How to Do More than Carve Your Halloween Pumpkin

Posted on 10/24/2011

Those orange gourds are showing up on front porches all across the country. It doesn’t matter where you live, how old you are or what you’ll be doing on October 31, pumpkin are a seasonal staple just about everywhere. But don’t force your squash to go under the knife—here are ideas for doing more than simply carving your Halloween pumpkin.

Decorate with Ribbon Good Housekeeping Magazine inspires readers to add some clever color by using double-stick tape to secure lengths of black, orange and white patterned ribbon around your pumpkin’s middle. It’s a no-mess, sophisticated alternative.

Create Candle Holders
Martha Stewart suggests using small pumpkins as candle holders to create a beautiful seasonal centerpiece. Cut a hole inside each pumpkin with a utility knife. Use adhesive putty to secure taper candles in the hole.

Roast the Seeds
Usually the seeds are simply tossed out in a gooey mess, but if you toast and salt them, they make a great snack. Experts say they’re a great source of fiber, vitamins and anti-oxidants. offers simple steps on how to roast them.

Use it as a Serving Bowl
Pumpkins can make great serving bowls for soup, dip or snacks at a party. According to experts you need to clean out the inside, spray it with non-stick cooking spray and bake it on a cookie sheet at 350-degrees until it’s tender to the touch. It will help keep your soup warmer longer and once you’re done eating you can toss it in the compost pile.

Spray Paint and Glitter
Avoid pumpkin guts completely and embellish your pumpkin with some craft supplies. When pumpkins meet gold and black spray paint, the outcome is scary and glamorous as you can see from Or you can go glitter crazy and add some sparkle to your life with the help of Grand Events of Florida. Since you’re not carving the pumpkins they should last longer, too.

By Alison Storm

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