that really gets me in the spirit of the seasonal changes even though ours are only very subtle till late November when we feel a chill in the air!!

      You have shared so many creative ways to use pumpkins...some I know already but that thanks to you I have now have them all in one place and do not have to try to remember them Pinned and shared Angels are on the way to you this morning Bookmarking so I can try the pudding!!!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      CarlySullens, I love that idea of painting your pregnant belly as a pumpkin. What fun.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Animaka S, I love working with pumpkins, there are so many things you can do with them.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      RTalloni, yes, fall is indeed creeping upon us. It's time to start planning for our fall décor. I love your sign idea. It's got that Southern feel to it.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy W, thanks for the comments. Pumpkin is much more useful that people think.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      aviannovice, true, they have become quite popular.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Eddy, thanks so much. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      randomcreative, thanks. I like having options.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      always exploring, the pumpkin bird houses are quite cute.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Nell Rose, autumn will be here before we know it. It is sad that you don't do the pumpkin thing over there. Maybe you could try to start a trend.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      drbj, I hope you try them they are really good.

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      Carly Sullens 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Pumpkins are my most favorite things! I adore them. I once painted my very full pregnant belly as a pumpkin and sat in a pumpkin patch. I love your hub. Voted up awesome and shared!

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      Anamika S Jain 

      6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Interesting! Loved the ideas...

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      6 years ago

      Pumpkin season will be here before we know it! One of my favorite ways to decorate them is to use large letters and write "Happy Fall Ya'll" because that covers the season so nicely. Pumpkin is so versatile for recipes--you've got me looking forward to autumn now! :)

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, pumpkin bread is delicious. It's so good even my grandkids like it.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This pudding recipe sounds really good. Will have to try it. You have given many ideas of how to use this versatile vegetable. Pumpkin soup is also delicious. I like your pumpkin seed recipe also. Up, useful and pinning. Thanks!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Kidscrafts, I'm so glad that you like my ideas. Thanks for the lovely comments.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jackie, the pudding is delicious.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DDE, I like using things of nature to decorate with. Pumpkins are great. You can decorate with and eat them.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Pumpkins aren't just for Hallowe'en any more. Good suggestions.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub KK G and thank you for sharing .Voting up of course.

      Have a wonderful day.


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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Wow, what a great range of options! You've put together an awesome resource for the fall months.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I guess i am lazy, i never carve a pumpkin. I use plastic, lol, but i love your idea of a pumpkin bird feeder, that i will try. Thank you for sharing..

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      It won't be long before we get to Autumn and Halloween, these are great ideas koffee, I love Autumn its sad that we don't tend to do the pumpkin stuff over here, but this was great!

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Barbecue pumpkin seeds? Well, I never. But now, thanks to you, Sue, perhaps I shall!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      When we drive in the country we see a lot of pumpkins fir sale in the fall. I always wonder what folks do with so many of them. Now I know. Pumpkin bread sounds good. sharing

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend a great list of things you can do with a pumpkin. Well done and awesome !

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      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love all your suggestions! I tried already several of them but never the bird feeder! What a great idea!

      I remember creating candle holders with mini pumpkin to decorate the table for Thanksgiving. That was really pretty!

      I love also your idea of a totem pole with pumpkins! It must be quite impressive!

      Thanks for sharing all those ideas. With fall coming slowly it gives time to be ready :-)

      Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very good! I want to try the pumpkin soup and dip. Had the pudding last year and it was sooo good. ^

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible ideas for a pumpkin the most common use for me was for Halloween. I have learned so much more of what to do with a pumpkin from this hub. Voted up, interesting, awesome, useful and definitely informative, and shared on Facebook


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