How to Choose a Pumpkin for Halloween
Choosing a pumpkin is easy! First..
Do you want it for a
party, decoration or eating?
For a wedding or party:
See this page: Finding
pumpkins for weddings
Decoration to paint or carve:
OK, Then you need only look for any pumpkin that is
visually appealing, evenly a deep orange. The shape is just whatever
appeals to you. If it grew on its side and has a flat spot,
you can either make that the make or use it as part of your design!
- free from cuts, soft spots, bruises. The
flesh should feel hard, and not give easily.
can invade easily and cause rot
Make sure the stem is attached.
Store it carefully, especially if you pick it from the vine yourself.
Cure a fresh-picked pumpkin by keeping it in a dry place. Don't handle
or disturb it. Curing toughens the rind, making it less prone to rot.
Pumpkins will keep for months in a cool (50 F to 65F dry, low humidity
environment; such as a cool, dry basement.
Tip: If you
like roasted or baked pumpkin seeds, you can save the seeds from any
To make a pumpkin pie!
Then you need a small, sweet type of pumpkin that has
been developed for eating. They are smaller, typically about 8" to
10" diameter. The meat is much less stringy and smoother than a
decorative pumpkin variety.
Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and potassium.
One-half cup of cooked pumpkin provides more than the recommended daily
allowance of vitamin A. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains only 81
calories. It's low in fat and sodium! Usually you can get these at the grocery
store, and some of the pumpkin patches and farm stands have them. Be
sure to tell them that you intend to use it for a pumpkin pie. Again, look
for firm, no soft spots, or signs of any rot.
See this page for easy,
illustrated directions to make a pumpkin pie from a fresh pumpkin!
Varieties of Pumpkins
- Sugar - Excellent for baking
- Jack O'Lantern - most common for carving
- White Lumina - unusual, medium-sized white pumpkin
- Mini - Great for decoration
- Gourds - Many varieties, used for decorations
For a very
complete, detailed list of many varieties of pumpkins and where to get
the seeds, see this page!
Want to Grow Your Own Pumpkins?
Then see this page!
Here are some of the most popular Halloween costumes for children this year. For more choices, see our Halloween costumes pages.
You may find these websites useful!
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- Local pick your own farms for apples, strawberries, raspberries, corn, tomatoes, etcr
- Farm markets and roadside stands
- Local Honey Finder
- Children's consignment sales
- Local Meat, Milk and Eggs
- Road trip and camping tips, tricks and How-to's
- Venues: Farms, Wineries, Orchards for your event, wedding or party
- Easter egg hunts
- Fruit and vegetable festivals
- Winery tours and wine tastings
- Horse rides, stables, lessons, trails
- Maple Syrup farms and sugarworks
- Bed and Breakfasts on Farms, Wineries, Ranches and Orchards
- Pumpkin patches
- Corn mazes
- Zombie Paintball venues
- Christmas Tree Farms and lots
- Environmental resources
- Consumer fraud information
- Wholesale food sources
- Resources for Farmers
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