As the leaves begin to change color and Fall settles in, pumpkins start appearing everywhere. From Halloween decorations to seasonal lattes, pumpkins are the symbol of the season. But what do you do with a pumpkin once you’ve picked one (or several) from the pumpkin patch? Here are 10 fun ideas for things to do with a pumpkin that go beyond the traditional jack-o-lantern.
1. Eat it! Pumpkins are not just for decoration. They can be roasted, pureed, and added to all sorts of sweet and savory dishes. Check out this link for some creative recipe ideas ranging from pumpkin pancakes to pumpkin chili.
2. Play “pumpkin golf”. All you need is a few small pumpkins and some plastic balls (or rolled up socks). Set up an indoor “golf course” using furniture and other household objects as obstacles, and see who can get their ball into the pumpkin “hole” in the fewest strokes! If playing inside isn’t your style, take it outdoors and set up a mini golf course in your backyard using real golf clubs . Note: this activity is best for smaller pumpkins that can easily be picked up and carried around.
3. Paint your pumpkins! This is a fun activity to do with kids of all ages. Give each person their own pumpkin(s) and set out some washable paint, markers, stickers, etc., and let them go wild! You can even turn it into a contest by voting on who painted the best pumpkin at the end.
Pumpkins are more than just Halloween decorations—though they certainly make great ones! There are all sorts of fun things you can do with them, from cooking and crafts to games and gardening. So this Fall, instead of leaving your pumpkins out on the front porch until they rot, put them to good use and have some fun with them!