Friday, October 7, 2016

4 Things to Do With a Pumpkin This Fall

1. Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project
Just last week I wrote about the Teal Pumpkin Project, and I can't stress enough how important this project is for kids with food allergies. All you have to do is purchase non-food treats instead of candy, which can contain unlisted allergens, and then place a teal pumpkin outside of your door or post Teal Pumpkin Project signage on your door to let trick-or-treaters know that your house offers safe, non-food treats.

2. Get Carving Inspiration 
If you just don't know what to carve in your pumpkin, let the intricately carved and designed pumpkins at events like Hudson Valley's Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze or RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns inspire you. I've done the Blaze two years in a row. You can read about my first experience at the Blaze here. It really is magical! This year we're doing the RISE, an indoor version that has several locations across the country. Maybe there's one near you!

3. Make Pumpkin Bars
One of my favorite fall things is making pumpkin bars and then eating them while watching Beetlejuice. If you missed it yesterday, here's the link to the recipe for Pumpkin Bars!

4. Chuck a Pumpkin
I wrote about the Last Fling Pumpkin Sling back in 2013, and you can read that post here. This is a very cool event where groups, including students, create catapults to launch pumpkins. Then, they compete to see who can launch the farthest pumpkin! This event used to take place in New Jersey, and then it moved to Pennsylvania. I'm not sure yet where the event will be this year, but if you're not in either of those states, Google "punkin chunkin'" and see what comes up around you! Or just watch that one episode of Modern Family where Cam tells his punkin chunkin' story.

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